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  1. Building permit: The building permit process could become more efficient

    The planning application process could be shorter. Other countries lead the way.

    If you are thinking of building a property in Switzerland, you will need to factor in a lot of time. It can take several months from submitting the planning application to obtaining the building permit. Digitalization could accelerate the complex building permit process through greater efficiency.

  2. Floor plans: What a good property floor plan looks like

    Flexible, well connected, bright. Good floor plans.

    Floor plans play a key role in the search for an apartment or house. Analysis tools can distinguish between good and bad floor plans. Find out what factors have an effect on floor plan quality and how to recognize a good floor plan.

  3. Financing your own home: Buyers of single-family dwellings are willing to commute further

    Homeowners accept longer commuting distances

    Today, young households, families, and senior citizens can barely afford to buy a home in the urban centers. To afford a home of their own, they are fanning out to more reasonably priced regions and accepting a longer commute.

  4. Real estate prices are still rising according to real estate study.

    Real estate prices are on the rise. Despite higher vacancy rates.

    Vacancies have gone up again in residential properties. That was one finding of the 2019 real estate study by Credit Suisse. Despite this, real estate prices are still rising. Here's what's behind this development.

  5. 2019 real estate study with rent or buy calculator

    Swiss real estate market in 2019: Buying currently costs less than renting

    Buying a home is cheaper than renting in many places thanks to low mortgage interest rates, as illustrated by the 2019 Credit Suisse real estate study. Our calculator helps you determine whether renting or buying is cheaper for you.

  6. Real estate gains tax: Taxes are due when selling a house

    Capital gains when selling a house? This tax must be paid.

    If you sell real estate or a site at a profit, you must pay a real estate gains tax. Its amount is regulated in the tax law of the respective canton. Find out why the period of ownership also determines how much tax you must pay when selling a house.

  7. Insure your house: buildings insurance and other types of home insurance

    Protect your house. How to ensure you're well covered.

    When you buy or build your dream home, you want to protect it. There are various ways of insuring a house. Find out which types of home insurance are required and what other types of insurance might be sensible.

  8. Property taxes: How to correctly pay your property taxes

    Paying property taxes right: How you can save on taxes

    Every owner has to pay taxes on their property. If you plan ahead, there are various tax deductions for owner-occupied homes. Find out what taxes are placed on properties and how you as a home owner can save money on taxes. 

  9. Real estate valuation – calculating the market value

    How real estate is valued

    Knowledge of how real estate is valued is indispensable, especially if you are buying or selling a property. A valuation may also be relevant when renewing your mortgage. However, numerous questions may arise in this regard. Read here about how real estate is valued.

  10. Vacancies: Vacancy rate is rising sharply again

    More vacant apartments than ever before – yet construction continues

    There are now more vacant apartments in Switzerland than ever before. Although these vacancies mainly affect rental apartments, the vacancy rate for owner-occupied property has likewise increased. This, however, is down to other factors.