10 IMPORTANT THINGS A PROPERTY BUYER IN TURKEY SHOULD KNOW (#4)
#4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN TURKEY
For your safety and comfort and in order to avoid any problems you should deal ONLY with officially registered and licensed real estate agents. The key documents an official real estate agent in Turkey must have include a certificate which confirms that the company is officially authorized by the State to conduct transactions with real estate in the territory of the Republic of Turkey (Taşınmas Ticaretı Yetkı Belgesı) as well as a Certificate of Professional Competence (Mesleki Yeterlilik Belgesi/ (MYK) - the license - in line with the national vocational qualification and competence program in real estate introduced in Turkey in 2018. The license requirements and training are standardized across Turkey and are in line with the EU system. The license is valid for 5 years and must be renewed before it expires.
What's the Difference between Levels 4 and 5?
Level 5 is for "supervising real estate consultant" (sorumlu emlak danışmanı). Level 4 is for "real estate consultant" (emlak danışmanı), it is enough for marketing and sales personnel at a real estate office. However, passing Level 5 exam is required for branch managers or real estate business owners. Level 5 qualification is required for opening one’s own office.
Level 5 includes 3 competence areas: A1 - Environment and Quality, A - 2 Marketing Strategy Development and Business Organization, and A - 3 Real Estate Sales / Lease and After-Sales.
You can verify if the documents are authentic and valid by using the link at the bottom of each of these certificates – it should lead you to the same document registered on the government portal.