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I apologize for generalizing, but that was my experience.

The Swiss potential buyers come to view the house with the normal "must have" checklist, as everyone else does, but then proceed to try to tick every damn box. Then they want to view it again with the parents (who presumably is helping with the downpayment), and then 1 or 2 more times before telling us that it is too dark, or too noisy, or too close to the building next door, etc. etc. I guess what Odile said is true, they want to buy only once in their life and therefore want to buy the perfect property.

The auslanders on the other hand can decide very quickly to buy if 8 boxes out of 10 are ticked.

When we bought the house, the seller also told us of the same experience. He got tired of 2 other potential Swiss buyers who already viewed the property for the umpteenth time and when we put in a lower offer, he was willing to just sell it.
We had precisely the opposite; the eventual buyer only viewed the apartment once and put in his initial offer 10 days later. His only questions were was there any noise from neighbours upstairs and how soon could he move in .
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What I have seem to notice with a few friends/work collegues is they buy an apartment and then have decided to sell up when their kids are teenagers or about to fly the nest and buy a house. Then they ask the question why did we buy? Kids gone, house too big to clean, garden, getting older etc and then they talk about or revert back to an apartment!
Or: Get married - buy / build house - have kids - marriage problems - kids leave - get divorced - sell house(*) - rent apartment - die.

(*) known as Scheidungshaus / "Divorce House".
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What I have seem to notice with a few friends/work collegues is they buy an apartment and then have decided to sell up when their kids are teenagers or about to fly the nest and buy a house. Then they ask the question why did we buy? Kids gone, house too big to clean, garden, getting older etc and then they talk about or revert back to an apartment!
Hehe, this is us exactly. We haven't got to the "too old" bit yet though.
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We offered about 10% lower than the asking price. They came down by 5%. Then we said, ok, 5%, but asked them to pay for the architect checking the house and the painting inside and outside (worth about 40k). They agreed.


A few weeks later, we sold our old apartment for about 12% above our asking price.
DId the Architect evaluate current status of the house,renovation costs etc?

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