Purchasing property in Turkey : an analysis of motivations and constraints for British consumers

Acar, B 2012, Purchasing property in Turkey : an analysis of motivations and constraints for British consumers , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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The market for second home purchases abroad has grown rapidly in the last fifteen years because of the growth in demand from Europeans looking for a place in the sun. Turkey is one of the most popular European countries in which to purchase a second home and the UK is its largest geographic market segment. Despite these developments, second home purchases have hitherto been neglected in the tourism academic literature. This study attempts to address this gap in our knowledge by investigating second home purchasing in Turkey by UK residents. In particular, it examines the motivations and constraints of British consumers, using a mixed method approach consisting of semi-structured interviews with estate agents, developers, potential buyers and property owners and an e-questionnaire survey of property owners and potential buyers. A wide range of statistical procedures and tests were used including exploratory factor analysis and hierarchical multiple regression. Significant differences were found between the motivations and constraints of property owners and potential buyers. They were also differentiated in terms of both the length of time they spent searching for property and the types of properly considered and purchased. The findings highlight the changes in the demands of British consumers and the fashions in the Turkish property market over time. Significant differences in both property owner and potential buyer motivations and constraints were also found and on the basis of respondent socio-demographics, geographic area and destination of purchase/potential purchase and property type. Another key finding was the identification of three distinct market segments: holiday, retirement and investment. The results also show that these segments are significantly differentiated on the basis of socio-demographics, motivations and constraints. Length of property occupancy and the destinations considered and/or purchased are also significant differentiating variables. Segment profiles were developed on the basis of these characteristics. The study's contribution to the tourism literature and the practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Schofield, P (Supervisor) and Fallon, P (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2021 14:20
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61315

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