The number of residential properties sold in Turkey increased 33% in January-March period to reach 341,038, said the country’s statistical authority on Wednesday.

In the period, sales of mortgaged houses increased by 238.6% to reach 129, 299, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed.

“Houses sold for the first time in this period was 107,432 decreased by 0.4% while second-hand house sales was 233, 606, posting a 57.2% increase,” it said.

In Jan-March period, house sales to foreigners became 10,948 by increasing 13.8% compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile in March, 108, 670 houses were sold in the

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