• Despite continuing globalization of the real estate industry and stronger cross-border interplay between the real estate and capital markets, the national markets are still dominated by national and regional characteristics

  • The rental market is gaining considerably in importance over ownership, due to affordability factors, as well as the more flexible lifestyle it offers, in particular for younger people

  • Both the importance of institutional investors and the size of the private letting market, in comparison with the state-controlled segment, vary considerably between countries and have strong influence on the availability of adequate numbers of housing units.

  • Owner - Occupation varies between 78 percent in Spain and 34.6 percent in Switzerland