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The Turks’ new paradise: Miami

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My Hürriyet colleague Jale Özgentürk recently attended the Seatrade Fair in Miami, after which she wrote that Turks’ interest in this Florida city was rising.

After reading this, I called U.S.-based real estate agent Nerime Demren, who I had previously interviewed two years ago, to ask what has been happening.

Demren migrated to the U.S. some 35 years ago and has been a real estate agent in Miami for 20 years. She has been the Turkey representative of the National Association of Realtor (REALTOR) for many years. The association has more than one million members and is represented in 60 different countries.

Demren is effectively the first address for Turks who want to buy property or land in Miami. She told me that things had developed very rapidly for Turks over the course of two years. The opening of a Turkish consulate in the city and the start of direct flights by Turkish Airlines (THY) of course have helped stir this interest.

However, the tense atmosphere in Turkey and people’s concerns for the future have caused many Turks - from rich businessmen to doctors and pilots, rich and middle class alike - to knock on Demren’s door.

“Even if they only have a very small amount of savings, they come to Miami. I guess that in the past two years the number of people buying homes here, and the number of Turkish realtors, have doubled,” said Demren.

She added that Miami attracts Turks for its climate, lifestyle, low cost of........

© Hürriyet Daily News