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Deferring Real Estate Tax

I own my apartment in Zurich, but family reasons will have me moving to Goldau. I've owned for 15 years, so the gains tax will be 28%. It drops a lot in the next 5 years, going to 20% after 20 years.

So, my questions are:

1) Is the gains tax on real estate for any use? If I rent it out for 5 years, will
I pay then pay tax due after 20 years? (That seems like a no-brainer, but
I've been surprised here too often.)

2) If I sell my Zurich apartment and buy in Goldau, I see that I get to "defer
the gain". Let's suppose I hold the place in Goldau for 5 years. Will I then
pay the 20 year rate on both? The 15 year rate in Zurich and the 5 year rate
in Goldau? Some other strange thing?

Thanks for your help!
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