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Aug 11, 2014

Poor rental yields in Geneva and Zurich

Last Updated: Aug. 11, 2014
GENEVA - Apartments COST () YIELD (p.a.) PRICE/SQ.M. ()
60 sq. m. 654,600 1,927 3.53% 10,910 32.11
120 sq. m. 1,202,400 3,816 3.81% 10,020 31.80
175 sq. m. 1,907,25 5,049 3.18% 10,899 28.85
250 sq. m. 2,892,750 n.a. n.a. 11,571 n.a.
ZURICH - Apartments
120 sq. m. 1,274,400 3,419 3.22% 10,620 28.49
Districts researched:
Geneva: All districts except Les Paquis
Zurich: Districts (Kreis)1 , 2 (Enge/Wollishofen), 6 (Unterstrass/Oberstrass),7 (Fluntern/Hottingen/Hirslanden/Witikon), 8 (Seefeld), and 10 (Wipkingen)
Source: Global Property Guide Definitions: Data FAQ See also: Update Schedule

If you are buying in Switzerland it is usually not the rental yield that interests you, because in the past Swiss rental returns been comparatively poor.  But as the global house price boom has gathered steam over the past 15 years, Swiss rental returns have stayed steady, no doubt due to the fact that foreigners are discouraged from buying in Switzerland.  Swiss rental returns are still classified by us as "poor".  But rental returns in much of the world are now worse than they used to be, and Swiss returns are no longer particularly low.

Luxury apartments in Geneva command average square metre (sq. m.) prices between EUR 10,000 to EUR 11,000.

In our sample, a 120 sq. m. apartment in Geneva costs on average EUR 10,600 per sq. m.. A 120 sq. m. apartment can be rented for around EUR 3,300 per month.  That means a yield of around 3.81%

In Zurich, the average price per sq. m. for a 120 sq. m. apartment is around EUR 10,600.  A 120 sq. m. apartment can be rented for around EUR 3,400 per month. That means a rental yield of around 3.22%.


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