Buying a foreign holiday home can give you a good idea if you want to retire abroad, it is claimed.
One British couple who bought a new three bedroom apartment three years ago have now bought a villa and plan to become expats when they retire.
They have made Turkish and expat friends in Uzumlu, near Fethiye, on the Turkish Mediterranean coast and believe that they will have a better standard of living when they move.
‘We now love Turkey so much; its people, its weather and its low cost of living, we have bought a detached villa for our retirement,’ said Roger Hawkins.
He and his wife Sally first started visiting Turkey for their holidays about five years ago. A good choice of flights from East Midlands and Birmingham, which is near their hometown of Newark, Nottinghamshire, encouraged visits to a virtually unspoilt coastline and countryside.
‘It has only been in the last few years the Turkish Government has realised the tourist potential and created a mini boom in visitors,’ explained Roger.
They like the pretty village with views over the mountains which are often snow capped in winter months. They are 40 minutes drive from a small ski resort and 45 minutes from Dalaman Airport and they have the use of a communal pool and landscaped gardens.
‘Although we bought it as a holiday home we have had the added bonus of being able to easily let the property and in the high season can receive around £250 per week. In fact, currently we have a six month let on the property which has been an additional benefit,’ said Roger.
But it was the low cost of living, with council tax of just £80 a year, for example, that finally convinced the couple that they wanted to move to Turkey. The village, where they have now bought a three bedroom villa with a large pool, is unspoilt and very Turkish. With a population of around 2,000 it is an active community with plenty of shops and eateries and also a number of British expats.
‘With austerity measures coming in here, it will be wonderfully restful to move away and enjoy a totally relaxed life style. It will open up the whole of the Mediterranean in terms of visiting other countries; Kos and Cyprus are so close they can be reached by ferry, and of course with a number of airlines flying directly to the UK, visits home are easy and relatively cheap,’ added Roger.