Most of the respondents to our survey stressed the importance of preparation.
“Spend time on defining your requirements properly, including visits to different locations to narrow down your search,” advised Julian, a Brit living in Malmö.
As well as working out your requirements, other participants argued, you should also get to grips with the way the bidding system works in Sweden, with one British woman recommending buyers “speak to professionals about the buying procedure”. One respondent went so far as to recommend hiring a buyers’ agent, something international employers sometimes provide for senior executives moving to Sweden.
Elizabeth, a 26-year-old charity worker from South America, recommended that all buyers “learn to read a bostadsrättsförening årsredovisning”, the finance report for a cooperative housing block. (You can find The Local’s guide here.)
Get to know the market
Maja, an anthropologist from Hungary, said it was important to take time to get a feel for the market, suggesting buyers visit different areas to find the one that they like.
- A beginner’s guide to buying an apartment in Sweden
- Buyer’s market: a step-by-step guide to bidding on an apartment in Sweden
- How to analyse a Swedish housing association’s finances before you buy an apartment
- The Local’s 11 insider tips when apartment hunting in Sweden