New Ski Property Website Launches, Championing New Property in the Alps

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House-hunters looking for a ski home in Europe will welcome the launch of, a new website that promotes new-build and off-plan properties in selected ski resorts in the French and Swiss Alps. brings together a portfolio of carefully selected property developments, listing them by resort with full property details and a range of photos. The site also features a blog and glossary to keep buyers informed about the ski property market, and a free downloadable guide to buying an Alpine ski home.

Resorts in which has property for sale, both leaseback and classic freehold, include Courchevel, Méribel, Les Gets, Chatel, Tignes and Val d’Isère in France, and Flims in Switzerland.

Director of Julian Walker said: “Ski property has proved to be one of the most buoyant sectors of the overseas property market, with some resorts even seeing price rises this year – unusual in much of Europe in the current climate. Tight supply and controlled development, combined with huge lifestyle appeal and a strong international market mean ski homes in quality resorts will always be good long-term investments. At we focus solely on new-build and off-plan projects, which typically offer better capital appreciation than resale properties.”

Buying new or off-plan rather than resale property in the French Alps includes the following key benefits:

  •     Buying into a new development early increases the opportunity to benefit from capital appreciation, as units are often sold at a discount and once a project becomes established, demand typically increases, especially as new development sites become harder to come by.
  •     Developers often offer attractive finance deals or payment schemes, which you won’t get when purchasing an existing resale property. This is especially appealing at the moment, as French interest rates are currently at record lows.
  •     Buying into a leaseback résidence offers the opportunity to buy and finance a property net of VAT. Leaseback contracts also allow you to choose an option that suits your preferred amount of annual usage.
  •     In France purchase costs for off-plan or new-build are lower than for resale property. If you do buy outright, as from 1st January 2013, sellers of new property less than five years old no longer need to pass on a charge for VAT to a buyer (unless the vendor is VAT registered).
  •     New-build property in France comes with a two-year exemption of Taxe Foncière, one of France’s two types of council tax.
  •     New property in the Alps will come with a guarantee from the developer, who will also be obliged to take care of any faults when the new owner takes possession, so-called snagging. Also, new property is built using more energy efficient materials than you find in older resale homes.

Concluded Julian Walker: “ aims to become a leading promoter of new property in the Alps, offering something for all budgets, whether it be a leaseback apartment in Chatel from €225,000 to luxury chalets in Méribel from €3.25million.”


For further information or to enquire about:
Julian Walker
Tel: +44 20 8150 9502
Email: info(at)skiingproperty(dot)com

About is owned and operated by overseas property specialist Spot Blue International Property. A web-based information and listings service, it works with developers in the French and Swiss Alps to promote new and off-plan developments to the UK and wider international market. Since its foundation in 2005, Spot Blue International Property has established itself as a leading overseas property specialist and is a member of the AIPP, NAEA, Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey. The company’s high profile in the UK means it is regularly quoted in the national press and invited to appear on panels at leading seminars and exhibitions.

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