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Property Acquisition in Switzerland

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Acquisition of Property


These guidelines provide an overview of current Swiss Federal Law and Ordinance and the complementary cantonal and communal provisions that restrict the acquisition of Real Estate in Switzerland by persons abroad. The guidelines are provided merely for information purposes and are not legally binding. 

The sale of real estate to non-Swiss citizens is subject to several laws. Each canton has a yearly quota of properties authorised for sale to non-Swiss. This system came into effect on the 1st of January 1985, and its goal was to control the purchase of properties in Switzerland by non-Swiss citizens. An authorisation to purchase must be obtained from the Cantonal Authorities and the Federal Department of Justice and Police through a Notary (in Switzerland, they are Public Officers). 

As a general rule, non-Swiss may only buy one property per family and the net floor space and the surface area of the real estate must not exceed 200m2 and 1000m2, respectively. 

Hartmann Singleton is experienced in obtaining permits to buy properties in Switzerland for a Foreign National and is on hand to provide support until the property is legally yours. 

On November 30, 2014, the Swiss electorate decided to keep lump-sum taxation, with a majority voting against its abolition. This a victory for our country and an unmistakable message from our compatriots to foreign nationals looking to move to Switzerland: they are and always will be welcome here!

This vote means that Switzerland continues its long tradition of hospitality by upholding a virtuous fiscal model that was successfully established more than 150 years ago. It also reaffirms its attractiveness and willingness to remain an open and welcoming country.

Hartmann Singleton Ltd

Company Profile & Services

Our client’s needs and expectations are the priority of everything we do. Nowadays, everyone is so busy it is not just enough to present a luxury property to a customer, for Beat Hartmann, it is important to offer the very best possible one-to-one service to understand and implement the wishes of the client by giving them time. 

Our focus is on competence, quality, service and efficiency. We are working continuously to serve our clients with an impressive network of partners and associates, including architects, developers, private sellers, lawyers, banks, notaries and other real estate agencies in Switzerland, to offer you a vast selection of new and resale properties from a charming ski chalet to luxury apartments or exclusive villas on one of the many lakes in Switzerland.  The best properties seldom make it to the open market or the websites of the traditional estate agent. To see the full spectrum of property both on and off-market requires an extensive network of contacts and an exceptional understanding of the target area. We coordinate and manage the entire buying process on your behalf, ensuring that everything runs smoothly, professionally and efficiently. We tailor each search to our clients’ individual requirements.


Beat Hartmann, one of the company founders, is deeply convinced in realising his philosophy and never giving up, he reaches out to his clients and makes even the most extraordinary dreams come true. The native Swiss has worked in the finance sector and lived for more than 30 years in Switzerland, making the UK his home 25 years ago. 

This unique combination of experience in finance, property development and languages allows us to communicate with both countries in their own language. It, therefore, enables us to provide you with a tailor-made and discreet service to acquire real estate in Switzerland since 2005. 


Why Switzerland?  

​It is a myth that only the rich and famous can afford property in Switzerland. Many celebrities live and own holiday homes there, but there is no reason for you not to own your dream home in Switzerland. The summer Mediterranean climate allows you to windsurf, sailing and swimming in the dark blue and clean lakes. You can play golf in the most scenic surroundings, walk or mountain bike with snow-covered mountaintops inspiring you. 

If you like the winter, skiing, snowboarding, cross country, sledging, or even polo on snow, Switzerland offers it all, and the friendly and motivated staff make it more than just an alternative.

Switzerland offers much more than this;  living standards in Switzerland are among the best in the world. Selected highlights include quality of life, healthcare, political stability, security, economic environment, high standards private international schools and higher education, variety of spoken languages and strict privacy laws, not to mention the geographic location in the heart of Europe and proximity to international airports, beautiful lakes and some of the Alps' largest ski resorts.

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