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Yes sorry. I did not want to deter people buying flats in the cities. The process is naturally simpler and the legal and administration costs are lower. Many of the issues which concern an independent homeowner are handled by the Hausverwaltung. When I bought a flat in Vienna the process seemed much simpler, quicker and easier. Nevertheless there are still pitfalls and I would still recommend a good lawyer. Some Makler are better than others and some will try to take advantage of a foreigner. Many are excellent of course.