Ratings Conclusive comparisons of the municipal real estate markets.
With a GIS-based location system, Wüest Partner has extensively assessed the location qualities throughout Switzerland. Additionally, the country's entire residential area has been divided into individual grids of 25 x 25 meters. A micro location covers an area of 625 square metres. This approach makes it possible to conduct an individual assessment of the micro location for each of the approximately 4.9 million grid cells. We have calculated the micro location rating for both residential and commercial areas.
With our location and market rating, we have made all municipalities in Switzerland comparable by means of a systematic analysis for every type of real estate usage. The result is assertions concerning location quality (accessibility, tax burden, etc.) and the condition of the local real estate market. This is essentially a utility analysis from the perspective of an investor: the individual variables of the municipality-specific features are evaluated and a subsequent overall assessment of the attractiveness is generated. The result is a rating value per municipality. In addition to the overall rating, twelve sub-ratings for various criteria are designated, which depict the specific appeal of a municipality with regard to these individual features.
Quality of life in Swiss cities
The city rankings from Wüest Partner and the journal ‘Bilanz’ provides an overview of the quality of life in Swiss cities (in this case, municipalities with at least 10,000 residents). The cities are valuated based on 11 criteria, which consist of several variables. These criteria are: labour market, urban population and housing market trends, education, culture and leisure, recreation, shopping facilities, health and safety, social factors, mobility and transport, tax attractiveness, purchasing power, health insurance premiums, special features of town/city and local government.
Municipal rating for Germany
The German municipal rating provides details on locational quality, resulting from demographics, accessibility and the labour market. It also characterises the local real estate market, e.g. with regard to construction activity. The ratings are from the perspective of (institutional) investors.
With our Wüest Partner Country and Metro Rating we have made all countries and selected major metropolitan areas comparable by means of a systematic analysis. Individual variables of the country- and metro-specific features are evaluated and a subsequent overall assessment of the country risk and attractiveness of a metropolitan area is generated. The ratings provide guidance to investors optimising their global allocation. In addition to the overall ratings, several baskets of criteria are designated to depict the specific appeal of a country or city with regard to these individual features.
The country rating provides details on locational quality, resulting from demographics, economic health, institutional stability and external vulnerability. It also characterises the local real estate market with regard to real estate and infrastructure standards. The ratings take the perspective of (institutional) investors aiming at diversifying their portfolio.
Wüest Partner produces metro ratings for 80 cities globally, which also include individual country ratings. The objective of this rating is to identify the most attractive cities for real estate investments worldwide. This instrument provides internationally active investors with a clear overview of initial reference points and comparisons for a location.