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  1. A Surfeit of Apartments

    At 1.47%, the vacancy rate is at its highest level in 18 years. This surge is largely due to the situation in the market for rental apartments. On the other hand, vacancies in owner-occupied housing are still low.

  2. Residential Property: The End of an Era

    Residential Property: The End of an Era

    The almost 15-year era of rising prices for residential properties appears to be at an end. In the coming quarters, an overall sideways trend can be expected. Single-family dwellings ought to outpace condominiums in terms of price growth.

  3. Swiss Real Estate Market 2017: Tenants Wanted

    Swiss Real Estate Market 2017: Tenants Wanted

    The downturn in the rental apartments market is progressing at full speed. Despite rising vacancies, construction activity in the rental apartments segment is boosting. Vacancies will continue to grow. Negative interest rates are driving this trend. These circumstances are likely to cause prices of multi-family dwellings to increase again in 2017, despite falling rents. Prices of owner-occupied housing, on the other hand, are no longer rising. After 14 years, the price growth came to an end in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  4. Swiss Real Estate Market 2017: Tenants wanted

    Credit Suisse publishes its 2017 study on the Swiss real estate market

  5. Disposable Income – Living, Commuting, Childcare: Where's the Least Expensive Place to Live?

    Disposable Income – Living, Commuting, Childcare: Where's the Least Expensive Place to Live?

    Households can make substantial savings by moving to a different location. The most recent Credit Suisse study highlights the Swiss municipalities in which households have the largest disposable income after the deduction of mandatory taxes and fixed costs. 

  6. "Around 30 Percent of Global Assets Are Sustainably Managed"

    "Around 30 Percent of Global Assets Are Sustainably Managed" 

    Béatrice Fischer, Head of Communications & Marketing at the Swiss Universal Bank, is also responsible for the bank's offering in the Philanthropy & Sustainable Investments area for our clients. She believes there is considerable potential in the sustainability segment. 

  7. Tougher Times for the British Real Estate Market

    Tougher Times for the British Real Estate Market

    British voters said "Yes" to leaving the European Union (EU) – this could have far-reaching consequences not only for the UK economy, but also for the real estate market. London's office market, in particular, is likely to see lower demand for office space. But prices for residential property are also expected to come under pressure in the short to medium term.

  8. Banished from Paradise

    Banished from Paradise

    For more than ten years now, the Swiss real estate markets have enjoyed parameters that can only be described as a kind of paradise – continuous rises in prices and rents, booming demand, and low vacancy rates against a backdrop of low interest rates. But in recent years, there has been an accumulation of indications that other, less favorable times lie ahead. Because real estate investors are no longer able to source easy returns just like that. In the future, investors will increasingly have to rely on their own services in order to generate the hoped-for returns in real estate markets.

  9. What's the Value Added of the Sharing Economy?

    What's the Value Added of the Sharing Economy?

    How much does the sharing economy add to GDP? Is it significant, and can we even measure it? As activities shift from traditional sectors to sharing, they become harder to measure, obscuring the true economic activity of a country.

  10. Green Real Estate – A Significant Value Proposition 

    Climate change represents the major global challenge of our time, with global CO2 emissions continuing their upward trajectory. Green or greener buildings may help to solve this pressing issue.