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After graduating from Ankara University after studying Dutch and literature, Bayram Tekçe began his professional career as a tourist guide and a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Guides (IRO.) His expertise in English, Dutch and knowledge of historical sites all over Turkey led him to host high-profile visitors including Bill Clinton. Notable travel companies like TUI, Jetair, Neckermann and Kras Reizan also sought after his freelancing services.
During this year, the government made it possible for foreigners to buy properties in Turkey and Bayram’s knowledge of foreign languages and professional people skills made branching into the real estate business, a natural career move. On the 12th July 2004, along with Mustafa Öksüz, he opened a Century 21 franchise office in the Mediterranean district of Adana.
With business getting off to a booming start, most foreign house hunters preferred the Antalya district made up of the city centre and smaller coastal resorts. Bayram had in-depth local knowledge of the region, and to save commuting from Adana, opened an office. With low prices and rising interest from foreigners, the business made a profit within the first two years.
Due to the rising profile of Bayram’s people skills, and a property boom, the likes of which Turkey had never seen before, the Antalya Homes brand was born. To further promote the company, we exhibited at international fairs in Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Finland. All were successful and played a significant part in promoting our brand to foreign buyers.
By this time, the property boom was in full swing, and many foreigners of various nationalities wanted to buy Turkish apartments and villas. Continuing to exhibit at fairs, in Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Finland, we also attended exhibitions in Russia and introduced easy payment plans for foreigners of 60 months without interest. By the end of 2007, we were the top selling estate agent in Mediterranean Turkey.
With an eagerness to continuing promoting our brand and making it more affordable for foreigners to buy, we started our own constructions in the Belek and Konyaalti district. Many of the 52 apartments sold at the off-plan or construction stages due to excellent value for money and modern architecture.
While the 2008 worldwide monetary crisis impacted foreign house sales, we continued with our constructions and handed over the title deeds and keys to all owners on time and as promised. Our forward thinking, diverse customer base, and ability to adapt, helped us to weather through the crisis while many other agents and construction companies closed their doors.
By this time, the Internet had affected traditional marketing and advertising methods. To reach people from all over the globe, we launched our new website in nine different languages. Within a brief time, it became the best performing website on Google for the Antalya region.
The US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration collaborated with 19 different government agencies to provide a list of trusted market sources that can help Americans connect and do business abroad. The American Embassy in Ankara verified and recommended us as a reliable estate agent in Turkey. Check here
Due to a growing team, and a higher demand than ever before, we implemented a quality policy focusing on excellent customer service. This encouraged a lot of word-of-mouth advertising from earlier customers, and once again, we were the best performing estate agent in Antalya. Our forward-thinking business method also led us to add Arabic to our website, even though Middle-Eastern interest was still in its infancy.
To reach even more people in a quick and efficient process, we launched the mobile version of our website. Allowing users to browse our portfolio in a smooth, streamlined feed, they could also contact us via telephone or email at the touch of a button. We also opened a project office in the Konyaalti district.
The Turkish government abolished reciprocity laws, and as a result, a flood of interest came in from Middle Eastern nationalities. Having previously launched an Arabic version of our website and employed Arabic speakers, we dealt with the high demand promptly and professionally. During this year, Egyptians, Saudis, Libyans, Algerians, Tunisians, and other GCC nationalities bought apartments and villas from us.
2014 was a year for us to be extremely proud because we hit the ten-year milestone. The Turkish Chamber of Commerce says 85% of Turkish business never makes it past their tenth year, but our achievement was a result of friendly customer services and forward thinking in the real estate sector. With an ability to predict trends, and react to external market influences, we entered 2014 on a high, with even more plans to expand.
Using the tried and tested business model that served us so well, we branched out into Istanbul. Composed of 39 districts, Istanbul is the busiest sector of the Turkish real estate market, and we employed local agents with in-depth knowledge to continue offering high levels of service to potential buyers. Our name in this area is Istanbul Homes, a branch of the Antalya Homes Real Estate Inc brand name.
By now, the Turkish property market was at its busiest with Turks and foreigners eager to buy apartments and villas across the country. Istanbul emerges as the most popular destination because new constructions and expansion into surrounding areas modernise its real estate market. The professionalism of all our offices led to us having our busiest year to date.
We opened a second office in the Mediterranean Konyaalti beach district. This residential neighbourhood at the heart of the city centre is also a popular tourist spot. Our best price guarantee, established reputation, and new office helps us to reach more people than ever before. Quality and professionalism are still top of our agenda for our brand name.
In 2016, Alanya grew in popularity for both tourism and foreign home sales. To serve our customers more efficiently and promptly we opened the Alanya branch. This was a wise move as many foreigners bought apartments in the Mahmutlar district through us.
By this time, the northeast region of Trabzon emerged as the star performer of the foreign Turkish property market, especially with middle eastern buyers. Backed by the looming Kackar mountain range, and featuring natural spots of beauty like Uzungol and Ayder plateau, the region differs vastly from all others in Turkey. Once again, we employed local experts with in-depth knowledge, so our customers get the best prices, value and service. Trabzon Homes is added to the Antalya Homes brand as a regional branch.
Deciding to look for a more modernised Istanbul office, we wanted an efficient working environment that would also make our customers feel welcome. We found what we were looking for and moved from the Taksim area to Kale Office building in Cevizlibağ, Zeytinburnu, in the heart of European Istanbul.
We joined GYODER, an important real estate and investment association platform made up of 200 project developers, estate agencies, and construction companies. GYODER's power and influence will bring immense benefits to Istanbul Homes, a sub-brand of Antalya Homes Emlak AŞ, and help us stay at the front of the real estate sector, while also continuing to serve foreign home buyers in Turkey.
Tekce Overseas SA is founded in Spain to serve international real estate operations by the leadership of Antalya Homes Emlak AŞ Chairman Mr. Bayram Tekçe and his brother Özkan Tekçe. Our first office with the Spain Homes brand has started to operate in Benalmádena, Málaga in October 1, 2018. International buyers who want to buy a property in Spain can reach us out on spainhomes.com.