The acquisition of real estate in Switzerland is restricted by law. As a rule,
all foreigners, who wish to acquire Swiss residential real estate, must obtain approval prior to their purchase.
Such approval is relatively difficult to obtain without professional assistance.
For foreigners, who hold a Swiss residence permit, it is however possible to purchase house or apartment
for their personal use. As a rule, the Swiss authorities may grant a residence permit to a foreign
national, who has invested in setting up his own business, where he will work.
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In addition, there are other options to acquire Swiss real estate, for instance on the name
of Swiss company.
The authorities in each Swiss canton have the right to define the districts in which
real estate may be eligible for the "vacation property" status. This status guarantees considerable tax benefits,
and the procedures for purchasing this kind of property are simplified for foreigners.
The most liquid and popular areas among foreign investors are small villages in tourist and resort districts near Lake Geneva.
While commercial real estate in Switzerland can be resold at any time, holiday properties must not be offered for resale
for a period of five years after purchase (and sometimes longer).
Furthermore, purchasing a vacation property does not automatically entitle the buyer to permanent resident status in
Switzerland, but definitely provides additional possibilities to relocate, what is worth to discuss.
We at SWITZERLAND-4YOU can take care of the details of the sale or purchase of a vacation property in line
with your specific needs.
We are also ready to take on maintenance and management of your property and could organize
its temporary lease, to speed up the loan re-payment.
Commercial real estate is exempt from Switzerland's restrictions on the purchase of real
estate by foreign nationals. Foreign investors may purchase as many properties as they wish of practically any size.
Furthermore, they are not obligated to obtain any permission from government offices in order to do so.
Foreigners may sell their commercial real estate whenever it is convenient without any restrictions, no matter how
long they have owned it.
On the other hand, investment in such objects like commercial and office buildings, warehouses, retail spaces, restaurants,
hotels and parking space is always popular on the Swiss market and bring investors stable yields (return on investment).
Commercial real estate in Switzerland is attractive primarily as a reliable means of capitalizing your assets (inflation
is maintained at 1.5-2.0%, while net revenue from leasing properties can reach 7-8% of invested capital).
Moreover, the maintenance, tenant management, account management and taxes are all taken care of by a management
company, which usually charges about 6–8% of the lease income.
As a rule, commercial real estate in Switzerland
is purchased using mortgage loans (which are also extended to foreign investors).