Welcome to our first ever Moving Overseas Newsletter. I'm sorry if I've kept you waiting, but I thought it best to wait until we'd actually moved so I had plenty to tell you about.


June 2nd, 2006
Issue #1

"Can't Escape The 9 - 5 Grind? - Discover How We Have & How You Can Too!"

Table of Contents

o New Life Abroad
In the first of a series of mini-articles Lorraine tells you about our first few weeks living abroad including how we had to move home after just 3 weeks.

o Site Update
I'll tell you a little about how our website is developing & about the latest pages along with links to them

o Our New Business
Find out how we have become property developers in Turkey.


New Life Abroad

Charlie the Cat arrives safely
Well, we've finally done it ! On 7th April 2006 we started our new life abroad by moving overseas to Turgutreis in Turkey. We landed at Milas Airport with just four suitcases & Charlie our cat in his pet carrier, no-one even bothered to check the paperwork. It made me wonder why I'd gone to all the trouble and expense of form filling and arranging visits to the vet for injections. I don't recommend trying to sneak your pet through without doing everything properly though!

Double check all the details
We'd arranged an airport transfer with a friend who took us to our newly rented house. We arrived just after midnight to be met by very strong winds, only to find there had been a breakdown in communication and we had no keys so ended up staying at our friends apartments for the night. Not a good start to our new life abroad in Turkey!

Read the contract
Next day our hearts sank at the sight of our new house which we had rented for a year. Tatty, in need of decoration and a with very bad smell. Later we found we had no hot water and the electricity went out completely when we used a particular socket. Over the next few days, several conversations and visits from the Estate Agent and site Manager, we were told that we were responsible for any problems and this was the way it worked in Turkey. That was it! We had to move......

Read the rest of the article here: www.moving-overseas-guide.com/new-life-abroad.html


Site Updates

Over the last few months we have been very busy with our move to Turkey, so have not had much time to devote to Moving Overseas Guide. Coupled with the fact that we've not got a telephone or internet access at home yet, it has not been easy creating new content. Visitor numbers are however continuing to increase and have now reached an average of nearly 50 unique visitors per day viewing over 3,500 pages during May. We have achieved this by following a tried & tested system by a Canadian company called Sitesell. Our Why & How page tells you more about this. We have also added the following pages recently which you may find of interest:

Buying Property in Turkey. A complete guide to buying property in Turkey. Details and advice about TAPU, Solicitors, Banks, Power of Attorney and much more.

Turgutreis Barbeque - a few pictures of some of our new friends in Turkey, taken on my birthday.


Our New Business

When we first visited Bodrum in June 2005, we started looking at properties on the Peninsula and found a very knowledgeable & helpful estate agent. Following lots of land & property viewings & many hours of discussions, we agreed in principle to a joint property development venture. Over the next few months we carried out lots of research to further our knowledge about property development. We made another two trips to Bodrum viewing more property & land, visited other agents & a solicitor & finally in March 2006 we purchased some land in Mumcular.

The project is now in full swing, with Architects having finished the initial plans. A brochure has been produced & prices start from around £28,000 / €41,000 / $52,000

Here is an extract from our brochure:

These architecturally designed, two bedroom apartments offer a lake view in the beautiful setting of the Mumcular Valley. If you prefer nature & tranquility to the hustle & bustle of a tourist area, then a Lakeview Apartment could be your ideal choice. You are just a short distance however from the cosmopolitan town of Bodrum, frequented by the rich & famous.

Lakeview Apartments is a small development consisting of 3 blocks of 3 apartments. Built on 730 square metres of land, there is ample space for the landscaped gardens & the large 50 square metre swimming pool. Sailing & fishing is allowed on the nearby reservoir.

Being developed by a joint British / Turkish Partnership, the complex benefits from standard facilities which are expected in most countries, but surprisingly are often absent in Turkish built homes. These include high specification damp-proofing, water heating, shower cubicle & six electricity sockets per room.

The following pages from our website should give you a feel for our development and the Mumcular / Bodrum area:

Mumcular Overseas - come with us on a guided tour of the Mumcular area.

Bodrum Property - shows you views from our land as well as telling you a little about the nearby villages.

Bodrum Pictures - for pictures of Bodrum Castle, beach & other villages on the peninsula.


Well, thats all for now. I hope you've found something useful here to help plan for a move overseas. Hopefully we'll have our residence permit soon so can apply for our phone line & ADSL connection. We'll then be able to spend more time finding quality content for our Moving Overseas Guide and for our next newsletter.

If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about either this newsletter or our site, please drop us a line from our Contact Us page.

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Warm Regards

Pete & Lorraine
Moving Overseas Guide

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