Austrian Buyers' Info
Property Types in Austria
Property Restrictions for Foreigners
Purchase Process and Costs
Buying in the Name of a Company
Rental Income and Running Costs
Investment and Selling
What is the purchase process for buying property in Austria?
- The process of buying a property in Austria is very straightforward. The notary will act on behalf of both the purchaser and the vendor, he will draw up the deed of sale and all the documents required to transfer the legal ownership.
- When buying a property, both the purchaser and the vendor are required to attend the notary’s office to sign the deed of sale in his presence. Alternatively both parties can sign a power of attorney authorising one of the secretaries working in the notary’s office to sign the sales deed on their behalf. In this case the buyer will receive from the notary a copy of the deed of sale in German and a professional English translation along with a power of attorney (also in English) which authorises the notary’s secretary to sign on their behalf.
- The buyer will need to take the power of attorney to either a Notary Public (not a solicitor) in their country of residence to have their signature witnessed and (in the UK) the Notary Public will send the document off to the foreign office to have it ‘legalised’. Alternatively, documents can be signed and legalised at the same time if taken to the Austrian Embassy.
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