Alpine Property and COVID-19
Category: Locations > Morzine | 27th Sep, 2020
The current climate of lockdowns and quarantine makes for a frustrating time for anyone with their heart set on an alpine property for winter 2020/21.
Especially, as now is one of the prime periods for ski property search; in “normal” times it would still be possible, particularly for cash buyers, to have ownership of a ski apartment or chalet for the start of the ski season.
So how can France Property Angels help achieve that goal? Our agents are resort-based and have always been home-based, so it’s business as usual for us. Being close to our properties, we can visit, even if travel restrictions mean you cannot get here. Video viewings are becoming the norm – and we are putting in place virtual tours so you can “do a viewing” from the comfort of your current home. Have a look at the virtual tour put together by Lucy, one of our Morzine Valley estate agents, for a stunning farmhouse renovation for sale in Essert Romand.
It’s a good time to look at off-plan property too, while there are still opportunities. Rumours circulate in Chamonix, for example, that limited building permits will be granted from 2023, to prevent overdevelopment and to preserve the alpine environment. So grab a new-build ski property while you can.
Most buyers also manage the progress of their off-plan or new-build property from afar, making travel restrictions less of a problem. We are here too, on-site, to keep you up-to-date with progress, stay in touch with the developer and run any key decisions by you.
And what about the market? The uncertainty of COVID-19 is making many people evaluate their living situation and look for alternatives. Demand is particularly strong from city-based families, from Paris and beyond, looking for a bolthole in the mountains. The mountains were an easier place to be during lockdown and families are realising the value of outdoor space, extensive leisure facilities and an infrastructure that is more able to cope with the local population. We are all getting used to the new normal in France – wearing masks in public spaces, shops and on transport, washing and sanitising our hands at every turn – but mountain dwellers feel they have got off lightly compared to those who live in larger towns and cities. The French government are monitoring the situation closely and working hard to avoid another national lockdown, putting local measures in place where required (none here in the Alps, to date).
France is regularly voted as a destination of choice for people looking to retire abroad. Again, lockdowns in the UK are increasing France’s appeal for many, thanks to access to a good healthcare system, proper seasons, an active outdoor lifestyle and a more relaxed laidback life.
Of course, BREXIT still looms on the horizon; though again for many this adds even more impetus to moving to France. We will write more on that matter soon, so keep checking our blog!
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