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How to find the best high yielding homes in Greece

This article was updated December 12, 2022.

Mykonos, Paros and Santorini remain among the leading destinations in the Mediterranean, further establishing their investment dynamics in the European holiday home market, according to Algean Property that completed an annual review of 30 locations across the Mediterranean region.

The strong performance of Greek real estate comes as the market matures and enters a new growth phase, according to Sotheby's International Realty.

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In the report, Algean said that in the last few years, the holiday home market in the Mediterranean has steadily evolved from a promising real estate segment into the most dynamic and active sector of the real estate industry in this area.

“Demand across Mediterranean holiday destinations skyrocketed during the pandemic, with Greece, Spain and France leading the race. Yet, there are exceptions to this narrative with some locations experiencing small increases in yields and other experiencing a more substantial increase, mostly explained by rent figures growing faster than the sale price,” it said.

Mykonos leads the way

For another year, Mykonos tops the list of best performers with an average gross yield of 7.4%. Paros (7.1%) is one of the destinations that was able to increase its yield compared to 2019 (6.5%). Although prices increased, rent growth outpaced sale’s prices resulting in a higher yield, further closing the gap with Mykonos. Overall, Paros has been able to benefit from Mykonos’s spillover effects with the islands being geographically near to each other.

"This has allowed for new investments and more luxurious projects being built, increasing sales price while the greater number of tourists and pent-up demand from the pandemic has allowed rents to rapidly grow," the report said.

Santorini’s sale price and rents experienced a slight increase compared to 2019 but overall performance remained the same with 2019 (6.3%). Skiathos and Tunisia share the 4th and 5th spot with sale prices, rents and yields remaining unchanged compared to 2019 (6.0%).

Sixth spot is reserved by Porto Heli (5.3%) which was able to increase yields compared to 2019 (5.1%) as a result of a slight decrease in sale prices, whereas the Dalmatian Coast remained in the 7th spot with sales prices, rents and yields remaining unchanged compared to 2019 (5.1%).

Crete, Ionian Sea islands perform well

The top 10 destinations are completed by Chalkidiki, Chania and Kefalonia which all share the same yield of 4.8% with Kefalonia experiencing a significant increase in its yield compared to 2019 (4.1%) explained by rent growth outpacing sales price growth.

The remaining 20 destinations recorded the following average gross yields: Elounda (4.6%), Zakynthos (4.6%), Rhodes (4.5%), Montenegro Coast (4.5%), Corfu (4.3%), Nice (4.3%), Turkey - Mediterranean Coast (4.3%), Athens Riviera (4.2%), Marbella (4.2%), Turkey - Aegean Coast (4.0%), Mallorca (3.7%), Saint-Tropez (3.7%), Messinia (3.6%), Sardinia (3.5%), Tel Aviv (3.4%), Ibiza (3.3%), Cannes (3.3%), Capri - Amalfi Coast (3.3%).

Greek housing on the up

Meanwhile, the level of interest shown in Greek assets has been growing, according to a quarterly report prepared by Sotheby's.

Data presented shows that lead volume rose from 1.7 billion euros in the first nine months of 2020 to 4.2 billion euros in the same period of 2022, jumping 150%.

Who is buying in Greece?

When it comes to nationalities, buyers from the US & UK lead the way, continuing a four year trend.

Along with Greece, these 3 countries accounted for more than 45% of total leads in 2022, followed by France, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Australia and Belgium.

Foreign home buyers interested in Greece. Breakdown by country and destination.

Corfu and Mykonos hold onto top place

When it comes to top destinations, Sotheby's says, Corfu and Mykonos far outpace all other regions, occupying the top of the requests list for more than 5 years.

"That being said, however, 2022 & 2021 saw a series of record-breaking transactions brokered by our firm in destinations like Syros (3.7 million euros), Lefkada (4.1 and 5.4 million euros) and Paxoi (3.5 million, 5 million and 5.2 million), Skiathos (8.3 million)," the report said.

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