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rogspur


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31/08/2009 23:23

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I wish to open an account in the HSBC bank in Girne, can anyone help by supplying with either a direct email address or contact name/ number of someone I could speak to regarding this please



Brinsley


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Plenty of previous postings with contact names and addresses (email & tel. etc).



Richard



Carndi


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01/09/2009 00:17

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Ask for Julia. She is English and is very helpful.



gates


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01/09/2009 07:46

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i and many have closed accounts at hsbc as they charge you for a current account check this out first as no other bank does



negativenick


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01/09/2009 08:12

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HSBC = Long wait + lower interest rates...



Can't see the point ?



el-tel


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i closed my account with them when i was charged for my money there.



rogspur


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OK Thanks - can anyone recommend a bank then please that pays good interest rates and access can be gained via the internet



gates


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what area do you live and then you might get a responce the best bank is the one that has the shortest que . i was tlking to frankie today she is now at the turksi bank alsanjak 7.5 at mo she is a good guide and pahaps if you are that way would be your best bet very helpfull and english hope this helps



dozza67


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HSBC also has the lowest interest rates. Don't know why anyone banks with them any more?



joandjelly


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If you do decide to go with HSBC then the contact is Julie Younger - juliedawnyounger@hsbc.com.tr



gaziali


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02/09/2009 19:13

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I am the manager of Universal Bank Catalkoy branch. why dont you pop in and give us the chance to serve you rogspur? Come and have a coffee with me.

Ali Gazi



gates


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now gaziali high if anybody in that area i bank there and can more than recomend the service no que no problems and always willing to help this end more than the best bank and the gaurentees are second to none and english speaking see you all soon ,kirk thanks for your help on more than one occation . no body will change my bank



Tuttut


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why would you want to open a HSBC account??? althought the staff there are very good, this is not like the HSBC in england or anything to do with england. My hubby had an account here took ages for his wages to clear, long wait and q's.



rogspur


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We have a villa in Karsiyaka but still live in the uk. We would like a bank as close if possible, but we tried Turk Bank and they were not very helpful so would like to try another. We would also like to be able to use Internet banking while we are in the uk hence why we heard HSBC were the best for this. Any other suggestions please withgood interest rates for lira



joandjelly


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The nearest bank to you in Karsiyaka is Iktisatbank in Alsancak next door to Capitano Restaurant. Don't know about their rates but they do have a form of internet banking I believe.



StGeorgeI


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Don't bother with HSBC, or any other bank than Iktisat for that matter. iktisat have good staff, many speak English, the online banking is easy and in english, they have a branch just 5 minutes from Karsiyaka, the interest rates are good... but the best thing, unlike any other bank you will go in (especially Turk Bank) you dont have to sit and wait for hours when there is only 2 people in front of you!!!!



GOOD LUCK!



gates


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i have internet acses i am with universal bank hsbc is not hsbc in england you dont get charged in england to keep your money in the bank there



Geejay


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I have high interest account at HSBC. All successful and well patronised banks have queues but no appointment system. This is true also of Turk Bank where I also have an account. These banks are well established and stable.



New banks like Credit West, Universal Bank and Iktisatbank, having fewer customers and therefore less queueing may offer better service only in the short term. It took me an hour at Credit West just to get a motor insurance quote that was way out of line to others.



In all cases , be sure of what type of account you want beforehand and ask all the questions that you would if opening a UK one. Especially charges, interest rates monthly/annually, drawing rights. ATM card issue, Internet access & terms in English. Pursue any answer that is unclear. Banks that have English speaking customer service reps. like Turk Bank will help a lot.

Choosing a bank because there's no queueing should not be a deciding factor. You don't go to a bank that often that it's a problem



Deniz1


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WHY? Far bnetter banks around they are the pits



loulou



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re mg1 think again before u open an a/c with them



Straybearx



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The Iktisatbank does have internet banking and you can transfer funds from uk no probs



geronimo


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We find Garanti and Creditwest, even Seker, far better than HSBC, all have English speakers on hand and very helpful.



oldton


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we have been with Iktisit for 10 years and never had any problems !



rcroton


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Never once had a problem with HSBC and seen in a couple of minutes, Ask for a premire account and you will not go wrong at all.



madhatter


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12/06/2010 10:03

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Hi,



Needed to open a bank account in North Cyprus, will any of these banks allow you to open an account even tho I not moved yet? I still in the UK and moving end of Aug but needed to have my account set up now....???





Thank you for your help everyone....



Simon



kimig


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12/06/2010 10:16

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Yes - you can go into any English HSBC branch and open an account for TRNC. Did it myself before I even moved into my place. You can talk to Julie, the English bank manager here, but obviously need to be here to fill in the forms and sign. If you want to talk to Julie, her email is



juliedawnyounger@hsbc.com.tr

ou could phone her as well, but costs from UK would be fairly substantial!



madhatter


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Thank you for your help and quick reply......sure glad I found this forum!; )





Kind regards

Simon



mrsgee


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We bank with HSBC in Girne, and our Premier manager there is Dilek. She is excellent, gives great service and speaks excelling English.



We have been very impressed with the Premier Account that we opened. (Although I do realise that not everyone will have adequate funds for a Premier). The good news is that you only need 30,000 in TRNC not the usual 50,000 as UK, to qualify for Premier and once you qualify with the TRNC account, you can link your UK current account to it, making that a Premier too.



We withdraw money, transfer money etc with no charges, and get free travel insurance to boot, for up to a month at a time. The current rate on TL account is 8.25%, but this may depend on the time deposit you take and on the balance. Sterling account .90%.



With the premier account you don't have to queue you just go and see Dilek upstairs. She deals with all my queries and transfers efficiently via email.



eagles1


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Would reccomend Iktisatbank. We have a property in Lapta and use the Girne Branch with a English speaking dept. Most helpful all banking done online apart from times we are holiday over their.

Interest rates will match most.



The branch at Alsancak does not have English speaking. The branch at Karananaglou does have English speaking very helpful and also has ATM outside the door.



Mike.



madhatter


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12/06/2010 11:19

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thanks again everyone......really grateful for your help





Simon



jamestalbot


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12/06/2010 11:50

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Iktisat are very helpfulI would recommend them.



ataturk


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12/06/2010 13:00

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Something to bear in mind its all very well putting your money into these small time banks that pay high interest but these are the same banks that are auctioning off the properties that they have lent money on. As far as I am aware HSBC do not lend money on property that is going to be sold to a third party, and if they do they will use the owners own property as security



cyprusishome


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I agree witht the sentiment of msg 32.



Invest with a safe bank to start with, or at least as safe as any can be now, then when you have been here a while and checked out all the banks, their problems and pitfalls then spread your risk a bit.



I have nothing against TRNC banks, we use Iktisatbank and Credit West but you need to be here to do your proper research.



Last thing we were with HSBC but moved now to Garanti another Turkish commercial bank.



dwr6rtr


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what are the current rates for monthly lira and sterling a/c at creditwest and iktisatbank please mess.33?



bani-ata


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15/06/2010 20:16

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COMPLANING LETTER

DEAR MANAGER



I have been in Amman- Jordan last week and i met the service customer in JABAL AL-HUSSIEN branch for

opining an account to dealing with my account in cyprus branch , but she told me we have no branch in cyprus!!!! and you can go to our head office in any service you need !!! so i surprised and left the branch.



REGARDS

BASSAM BANI-ATA

00905338220481



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