Menu

Category Archives: France

Weaker euro and low rates – great conditions for buying in the Alps!

Ski homes in the French Alps got cheaper for UK buyers recently, thanks to nothing more than the euro losing value against Sterling. Given that interest rates in France are still at historic lows and there are some very attractive euro mortgage deals available, could autumn be an ideal time...

Posted on 10 September 2013

An important lesson – ski homes are marked up for good ski schools!

Access to a quality ski school is often overlooked by many owners of property in the French Alps, and without this owners could be missing out personally but also reducing the rental appeal of their ski home. France’s best-known association of ski instructors and schools is Ecole du Ski Francais,...

Posted on 28 August 2013

Ski train tickets for 2013/14 winter season now on sale

Tickets for Eurostar’s seasonal ski trains, which take skiers direct to the heart of the Alps from London’s St Pancras station and Ashford International, are now available for the coming winter season. Eurostar’s popular direct day and night services to the French ski towns of Moûtiers, Aime-La-Plagne and Bourg St...

Posted on 16 August 2013

It’s easy to grow fond of fondue with a home in the French Alps…

The Savoie region of the French Alps is popular not only for its world-class skiing, its chic resorts and fantastic scenery, but also for its delicious gastronomy, which owners of Alpine property can enjoy each time they visit their apartment or chalet. So what are the most famous dishes of...

Posted on 05 August 2013

Could you afford not to get a mortgage on your Alpine property?

A weak pound combined with very attractive mortgage rates mean that for some buyers of property in the Alps, getting a mortgage could make better long-term financial sense than buying outright. Fixed rates in France are at unprecedented lows, meaning that qualifying borrowers with a deposit of 20 per cent...

Posted on 29 July 2013

Vendors in the French Alps welcome friendlier CGT rules

The French Government has reduced the number of years second homeowners must have their property before it is exempt from capital gains tax (CGT) from 30 to 22. The previous 15-yer exemption was controversially doubled to 30 years earlier this year, but the French government now has reduced it after...

Posted on 16 July 2013

€72million investment kicks off scheme to revamp French resorts

Selected ski resorts in France can look forward to a facelift after a consortium of French companies, including banks and resort operator Compagnie des Alpes (CDA), launched a new scheme to reinvest in rundown residential accommodation. The effects should be a bonus for owners of ski property throughout the French...

Posted on 02 July 2013

5 tips to help you get a grip in snowy driving conditions

Many Brits and other Europeans travel to their second home in the French Alps by car, which while gives flexibility and is convenient for taking your own skisalso means having to tackle precarious, snowy conditions, which most of us aren’t used to.If you’ll be driving to a ski resort next...

Posted on 20 June 2013

French Alps gears up for cycling’s biggest event of the year

It won’t be skiers whizzing past the windows of homeowners in the French Alps soon but instead it’ll be the world’s leading cyclists descending mountain roads at breakneck speeds, when the mountain stages of the Tour de France arrive in the Savoie region come the middle of July. An often...

Posted on 11 June 2013

French ski resorts that serve up everything, including tennis!

With the French Open tennis tournament underway, we’re reminded how the French are as passionate about tennis as they are about skiing, hoping for a local champion in Paris this year. France has won seven of its last 32 Opens and currently has 20 men ranked higher than Britain's number...

Posted on 04 June 2013

Web Analytics