Austria

Austria is full of snow-capped mountain peaks falling into shimmering lakes. Its stunning landscape provides a brilliant backdrop but even better property prices in Austria have remained generally stable and affordable. There are relaxing alpine chalets and cosmopolitan ski resorts attracting tourists for weekend ski breaks and more. Some resorts in the Tirol and Vorarlberg provinces restrict foreign buyers but EU citizens can buy and live permanently anywhere. Non-EU citizens can buy property but it is regulated through the individual councils in the area. Alpine ski properties can be bought for half the price and less hassle than Swiss counterparts. There are great restaurants, elegant architecture and it has a very high standard of living. Buying property in Austria is very straight-forward as the government regulates fees so you know what you are paying. Bad Gastein has become a hot spot for ex-pats, just over an hour’s drive from Salzburg it has thermal springs is easily accessible and is a brilliant place to explore the slopes and the valley.