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aladin 19.01.2020 21:58

How to find a property to buy?
 
Hi


we are looking for a property to buy on the Silver coast (Thalwil to Wollishofen), either an apartment or an house.


Its been a while since we started searching, but so far the results are quite limited.
I'm aware that the real estate market for buyers moves relatively slow, and wonder if anyone has an advice on how to increase the range of possibilities?


So far we:
- Inquired with some big agencies like Engel & Völkers, left our details and their promised that they will come back to us..
- Created automated search queries in websites like Homegate
- We heard that some of the best properties do not reach those websites, so we physically went to find out for new construction sites and then got in contact with the agencies mentioned on the signs in those sites





Tnx

curley 19.01.2020 23:41

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
To my big surprise I noticed the other week that they sell houses/flats on tutti.ch!

You could also put up a "Kaufgesuch" there = an info that and what you are looking for. I even think it's free (not sure though).

Medea Fleecestealer 20.01.2020 06:54

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Also look at

www.petitesannonces.ch
www.anibis.ch

omtatsat 20.01.2020 07:13

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aladin (Post 3138471)
Hi


we are looking for a property to buy on the Silver coast (Thalwil to Wollishofen), either an apartment or an house.


Its been a while since we started searching, but so far the results are quite limited.
I'm aware that the real estate market for buyers moves relatively slow, and wonder if anyone has an advice on how to increase the range of possibilities?


So far we:
- Inquired with some big agencies like Engel & Völkers, left our details and their promised that they will come back to us..
- Created automated search queries in websites like Homegate
- We heard that some of the best properties do not reach those websites, so we physically went to find out for new construction sites and then got in contact with the agencies mentioned on the signs in those sites





Tnx

Well be prepared to dig deep in your pocket because they are EXPENSIVE. And ask a bank about finances. Unless of course you are one of the dirty rich for who money is no object.

shiitake 22.01.2020 14:26

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
We found ours on homegate.ch and did most of the work ourselves with no buying agent. The selling agent arranged the notary and we just had to deal with our bank.

Guest 22.01.2020 14:56

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by shiitake (Post 3139437)
We found ours on homegate.ch and did most of the work ourselves with no buying agent. The selling agent arranged the notary and we just had to deal with our bank.


What have you got to sell then ?


5 fluffy posts in 10 minutes .....;)

curley 22.01.2020 15:11

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by omtatsat (Post 3138499)
Well be prepared to dig deep in your pocket because they are EXPENSIVE. And ask a bank about finances. Unless of course you are one of the dirty rich for who money is no object.

Jealousy is an ugly mindset. And extremely unattractive.

Tom1234 22.01.2020 15:24

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aladin (Post 3138471)
Hi


we are looking for a property to buy on the Silver coast (Thalwil to Wollishofen), either an apartment or an house.


Its been a while since we started searching, but so far the results are quite limited.

Tnx

That's because there's really not much for sale. We lived a bit further up and when we bought a few years ago, there was a lot of choice. For the last few months, Homegate has, per month either listed one place for sale or nothing at all.

Not so much is bring built.
Lots of available parcels of land have already been built on.
People are staying put.

shiitake 22.01.2020 22:13

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
I would groan but perhaps the irony is that your post is just as fluffy? Or are we also as afraid of outsiders as the swiss are reputed to be here? :msntongue:

Quote:

What have you got to sell then ?


5 fluffy posts in 10 minutes .....;)

Neko 23.01.2020 13:40

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Paradoxically if there's not much you can find to buy, sort out your mortgage and budget. This way when you talk to an agent you can say you have this amount ready as a deposit, the mortgage is all but arranged etc and they'll put properties to view in front of you as you're likely to help them achieve a sale rather.

Look for local housebuilding firms too, often they seem to build on a few at time rather than the giant construction companies you get in France/UK/US etc but they list what they have off and on-plan.

Guest 23.01.2020 15:10

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
If you are thinking of the Silver Coast, it might not be the worst idea in the world to expand your search over the other side too.

We spent years looking around the lake in Zurich for a place to buy (more on that later) and really found that the silver coast prices had begun to catch up with the gold coast prices, for whatever reason (maybe speed of getting into Zurich?). The issue however, was that every place we looked was pretty compromised; right by a train line, not a nice street, too far from a public transport stop, incredible density of properties etc.

In the end, exasperated as we were, we decided to broaden our search and ended up with somewhere on the Zugersee instead - lower tax, commutable (to Zurich) and a bit less densely packed. If you aren't having much luck around the Zurich lake and the view is important, maybe it's worth considering?

aladin 24.01.2020 21:43

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Neko (Post 3139857)
Paradoxically if there's not much you can find to buy, sort out your mortgage and budget. This way when you talk to an agent you can say you have this amount ready as a deposit, the mortgage is all but arranged etc and they'll put properties to view in front of you as you're likely to help them achieve a sale rather.

Look for local housebuilding firms too, often they seem to build on a few at time rather than the giant construction companies you get in France/UK/US etc but they list what they have off and on-plan.

interesting idea. thanks!

Phil_MCR 24.01.2020 23:58

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
speak to the banks and let them know what you are after. a friend of mine got a property this way before it was widely advertised.

in his case the bank was quite motivated as they got mortgage business from it...

Spinal 25.01.2020 09:59

Re: How to find a property to buy?
 
We setup a search on pretty much all the search sites and aggregators. Like you, we contacted a few larger estate agents - but without ever getting a response (I think demand is high enough that they don't care).


In the end, we struck luck and found a private seller who didn't want to use an agency (through homegate).


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