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Buyers Guide: From ‘Angel’ Tim in the Chatel/Abondance Valley

Buyers Guide: From ‘Angel’ Tim in the Chatel/Abondance Valley

In my experience with clients looking for property in the Alps the most important thing to think about is what will the property be used for. There are so many variables that you must take into consideration in order to find the right property that suits your needs and wants. Of course there are no […]

Buying en copropriété in France

Buying en copropriété in France

What is a copropriété? The way ownership of apartments in France works is somewhat different to the way it works in the UK, and it is sensible to make sure you understand the differences before proceeding with a purchase. When buying an apartment in France, such as an apartment within a complex, you are not only […]

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur in France

Registering as an auto-entrepreneur in France

*please note since  2016 the name was changed to micro-entrepreneur, you may still come across websites and printed forms referring to it under it’s original name of auto-entrepreneur. Setting up as an auto-entrepreneur in France is a relatively straightforward process. However, as with all things French there is a certain amount of paperwork involved and you will require some […]

Why register your British car in France?

Why register your British car in France?

Many of our UK clients ask if it’s worth registering their British car in France or simply buying one over there. Here are a few reasons why taking the plunge, and re-registering your British car as a French one, might be a better option in the long term. 1. KEEP COSTS LOW Cars are a […]

Preparing invoices (factures) in France

Preparing invoices (factures) in France

As part of how series of How to’s for expats wanting to live and work in France here are our top tips when invoicing clients as an auto-entrepreneur in France The facts A devis is an estimate and a facture is an invoice. You must include the following information on your invoices in France: Date of invoice. Date of service […]

What is the difference between taxe foncière and tax d’habitation

What is the difference between taxe foncière and tax d’habitation

THE SHORT STORY  … Taxe foncière is a land tax. The owner of a property pays it even if there are no buildings on the land. Taxe d’habitation is a residence tax. It is paid by the household living in the property on 1st January, whether it is an owner, tenant, or by the owner […]

Why contact France Property Angels when you’re looking to buy a property in France? 

Why contact France Property Angels when you’re looking to buy a property in France? 

  France Property Angels are not just Estate Agents. Our job is to assist you through the entire process of finding and buying your dream property in France which we provide as a FREE service The Facts We have full French legal status to operate as an Estate agent in France. We also work in […]

How to register your UK car in France

How to register your UK car in France

After buying a property in France the next question most of our clients’ ask is, ‘Can I register my UK car in France?’  The short answer is, ‘Yes, you can’. It is relatively easy, thousands of people have, but it’s not necessarily swift, and it’s definitely not paperwork free! Here’s France Property Angels Guide on how to […]

Avalanches in the Alps

Avalanches in the Alps

Bruce Goodlad, director of Mountain Adventure Company, discusses Avalanche safety.   Whether your are skiing off piste, or snowshoeing, awareness of avalanche risk, and how to minimise it is something we should all be learning…. This season the Alps have gone through a cycle of human triggered avalanches that has been brutal. So many fatalities, […]

Learning French in real life situations…with shop keepers committed to your development!

Learning French in real life situations…with shop keepers committed to your development!

This winter the Alpine French School launched an amazing new way to practice your French language skills in a way that doesn’t leave you red faced and running for the shop door. Their ‘Friendly French’ scheme gives language students in Morzine the chance to practice French in a real life situations where everyone wants you to do […]

Chatel beats mega-resort Zermatt’s annual average snowfall!

Chatel beats mega-resort Zermatt’s annual average snowfall!

‘This is not philosophy. This is physics’ said Albert Einstein, when explaining that everything in the universe is made of energy. And so it is with the snow-sure ski resort of Chatel.

Why buy a ski studio?

Why buy a ski studio?

If you’re passionate about hitting the slopes and dream of having your own place to unwind in after a day on the mountains a ski studio might be the option for you. For those of us who just love to ski or snowboard getting out into the Alps as often as we can each season […]

Tips to plan a successful viewing trip

Tips to plan a successful viewing trip

Good preparation can make the difference between a great trip and a disappointing one, here we give a few tips on how to make the most of it.

Pound hits highest level against euro in over a year

Pound hits highest level against euro in over a year

Strong retail sales & an enviable economic recovery leaves the pound strong against the Euro making it a great time for Brits to consider the French chalet market. The financial crisis of 2007 saw a pound that had bought roughly 1.4 to 1.5 Euros drop to around 1.29 in 2008 and then again to as […]

Photography tips for marketing property

Photography tips for marketing property

You’ve heard the old cliche ‘A picture paints a thousand words’, it may be overused but holds true no matter how many times it’s said. Another relevant cliche- first impressions count. Both of these sayings should be taken into consideration when selling or renting out property, no matter where in the world it is. The […]

Buying to Rent- Catered vs. Self-catered

Buying to Rent- Catered vs. Self-catered

Buying alpine property for holiday rental is both a dream come true and a daunting challenge. The promise of a wonderful lifestyle and excellent financial returns feature to some degree in the ambitions of most buyers. Caution, strategy and often a lot of work are required to make those dreams a reality, in this article […]

The weather continues to astound locals

The weather continues to astound locals

The weather continues to astound locals in the French Alps Snow is causing problems for the mountain biking fraternity though the forecast for June is sunny and warmer. But for the moment a few diehard ski randonneurs are making the most of the wintry conditions. I can report that there is a considerable amount of […]

Top Tips for selling your Alpine Holiday Home

Top Tips for selling your Alpine Holiday Home

Rhiannon Cook gives advice on how to make your property attractive to prospective buyers The Autumn is often a busy time in the Alpine Property market, with the run up to Christmas sparking interest for buyers looking to complete before the winter season. Alpine Angels takes a look at how Vendors can optimise their chances […]

Best snow conditions ever?

Best snow conditions ever?

Snow conditions this year have been bountiful. This week The Telegraph went to print claiming the best ski season yet. With 15 weeks of winter still ahead of us it’s a bold claim to make. We took a look at their vital statistics. Snowfall figures so far show that most of the Alps have received […]

The Apps come to the Alps

The Apps come to the Alps

The Portes du Soleil has embraced the 21st century and created it’s very own iPhone App. Now I’m no technophobe but mobile phone Apps don’t generally grab my attention. However the Portes du Soleil App is something worth having. Launched last year this free and downloadable application allows you to view the whole of the […]

Property Renovation – a very human affliction

Property Renovation – a very human affliction

Is it part of our DNA? A human predisposition towards construction? Or maybe it’s a throwback from caveman times? I’ve tried to blame it on ‘Grand Designs’, ‘Location Location Location’ or ‘Changing Rooms’ because as soon as I reached a certain age I couldn’t so much as look at a dilapidated old farmhouse without feeling […]

Who is the guru of all things snow?

Who is the guru of all things snow?

Each year, as we edge closer to the winter months, Alpine Angels begin wondering what the weather will bring this winter. Will there be a bumper snowfall or the challenge of last season’s tropical winter climate? So who is the best person to ask? Over the years we’ve heard an eclectic mix of old wives […]

UK Government changes UK’s Pet Travel Scheme

UK Government changes UK’s Pet Travel Scheme

They say that Brits are pet crazy. We buy our pets clothes. We send them to the hairdresser. We feed them organic chicken before putting them to bed in bespoke baskets to the sounds of whale music. OK, so maybe you haven’t gone that far but many of us like to take our pets on […]

Geneva airport to benefit from new terminal

Geneva airport to benefit from new terminal

Geneva airport has already undergone a number of improvements over the past couple of years; nicer restaurants, more shops, a bigger departures lounge, improved check-in facilities, etc. Apparently the makeover is not to stop there though… A large project is in the pipeline that will involve demolishing the orginal terminal that was built in the […]