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As estate agents as well as private sellers advertise on the property websites, it will often be an agency who responds when you reply to an ad. They may subsequently keep in touch and send you details of other properties that meet your criteria. If you wish, you can select an estate agent from the outset who will direct you to potential properties on their books. To find an accredited estate agent you can check the member directory of The Swiss Real Estate Association SVIT, who regulate member activities throughout Switzerland. Normally there will be commission to pay to the agent if you buy a property and this will be a percentage of the purchase price, typically 2-4%. As rates can vary you should confirm the rate of commission with the agent before committing to any properties.
If you are looking for a new build to buy off-plan, you can contact the developers directly. Again, even though the properties may not yet be built, from the moment they become available off-plan they can be sold very quickly so you will want to keep an eye on any planned developments. New builds are advertised on the website www.erstbezug.ch and you can select the locations that interest you using an interactive map. Properties marked in green are available to buy, those in blue are for rent. When you reserve off-plan there may be an initial reservation fee to pay, with the remainder of the deposit due on signing the full contract.
A relocation agent will often include a home-finding service and their contacts and insider knowledge can be helpful in finding properties that you otherwise might not have known about. Fees are rarely advertised so it would be wise to contact a few agents and to compare quotes, along with seeking out recommendations from the expat community. Expect to pay several thousand Swiss francs if your employer is not funding this as part of a relocation package. The EuRA Directory is a helpful place to begin your relocation company search.
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