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Erna Low Property reports that ski season is attracting more investors to ski property, particularly in the French Alps. The firm notes that currency risk has worked in favor for clients pursuing second homes in ski country as clients finance vacation spots using French mortgages with low interest rates. Experts say transactions for such properties are up 30% on the year and that the best deals are in leasebacks or classic freehold property. Hot spots for purchases include Grand Massif, Chamonix and Les Portes du Soleil. For more on this continue reading the following article from Property Wire.

The uncertainty resulting from the Eurozone crisis does not seem to have adversely affected the ski property market in France which seems to have settled as the ski resorts open for the first weekend of the season.

Potential buyers are now choosing not to wait any longer to invest in a second home on the slopes, according to the latest market report from the ski specialist team at Erna Low Property.

Exposure to the currency risk has worked in favour of our clients who have seen a 15 to 20% in the drop of the Euro, that was nearly on a par with sterling 12 months ago which is encouraging for investing now, the firm says.

In the past 12 months, Erna Low Property has seen 60% of clients financing via a French mortgage, the other 40% are cash buyers. Transactions are up 30% year on year and the average property price purchase is around 350,000 for a two bedroom apartment, which is the most popular property with British buyers.

Lowest ever French mortgage interest rates are also acting as an incentive to buy now. Recently, Erna Low financed a few clients with mortgage of 3.65% capital and interest repayments fixed for 20 years with up to 85% loan to value. It says that this is more secured than buying a buy to let property in the UK, and gives access to the property for holiday and leisure time.

Erna Lows  property team has also seen a mixed trend in clients buying patterns since the last ski season. Proximity to Geneva Airport with only a one to two hour commute to their alpine property seems a popular British choice.
 
'In my opinion, as long as the snow falls, the Alpine property market will remain strong and the snow is already here for holiday makers wishing to spend Christmas in the French Alps,' said Francois Marchand, general manager at Erna Low Property.

'There are many types of properties you can buy in France, depending on how often you wish to go there every year, and buying as classic freehold for you and your family might not suit you year on year, thats where leaseback properties could be very attractive and remain a popular straightforward way to buy in France,' he explained.

He also pointed out that although recent tax reforms by newly elected President Francois Hollande have shaken up the French property investors who are willing to optimise their tax declarations, but this does not affect the foreign market.

'Buying a property in France should be a long term plan. It is essential to view your property investment as a place you will be returning to repeatedly over 10 years. France is the number one tourist destination in the world, has a stable economy, is part of the G8, has a steady capital growth and great interest rates from international banks,' he explained.

Best buys include either leaseback or classic freehold properties. Les Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif and the Chamonix ski areas seem to be the favourite destinations for many of the firms clients, with properties in Chatel, Flaine and Chamonix offering a range of possibilities.

For those less bothered by airport commutes, the firm recently launched a selection of properties available in the centre of Les Deux Alpes and Les Arcs 1950 is another very popular area for British tourists, and increasingly for the French used to skiing in the Three Valleys and Espace Killy.

Espace Killy, which includes the resorts of Val d'Isere and Tignes remain extremely popular to the ski and snowboard fanatics for British and worldwide skiers. Erna Low Property has recently launched the sale of a leaseback development called Santa Terra, ski-in ski-out, in Tignes Brevieres, a very high end quality property development currently under construction.

This article was republished with permission from Property Wire.