Investment Hotspot - French Alps

The French Alps features on this Investment Hotspot report, detailing the biggest and best reasons to invest in property in the Alps region of France


Investment Hotspot - The French Alps
As winter nears, and ski-season approaches, the French Alps are an ideal location to consider a property investment set amongst snowy mountain peaks, crystal-clear lakes and lush green valleys.

Why invest now?

The Alpine ski property market is gaining significant momentum as French house prices and mortgage rates hit an all-time low.
According to a report released by French Private Finance, “British buyers can now secure a rate of 3.1% on a 20-year repayment mortgage, down from last year’s 3.75%.” And this particular deal on offer from French bank Caisse D’Epargne “requires just a 20% deposit.”

A director of French Private Finance, John Busby commented, “These are now officially the lowest rates we have seen for French mortgages this century or last.” He estimated the saving on interest payments to be €29,044 over 20 years for a €400,000 mortgage.

In addition, house prices in France continue to fall. Figures published by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies earlier this month recorded a 1.2% annual decline.

Brokers are now reporting an increase in transactions from British buyers, with particularly strong interest in the more expensive regions in and around the Alps and the Côte d'Azur, according to Mr Busby.

Buy-to-let opportunities

For those looking for buy-to-let investment opportunities, rental returns are among the highest for Alpine property investments, as they offer two annual peak seasons. There is incredibly high demand for ski holidays in the winter, but also demand for summer hiking retreats.

What’s more, France offers a tax incentive to owners who rent their property and refund the VAT element of the purchase price on new property with a discount of up to 20% of the gross price.

Final word

Mountain properties have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’: exploring the outdoors, breathing in the clear cool air and relaxing in front of the fire at the end of the day. Rather than sitting at home and watching your money waste away this winter, why not head to the hills for an investment opportunity that promises to profit your well-being, as well as your bank account.

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