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Skiing in Courchevel makes “World’s best ski runs” list

A red ski run in Courchevel has been included in the world’s top 10 ski runs, as chosen by the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, making the resort an even more appealing place to own a ski property. The three-kilometre run, called the Combe de La Saulire, runs down to...

Posted on 09 October 2013

Buying costs to edge higher – don’t delay buying a French ski home!

Anyone on the verge of buying a property in the French Alps could save a few euros by completing their purchase by the end of the year, as stamp duty in France is expected to rise at the end of 2013. The cap on tax levied on buyers when they...

Posted on 08 October 2013

France: world’s favourite place to ski and home to its biggest ski area

Did you know that the French Alps is home to the world’s largest ski area, namely the Les 3 Vallées in the Savoie department, and that recent figures show that France is the most popular place to ski in the world? It’s these kind of facts that make ski property ownership...

Posted on 04 October 2013

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

Get ‘pièce’ of mind when choosing your home in the Alps!

The flexible living space offered by purpose built ski apartments means that British buyers in the French Alps shouldn’t necessarily base the number of people a property can sleep on the number of bedrooms it has. A two-bedroom apartment with fold-out beds in the living area or a mezzanine area...

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

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