A total of 624,769 residential properties in Turkey were sold in the first half of 2020, the country’s statistical authority announced on Tuesday. Housing sales increased 23.5% or 118,973 units in the six-month period, year-on-year, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data. Total of 624,769 housing units sold in the January-June period, according to TurkStat data • House sales to foreigners In January-June, some 14,262 houses were bought by foreigners, down from 19,952 units from the first half of 2019. Istanbul was the top city for foreigners with 6,902 property sales, while the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya (2,708 sales) and capital Ankara (964 sales) followed it. Iranian citizens were top buyers of Turkish properties with 2,628 housing sales. Iraqis, Chinese, Azerbaijanis, and Russians were among the top five. In June 2020, foreigners bought some 1,664 housing units, down from 2,689 on an annual basis.