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
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.