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Salary and housing costs – how much should rent be in relation to salary?

Finally, your own apartment! A dream come true, but is your apartment more expensive than you originally thought?
Before looking for your own place to live, it is important to take a close look at certain costs. Insurance, housing costs and taxes often account for the highest proportion of expenditure. What percentage of your income should the rent take up, so that at the end of the month it’s not spaghetti for dinner again?

Interior design trends 2021

Pastel tones – the brighter, the better! Pastel tones help to give a room a relaxed atmosphere and have a calming effect. Aegean Teal – a blend of blue and green – is an on-trend colour for 2021. Others are set to have a big impact in 2021, too: the company Benjamin Moore & Co. …

A very different kind of NYE

It’s almost NYE! We’ve got a few tips on how to spend the final days of the year. From a cosy spa day to an exciting treasure hunt – there’s something for everyone. And because your house also adds to the new year feeling, we’ve got two craft ideas that you can do in a …

What is a Minergie apartment?

Minergie is a Swiss quality label for low-energy buildings. This standard is a guarantee of quality and, above all, low energy consumption, presented in a format that the public can understand. Anyone who wants to buy or rent a Minergie apartment should consider the following. The chemical formula CO2 feels like an abstract notion. However, …

Affordability: what can I afford?

There are many aspects to consider when financing your own four walls: your savings and income, your household and lifestyle, and your longer-term financial planning. Both the bank and the customer want the financing to be supported by solid foundations. When you start dreaming of your own home, you start picking up some technical terms, …

The best Christmas tree alternatives

The Christmas tree: most of us love having one, and accept that it gets chopped down for two weeks of attention. But what other environmentally friendly alternatives are there? The Christmas tree has become a statement. Some stick to natural resources and decorate their Christmas tree with straw stars and gingerbread hearts. Others can’t get …

Alert! Phishing e-mails and fraudulent contact requests in circulation. Follow these tips to protect yourself from fraudsters

There have been a growing number of online scams, such as phishing attacks, on real estate platforms in recent times. Some of our customers have also reported such incidents. Identity fraud is a crime, and we take it seriously. Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with these simple tips to protect yourself from falling victim to online …

Beware: fake ad fraud

Attempted fraud on property portals has been on the rise recently. Scammers try to trap trusting house-hunters with appealing ads for dream homes. These tips will help stop criminals in their tracks. Jürg Zulliger   Sounds like a dream home, doesn’t it? A tranquil location in the heart of Zurich’s Old Town. Close to the …

Heating your home properly: what temperature should each room be?

Heating accounts for around 70% of energy consumption in the home. But how should we go about heating our homes properly? What tips and tricks are there for reducing heating costs? What temperature does it need to be outside before we turn the heating on? As outside temperatures get chillier, we start needing to warm …

Living in the french-speaking part of Switzerland

Vaud and Geneva offer an outstanding quality of life that draws many Swiss people and expats to both cantons. Although the two major cities and cantonal capitals, Lausanne and Geneva, are remarkably lively and dynamic, other municipalities are just as appealing and offer stunning locations close to Lake Geneva. Here are a few with a …