Working Lives Turkey: Estate broker
- 19 October 2012
- From the section World Radio and TV
Gaziantep is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and the real estate business goes back 4,000 years.
Dogan Bereketoglu's expertise of this city stretches back 22 years and that makes him one of the city's top brokers.
His own office is an unusual working environment, filled with murals, statues and objets d'art as well as his sales team.
Looking around at the dark green walls and strategically placed lights, he says: "I decorated this eight years ago. I think this is going to be my last place."
"I can't go anywhere else. I put too much effort into it. It took 14 months to decorate."
Mr Bereketoglu's customers are among the richest in town. His market is the creme de la creme of Gaziantep society.
In fact one room is kept specifically for the big spenders.
Even in a relatively traditional marriage, he says, a property purchase is where the woman exerts her influence.
"As the head of the household, the man gives the money, but it is the decision of the wife which counts," he smiles.