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Great value property in the French Alps wowing buyers in 2013

This season’s fantastic snow conditions might be part of the reason, but the appeal of a long-term lifestyle investment combined with comparatively stable prices and cheap mortgages are the key reasons more British people are looking to buy French ski property. Proof of this comes from a report by the...

Posted on 15 March 2013

Could a stronger euro affect your property purchase in the Alps?

British people searching for a property in the French Alps in recent weeks will be painfully aware how much the exchange rate has gone against them, to the extent that since the start of the year property prices have effectively increased by around six per cent for Sterling buyers, and...

Posted on 06 March 2013

No skis in Skyfall, but the Alps will always be a hit with Bond fans

Bond fans who are also keen skiers might be disappointed that in his latest film, ‘Skyfall’, the legendary spy goes nowhere near the white stuff, however they can take comfort knowing that in earlier movies, some of the most thrilling scenes are of the Alps and Bond on skis. The...

Posted on 01 March 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

Home-owners visiting the Alps should take care when hiring a car

Skiers travelling independently to the French Alps, typically those staying in privately rented accommodation or home-owners visiting their apartment or chalet, should take special care when renting a car from the airport this season, as this year’s heavy snowfall has made driving in and around resorts especially treacherous. And it’s...

Posted on 11 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

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

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