There are a few foreign nationals which are able to purchase property in Switzerland, and those are people who are EU and EFTA nations with a Swiss residence permit, or a holder of a C or B permit. For those who are holders of a B permit, you may purchase a Swiss residence, but solely for residency and not for sale or to rent.
Those who are normally unable to purchase property in Switzerland are:
- Non-Swiss residents
- Foreigners in Switzerland without work permits
- Seasonal workers with work permits
- Short term work permit holders
Although, if any of the above are interested in purchasing property in Switzerland they can do so with a purchase license. This means an application must be filed for this license.
There are additional restrictions, however, and depending on the canton, there is a limit of homes or properties a foreign investor is able to purchase. There are also restrictions on property sizes in each canton. On top of this, there are also often restrictions on the resale timeframes, so an investor may be unable to flip a home in a short period of time.