This year Mark Warner Property, which was founded 8 years ago by ski property expert Giles Gale, will rebrand to Alpine Property Finders (APF) to resonate with its broader European client base. APF will offer a specialist Alpine property service, dedicated to finding the very best ski property for sale across the Alps with an initial focus on Austria and Switzerland.
Giles Gale comments on the reasoning behind this decision: “With Brexit looming we felt that we needed to re-brand the business to something more relevant to our non-UK buyers. When we started in 2010, UK clients accounted for 80% of our sales. This has since shrunk to about 50% as UK buyers struggle with a weakened currency and economic uncertainty at home. The remaining 50% of sales are now made up by mostly Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian buyers.”
The experience of selling ski property for over 10 years has taught Giles that Alpine property agencies needs to be specialised. “It is very hard to generalise about the Alpine property market. It is more a vast collection of tiny micro-markets many of which act completely independently from each other. What is true in Zell am See for example cannot be said of Bad Gastein which is only 30 minutes drive away. Each individual market is driven by local factors such as investment into new lifts, new connections to neighbouring resorts, rental income potential and geographical factors such as altitude and aspect.” says Giles.
Since it is the local knowledge that buyers appreciate all APF agents currently live, or have lived in the areas in which they sell property. APF has agents in Grimentz, Zinal, Verbier, Nendaz, Zell am See, Kaprun and Kitzbuhel. Furthermore, a Dutch speaking agent has recently been employed to service the rapidly expanding Benelux market.
In these resorts APF offers a free, bespoke property finding service covering all resale and new build properties listed for sale with local agents. As well as offering its property search service, APF has handpicked a selection of the very best projects currently on the market in the Alps, with a range of price points to suit all budgets. In Switzerland, two stand out developments include:
Les Chalets d’Adelaide, Grimentz – the last new build development available in this hidden off-piste gem of a resort. The development comprises a mixture of large, luxurious detached chalets and apartments, serviced by a new boutique hotel. With ski-in, ski-out facilities, concierge and extensive spa and wellness facilities the development brings a new level of quality to Grimentz, often described as Switzerland’s ‘most beautiful’ ski resort. Prices starting from 899,000 CHF.
Le Montagnier, Champery – situated in the world’s largest ski Area – Portes du Soleil, this hugely popular development includes 25 spacious apartments ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms. The development will offer a spa, private dining club, exceptional concierge and hotel-style services. Prices starting from 873,000 CHF.
And in Austria some fantastic value properties in the region’s largest ski areas such as:
The new Glemm Residence, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which will consist of 44 apartments ranging from studio apartments that sleep four people to 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses with extensive outdoor living space. Located in Hinterglemm, part of the vast Saalbach-Hingerglemm-Fieberbrunn ski region which from next year will be linked to Zell am See to create Austria’s largest linked ski region. Prices starting from 179,000 Euros.
Schi & Sonnenresort in Alpendorf – a brand new aparthotel with 33 apartments ranging from studios to penthouses all with full hotel facilities including a restaurant, bar, indoor pool and wellness facilities. Located in the popular Ski Amade less than an hour from Salzburg. Prices starting from 149,000 Euros.
With Brexit looming, 2019 could not be a more appropriate time to choose an Alpine ski specialist. Especially if buying in Austria, where Giles’ advices that:
“Any UK citizens looking to buy should do so before the 31st March, to avoid any Brexit related uncertainty. As under current laws only EU citizens can buy in Austria, and whilst there are ways around this, it will slow down the purchase process and potentially increase buying costs. Off the back of this we also expect to see an increase in interest in Switzerland since it is outside the EU.”
For further information on Alpine Property Finders, the service they offer and the projects they are currently marketing visit. www.alpinepropertyfinders.com