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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

€72million investment kicks off scheme to revamp French resorts

Selected ski resorts in France can look forward to a facelift after a consortium of French companies, including banks and resort operator Compagnie des Alpes (CDA), launched a new scheme to reinvest in rundown residential accommodation. The effects should be a bonus for owners of ski property throughout the French...

Posted on 02 July 2013

5 tips to help you get a grip in snowy driving conditions

Many Brits and other Europeans travel to their second home in the French Alps by car, which while gives flexibility and is convenient for taking your own skisalso means having to tackle precarious, snowy conditions, which most of us aren’t used to.If you’ll be driving to a ski resort next...

Posted on 20 June 2013

French Alps gears up for cycling’s biggest event of the year

It won’t be skiers whizzing past the windows of homeowners in the French Alps soon but instead it’ll be the world’s leading cyclists descending mountain roads at breakneck speeds, when the mountain stages of the Tour de France arrive in the Savoie region come the middle of July. An often...

Posted on 11 June 2013

French ski resorts that serve up everything, including tennis!

With the French Open tennis tournament underway, we’re reminded how the French are as passionate about tennis as they are about skiing, hoping for a local champion in Paris this year. France has won seven of its last 32 Opens and currently has 20 men ranked higher than Britain's number...

Posted on 04 June 2013

Reaching your Alpine home from the East Midlands to get easier

British owners of property in the French and Swiss Alps will find it easier to get to their ski homes next season thanks to new flights to Geneva launching from Cambridge Airport. The new route will be operated by Darwin Airline, which is based at Geneva, kicking off on 2nd...

Posted on 22 May 2013

French mortgages continue to make ski homes more affordable

It might be the end of the winter season, but there’s another reason other than skiing to visit one of the many great resorts in the Alps – namely, to take advantage of the excellent buying conditions and snap up a skiing property in time for next season. End of...

Posted on 14 May 2013

End of the ski season – prime time for a deal on an Alpine home?

As the 2012-2013 ski season draws to a close, the property market in winter resorts begins to slow, making it an ideal time to pick up a deal on a Ski property in the French or Swiss Alps. Reports coming from Alpine developers indicate this season has been the best...

Posted on 16 April 2013

Why glaciers can give ski property extra value

April has arrived, which means it won’t be long before the snow cover starts thinning out in most ski resorts across the Alps. That said, there is one group of ski property-owners who can look forward to good skiing till the last day of the season, not only in 2013...

Posted on 02 April 2013

Ski homeowners revel in a bumper season, but when will it end?

Snow coverage remains excellent in most Alpine resorts and it’s likely to remain so at least until the official end of the season next month, treating owners of property in the French Alps to more skiing than they could have hoped for this year. The 2012/13 ski season started with...

Posted on 22 March 2013