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New CGT rules, but what other taxes can homeowners expect?

The year-long period during which vendors of property in France get a discount of 25 per cent on both capital gains tax (CGT) and the social charges kicked off in September, with hopes it will fuel sales in the property market, including in Alpine resorts. Also from 1st September, the...

Posted on 03 October 2013

Tempted by a more flexible form of leaseback ski home?

The growing popularity of year-round short breaks in the French Alps has prompted the region’s biggest developer to introduce greater flexibility in the way its leaseback apartments are let, in order to maximise rental income. Traditionally MGM has offered holiday home buyers, who also seek a guaranteed long-term investment, a...

Posted on 01 October 2013

Tignes to benefit from new ‘village’ opening for 2013/2014 season

An exciting new ‘village’ within Tignes in the French Alps  will be up and running this ski season, making the resort an even more appealing place to own a ski property. The former Les Boisses area of popular Tignes is undergoing a €150million transformation, which will see it renamed ‘Tignes 1800',...

Posted on 24 September 2013

New website takes the hassle out of getting to your ski home

Organizing transfers from the airport to your ski property in the Alps has got easier thanks to the launch of a new website that matches travellers’ specific needs with local transfer and taxi firms, allowing them to find the best prices and service before flying. FindTransfers.com has developed a system...

Posted on 17 September 2013

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

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