Housing Finance, Prices, and Tenure in Switzerland
40 Pages Posted: 21 May 2009 Last revised: 17 May 2015
Date Written: October 8, 2009
In contrast to many other countries, Switzerland generally has not seen soaring house prices in the 2000s and house prices have only recently started to diminish slightly. Also, Swiss authorities do not engage in trying to increase the homeownership rate much above its current level. In this paper, we present the main aspects of housing policy and finance in Switzerland which can help to explain these idiosyncrasies. We also analyze house prices and rents. The policies which are discussed in this paper may be useful to housing policy makers in other countries.
Keywords: Housing policy, housing finance, house prices, rents, taxation, homeownership, Switzerland
JEL Classification: R31
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