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Working with Real Estate Agents

How to handle the relationship between yourself and real estate agents when working on short sales will hinge on whether the agent works for you or the lender. The more prepared you are for both situations, the more likely it is you will get what you want out of either relationship.

While it is not always necessary to hire an agent to help you locate short sale properties and close deals, it can be very useful. When an agent works on your side, you can gain benefit from their experience, their local knowledge and their ability to help you obtain the best deal possible. Of course, you might have to pay for the service. Some agents, however, will be willing to take the split the lender offers upon closing.


Hiring an agent to assist in short sale purchases is much like finding an agent for any other real estate transaction. To get the best, it is smart to look for those who:

• Specialize or are experienced with short sales

Face it; short sales are not the typical kind of purchase. When an agent is experienced in closing deals like this, you will be better positioned for dealing with homeowners and lenders. Your agent’s level of expertise can be a big asset during the short sale process.

• Have a good deal of local knowledge

This is essential to assist you in selecting the best possible buys. While a short sale price might seem fair to you, an agent will know if there are mitigating circumstances that could make the property worth less on the resale than it might seem. For example, impending construction projects in a neighborhood could impact value. Unless you have a lot of area knowledge, it’s not a bad idea to rely on an agent who knows the community you’re interested in.

• Fit with your personality

Even if a Realtor has the best reputation in the world, if he or she doesn’t fit your personality, you’re not going to be happy with the situation. You want an agent you can communicate with and trust in.

It might not be necessary to hire an agent to help you find short sales, but it can work to your advantage. The lender will likely have a broker or agent working on its side and will have access to legal help, as well. Just remember, you might end up having to pay a portion of the commission yourself. If the agent helps you get your hands on a great buy, however, it will be worth every penny.

Working With A Lender’s AgentShould you decide to forego your own representation, it’s okay. You will very likely have to deal with a seller or lender’s agent, however. There are some things you need to keep in mind when doing this.

Remember, the seller’s agent will:

• Not be working in your best interests, per say. He or she will represent the seller or the bank, not you.

• Will try to push you for the highest offer possible. This only makes sense considering his or her commission could depend on it.

No, you don’t have to be suspicious of every move a seller’s agent makes. Just keep in mind that this person wants to close the deal and get the best price possible for the clients. That’s the job they were hired for, after all.

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Visit Taksim Square in Istanbul

If you visited had a chance to rent a property in Istanbul before you must have visited the Independence street ( Istiklal street ) and if you haven’t visited it so we recommend you to visit it because it is the most beautiful popular touristic place in Istanbul and in Turkey.

The Basic Information:

Address: The European side, bay Oglu town, Taksim.

Time of visit: From 10 am until late night, it is prefered for families and children to back home before 1 am.

Off days: Non

Transportations: from the town of ”Sultan Ahmed ” taking the tram numbered T1 in the same road of Kabtas, and stop in the ” Karkoy ” station, and up to the Tunel or going along to the end of the station and up to the tunel numbered F1.

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Tags: Entertainment, Taksim hotels – Restaurants – Tunel

Number of visits: 26907

Taksim square in Istanbul:

This street is specialized with its great history, the visitors of this place reach to 3 million visitors everyday.

The length of the street measured about 3 KM and half and extends from Taksim square till the Tunel area which connects the street with Karakoy town, passed to Bebra town, and it is a town in an area called beyoglu in the European side in Istanbul.

Taksim square is considered to be the main center for many activities and also a very important location for every tourist. It includes many stores and archeological buildings, liberties, Banks, Cinemas, Café shops, and also includes many embassies such as the embassy of the Unites states of America, The embassy of France, The embassy of Greece and The embassy of United Kingdom.

The most important things in this place is the memorial statue and the old tram, ”Cezy garden”, ” The flower passage ” and also the fish shop, ( Balik Pazari ).

The place in a historical view:

During the Ottoman empire this street was called ” The big street ” and it included a lot of cultured people in this street during that time, and after the Republic of Turkey has been declared in October 29 in 1923 its name has changed to become ( The Independence Street ) as a memorial place for the victorious of the Turkish independence war.

The name of ” Taksim square ” back to ” Sultan Mahmoud the first ” where the main sources of the water to spread to the whole city.

Hotels in Taksim square:

Taksim square included the old tram way which is still working until now and it has been there since the Ottoman empire and the street of the tram way is only a traffic way which it doesn’t include any private cars, The place also includes many different 5 stars hotels and also the small hotels.

One of the most popular hotel in that place is ”Santa Ottoman Hotel” which is located 300 meter from Taksim square and Metro station, Also a hotel called ”Lush Hotel Taksim” and ”Innpera Hotel” which is located 50 meters from the square where you can also visit many real estate offices and agencies if you want to invest and buy real estate in Turkey.

Another hotel called ” Triada Hotel Taksim ” is so near from the square and it is specialized by its decorated rooms with the Turkish style, the hotel offers breakfast with the tradition Turkish dishes with open Bufe. The hotel is amazing for the non-smokers because smoking in this place is totally forbidden, the hotel offers free transportation to Ataturk Airport in case of wanting.

Moreover the popular 5 stars hotel ” Marmara ” which is located in front of Taksim Square.

The Memorial ( The monument of the republic Turkey )

The popular artist ”Petro” has carved a statu in 1928 as a memorial statu for Ataturk for the victorious of the Turkish independence war, many other status has carved for the most important characters who had very important roles in the political side since the time of Ataturk.

Some events are celebrated beside this monument such as the memorial of death anniversary of Ataturk and the anniversary of the independence war of the republic Turkey, and many more others, The aspects of those events are very interesting when military parade takes its place during those events, a very strong buzzer happens at 8 am for one minute as a minute of silence for his death.

Shopping center in Istiklal street:

It is located in Istiklal street and it includes 5 floors with 3 floors underground, it includes stores for electronics, restaurants and café shops and Cinemas, this shopping mall is considered to be the most popular and newest shopping malls, Although it is a small in measure but it includes many stores and it offers many discounts.

For more information about this Shopping mall you can visit its official website:

The old tram way:

It is located in the Istklal street since 1875 and has re-worked since 1990 to give a historical environment in the city, The tram takes you from Taksim square passing to the Istklal street, and to the old tunnel in an area called ”Galata” and from there you can reach to the ”Galata Tower ” one of the most popular and historical place in Istanbul.

Activities in Istklal street:

This street is considered to be a culture for many arts with a high class entertainment places, it is also including the ”Ataturk culture center” and it is a big culture center with many activities and opera house and the memorial monument in the middle of this square is one of the most popular and historical memorial.

Also includes many stores such as book stores, show halls, cinemas, theaters, liberties and it is also a public place for many festivals and events, and even demonstrates.

Also includes many café shops and the most popular sweet stores, restaurants for fast foods and traditional Turkish food such as the Turkish Shawrma, and some local and western drinks, those stores are opened from 10 am to 10 pm.

The street is also including many stores for clothes, leathers and makeup stores, Some prices in this area could be a little high than the other places, so we recommend you first look in the other places.

There are many popular restaurants in Istklal street such as Portapera, Pehlivan, Berkat, Hagi pastry which is the oldest pastry store in the city andthere are no any other branchs for Hagi pastry Only in this area. This pastry store specialized by its ”Lokum” which is the Turkish delight with only 40 Turklish Lira for 1 KG.

In this area there are many offices for changing currencies (Doviz) with a little difference in prices from one to another .










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Malls and Markets in Antalya

In Antalya there are a lot of different size malls (shopping centers) scattered in the city, which are in addition to the shopping they are centers of entertainment and recreation. These malls contain many Turkish and global brands, restaurants, cinemas and games for children,

in addition to a lot of events and especially during the tourist season.

picture of open marketsThe tourism has been increased in recent years, especially from Russia and Europe which is more high prices, the thing that encouraged investors to develop and create many modern malls and many others which are under construction. To grow shopping centers in numbers and sizes in Antalya, and to be the shopping as another reason to visit this beautiful city.

All malls around the city offer transfer services. Prices generally are not cheap for the middle east ( the Arab Gulf states) and especially in foreign goods, but it may be very suitable for Turkish products and goods.

In addition to the shopping, these malls contain many restaurants especially the expert in Turkish kitchen and the prices are moderately compared to tourism restaurants.

Markets around the city and streets branching are the main markets of the city; they contain many shops that offer Turkish goods and products in very moderate prices. If you would like to buy souvenirs, artifacts and traditional clothing, the old city is the perfect place for it.

Migros mall

Migros mall in Antalya is the most important shopping center, and the most famous one. Especially for tourists because its closeness from Konyaalti Beach and largest tourist sites.

The Migros Mall is located along the beach against the Ataturk Cultural Park, the water city, and near the Water Antalya museumî Antalya Aquariumî

The mall is considered as an important center in Antalya for shopping and entertainment according to his position and area of more than 85000 square meters, it attracts tens of thousands of visitors a day.

Migros contain a huge supermarket, more than 90 shops, cinema and a hall can be suitable for a thousand persons, and it has a terrace with a magnificent view of the sea and the mountains and also it has a lot of restaurants that we advise you to test while visiting Antalya.

The reaching of the Migros Mall is possible by majority of buses because most of the bus lines pass near it, as well as offering the free transfer services to and from the mall.

For more information you can visit the Migros Mall site on the following link

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Visit Ataturk Park in Antalya

In your visit to Antalya you, you have to walk across the Ataturk Park which is along the seafront of the Antalya city center. Begin with end of Konyaalti beach almost to the limits of the old city center.

The park is daily full of local visitors and tourists in same time to enjoy the spectacular panorama views of the city, the sea and Taurus Mountains from the highest cliff which is covered with trees and flowers.

picture of antalya's ataturk-parkThe park characterizes of harmonious gardens and trees and its endless passes ways that give you a feeling in the far of the city bustle while you are in its center. Moreover the park offers what is suitable for all visitors in its famous restaurants, cafes, games and green areas in addition to the many stalls that selling drinks and Turkish night, all cafes become full of costumers to enjoy the narjela (shisha) with the sounds of live music.

The sport of air flying by parachute is speared on the west side of the park, which has a view on to the Konyaalti beach where the tee station is, in addition to annual presentation to jump into water from the top of the cliff under a sponsor byî red bullî, during the summer months there is no evening without an event or activities or even a free outdoor celebration.

The park is located in the opposite side of the Antalya archaeology museum and many of five stars hotels, as well as on the edge of the park, the ì tramî passes which take you to the old city that not far a few minutes.

The majority of restaurants are ready to receive visitors in summer times and also in winter through indoor halls, so this place offers the fun and entertainment all over the year.

Many of these restaurants have reputation for offering seafood and traditional Turkish meals,î Alara Restaurantî and ìBig Man Restaurantî are restaurants we recommend to visit for excellence in terms of food, services and magnificent views.

Because of the Ataturk Park is considered as one of the most important destinations for tourist, the management of the park pays particular attention to it, through the maintenance and care all the time.

We are advising to visit the park in the afternoon to enjoy it during daylight hours and night hours in one visit.

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