How to find property for sale in the Alps

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:34

If you are looking into living the dream and fancy buying a property in the Alps, then you are in luck my friend, as Natives is the home of all things snow and season related. Now, you don’t want to make the awful mistake of thinking you can go it alone do it all independently.

Even though the European Union has pretty much merged all of the countries in Europe into one, the process of buying any property abroad is still a potential minefield for someone doing it for the first time.

Things can be even more tricky when you are buying property in the Alps where planning authorities are very strict and have rules detailing what can go where and how things should be constructed. If you have ever had to carry out work on a listed building in the UK, then you will have some idea of the strict rules and regulations that you will have to adhere to.

So, when you are looking into buying a chalet or a property in the Alps you should always do so with the help of professional legal advice and the assistance of a dedicated company. When it comes to choosing a company to assist you with your search, you shouldn’t just choose the first one or the one with the best website. It is always a good idea to research each company thoroughly before parting with any personal details or money. You can also, always ask for real life testimonials.

When you know which area you would like to live in, you should try and find a list of some of the more reputable lawyers in the area, who might be able to help you with all of the paperwork. A good lawyer who knows the local regulations and the national laws will also be able to help you to understand your legal responsibilities. For added help, you can also talk to the local tourist office as they might be able to let you know if there are any investments or developments on the horizon in your desired area.

When it comes to buying property in general, the price is obviously a huge factor. Properties in countries across the Alps can vary drastically in price with the Swiss Alps tending to be the most expensive. You can find affordable property in most nations though, so long as you are willing to shop around. If you are looking for somewhere that is pretty cheap, then you can look into buying a chalet or an apartment in an up and coming resort that is further afield like Slovenia. If you can get into an up and coming resort then you are almost guaranteed good resale value.

If you are interested in buying a property but still have some questions, then you can always head on over to the Natives Forum. We have plenty of people in the Forum who will be able to help you out with whatever information you are after.

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