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Old 03.02.2007, 21:47
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Re: Apartment Searching--Realtor fees, etc.

Glad to hear another Bostonian is making the journey over here. Welcome. I will be working in Luzern myself, but probably living in Zug.

I can't help you with the rental search as I am in the same boat (though I have been here for two weeks in Zurich already). But drop a line if you want to rehash old Boston fables.

People from Massachusetts? Wicked...

As to apartments, I don't think you'll have to spend that much. We're not really talking about Beacon Hill here. If you live outside of a Zürich itself you can typically find a range of apartments from 1000 CHF to 1500 a month in terms of the size specified. Luzern is no different. Of course there are more expensive ones if you want to spend more money. They typically say that the quality does increase with the cost, unlike back in the States where it is often the location that improves more substantially. You just need to decide, for example, what type of neighborhood you want to live in, what public transit connections it has, its proximity to grocery stores and so forth.

Also, I've never heard of these fees here. I am in the middle of my own apartment search as well. As Lob said, you'll pay Nebenkosten, the size of which depends upon the apartment and the amount of services covered.
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