For affordable ski properties, year-round mountain homes, and competitive rental yields Austria remains hard to beat. Beautiful Alpine villages built on centuries of traditional hospitality and love of good living provides family-friendly bases for great outdoors orientated holidays.
Many ski villages are even busier in the summer months when hiking and biking are popular. Austrian property prices are sure and steady, slowly appreciating without the speculation or downturns of their French Alpine neighbours.
Ski chalets can be bought for half the price of comparables in heavily restricted Switzerland, and only a few select resorts in the Tirol and Vorarlberg provinces (such as Kitzbuhel) restrict purchase of second homes to avoid the so-called “cold beds” trend.
To the same end, many new homes are sold with a rental obligation that means owners must make their property available when they are not using it. This does not deter must buyers, as many wish to benefit from the healthy returns as well as enjoyment of their holiday home.