The Complete Guide to Mortgages in Switzerland

Categories Real Estate, Switzerland

In Switzerland, mortgages are not as simple as they should be! So, in this complete guide, I will share all there is to know about mortgages in Switzerland and how they work.

For instance, did you know that most people keep their mortgages forever in Switzerland? And did you know you could use your retirement money to buy a house?

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Should you buy or rent a house in Switzerland?

Categories Real Estate, Switzerland

We are currently in the process of buying a house. Since I shared this fact on the blog, I have been asked several times whether people should buy or rent in Switzerland.

So, I wanted to share my thoughts on the buy or rent subject. I am going to go over the different considerations about buying and renting houses in Switzerland.

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How to invest in foreign property from Switzerland – The Story of Iain

Categories Real Estate, Investing

Recently, I had the chance to discuss Real Estate investments with Iain. Iain came from the United Kingdom to Switzerland 14 years ago. He is now a Swiss citizen.

He has been investing heavily in several properties, especially in the United Kingdom. I thought it would make a very interesting story for this blog.

We are currently considering buying a house to live in, but not yet investing in property. But diversification being very important, this may be something we will do in the future.

So, let’s learn together how Iain build his extensive property portfolio.

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Buy or Rent – Which is Right for You?

Categories Real Estate, Budget, Frugality, Investing

This is a guest post by Jasper L. Stojanovski from Jasper is a 19 years old man with a passion for investing that hopes to pursue a career in finance. I am very happy to have him contribute to this blog. 

Are you moving out of your home and cannot decide whether to buy or rent?
Many people prefer owning a home. However, financially, this might not be an option for you now. In this post, I will explore the pros and cons of each, so you can decide what is best for you. But before I begin, you will need to answer a few questions:

  1. How long do you plan to live here?
  2. What is the price of housing in your area?
  3. Do you have any savings?
  4. Do you have a good credit rating?
  5. Can you afford to perform regular maintenance?

Once you will have the answers to this question, you will be ready to consider whether you should buy your home or rent your home.

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6 Different Reasons to Invest in Real Estate

Categories Real Estate, Investing

We have already discussed on this blog how to invest in real estate. But I have not really covered the reasons to invest in Real Estate in the first place. These reasons may make you want (or not) to invest in Real Estate. This is something I am still wondering whether I should invest in it or not. I know there are several reasons that make Real Estate interesting as an investment. But I have never gotten to the point of starting to invest in it.

Today, I am focusing on investing in real estate for income. This is not about owning your own house. If you live inside the house, you will not get income out of it.

In this post, we are going to see six different reasons to invest in Real Estate. There are many reasons that make Real Estate an interesting investment. But that does not mean it is necessary for everyone to invest in it. On the other hand, I believe it is important to know what the investment offers.

If you have other reasons to invest in Real Estate, please let me know!

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7 Best Ways to Grow Your Income Faster in 2020

Categories Side Hustle, Investing, Real Estate

I am pretty sure you want to grow your income. A higher-income means more savings, more money to invest, and a better ability to spend. There are many advantages to having a higher income. Over the years, I have greatly improved my income. And I do not want to stop there.

There are two main ways to reach your financial goals faster. Either you reduce your expenses, or you grow your income. You should probably do both if you want to reach your financial goals. Most people are quickly reaching some limits when trying to reduce their expenses. On the other hand, your ability to grow your income is virtually limitless.

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What Would You Do If You Got Given one Million dollars?

Categories Financial Independence, Budget, Frugality, Investing, Real Estate

Today, I am going to go through a simple thought experiment: What would I do if I were given one million dollars. I am thinking of several things I could with one million dollars. I am currently at the beginning of my journey towards Financial Independence. One million is more than eight times my current net worth. So this could mean a lot of different things for me!

Now, I did not invent this thought experiment at all. It was introduced by the Saving Ninja. Actually, I did not discover it on the Saving Ninja blog. I discovered it by reading about this experiment on Retire In Progress blog.

You can find many answers from other bloggers in the original post. I thought it was interesting. So I decided to try it and report my thoughts on the blog.

The original thought experiment, proposed by The Saving Ninja, was in British Sterling Pounds. And Mr. RIP did it in Euros. In this post, I am going to talk about a million Swiss Francs (CHF). But, this is currently the same as a million U.S. Dollars. So, it is the same thought experiment as getting one million USD.

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Not All Assets are Created Equal – Introducing the FI Net Worth

Categories Financial Independence, Investing, Real Estate

Your net worth is a very important number. This is the number representing the value of what you own. We have already seen how to calculate your net worth. This is especially important if you want to become financially independent. For this, you will need to accumulate a large net worth that is able to cover your expenses.

However, something we have not discussed in details is the difference between the different parts of your net worth. In this post, we are going to discuss that exactly. You are going to see that not every part of your net worth is equal. Some parts of your net worth should be treated differently.

If you want to become financially independent, you cannot consider all the parts of your net worth as equal. Some parts of your net worth will not help reach Financial Independence (FI)! And some assets will not evolve in the same way over the years. If you are serious about reaching FI, it is very important to know what your net worth is composed of.

To improve, you can use two different net worths. Your regular net worth as you know it and your FI net worth that will help you towards Financial Independence. So let’s see where all the different assets fit in the grand scheme of net worths!

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5 Great Ways to Reach Financial Independence

Categories Financial Independence, Frugality, Investing, Real Estate, Side Hustle

We have seen that there are many reasons to want to reach Financial Independence (FI). Once you reach FI, you can do what you want without having to worry about money. It is awesome! You only keep working if you wish to work. This state is something most people would want to achieve. For me, my ultimate goal is to reach FI.

There are several ways to achieve Financial Independence. Indeed, there is not a single path to go from where you are now to the point where you are financially independent. Of course, there are some similarities between some of these ways. But they are different enough. Most of the time, you will need to follow several of these ways to reach Financial Independence earlier.

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5 Simple Ways to Invest in Real Estate in 2020

Categories Real Estate, Investing

These days, more and more people are investing in Real Estate. Many people believe that the returns on real estate are higher than on the stock market. We are not going to discuss whether it is true or not. But Real Estate offers some nice diversification to your portfolio.

You may not know it. But there are many ways to invest in real estate. Each of these ways has advantages and disadvantages. If you want to invest in real estate, it is essential to know about these ways before making a choice and investing in one of them, or investing in several of them.

I am not invested in the real estate market. I have a small position through my World ETF that has some real estate funds. But I may invest more in the future. For now, I need more stocks in my portfolio, but once I have got enough, I may shift a bit of my portfolio into real estate.

Let’s now see the different ways to invest in real estate. There are quite diverse. Each person wanting to invest in real estate should find a way that is adapted.

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