World Bulletin / News Desk
Some 298,877 houses were sold for the first time from January to June while the rest were second-hand sales, TurkStat reported.
The number of new mortgages slipped in the first half of this year -- down by 18 percent to 210,805 compared to the same period last year.
House sales with mortgages took a 31 percent share of all house sales in Turkey. Currently, the mortgage rate for 120 months is between 1.3 percent and 1.8 percent per month.