ASK THE AGENT

No one knows the area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked Gareth Jef­feries, of Alpine Prop­erty, for the in­side track on Haute-Savoie

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A prop­erty agent cov­er­ing Haute-Savoie shares his in­sider knowl­edge

How much are the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties you have for sale?

From €56,000 to €4,650,000.

Can you tell us some­thing about the area’s typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture?

Wood fea­tures. Our chalets are the typ­i­cal wood-crafted ski chalets and if it’s an apart­ment, then a devel­oper will aim for the same feel. There are clients who pre­fer some­thing a bit more mod­ern. They of­ten have to start from scratch in Haute-Savoie though!

What sort of bud­get does your typ­i­cal Bri­tish buyer have?

Our aver­age sale price is about €400,000. In fact that is not far from our typ­i­cal buyer’s bud­get.

What sort of prop­erty do they tend to want to buy?

Ei­ther a three-bed­room apart­ment close to the slopes, or a four-bed­room chalet 10 min­utes’ drive from the slopes.

What is the prop­erty mar­ket in Haute-Savoie like at the mo­ment?

It’s less busy than 2016, how­ever, our buy­ers are get­ting some good deals.

What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in the com­ing months?

I think it de­pends a bit on the snow. If it ar­rives, the brakes on the mar­ket (un­cer­tainty over Brexit, fluc­tu­at­ing cur­rency) will be tem­pered by a fair amount of op­ti­mism from UK buy­ers. Oth­er­wise, roll on the sum­mer.

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