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Could you afford not to get a mortgage on your Alpine property?

A weak pound combined with very attractive mortgage rates mean that for some buyers of property in the Alps, getting a mortgage could make better long-term financial sense than buying outright. Fixed rates in France are at unprecedented lows, meaning that qualifying borrowers with a deposit of 20 per cent...

Posted on 29 July 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

€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

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

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

Swiss property – the most stable immovable asset in Europe?

Buyers of ski property in the Alps who are driven more by investment than lifestyle would do well to consider Switzerland, after a recent report highlighted the country’s attraction as a safe haven for wealthy investors and showed that property prices in the country rose by 3.9 per cent in...

Posted on 30 April 2013

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