Zurich Property Market and Real Estate Guide

(Zurich, Switzerland)

The historic city of Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and highly regarded as the cultural and economic hub of the country. Residents of the city can boast they live in a place with the best quality of life in the world, as many surveys conducted during the past five years have consistently placed Zurich at the top of such lists of desired habitats.

Zurich also ranks atop the wealthiest cities in the world, which means extremely high prices regarding property purchases. For those considering spending a few years living in this city, it will be difficult to find even a moderately-priced home, as prices are consistently high in all areas. If money is no object, the abodes for sale are beautiful and luxurious, and will rarely decrease in value.

Serviced apartments are a popular option for residents of Zurich, as they are abundant and not beyond the means of those without multi-million dollar annual incomes. It is the preferred choice for those who come here for a year or two, and the range available provides great flexibility in terms of location and cost.

Renting Serviced Apartments

Zurich is composed of 12 districts, each with their own style and flair that appeal to the different tastes of those who choose to live here. While the Oberstrass and Unterstrass areas in District 6 are most likely beyond the financial means of most residents, Aussersihl in District 4 is much more affordable, and is particularly popular with foreign residents living in Zurich.

The quality of serviced apartments here is high, with even the less-expensive offering a large array of amenities including high-speed Internet, security, and an choice of available services. If you choose to live in a serviced apartment, most landlords in Zurich will require you to pay at least two months' rent prior to moving in, made up of the first month's rent and a security deposit.

Buying Apartments and Houses

While buying homes in Zurich is not the most popular option due to the high cost, if purchasing property is necessary an apartment may be the best alternative. Although all property sales can be pricey, apartments are more affordable and have a wider price variation. The cost of living in Zurich is also high - another factor to take into consideration if you choose to purchase property here.

One advantage awarded to those purchasing property in Zurich is that the Swiss government has laws favourable to homeowners. Although not many residents take advantage of this, (67 percent of the natives do not own homes), there are many routes one can take in acquiring financing for a purchase, as banks are not the only institutions which provide loans.

Real Estate Agents

There are many real estate agents in Zurich that can help you find a home, whether through purchase or rental, although searching for one without guidance can be confusing. Checking online and in person, hopefully with recommendations, should help.

Check out the following Zurich real estate agents:

Better Homes
Address: Flurstrasse 30, Zurich, CH-8048, Switzerland, CH
Tel: +41 043 500 0400
Email: info@betterhomes.ch
Website: www.betterhomes.ch
Better Homes can help you find a serviced apartment or home for purchase in Zurich.

Bento Immobilien AG
Address: Bremgarterstrasse 56, Zurich, CH-8967, Switzerland, CH
Tel: +41 044 744 2550
Email: info@bento.ch
Website: www.bento.ch
Bento is a highly respected real estate company in Zurich and can assist you with your home search.

H&B Real Estate
Address: Seilergraben 61, Zurich, CH-8001, Switzerland, CH
Tel: +41 044 250 5252
Email: info@m2-hb.ch
Website: www.m2-hb.ch
H&B specialises in dealing with foreigners who seek housing accommodation in this part of Switzerland.