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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

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

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

Wimbledon champ scores more than a mini-break with Swiss home!

Tennis champ Roger Federer will be firmly in the global spotlight over the next week, as he competes to retain his Wimbledon title and win the sport’s most prestigious tournament for a record eighth time. There’s no doubt Swiss born Federer has an eye for those fluffy yellow balls but...

Posted on 26 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

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

Is yoga the secret to enjoying an Alpine ski home?

Yoga is often recommended as a way of both preparing your body for a skiing trip and relieving your muscles back at your chalet or apartment after a hard day on the slopes. But next month, owners of ski property in the French Alps will be able to learn about...

Posted on 19 March 2013