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  1. second home initiative market rallies following the second homes act

    Impact of the second home initiative: Demand for holiday homes is picking up 

    Demand for holiday homes in the tourist regions of Switzerland has long been plagued by uncertainty, caused by the adoption of the second home initiative. This has been compounded by the strength of the Swiss franc, which has taken its toll on interest in second homes from abroad. But things now seem to have bottomed out, and the market looks set to pick up despite the implementation of the Second Homes Act. 

  2. Finding land for building: New spatial planning legislation has made it harder to buy a plot

    "We don't think there will be a general shortage of land for building" 

    The revised spatial planning law is designed to improve the utilization of land zoned for building. This will make it more difficult to find building land. Real estate expert Fabian Waltert explains in the interview what impact the new planning laws will have, and where those who want to buy a plot will have to dig particularly deep into their pockets.

  3. Smart homes: What smart home systems and home automation make possible

    Living in a smart home. Better security, efficiency, and comfort.

    More security, more energy efficiency and more comfort – modern home automation promises all this. Smart home systems can be conveniently controlled while you're on the move. But when does a home count as smart and what can the smart home really do?

  4. Trends in house construction: These trends are dominating the real estate construction market

    "Fifty percent of our new buildings have doors with fingerprint locks"

    A beautiful garden and a smart home – this is what the Swiss want, says Corrado Palermo, managing director and owner of Unica Architektur AG. In an interview, he talks about trends in house construction and explains the origin of these residential trends.

  5. Tiny house: A tiny house is more than a small house

    Tiny houses are big: The "tiny house" way to live

    On how few square meters could you live? Six, twenty, forty-five? That last number is the per capita average in Switzerland. Tiny houses show that something beautiful can emerge even in a small space. Tiny houses have potential in Switzerland as "single houses."

  6. Buying real estate – seven myths about home ownership debunked

    Seven common misconceptions about buying a house – why you can afford your own home after all

    Many people give up on the dream of owning their own house or apartment because they are too worried about making the wrong decision. Read our seven misconceptions about buying property and find out why you can actually afford to buy your own home after all. 

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    Renting vs. buying – Consider the advantages and disadvantages

    Interest rates on mortgages are at historically low levels. However, the situation could soon change. That is reason enough to start thinking about whether it might be worthwhile to buy a house instead of renting.

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    The Most Suitable Form of Home Ownership

    By yourself, together with a partner, as joint owner, or in an association: Owning property can take many forms. Here is an overview of the most important ownership structures.

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    A Little Luck Helped in the House-Buying Process

    Sometimes, you find your dream house by chance. That was the case for Melanie and Marc Kaufmann. The couple dreamed of having their own detached house and found their new home close to where they were currently living.

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    Building the House of Their Dreams

    The road to owning a dream home is different for everybody. Urs Viktor Strausak and Martina Feil decided to build their own, and they felt at home in next to no time.