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  1. Ticino real estate market: Strong demand for real estate in Ticino

    Intense construction activity brings stable real estate prices to Ticino

    Sun, nature, and the Italian way of life: Owning a home in Ticino is an attractive prospect for many. In our interview, Alberto Donada, Head of the Ticino Mortgage Center, explains how the Ticino real estate market is progressing and what you should know before buying a house.

  2. Buying an old house: What to look out for in old properties

    Buying an old property – look out for these seven hidden costs 

    Affordable old buildings are highly sought after. But it is important to take a close look at older properties and not rush into signing a contract under time pressure. What you need to consider aside from location, price, and character when buying an old property – so you can turn an old house into your dream home. 

  3. Pillar 3a for residential property: advance withdrawal and pledging

    For a home of your own: Use Pillar 3a for a residential property

    Anyone in Switzerland who is lacking equity capital to purchase their own real estate can use Pillar 3a funds for residential property. Read this article to find out how this is possible and what you need to note for pledging and withdrawing Pillar 3a assets.

  4. Energy efficiency funding programs: when funding is available

    Save energy and money. What's funded by the government.

    Anyone incorporating energy efficiency when building is planning ahead, and it pays off. The federal government, cantons, and municipalities have various funding programs for energy efficiency. Find out what is funded and the right way to apply for funding.

  5. construction loan construction financing for your dream home

    Use a construction loan to build your dream home

    Many people dream about building an owner-occupied home. However, before construction can begin, you have to answer the question of how to finance the construction. In most cases, the answer lies in a construction loan from a bank. Construction loans offer a high degree of flexibility and a clear overview of all costs for building a home on credit.

  6. Promotion of home ownership: Expert interview on real estate financing

    The risks of using retirement assets to finance home ownership: Advice from the experts. 

    The promotion of home ownership scheme allows buyers to use retirement assets to purchase their first home. However, an advance withdrawal or pledging of retirement assets means taking a look far into the future. Financial advisor Alexandra Caliman and financing expert Marco Schmutz explain the risks you need to factor in. 

  7. "The tight housing market has made it more difficult to find residential property in Lucerne."

    The city of Lucerne is popular – and not just with tourists. Available residential property is especially in demand here. Sina Zemp, Head of the Mortgage Center for Central Switzerland, talks about developments on the real estate market in Lucerne and reveals her best tips for prospective buyers.

  8. libor-mortgage-or-fixed-rate-mortgage-making-the-right-decision

    LIBOR or fixed-rate mortgage? A comparison.

    Fixed-rate or LIBOR mortgage? You can make things easier on your wallet and your nerves by choosing the right mortgage. You should take not only the mortgage interest but also your personal needs and preferences into account. This comparison will help you find out which type of mortgage is right for you. 

  9. Financing a vacation condo or home: What you need to know

    Purchasing a vacation home: What you need to know.

    Many Swiss people long for a vacation home in the mountains or in Ticino. Financing a vacation condo or home is subject to different conditions than the primary residence. 

  10. Buying your first apartment – purchasing a condominium in seven steps

    Seven steps to buying your first apartment

    You have been a tenant long enough and want to become an owner and live life to the fullest in an owner-occupied home. It is time to buy your first apartment. In seven easy-to-understand steps we examine how to go about purchasing your first condominium.