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- Company registration certificates
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- Relevant zoning/build license/planning permission certificates verification & translation
- Sales & Purchase Agreement negotiation to protect buyer
- Fund security via either escrow agreement or construction-progress reports
- Purchase procedure preparation in cases of complex procedures (PoA etc)
- Construction completion insurance / guarantee if relevant
- Independent law firm project assessment and preparation to assist buyer
- Developer credit check
- Mortgage acquisition procedure and validity if relevant
- Lease management / Guaranteed Return / Resort Operator contract if relevant
Investment Synopsis & Summary 2-3
Why invest in Turkey 4
Booming Property Market
Vast foreign investment
Why invest in Istanbul 10
Rapidly developing property market
Booming Büyükçekmece District
Why invest in Astrum Towers 16
Development Site Plan
Quality Finish & Furniture Packs
High Achievable Yields
Return on Investment
How to invest in Astrum Towers 29
Law Firm & Scope of service
Taxation & Costs
KEY REASONS TO INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS
High quality development geared towards the growing local middle class market.
75% LTV mortgages are available to non-resident buyers meaning a cash investment of ~£8,250 + purchase
Fast growing diverse economy with considerable growth in industry, manufacturing services and the relocation
of multinational companies.
PWC rate Istanbul as the best location for overall development in Europe and RICS forecasts sustained
growth in the Istanbul residential market.
The developer, Regnum Property development, has a strong track record in the region and is part of the 6th
largest company in Turkey.
Dubai Holdings & Emaar Properties are investing heavily in Turkey and in Istanbul particularly
Cash-flow positive with a 70% LTV mortgage with yields expected to achieve between 7-9%
All payments are held in an Escrow account by Law Firm and are only released when construction stages are
signed off by QS.
Hands-free management of your apartment is available through Tishman International
Developer will pay for the services of Law Firm, Imison & Co.
Continued Tourism growth fuelled by regular low cost flights.
Year on Year large increases in FDI ~105% in 2006
Under supplied local market – ¾ of those units already sold have been sold to the local market
EU accession plans
GDP growth of 7.5% in 2006
Forecasted Annualised Return on Capital Employed ~ 59% when using a 70% LTV mortgage
ASTRUM TOWERS INVESTMENT SUMMARY
Turkey is experiencing historic levels of FDI and this is fueling growth in all the major economic sectors. Where Europe
meets Asia has never been strategically more important. The emergence of China and India as global economic powers has
changed the economic map and has enabled Turkey to position itself as a logistical centre and Europe’s border. This has
led to some European countries applying considerable pressure on the EU to have Turkish accession accelerated. Foreign
Direct Investment increased by 105% in 2006 and has increased by over 400% already in 2007. The growth in tourism
has further fueled the economy and alongside manufacturing, heavy industry, services and the logistics sector has established
Turkey as a multi faceted economy therefore not over relying on any one sector. This provides considerable economic
stability and enables sustainable growth.
Istanbul is the powerhouse in the Turkish economy, is it widely suggested that it will become a major global business
centre when the country is permitted to join the EU. The change in mortgage laws means that many Turkish residents are now
able to purchase their own property and will be looking to do so over the next couple of years. Couple this with increased
immigration to the region due to the arrival of international businesses and a population of over 12 million and it is clear
to see why this has led to a housing shortage in Istanbul. Istanbul is split into 31 districts spread over a very large area. The
centre of Istanbul has already reached prices which are unobtainable to local people, as a result we have decided to focus on
areas where the growth is driven by the local market rather than by Investors. The first third of Astrum Towers has been sold to
This select development will offer 1285 apartments a third of which have already been sold to the local market set in a
secure community that will include various amenities such as swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, a gym with
aerobic studio and two saunas. The development offers a higher quality of property than is currently available to the local
emerging middle classes. Our forecasting suggests annual appreciation levels averaging somewhere in the region of 20%.
Rental yields are expected to be between 7-9% and annualised return on capital employed forecasted to be 59%. 75%
LTV mortgages are available to foreign purchasers and with apartments available from ~£33k investors purchase their
property with just £8,250 cash plus purchase costs.
WHY INVEST IN TURKEY;
– Strategic location
– Growing economy
– Booming Property Market
– Vast foreign investment
– Tourism boom
WHY INVEST IN TURKEY; STRATEGIC LOCATION
Surrounded by four different seas and
crossing 2 continents, Europe and Asia,
Turkey is 780,000 sq km in size and
has a population of over 70 million. It’s
capital city is Ankara with a population
of approximately 4.4 million, although
it’s largest and most important city
is Istanbul with a population of over
12 million that is rapidly rising.
It’s main trade links are with the UK,
France, Italy & Germany
Turkey has a good airport network with
regular flights connecting the UK and
other European cities to the main cities
and coastal tourist resorts.
Talks regarding EU accession were officially opened in October 2005, but were withdrawn in December 2006 due to various
stumbling blocks - trade relations with Cyprus being one of them. However, since President Gül’ s electoral victory in July this
year, Turkey’s talks regarding EU accession have been encouraged to be re-opened. The International Crisis Group’s
August 2007 report states that:
‘Europe has "nothing to lose" and "everything to gain" from Turkey’s membership aspirations. While the country is
not yet ready to join – with the earliest possible date of accession "a decade away" - leaders and diplomats must keep avenues
open for when political confidence returns’
WHY INVEST IN TURKEY; GROWING ECONOMY
Turkey's economy grew an average of 7.5% per year from 2002 through 2006, demonstrating one of the highest
sustained rates of growth in the world, plus it is expected to grow about 6.1% in 2007 according to the U.S. Department
of State. Inflation and interest rates have fallen significantly, the currency has stabilized, government debt has
declined to more supportable levels, and business and consumer confidence have returned. The International
Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that Turkey's economic performance lately has been "impressive" and hailed the
government's reform efforts.
The South-East European times published official figures in April 2007 to show that Turkey's real GDP growth reached
6.1% in 2006, well above the 5% forecast for the fifth year in a row. The cumulative rate of real GDP growth reached 40%
in the past five years, marking it as the longest stretch of uninterrupted growth in Turkey's history.
Foreign Direct Investment has grown at a continually high rate since 2002, as illustrated in the table below. In fact by
attracting $20.2 billion in FDI in 2006, it’s highest amount ever, Turkey was ranked among the top 5 developing countries.
Turkish Inward Direct Foreign Investment (Million $)
Jan - April
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2006 2007
Total Foreign Direct Investment (Net) 1,137 1,752 2,883 9,803 20,12 1,713 10,04
% increase in FDI each year - 54% 64% 240% 105% 486% so far!
FDI in Real Estate (Net) - 998 1,343 1,841 2,922 1,047 1,256
% increase in Real Estate FDI each year - - 35% 37% 59% 19% so far!
WHY INVEST IN TURKEY; BOOMING PROPERTY MARKET
Turkey’s property market is one of the fastest growing in the world for both local and foreign investors and is in the top 5
most attractive countries for investment according to a survey conducted by Assetz, a real estate investment firm in the UK.
New mortgage laws passed at the beginning of the year to allow locals and foreigners to obtain mortgages at competitive
interest rates - typical rates are now half of what they used to be. These changes in law were brought about due to the recent
economic growth of the country that has led to better job prospects, improved salaries, increased GDP per capita and
consequently more purchasing power, which in turn fuelled the demand for higher living standards. With a population of over
70 million the demand for new build affordable properties is high and creates a dynamic domestic market and perfect exit
strategy for foreign investors.
Turkey has struggled with overpopulation, internal migration, unplanned urbanisation, and unqualified and illegal housing for
decades. It is estimated that Turkey needs approximately 400,000 new residences each year, of which only around
200,000 are being built. However, along with the population growth, downsizing of family units and the increase in urbanisation,
the annual housing need is estimated at 600,000 in 2010 and 800,000 in 2015.
According to www.shelteroffshore.com, Turkish property prices remain intrinsically low and have a lot of ground to make up
as a direct result of the recession in the housing market earlier this century house prices. The market has been averaging 40%
returns so to purchase now will mean that you will benefit from the future predicted buoyancy and interest in the market
sparked by Turkey’s growing appeal and attraction for global investors and visitors.
WHY INVEST IN TURKEY; VAST FOREIGN INVESTMENT
Foreign ownership laws governing and protecting property ownership rights have been tightened in Turkey so those
looking to invest in Turkey can take comfort in the fact that their rights are protected. This has reduced some of the risk
that foreign investors perceived to exist in Turkey and has led to the country’s property market appealing to a wider
Praised for having a strong and growing economy, the country has been heralded as a major attraction for foreign
investors by finance website ‘Finance Daily’, who state Turkey is a favourable option over other “more established” foreign
property markets. In the last 3 years $4.5 billion has been invested into the Turkish real estate sector and it is
expected that a further $6 billion will be set aside to build new residential areas, shopping centres and plazas.
According to Turkish Daily News, major international companies such as Morgan Stanley, UBS, Deutsche Bank, German
MFI and Credit Suisse have been actively researching the risks, profitability and long term prospects for the real estate
market in Turkey, which has been aided by leading Turkish financial institutions. Also GYO, a leading Turkish Financial
Institution, is holding conferences with major investment companies to educate them on the property market there and
demonstrate the investment potential of the country.
Another advantage to International corporations is that English is the country’s international business language that
enables a simplistic way of doing business in the country and also adds to the appeal for foreign investors.
Turkey offers a huge and dynamic domestic market to foreign investors and is set for more rapid development as 64 per
cent of foreign investors plan to make new investments in the coming years, according to the International Investor
WHY INVEST IN TURKEY; TOURISM BOOM
A share of the booming property market has to be linked to the massive
growth in the country’s tourism market. Turkey is quickly becoming a
preferred alternative to the traditional hotspots of Spain and Italy for
holiday and 2nd home owners.
The country has so much to offer with stunning scenery, it’s wealth of
antiquities, over 20 different fascinating civilisations and breathtaking Dalyan
coastlines with 8000 km of sandy beaches. Turkey has also seen a
rapid rise in tourist numbers due to it’s good quality airport
connections and it’s reputation for it’s high standard of service in it’s
hotels and leisure facilities.
Add this to the fact that prices are about 30% cheaper than the
Spanish, Italian and French coastlines and the fact that the cost of living
is between 40-60% less than continental Europe and it’s clear to see
why so many property investors are heading to the sun in Turkey.
Hot tourist areas are coastal resorts such as Altinkum, Fethiye, Bodrum,
Marmaris and Dalaman where investors have seen capital appreciation Istanbul
of over 30% over the last year and where many new luxurious tourist
developments are being constructed.
However tourist arrivals in Istanbul have also increased, spurring the
introduction of daily flights with EasyJet from the UK and presenting
opportunities for short-term rentals in the city centre.
WHY INVEST IN ISTANBUL;
- Growing Economy
- Rapidly developing property market
- Booming Büyükçekmece District
WHY INVEST IN ISTANBUL; INTRODUCTION
With a population of over 12 million inhabitants, Istanbul is the powerhouse of Turkey’s economy and is it widely suggested
that Istanbul will become a major global business centre should the country be permitted to join the EU.
Located in the north-west Marmara Region of Turkey, Istanbul encloses the southern Bosphorus which places the city in a
unique position covering two continents - the Western portion is in Europe, while the Eastern portion is in Asia. The
emergence of China and India as global economic powers has changed the economic map and has enabled Turkey, and
particularly Istanbul, to position itself as a logistical centre and Europe’s border.
The Istanbul province is a sprawling region covering 6,200 sq km and is split into 31 districts, some of which are marked on the
Istanbul’s main airport is Ataturk Map to show Istanbul’s 31 districts
International Airport located in
the Bakirköy district of Istanbul, 24
km from the city centre. There are Gaziosmanpaşa
daily direct flights from the UK with
British Airways and Turkish
It’s secondary airport, Sabiha Silivri
Gökcen International airport is Beykoz
located in the Kurtköy district on the
Asian side of the city, 45 km from
the centre, close to the Istanbul
Park GP Racing Circuit. EasyJet
have established daily flights to this
airport from London Luton as a Büyükçekmece
result of increased tourist traffic
to the city.
WHY INVEST IN ISTANBUL; GROWING ECOMONY
Istanbul is the powerhouse of the Turkish economy and confidence in the city is at an all time high. Its consistent
improvement year on year and can be attributed mainly to the following reasons.
Record levels of Foreign Direct Investment
When talks were opened with the EU regarding Turkey’s accession into the EU there was an imminent surge of Foreign Direct
Investment particularly in Istanbul’s retail property market. The amount of shopping area per 1,000 people in Istanbul is well
below the average for the European union at 32 sqm per 1,000 compared to 117 sqm per 1,000 and as the per capita rental prices
on commercial space is in Istanbul is much cheaper than that of other European cities there is room for massive expansion in
the retail sector. This has fuelled investment in the city with two of the worlds most recognised retail brands, Ikea and Harvey
Nichols opening stores in the city in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Foreign Ownership laws in Turkey
Foreign investment in Istanbul is incredibly high and now foreign ownership is once again allowed and laws protecting property
rights have been tightened, more and more foreigners are purchasing residential property in the city. There is a demand for
short-term lettings due to increased tourism traffic in the most fashionable areas of the city, however the main market is for
buy-to-let residential property due to the record number of businesses now establishing bases in Istanbul. These
businesses require good quality commercial space and their professional staff, in turn require a higher standard of accommodation
to live in – thus creating a buoyant buy-to-let market for Foreign Investors.
Young and professional population
65% of the 70 million population of Turkey are under 35 years old, meaning there is a healthy workforce that will be of working
age for decades to come. Also, the small manufacturing industries that have historically dominated the city are now moving out
and are being replaced by commercial and services companies, as indicated above. These new companies are attracting
professional staff, which in turn increases wages and therefore quality of life in the city.
Lowest inflation levels since the 1970s at 9.7% in 2006
WHY INVEST IN ISTANBUL; A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING PROPERTY MARKET
Residential and commercial property markets are experiencing record and almost unprecedented growth because of key
economic factors given on the previous page. It is reported that those who invested in property in Istanbul reaped returns of up
to 85% in 2005 and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have ranked the city among the top 26 other European cities with the highest
development outlook in their Emerging Trends and Real Estate Europe 2007 report.
The change in mortgage laws means that many Turkish residents are now able to purchase their own property and will be
looking to do so over the next couple of years. Couple this with increased immigration to the region due to the arrival of
international businesses and a population of over 12 million and it is clear to see why this has led to a housing shortage in
The number of businesses moving into the city is fuelling demand, inflating rental yields and pushing up property prices in
the city. The UK’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) states that Turkey’s improving general economic performance
offers great potential for property investors seeking long-term returns from buying in Istanbul.
Dubai Holdings have made their largest investment in the Istanbul property market committing $5 billion. This includes the $5
million Dubai Towers development in the Levant business district due to complete in 2008. The worlds largest property developers,
Emaar properties, have announced plans to construction a $700 million development of 600 stylish villas on the lakeside in
the Buyukcekmece district of the city as a joint venture with Turkey’s largest jewelry company, Atasay. Mr Cihan Kamer,
Atasay's Chairman said: 'We are excited that we are working together with Emaar to build world class landmark projects in Turkey.
With this partnership, our goal is to serve the Turkish people and provide quality communities with increased lifestyle options’
The Lakeside project is the first of many developments for Emaar Properties, but they are not only investing in the real
estate sector, as Dr Nader Mohammed, Emaar's Executive Director - International Operations explains; ‘we are investing in
finance, energy, telecom, tourism and media sectors as part of Emaar's long-term investment plans within the country. We look
forward to the opening of our new corporate office in Istanbul during the next quarter,' said.
According to real estate agency, Century 21, Istanbul's newly developed suburbs such as Beylikduzu and Umraniye are becoming
increasing popular with foreign buyers as returns can climb to 20% or more.
WHY INVEST IN ISTANBUL; BÜYÜKÇEKMECE DISTRICT
The Büyükçekmece district is a rapidly Büyükçekmece Lake Istanbul City Centre
developing suburb of Istanbul. Located
approximately 30 km from the city centre, but still
well situated for transport links. It is within close
proximity of the main Ataturk airport, excellent
road access via the TEM and E-5 connection roads
and nearby Kumport, the city’s major
commercial harbour, is located in Beylikdüzü.
With a population of 350,000 inhabitants, the
infrastructure of the area is being developed and
updated constantly. It already has good schools
and four universities.
The area is a mix of small industrial zones,
factories, hotels and shopping centres.
Büyükçekmece has also become a major hub for
trade fairs and conferences. The Tüyap Fair,
Convention and Congress centre in Beylikdüzü is
the largest conference centre in Turkey and
operates to international standards.
The district houses various shopping centres and
retails outlets. An example of this is the Atirus
Shopping Centre is a modern shopping mall that
opened in December 2005, located off of the busy
D-100 highway from Istanbul. It offers 80 stores, a Centre Astrum Towers
food court, space for 63 offices and employs 1,000 International Airport
WHY INVEST IN ISTANBUL; THE BOOMING BÜYÜKÇEKMECE DISTRICT
The suburbs of Istanbul are in a period of rapid development as international businesses move into the city and demand
for good quality housing increases. Due to it’s location and fantastic transport links, Büyükçekmece is no exception with
investors increasingly purchasing land for residential and commercial developments.
In the three weeks following the presidential elections in July, that lead to increased confidence in EU accession at some point
in the future, property sales increased in Büyükçekmece by 300%. A representative of Remax Delta real estate said that
‘the district is literally under attack from both foreign and local investors’. In addition to the Astrum Towers development, other
examples of the development is this area include:
– Emaar Properties’ joint venture with Azatay, the Lakeside, is a $700
million development on the shores of Büyükçekmece lake is a prime
example of the upscale developments arriving in the area. Covering 1.7
million sqm, the project will include 600 luxury villas, recreational and
social spaces for residents as well as a wide range of community
amenities. Emaar’s chairman Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar said that the
announcement “marks another milestone in Emaar's ongoing international
expansion……Turkey was a significant market to our plans and demonstrated
Emaar’s Lakeside development
ideal market conditions for high quality master planned communities.”
– The TKPalmKonBlkB1A development in Beylikduzu. An 858 apartment
complex in the suburb offering a small shopping centre, underground car
parking, community satellite and video entry system, communal swimming
pools and children's play areas. A 1 bedroom apartment here costs
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS
- Ideal Location
- Development Site Plan
- Investment options
- Quality Finish
- Management Company
- High Achievable Yields
- Project Team
- Investor Security
- Payment Schedule
- Return on Investment
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; IDEAL LOCATION
Located in the Haramidere area of Büyükçekmece, Astrum Towers is in a perfect
location primed to attract the young workforce and student market that is growing
in the local area. For the convenience of the residents, the development is situated
within close proximity to many shopping centres, including Carrefour supermarket.
For extra comfort Astrum Towers also provides its residents with the high quality
amenities and facilities that are in demand in this new market place. These include:
- 330 sqm outdoor swimming pool - 650 sqm Basketball Courts
- Two saunas - 350 sqm Fitness centre
- Café - 150 sqm Aerobics studio
- Restaurant - Outdoor & covered parking
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; DEVELOPMENT SITE PLAN
Below is a site plan of the 5 buildings that will form the Astrum Towers development. In total the project will offer 3,500 units
and will be constructed over 5 years in three phases. The 5 buildings shown below are the first phase, currently buildings B1,
C2 and D are available.
Some of the apartments on floors 4 to 10 have balconies. All south facing units on the higher floors will have sea views from
a distance of 5km. The east facing apartments in Block D and south facing apartments in Block B1 will have views over the
communal pool. All other directions will have clear, unrestricted views of the surrounding business district, over the nearby
park with small lake and low-rise residential areas.
There are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available, varying in size from 56 sqm to 136 sqm in a variety of layouts. The
following pages give examples of a 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartment. For a brochure showing all available unit types, please ask
your sales consultant.
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; INVESTMENT OPTIONS
There are 9 styles of 1 bedroom apartment available at
Astrum Towers - the floor plan opposite is for a type B
All 1 bedroom apartments have an open plan living /
dining / kitchen area, with separate bedroom and
bathroom. All apartments are unfurnished and finished to
the standards outlined on page 22 of this prospectus.
Some have a covered parking space.
1 bedroom apartments are available from £33,000 (56
sqm) which equates to £589 per sqm.
With 75% Loan-to-Value mortgages available investors
can purchase a one bedroom apartment with just £8,250
cash + purchase costs.
1 bedroom type B
Gross area = 56 sqm
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; INVESTMENT OPTIONS
There are 4 styles of 2 bedroom apartment available at Astrum Towers - the floor plan below is for a type B apartment.
Type A 2 bedroom apartments have an open plan living / dining / kitchen area and one bathroom. All other types have
separate living and kitchen areas with 2 bathrooms (one en-suite). All apartments are unfurnished and finished to the
standards outlined on page 22 of this prospectus and have a covered parking space, while some have a balcony.
2 bedroom apartments are available from £48,000 (80 sqm) which equates to £600 per sqm.
With 75% Loan-to-Value mortgages available investors can purchase a two bedroom apartment with just £12,000 cash
+ purchase costs.
2 bedroom type B
Gross area = 99 sqm
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; INVESTMENT OPTIONS
There are 2 styles of 3 bedroom apartment available at Astrum Towers - the floor plan below is for a type A apartment.
Both styles have separate living / dining and kitchen areas with 2 bathrooms (one en-suite). All apartments are unfurnished
and finished to the standards outlined on page 22 of this prospectus and have a covered parking space, while some have
3 bedroom apartments are available from £60,580 (128 sqm) which equates to £473 per sqm.
With 75% Loan-to-Value mortgages available investors can purchase a three bedroom apartment with just £15,145
cash + purchase costs.
3 bedroom type A
Net area = 128 sqm
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; QUALITY FINISH & FURNITURE PACKS
All apartments in the Astrum Towers development are finished to a high specification with the following fixtures and
- Parquet Flooring in living rooms
- Carpets in bedrooms
- Central Heating
- Fitted kitchen – Laminated or melamine covered cabinets, Laminated counter, built-in oven and extraction fan.
- Fully fitted bathroom with ceramic tile flooring, shower in 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, bath tub and shower in 3
bedroom apartments, towel rack, toilet paper holder, soap dish, heated towel rail, extractor fan & mirror.
Furniture Packs will be available, the developer is currently finalising details and prices of these, although they expect the
cost to be from £2,000.
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Astrum Towers will be a completely hands-free investment opportunity and to ensure the property is maintained to a high
standard, the developers have instructed the services of Tishman International.
Tishman International is a full service property management and development company with over 100 years of
experience, serving Europe and the USA. Putting their customers' needs first, they provide professional real estate and asset
management, on one hand, and property acquisition and development, on the other, managing some 4 million square meters and
having constructed another 1,5 million square meters of all types of buildings, both for our own account and for clients. See
http://tishmanmanagement.bg/management.php for more information.
For the Astrum Towers development, Tishman will work with local partners to maintain and manage the communal areas of
the building in terms of dealing with day-to-day issues, including managing repairs and general maintenance. The annual service
charge for this will be approximately €8 per sqm however, at present in Turkey it is common practice for these costs are paid
by the tenant.
For approximately 15% of the rental income they can also offer a full management service, whereby as the owners'
representatives they will look for new tenants, screening them carefully, sign rental agreements using the latest forms and
disclosures by law and collecting the rent and deposit. Again, it is currently common practice for these costs are covered by the
The objectives of Tishman International are to:
- Increase occupancy
- Reduce tenant fluctuation
- Reduce expenses
- Maintain all common areas and grounds
- Anticipate capital needs
- Maximise the value of the property
- Protect and preserve the property
- Keep tenants satisfied
- Adopt an individual approach in compliance with owners needs
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; HIGH ACHIEVABLE YIELDS
TURYAP, a real estate agency in Istanbul, states that typical rents of TL 500-1000 (£190-£381) per month can be
achieved when marketing a 100 sqm, 3 bed apartment in a new building development with a swimming pool in the
Büyükçekmece district dependant on the area.
The rental market for Astrum Towers will be the young working population, young families and students living in
the area, therefore it is very likely that year-round tenants will be sourced.
Using this information we would expect the following rentals to be achieved at Astrum Towers:
Apartment Purchase Charge Annual Rental Yields
Type Size price
(sqm) TL £ £ %
1 bed 56 £33,000 472 £180 £2,160 6.55%
2 bed 80 £48,000 750 £286 £3,435 7.16%
3 bed 128 £60,580 1,000 £382 £4,580 7.56%
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; PROJECT TEAM
DEVELOPER & CONSTRUCTION FIRM
Regnum Property Development Construction Trade and Commerce SA are the developer and construction firm for the Astrum
Towers development. Regnum is a leading developer with more than a million square metres of projected construction area
covering 22 projects in 3 different countries (UK, Bulgaria and Turkey). Please visit http://www.regnumhomes.com for
more information on the company and their other projects.
This company is a part of the Ozturk Group an Anglo-Turkish organisation with four different business lines under its
umbrella. Ozturk Group also includes Opet, an international recognised company in oil trading and distribution with a turnover
of over four billion dollars, making it the 6th largest enterprise in Turkey.
Regnum Limited will pay for the legal services of IMISON & CO. Imison is a modern, progressive firm of Scrivener
notaries based in the city of London. Please visit www.imisonnotaries.com for information. They have a specialist Turkish
department and a solicitor dedicated to Astrum Towers. You will be liable for Stamp Duty of 3% of the value shown on the title
deed, which is a statutory cost of aquistion. Escrow funds will be administered in the United Kingdom by IMISON & CO.
Should you prefer an independent solicitor, Kazmaz Law Office is an international law firm, who specialize in real estate law
and the protection of foreign investors’ rights in Turkey, at reasonable rates. www.kazmaz.av.tr. Kazmaz Law Office provides
clients with a team of expatriate professional partners who are familiar with the Astrum Towers project.
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WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; INVESTOR SECURITY
Experienced British solicitors were involved in the negotiation and drafting of the Property Sales Agreement (PSA). The PSA is
provided in Turkish and in English. Should the Seller fail to deliver the title deed (tapu) , the Seller shall return all monies paid
plus interest within 60 days.
Freehold legal title (kat mulkiyeti tapu)
The land is owned by Regnum Property Development Construction Trade and Commerce SA, which is one of the Regnum
Group Companies and Regnum International Limited secures the performance of all of the latter’s obligations as land owner.
The land is free of encumbrance in terms of the most recent check at Land Registry. The Building License is current and valid
for 10 years. The necessary Power of Attorney documentation in respect of the Seller is also valid.
Foreigners may purchase property in Turkey provided there is actual reciprocity between Turkey and the country whose citizen
intends to buy in Turkey.Currently there is reciprocity between the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Legal protection and/or bank guarantee
Purchaser monies will be administered in the United Kingdom via the escrow account of IMISON Notaries (supra).
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; PAYMENT SCHEDULE
• A non-refundable reservation deposit of £1,000 is required to hold your unit. Your unit will be held for 48 hours to
enable your reservation.
• The Preliminary Sale Agreement (PSA) will be sent to you from the developer within 7 days of your reservation. You
are required to sign and return this to the developer within 28 days. At this point the 1st instalment of 30% of the
total purchase price is payable.
• 30% of the total purchase price will be payable upon commencement of rough construction (estimated April ‘08).
• 30% of the total purchase price will be payable upon building completion (estimated May 2009)
• The final instalment of 10% is required on Land Title Transfer (estimated 1 month after building completion).
WHY INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; CASH-FLOW & RETURN ON INVESTMENT
The calculations below are based on a 2 bedroom apartment at Astrum Towers. Using a mortgage of 70% LTV at 6.9% interest
over 20 years. Exchange rate is TL 2.62: £1
Purchase Price: £48,000
30% 1st Payment: £14,400
70% LTV Mortgage: £33,600
Bank Arrangement Fee (2%): £672
Total Mortgage Amount: £34,272
Cash Invested (30%): £14,400
Purchase costs (Notary & Legal - detailed on page 33): £1,790
Total Cash Invested upon completion: £16,190
Annual income assuming a rental yield of 7.16% (as per page 24):
Annual rental yield: £3,437
Est. Annual Costs: £100
Annual mortgage repayments: £3,164
Annual Gain: £173
Over the first 2 years after completion, the annual equity profit (assuming a 15% annual capital appreciation) will be:
Annual Cash Gain: £173
Annual Mortgage Capital Reduction: £1,714
Annualised Capital Appreciation: £7,740
Total Annual Equity Profit: £9,626
Original Cash Invested: £16,190
ANNUALISED RETURN ON CASH INVESTED: 59%
HOW TO INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS;
– Purchase procedure
– Law Firm & Scope of service
– Taxation & Costs
– Next steps
HOW TO INVEST IN ASTRUM TOWERS; PURCHASE PROCEDURE
Sign Reservation Contract and make Deposit payment
It is very important to contact Imison & co as you will have to present your identity document or passport to
them in person (they can arrange for a correspondent notary if this is not convenient)
Power of Attorney – this enables the lawyer to:
Obtain your title deed
Obtain a tax number
Connect and register water and electricity utilities
Represent you at the court house
Sign and return Purchase Contract and pay the first instalment of 30% of the total purchase cost
Arrange for your tax number and registration
Open a bank account in Turkey
Effect payments specified in the contract
Transfer and Registration of Title Deeds (Tapu)
DASK – compulsory earthquake insurance (costs calculated upon m2 of property)