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Old 22.06.2008, 21:34
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How up-to-date is data on http://www.homegate.ch?

I see same properties week after week on http://www.homegate.ch. But at the same time word is that properties are gone within a few hours of being advertised, generaly speaking. I am looking for properties a bit outside of Zurich, up to an hour by SBB, so could that be a reason? I haven’t contacted agents advertising specific properties, that is my next step ... but I’d like to hear others thoughts about my http://www.homegate.ch observation.
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Re: How up-to-date is data on http://www.homegate.ch?

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I see same properties week after week on http://www.homegate.ch. But at the same time word is that properties are gone within a few hours of being advertised, generaly speaking. I am looking for properties a bit outside of Zurich, up to an hour by SBB, so could that be a reason? I haven’t contacted agents advertising specific properties, that is my next step ... but I’d like to hear others thoughts about my http://www.homegate.ch observation.
not too sure about the data, but to be honest, you will get a better yield by using Comparis, they aggregate from all of the major housing portals, you can search in English based upon postcode & radius (up to 20km)
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Re: How up-to-date is data on http://www.homegate.ch?

My experience of homegate is use it only as a rough guide. You have to make the calls to find out what is truly available.

Even then if you are trying to rent the tenant will tell you one thing and the agency another. One will say it is gone already and the other will say it is available. then when you try to get a confirmation it will have changed again. You just have to keep up a good fight to find what is truly there. It's so hit and miss. We took three months over our search and still came up empty, we finally applied for one without seeing it. We are now living in it quite happily and it is a better apartment than any we had seen or applied for on our previous searches.
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not too sure about the data, but to be honest, you will get a better yield by using Comparis, they aggregate from all of the major housing portals, you can search in English based upon postcode & radius (up to 20km)
Thanks Polorise, that is a good tip.
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My experience of homegate is use it only as a rough guide. You have to make the calls to find out what is truly available.

Even then if you are trying to rent the tenant will tell you one thing and the agency another. One will say it is gone already and the other will say it is available. then when you try to get a confirmation it will have changed again. You just have to keep up a good fight to find what is truly there. It's so hit and miss. We took three months over our search and still came up empty, we finally applied for one without seeing it. We are now living in it quite happily and it is a better apartment than any we had seen or applied for on our previous searches.
Thanks Worrelpa. Now this answer begs the question. Is it worthwhile paying money to some relocation agency to do all the leg work? I have been just quoted 3700 Sfr for “Housing package, couples and family” in Zurich/Zug region where agency finds up to 10 properties according to specified search criteria, organize viewings and all paperwork for found property (takeover of the property, reviewing the contract etc). All of this has to be done in 2.5 days as they would charge additionally for extra days. Do they have some extra source for finding properties or they’d use Homegate/Comparis? If later, considering Worrelpa’s comment, I am not too confident my money would be well spent?! Any thoughts?

In addition, when initially contacting agency for property found through Comparis, would English be acceptable or that would seriously reduce my chances for any response? I am relatively comfortable reading German but not so writing.
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