More and more foreign buyers are interested in property across Greece, with the country’s real estate market growing after seven years of stagnation.

Real estate experts are witnessing signs of recovery due to the golden visa program, which grants a five-year residence permit renewable for third country nationals who purchase – individually or through a legal entity – property in Greece valued at a minimum of 250,000 euros, or who have taken out a minimum 10-year lease in hotel accommodation or tourism facilities.

“The Greek real estate market is now showing signs of stability, with its recovery being more visible. There is growing demand in the sale and purchase as well as in the rental of property,” Stelios Samoladas, CEO RE/MAX Greece told Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini.

“The market is on an upward trend confirmed by Hellenic Statistical Service data of a 25.8 percent rise in the number of sales and purchases in 2015 compared to 2014,” he continued.

Meanwhile, elite Russians, Chinese and Turkish nationals are mostly taking advantage of the golden visa scheme, with interest focused on popular tourist destinations or city centers, while buyers overall are also interested in small affordable apartments in older buildings.

“Prospective buyers as well as tenants are interested in residential properties that are affordable and small (1-2 bedroom apartments), about 20 years old… in good shape. Nevertheless, there is now also interest in commercial real estate for both offices and stores,” added Samoladas.


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