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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

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

A Golden Time to Buy Alpine Ski Property

The latest information shows that now is a golden opportunity to buy Alpine ski property. The latest Knight Frank prime ski property index for Q2 2012 shows that prices of properties in the top French and Swiss resorts fell sharply in the year ending June 2012, with many showing flat...

Posted on 07 December 2012

It’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy Ski Property

According to the ski property index from Knight Frank, prices of prime ski property in top ski resorts throughout the world have dropped by nearly 10% since the peak of the market in 2008. According to the report the financial crisis led to a decline in buyer confidence, especially in...

Posted on 29 November 2012

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ski Sale-and-Leaseback Property

The idea of sale and leaseback schemes in ski resorts was originally conceived in the 1980s, and these types of schemes are most commonly found in the French Alps. The idea originally came about due to French tourist boards identifying a shortage of hotel beds in ski resorts. It was...

Posted on 17 November 2012

Time is running out to buy an Alpine Ski Property by Christmas

Parts of the French Alps have seen significantly early snowfalls with some ski resorts having already opened for the season, and time is running out to buy a property before Christmas. In Chātel, Flaine, La Rosičre and Les Carroz French developer MGM is finishing the final few apartments, all of...

Posted on 02 November 2012

Ski Holidays and Property Offer Better Value in Europe

A raft of recent articles have detailed how the cost of skiing in Europe is set to become cheaper this year, and this may lure many people back on the slopes. According to Moneycorp prices have fallen substantially in countries such as Switzerland and France, although Switzerland is still one...

Posted on 26 October 2012

Popularity of Alpine Markets Increasing

The popularity of Alpine markets is rising, as the last twelve months have seen prices stabilise or even increase, according to the latest report from Savills. This report covers 28 resorts within the region, including those in France, Austria and Switzerland, and found that 72% have seen increasing stability in...

Posted on 19 October 2012

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