No one knows the area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked Valérie Gschwind, of Im­mo­bil­ière Haute Al­sace based in Col­mar, for the in­side track on Al­sace

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A prop­erty agent cov­er­ing Al­sace gives her in­sider knowl­edge

How much are the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties you have for sale? The cheap­est prop­erty I have is a pretty farm­house with a barn, on sale for €65,000. Our most ex­pen­sive one is a large house with 700m2 of liv­ing space and 3,200m2 of land. It’s on the mar­ket for €700,000. Can you tell us some­thing about the typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture in Al­sace? The half-tim­bered houses were built like that be­cause the area is sit­u­ated over a seis­mic fault. In the old days, peo­ple used wooden struc­tures which were more flex­i­ble and eas­ier to re­build if nec­es­sary. How much would you ex­pect to pay for: A three-bed town­house? In Col­mar, you could ex­pect to pay a price of around €200,000. A de­tached prop­erty in good con­di­tion, with a gar­den? This would be €330,000, again in Col­mar. A ren­o­va­tion project? On the out­skirts of Col­mar, this would cost around €120,000. What sort of bud­get does your typ­i­cal Bri­tish buyer have? The Bri­tish buy­ers I see tend to come with a bud­get of €200,000. What sort of prop­erty do they tend to want to buy? They are mostly in­ter­ested in tra­di­tional vil­lage houses with good ac­cess to na­ture and the great out­doors. What is the prop­erty mar­ket in Al­sace like at the mo­ment? The prop­erty mar­ket has picked up again thanks to the very low loan rates in France. What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in the com­ing months? The pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in April 2017 will slow things down but hope­fully the mar­ket will hold well. im­mo­biliere-haute-al­

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