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Old 07.09.2011, 12:56
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Re: Buying property from a real estate company glossy printed catalog

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I'm sorry, i have to diasgree BB2, it certainly does exist, it's called a green field site and you buold your own house. That way you get exactly what you design/ask for, may be a tad expensive and you may regret a few things but you can certainly have 11 bathrooms, 2 garages and a bedroom, if that's all you want !
It doesn't - unless your wallet is bottomless.

Every house is a compromise - even one you build yourself. You are limited by land size, outlook, topography, services, transportation links, location - and most importantly BUDGET.

In the real world - the vast majority of people can't afford 7 digit valued properties - and even if they can - they have to compromise because they want 8-digit houses!!

Throw into the mix Switzerland's supply and demand issues and you begin to realise just how hard the perfect house is to find.

For example - when we bought our weekend (could be used full time) house, the list looked pretty much like this:

Pros:
+Recent structural renovation
+Potential to improve via cosmetic renovation
+Sensible sized, partially hard landscaped garden
+2 parking spaces
+Many rooms + good floor space
+History to the house
+Cheap
+Close enough to ZH
+Some views

Cons:
-No garage
-Animal urine issue
-Massively overgrown garden
-Low ceilings
-75min door-to-door commute
-higher taxes
-Interupted views
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