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Wanted: Part-time hermit to live in Austrian cave!

Hermitage

The Austrian town of Saalfelden in the state of Salzburg is looking for someone to live in a nearby hermitage which was built more than 350 years ago in steep, rocky cliffs.

However, it’s advisable that applicants have a private income or a second job, as the parish website says the position is unpaid. As the hermitage is unheated and without running water, it’s only inhabitable between April and November.

State broadcaster ORF quoted local cleric Alois Moser as saying the search is on for “a self-sufficient person who is at peace with their self, and willing to talk to people, but not to impose”.

The successful candidate should have a Christian outlook and be ready to greet visiting pilgrims and locals. Many people visit the hermitage to enjoy the view, to pray, and to talk about issues that affect or trouble them.

Moser, along with Saalfelden’s mayor Erich Rohrmoser, will select the new hermit. The winning candidate will be chosen more on the basis of personality than training and professional experience.

The deadline for applications is March 15th, 2017. Anyone interested in becoming a hermit should send their CV, along with a letter explaining why they want the position, and an up-to-date photo, to Pfarramt Saalfelden, zH. Herrn Dechant Alois Moser, Lofererstraße 11, 5760 Saalfelden.

The hermitage – one of the few such places in Central Europe to still be in use – has been uninhabited since a Viennese pastor and psychotherapist left last autumn, to return to his normal life in the capital after a year. Before him, a Benedictine monk lived there for 12 years.

In 1970 a man fired a shotgun at the hermitage doors, but luckily the resident hermit was uninjured. However, he was so frightened that he went back to his home in Styria. The motive turned out to be jealously – the gunman was a local who had unsuccessfully applied for the job himself.

However, since then the hermitage has been without incident and is reputedly very peaceful. It is built into a natural cave above Lichtenberg castle, and a chapel was built next to it in the 17th century.

The resident hermit will live without a computer or television, and will have plenty of time for prayer and quiet contemplation.

Source: The local

Photo: ORF – The hermitage and chapel.

Do naked pics sell products????

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A small Austrian firm making ski goggles has proved sex sells after they tripled their turnover by posting pictures of themselves wearing their gear while naked on the internet.

The ski glasses producer “Naked Optics” from the sound of music city of Salzburg on the border of Germany is currently running its naked people campaign on social media and it is proving an enormous success.

They said they were inspired to come up with the saucy strategy by the company’s name “Naked Optics”, and that it involved one of the company founders and some friends getting undressed in front of the camera to advertise the ski goggles.

The manufacturer has been producing its unique line in China for a low price, using the same company as other big name manufacturers, meaning customers get the same quality at a lower price, hence the no-frills name “Naked Optics”. They are also selling them exclusively on the internet, which again cuts costs.

Christoph Fink, 28, the founder of the company, said: “This way, the margins for the retail sector are shortened in some cases to 100 percent, while the costs for the design and the fee for the employees are removed.”

Source: Central European news.


 

12 things you did not know about Austria at Christmas time

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The Christmas season in Austria starts in late November – and there are many deeply-rooted folk traditions which can come as a surprise to the uninitiated.

The Advent wreath. Advent begins on the Sunday four weeks before Christmas Eve. On this day no respectable Austrian living room is without an advent wreath, woven from evergreen twigs and decorated with ribbons and four candles. (Originally there were 24 candles on each wreath, but this probably became a fire hazard). On each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, one more candle on the wreath is lit at dinnertime.

Barbara twigs. December 4th is Barbaratag and is dedicated to St Barbara. Some Austrians cut small twigs from cherry trees or forsythias on this day and place them in a vase in the house. If the twig blossoms by Christmas Eve, it is seen as a sign of good luck and health for the following year. In some regions it also means that a member of your family is going to get married.

Christmas markets. These are a typical Austrian tradition. Vienna’s biggest Christmas market on Rathausplatz can be traced back to the year 1298. Almost every small town has its own Christmas or Advent market, and most of them will sell quality handmade products and crafts – rather than cheap tat. They are also a place to meet friends and drink Glühwein (mulled wine) or fruit Punsch, and munch on Lebkuchen and roasted almonds and chestnuts.

Cookies. Austrians are fans of cookies and cakes all year round, but at Christmas it’s traditional to bake your own. The most popular are Vanillekipferl, jam-filled Spitzbuben (rascals) or spiced ginger Lebkuchen.

Smoking nights. The 12 nights around Christmas (from the 24th December to 5th January) are known as the Rauhnächte. On those nights some people will burn a mixture of incense and palm branches from Easter and spread the scent around the house. This is meant to keep evil spirits and misfortune away from the house and family. The most important Rauhnächte are December 21st, 24th and 31st and January 5th.

The tree. The Christmas tree still has an important role in the festive season. Every town sets up its own huge tree on the main square. Most families choose to have a real fir tree, and not a plastic one, and decorate it tastefully with gold, silver and wooden ornaments – as well as real candles which of course when lit are never left unattended.

St. Nikolaus. He brings gifts for good children on December 6th. If you have young neighbours you might have noticed some boots left outside their front door (Nikolaus-Stiefel) on the night of December 5th. And if the children have been brav (well-behaved) they will discover that the boots have been filled the next day with gifts and sweets. St. Nikolaus impersonators are often dressed like bishops, and sometimes ride a horse. America’s Santa Claus and Britain’s Father Christmas derive in part from St. Nicholas, although they are associated with Christmas Day.

Krampus. This hairy half-goat, half-demon figure carrying chains or twigs is a common sight in Alpine towns before Christmas. He’s a companion of St. Nikolaus and is meant to punish any children who have misbehaved. Particularly naughty children are warned that they’ll be bundled into Krampus’ sack and taken to his lair. You’ll see young men dressed as Krampus in traditional events such as Krampuslauf on or around December 5th.

Christkind. Austrian children are told that the Christkind (the Christ child, a blonde winged angel-like figure) brings them their presents as a reward for good behaviour, and even decorates the Christmas tree. Children write their letters and wish lists to the Christkind, and not Santa Claus, in the weeks before Christmas. The arrival and departure of the Christkind is often signalled by ringing a small bell, and some parents will open a window to let the Christkind fly in.

Christmas Eve. This is the day when the real celebrations happen in Austria, not on the 25th. Most shops close early on this day, the lights or candles on the tree are lit for the first time and families gather round to sing carols. Stille Nacht (Silent Night), which was written and performed for the first time in 1818 in the Austrian village of Oberndorf, is still most people’s favourite carol.

Sylvester. On New Year’s Eve, Vienna’s entire city centre becomes one big celebration. The Sylvesterpfad (New Year’s Path) starts at 2pm on December 31st and ends at 2am on January 1st. People dance to the sound of the waltz and watch some of the loudest and brightest fireworks displays of any European city. At the stroke of midnight all church bells throughout the country ring in the New Year, and in the larger cities people dance in the streets to the famous Blue Danube waltz.

Bleigiessen. This ancient ritual has its roots in classical Greece. Many Austrians buy little packages of tin or lead from the Christmas markets. Placing the metal in a large spoon, they melt it to a liquid which is then dropped into a bowl of water. The shape the molten metal makes is then used to predict what the New Year may hold.

Source: The Local

Photo: Soluna, Wikimedia.


 

Maybe UK banks are not that  bad?

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Austria’s Bawag bank is the first major bank in the country to start charging its customers fees for withdrawing cash from ATM machines – a move which has been met with outrage by many.

The Minister for Consumer Protection Alois Stöger (SPÖ) has asked the Association for Consumer Information (VKI) to sue the bank, saying that such a move is “clearly illegal”. He said it’s not about charging ATM fees but forcing existing Bawag customers to switch from their old accounts to newer, more expensive accounts.

Bawag has created new accounts and is terminating existing contracts for around 20,000 of its customers, who will be asked to sign up to the new ‘Kontobox’.

Depending on what features customers opt for the new account costs between €4.90 and €12.90 per month. The cheapest package only allows one free cash withdrawal per month, and the next cheapest package allows five withdrawals a month. After that, cash withdrawals for euros and foreign currency costs 39 cents. Only when you sign up for a ‘Large Box’ account (costing 9.90 per month) or an ‘X-Large’, do you get unlimited cash withdrawals.

Previously, many Bawag account holders signed up to its services because of the promise of free banking. BAWAG used to offer so called “880” accounts where accounts operations were free provided that the average balance across a quarter was over €880 (otherwise there was a quarterly account management fee). The terms also included having a monthly salary paid into your account.

Unsurprisingly, many Bawag customers are not happy with the changes and have made complaints. “I’ve been a customer for 40 years, and suddenly I’m being asked to change my account or go to another bank,” Ingo K. told the Presse newspaper. He manages all his bank transactions online and doesn’t need to go into his branch often, so opted for the cheapest account. “My bank adviser did not tell me that there would be fees for ATM machines, which is written somewhere in the small print.” He is now considering switching to another bank.

The Ministry for Consumer Protection says that the information Bawag sent to its customers about the new accounts offers “no explanation or information and gives the impression that the consumer will save money by switching to the new account model, whilst in actual fact it will cost them more”. There are concerns that this could set a precedent which would allow banks to covertly force customers to take products that have high transaction fees. This would be an issue for consumers that don’t use online banking and make frequent cash withdrawals.

In July, the Euronet ATM provider introduced a fee of €1.95 for cash withdrawals from its machines in Austria, without any warning. Austrian finance minister Hans Jörg Schelling previously said that banks shouldn’t be allowed to charge their own customers for withdrawing cash – and that if banks were to do this they would have to create new accounts. This is what Bawag has done, and it says that all customers who have signed up to the new accounts were made aware of the changes and agreed to them when they signed the contract.

Source: The Local.

Photo: Bawag headquarters: Wikimedia.


 

Pay with Cash in Austria..is it outdated?

Austrians have always prefered to pay with cash

In many ways Austria is known for being technologically progressive and efficient – but many foreigners will soon realize that this is a bit of a myth.

Sometimes it seems that no one is more technophobic than the Austrians. The most surprising example is how rarely Austrians use debit or credit cards. With contactless technology now available in almost every shop in Britain or the US, it seems bizarre that many restaurants in Austria are cash only, but they have their reasons.

It can be pretty embarrassing when trying to pay for something and the staff say they don’t accept cards. The result is all too often a humble apology, as you ask the waiter the way to the nearest cash machine – and let’s hope there is one within walking distance! But with the introduction of the new tax regulations that all businesses must have a cash register to record a sale…we feel that the days of cash will come to an end, as there will be no perceived benefit!!.


Are Private loans the answer?

Are private loans the answer to help when buying a property? The latest round of financial regulations have created  difficulties in obtaining a mortgage to buy a property.

So in trying to help with these difficulties, many sellers are considering offering buyers the option of a 50/50 deal to buy their property, enabling them to move on or buy a larger property.

This would certainly help get the ‘second property ‘market moving. Most buyers have 50% of the purchase price when considering a second home.

There are of course the legal aspects to consider for this method of purchase, and just a Bank would require to have mortgages listed as a debt, this would need to apply to the private sector.

We will be speaking with sellers and lawyers over the coming weeks, and will report on our findings.

Watch this space!



Have Austrian mortgages become extinct?

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Is the Austria Property Market being affected by fall in Sterling value?

ChaletsThe fall in Sterling’s value, has affected the British buyer, but not the general property market.

Local Buyers and those from surrounding countries buy in Euros, as does the Irish buyer.

So, the effect on the Austria property market, minimal.  But what about the British buyer, is there anything they can do to negate the low exchange rate?

Many British buyers are opting for Off-Plan new build projects. With these it only requires a deposit and then the payments are staged over the period of the build, giving more time for Sterling to recover…link this with a small mortgage, as most new build projects have financing in place and you are on the winning side.

The other sensible option is to have a Sterling Account at the Austrian Bank. This works by depositing your funds in Sterling…they remain in Sterling and act as a guarantee for a Euro mortgage. (email us if you want more information)

The benefits of investing in the Austrian property market is that: it does not have the ‘Boom and Bust’ periods that other European nations have. This is down to the Capital gains taxes on resale profits.


Could the weather affect Austria property prices?

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Spring skiing in Austrian resorts like St. Anton or Ischgl could become a thing of the past if a long-term trend discovered by Swiss researchers continues.

This could certainly affect the value of property in the alpine resorts. In a new study researchers found that Switzerland has nearly 40 fewer snow days a season than it did in the 1970s, even in high altitude resorts. Austrian resorts mirror this change.

The situation could have a serious impact on ski tourism in the Alps, with the higher resorts which typically offer Spring breaks also affected. This would have an effect on property prices, either dragging them lower or remaining static.

Austrian experts echo the Swiss findings, with the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) confirming that a higher average temperature rise has been recorded in the Austrian Alps compared to other regions around the world, and that this means that “in principle we can expect a shorter duration of snow cover in the Alps”.

Perhaps the answer for property investors is to look to the lakeside resorts that get high tourism figures in summer and Christmas markets in winter months?

Source: The local:

Photo: St. Anton ski resort. Photo: 24seven/Wikimedia

 

 


Amazing Adriatic arrives!

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Over the years we have had many requests from our clients about property on the Adriatic coast. Being only 2.5 hours drive from Austria to Croatia, many Austrians use this area for main holidays and weekend breaks…perhaps a little similar to Londoners visiting Devon!

Well, we have listened and working together with our Adriatic colleagues, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new property investment pages for the Adriatic coast.

Is it safe to invest there?  Yes.. the legal system is similar to Austria, where all properties are registered……there are of course older properties with ownership problems..mainly because families never registered a property correctly, but this is why you pay a lawyer!

Over the coming weeks we  will be adding many property choices ranging from small farmhouse to luxury villas driectly on the coast.  So, please make it a habit to visit us regularly.   Adriatic pages.


 

 


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