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  1. What is there to do at Saidia (apart from lie on a beach) ?
  2. To be honest with you I'd rather wait and see the answers I'm going to get from those who are about to invest £000's before I say what I think. My question earlier on was a bit rhetorical as I believe that those who are looking to invest haven't actually visited Saidia, or possibly even Morocco maybe. I, on the other hand, know the country intimately....... And it absolutely amazes me that there are people willing to invest huge amounts without having ever set foot in the place and are hyping it up something chronic and I dare say foolishly/dangerously.
  3. Can I ask a *really* stupid question ?? I mean, really, really stupid. Has any one of you ACTUALLY been to Saidia ?? I have.
  4. What you have to appreciate in Turkey is that everything is "no problem"........ Until it *is* a problem, and then you need to switch on your BS meter or put on your knuckleduster.
  5. What is the root of all this discussion ?? I'm simply intrigued to get to the bottom of knowing why the Brits have very little else in common ??
  6. Re: Porche vs Porsche. That isn't how you spell haven't. Nor is that the way to spell aren't. Are you German perhaps ??
  7. From your first sentence I assumed you were running a Banger (nothing wrong in that). Why are you eyeing £23k cars all of a sudden ?
  8. What knowledge do you have of this ?? I'm talking particularly about Cyprus, then Dubai.
  9. What you mean like the VIs ?? My advice is first hand. I don't live in Bulgaria, I am renting abroad and have been doing so for over 2 years. I speak all the languages, my wife is from my host country, we're about as integrated as you can get without actually being one of the locals. I still say you must be nuts to be buying property in a country you no absolutely nothing about. I don't care how cheap.
  10. I think this is nuts. Yes, go and do something like give yourself a problem rather than do nothing........ FFS do you intend to learn their language, do you know bulgarians, do you like them ?? Do you like their food, their culture, their religous beliefs ?? Do you plan to go there year in year out for holidays or are you the type that wants to explore as many countries as possible before you're not able. I just DON'T understand why ANYONE would want to buy into a country they know nothing about.
  11. The article says; "he asked for a 10 per cent discount. “If you want a bargain, then it is always worth asking the question,” he says. The developer agreed, but with one condition: the purchase had to be completed within a week." Translated to me this means; of course the developer agreed, he wanted to quickly lock this sucker in before he had time to realise his mistake and change his mind. This 'entrepreneur', being a hard-nosed experienced businessman acted quickly since he was already imagining how smug he'd feel with the keys to his new millstone, and how jealous others would be of him
  12. £770k property for 35year old "Entrepreneur" ?? didn't know Wolverhampton was so sought after ?? 10% off, yeah right ! (10% off an imaginary number).
  13. Absolutely, but I wasn't the worst programmer about, though I'll readily admit neither was I the best. I left for something far more creative and something that I was naturally talented at and therefore very very good at. I noticed that my colleagues at the time were incredibly bored but weren't prepared to dive into the water and do something new, unless it paid as good as IT. So they stayed. I'll never forget many colleagues saying that they remember saying 10years ago that they didn't want to be stuck in programming and yet here they were ten years later still in the same job. I also w
  14. Interesting post and great answer from Elizabeth. Agree with almost everybody (that I've read up to) I left IT 1994 (after 6-7 years in it). The most BORING job in the world. I couldn't care how much anyone would pay me (seriously), even £100ks I am simply NOT interested. When I got married I was still in IT and my wife noticed that I didn't enjoy Sundays at all because I knew I had to go back to work the next day (bad sign !). I also found myself driving to work and rather than getting in early, I'd keep going round the block a couple of times in order to arrive in the office bang on 9a
  15. There's lots in there that you haven't included; Car Tax, Car Repairs, AA or RAC, Mobile Phone (if you have one), Home Insurance (contents) etc etc etc. We are all different and I certainly (compared to you) had it very easy (though I came from a poor background) - e.g. sports cars at 17/18, uni for free (actually they paid me to go !) etc etc. I certainly don't begrudge you a child - when he/she arrives, you'll be *very* happy and won't mind where you live. And that having the baby will (I hope) trigger you to do the sensible thing and ditch the car. Children are great and don't deny y
  16. I find this scary. I've been living abroad now for 2 years, as some readers will know to run my own importing business/shop (and soon to be manufacturing) business. My domain is in construction. I'm renting as I don't yet feel I know enough about location, buying laws, loans, rentable returns etc etc etc etc to even tread water in a new country that I have over 2 years experience in. I also speak the local languages very fluently. And I'm wary. What I'm astounded at in this thread is the sheer blind risk taking others are prepared to take. Others would call it simple stupidity. In the
  17. Hi Al, I too am sorry to hear of your current situation - and hope for you and your wife that it'll sort itself out in the way you both want. I haven't read all the posts, but these are my points from reading what I have; 1) Even though I am renting, I do personally believe that £750per month is too much on rent. 2) What if later on you are proved wrong about the housing market and she proved right, where would that leave the relationship (probably even worse than now as far as you're concerned) ? 3) If you're happy with your wife and love her and your wife is with you, then why not buy t
  18. Thanks Izzy, That's right, it doesn't just apply to Turkey, and it doesn't just apply to learning a new language. It will take place any foreign place you live. Learning about the hospital/school/state systems, pensions, investments, how to find a decent dentist, how car insurance works, the roads/safety (are there any !), knowing which bank is best, what times they open, the banking system etc etc. If I asked you where would you go for a great deal on car loans you'd know, but in your host country ?? Also when you switch on the tele and you are confronted with a prestenter, you won't hav
  19. I am of Turkish descent (born in London) and visit turkey many times. I also speak turkish (not very well). I love Turkey and it's people. I live abroad, not Turkey ! I left uk in 2003 - not unhappy about leaving UK, am as open minded as the next one. What I can't get my head around is why people want to buy a second home abroad in the first place ?? And how little they will obviously know beforehand. Imagine for one minute how long has it taken you to learn about your own country, your own culture, your own district, your own neighborhood, the different types of english people there are
  20. Perfectionist, Could you answer a few questions about Dubai for me - I went out there in 2000 for a very short time and came away very disappointed - I went basically to see what the fuss was about, to see whether I could get work there. I found the place unbearably hot, nothing to do, teeming with people from India and hardly any actual natives out during the day (apparently they sleep during the day and come out at night). The genuine Rolexs (which I was hoping to buy) were NO cheaper than the UK and the so often boasted/bragged about duty free was ABSOLUTE CACK. Work seemed like a no-no
  21. Hi Tuberider, Firstly, you have NO idea how much I respect you for what you have written here (it relates so much to my current 'predicament' and I really couldn't have written it better no matter how hard I tried). I am a british-born Turkish-Cypriot from South-East London. I moved abroad (no, not Cyprus !) some 3 years ago to start a business and can relate to all you mention in your post. I am interested in this topic ONLY because I know of quite a few Turks who have returned to Cyprus buying plots of land on the Turkish side and building their villas. Thinking about it, most if not al
  22. rjw8652, You obviously have experience of the Greek side, but what can you tell us about the Turkish side. I know several people who have plunged into the Turkish side, bought plots of land and have built themselves villas - please can you give us your opinions on the Turkish side?? Thanks, SUARA.
  23. Bsc (hons) Engineering Degree from a proper university at a time when A levels were bloody hard (which meant no one got 6 at straight 'A') and when going to University meant you were one of the top 1% of the population. So there ! Oh yeah, and if your parents weren't flush enough, they actually used to pay you a fair bit of dosh up front just to go and have the time of your life for 3/4years, so you were actually squids in. Whoaa !! How times change !
  24. I must admit that I miss an awful lot about England. Yes, learning a language is fun but emigrating to a country where you don't speak the language as well as your own gets frustrating even after 10+ years of doing it (something I believe you never really achieve anyway). Then there is the difference in cultures (obviously), the customs (how easily other races get easily insulted), how things get done (like paying bills, getting the best insurance, not just *any* insurance), finding a trustworthy plumber (oxymoron ?), the British sense of humour, the efficiency with which things get done (y
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