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Aug 16, 2013

Poor rental yields in Geneva and Zurich

Last Updated: Aug. 16, 2013
GENEVA - Apartments COST () YIELD (p.a.) PRICE/SQ.M. ()
50 sq. m. 530,500 1,708 3.86% 10,610 34.15
90 sq. m. 969,930 2,443 3.02% 10,777 27.14
120 sq. m. 1,356,720 3,508 3.10% 11,306 29.23
200 sq. m. 2,542,200 6,152 2.90% 12,711 30.76
ZURICH - Apartments
50 sq. m. n.a. 1,473 n.a. n.a. 29.46
120 sq. m. 1,179,720 3,372 3.43% 9,831 28.10
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

Luxury apartments in Geneva command average square metre (sq. m.) prices between EUR 13,000 to EUR 14,000.

In our sample, a 120 sq. m. apartment in Geneva costs on average EUR 12,600 per sq. m., 11% more than last year (but due to the small sample size, this is not reliable as a basis for price-comparisons).

Rents on apartments in Geneva range from EUR 31 to 34 per sq. m. per month. A 120 sq. m. apartment can be rented for around EUR 3,700 per month.

The gross rental yield for apartments in Geneva is very poor, ranging from 2.83% to 3.08%. Smaller apartments tend to earn higher rental yields. For example, a 60 sq. m. apartment returns 3.08% rental yields, while a 120 sq. m. apartment returns 2.94% rental yield. A 225 sq. m. apartment returns only 2.83% rental yield.

In Zurich, the average price per sq. m. for a 120 sq. m. apartment is around EUR 10,200.

Rents on apartments in Zurich range from EUR 29 to EUR 31 per sq. m. per month. A 120 sq. m. apartment can be rented for around EUR 3,600 per month.

Rental yields for apartments in Zurich are somewhat better than apartments in Geneva, at 3.35% to 3.50%.


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