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Châtel’s new lifts a boost for home owners and cross-border skiers

A new lift system and links with the Portes du Soleil ski area due to open in 2014 are creating a buzz in the desirable French Alpine resort of Châtel, an increasingly popular destination for buyers of ski property. Châtel, a pretty low rise Savoie village that has grown into...

Posted on 18 February 2013

Why leaseback schemes suit ski home owners in 2013

Skiers looking for a hassle free way of owning an Alpine property which also generates guaranteed rental income should consider investing in a leaseback property, a type of ownership not available in other countries and which is exempt of VAT. With a leaseback ski property, the buyer owns the freehold...

Posted on 15 February 2013

Looking for the perfect property for skiing holidays with the kids?

One group of people who can look forward to half-term skiing trips with the family without the stress of having to book suitable accommodation during one of the busiest weeks of the season are those who own a home in the Alps. Travel arrangements are about all owners of ski...

Posted on 12 February 2013

Incredible mortgage deals on offer in the French Alps

Mortgage rates hitting historic lows in January mean that fantastic home loan deals are currently available in France, making ski properties more affordable to new buyers and giving existing owners the chance to lower their monthly mortgage repayments. A fixed rate of just 3.55 per cent for a 20-year term...

Posted on 08 February 2013

Where to buy ski property for guaranteed adventure on the slopes

The French Alps are home to some of the longest and most exciting ski runs anywhere in the world, making them the ideal place to buy if you rank exhilarating skiing at the top of your property wish list. If this sounds like you, you could start your search for...

Posted on 05 February 2013

France’s Savoie region favourite with British property-buyers

Hunger for a slope-side home in the French Alps increased at a higher rate than any other international skiing destination during December, according to the UK’s leading property portal, maintaining France’s position as the most desirable place to own a ski property. The most recent Rightmove Overseas report showed that...

Posted on 22 January 2013

Increased flights for ski home-owners in France

Reaching a property in the French Alps from the UK has got even easier this season, thanks to a raft of new flights launched by a selection of airlines. Grenoble-Isère Airport alone saw the launch of six new services from the UK in the second half of December 2012, including...

Posted on 04 January 2013

Want a home in the world’s favourite ski destination? Choose France…

Home owners in the French Alps and anyone planning to buy property there will welcome the news that France is officially the most popular skiing destination anywhere in the world. And with snow conditions this year the best they have been for years, France’s excellent resorts are on course to...

Posted on 02 January 2013

Mortgages in France favour buyers in the Alps

Buying French ski property with a mortgage has become an especially attractive option in the last few months, thanks to banks adjusting their rates downwards and changing their product lines. Mortgage rates have hit - and remained at - historic lows in France during 2012, which when combined with the...

Posted on 14 December 2012

French Alps home owners prepare to board the ski train

The first high-speed ski train of the 2012-13 season pulls out of London’s St Pancras for the French Alps on 21st December, offering British skiers and ski property owners an alternative way to reach a host of exciting ski resorts. The increasingly popular rail service, which arrives in the town...

Posted on 11 December 2012

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