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Real Estate in Austria

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Mar 25, 2023

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in Austria should begin by researching the local real estate market and familiarizing themselves with the different types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of amenities they are looking for in a home. When searching for a home to buy in Austria, expats should look for properties that are in good condition and have all the necessary amenities. These typically include a kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedrooms, and a balcony or terrace. Expats should also consider the location of the property, as well as the local amenities such as schools, shops, and public transportation. Foreigners are allowed to purchase property in Austria, however, there are certain restrictions in place. For example, foreigners are not allowed to purchase agricultural land or land that is designated as a protected area. Additionally, foreigners must obtain permission from the local government before they can purchase a property.

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How do I find a place to live in Austria?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"There are various ways to find a place to live in Austria. One of the simplest and most effective ways is to use online resources, such as searching websites such as Praktikawelten and Immobilien Scout, which both allow you to search for properties according to your specific criteria and preferences. Additionally, you may wish to contact a local real estate agent who can provide valuable advice and assistance in your search for the perfect home. Finally, it is also possible to look for rental opportunities through networking locals and expats through platforms such as Facebook Groups, online forums, and other online groups dedicated to the particular region or city in which you are looking," said one expat in Austria.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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