Once a sale is agreed, a purchase contract will be drawn up by the buyer’s lawyer, for the buyer and seller to sign and the deposit is paid.
On signature of the contract and payment of the deposit the contract becomes binding on both parties.
If following the payment of the deposit the buyer decides to pull out of the agreement the deposit will be forfeited.
If following the payment of the deposit the seller decides to pull out of the agreement the deposit is refunded and penalty clauses apply.
The level of deposit varies from property to property but as a general rule 10% applies for resale property.
Contracts should ideally be signed by buyer and seller face to face in the presence of the Turkish solicitor.
However this is not always possible and it is acceptable for the parties to sign the contract and return by scanned email.
The use of reservation deposits is also common, with a small amount of money paid in order to remove the property from the market for a given time.
This timeframe, usually three to four weeks, gives all parties a breathing space, in which to complete the conveyance and check the terms of the contract fully before signing and paying the contractual deposit.
A reservation deposit is usually 3% and paid to the agent as guarantor for both parties (buyer and seller).
Property purchased off plan or in construction may have different payment schedules with interim or stage payments common place.
As a general rule, payment terms and purchase price go hand in hand with property price negotiation. You will therefore need to know the time scales you require to release or organise your finances when making an offer.