How it works

Understanding your requirements

Before taking on the search, we make sure that we fully understand your needs by discussing your requirements with you by telephone, or in person if you are visiting the Alps.

  • You fill in a basic search form which serves as a starting point for the discussion.
  • Based on your requirements, we can advise you of the advantages and disadvantages of different resorts and locations, including their rental potential.
  • We then proceed with the search.

Our search

  • We deal with all of the major agents, constructors and developers in the resorts, scan local and specialist papers and keep in touch with notaires’ offices and other sources.
  • We travel constantly throughout the area and have built up an extensive network of formal and informal contacts based on 20 years experience in the property business and 30 years of living in the region.
  • We often find properties not yet on the market, and this has been the key to a number of successful searches. Because of strong growth seen in the French ski resort market, and a lack of quality supply, the better buys are not available for long, or frequently, do not reach the open market.
  • We visit all properties that we feel would suit your requirements ourselves and do not rely solely on third party information.
  • We are based within an hour of most ski resorts and are able to visit properties rapidly to assess their potential.

Keeping in contact

Based on our search and visits, we send you photos and details of properties that meet your requirements, as well as a summary of their advantages and disadvantages by email. Annabelle gives regular progress reports by telephone and email.

Showing you the properties

After identifying a suitable portfolio of properties, we agree a date for you to fly out to visit the properties.

  • We set up a program of visits and accompany you to give you on site advice and answer your questions.
  • With preset up visits, we can arrange for you to see suitable properties in a minimal amount of time in different resorts.

Comprehensive Service

Our comprehensive service is set up to help with all aspects of property acquisition. This includes:

  • purchase negotiation
  • complete handholding service covering all aspects of the purchase, including the signing of official documents
  • informal assistance with the translation of legal documents
  • advice on estimating realistic rental yields
  • help with mortgage choices
  • advice on finding reliable local property management services and
  • recommending contractors for renovation and interior design

Many of our clients have found our handholding service during the purchase process invaluable in dealing with the complexities of the French legal system.