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Big demand for new Chamonix project

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The ski season may be far from over but apartments in a new development in the ever popular Chamonix will be gone before the snow
at this rate.

Within just four weeks of launching, a third of theproperties at Le Cordee, a new development in a prime location, have been reserved. We are not surprised: Chamonix is a year-round resort and this project is attractive to both buyers looking for an investment, and those simply looking for a home to enjoy. Easy access from Geneva is also key to its popularity. “The window of opportunity won’t be open for too long so if you’re looking in the Alps don’t hesitate to put La Cordée on your shortlist. The love affair that International buyers have with the Alps is set to continue,” says Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier.

The remaining 34 apartments start from €300,000 and phase one is due for completion in December 2017. There are one to six-bed units
available. Each apartment will have at least one underground parking space and one ski box.  Communal facilities include a reception, lounge, bar, swimming pool and “well-being” area.

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Here is a small selection of the properties on offer, to find more simply search our website:

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What are the implications of a Brexit on my French property purchase?


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The referendum will take place on Thursday 23rd June.

If you want further, more detailed, info you can get it here from the BBC.

Our (personal) view is that even if the vote was to leave the EU there would be little in the way of substantial change to UK citizens living in France.

So far, there has been little discussion about the approx 2m UK citizens currently living in other EU member states. This article in the Daily Telegraph should allay many fears of British expats.

We’re convinced that the Government will take every step possible to protect their benefits in any withdrawal discussions, it’s a financial & political minefield…..imagine all these (generally elderly) citizens coming back to the UK and the burden this would place on the NHS.

All independent polls are showing that the most likely outcome is a vote to stay in.  However, to be prudent, we have outlined below the three scenarios in the unlikely event of an “exit” vote:

1. UK retains membership in the EEA (European Economic Area) – this means that existing rules on freedom of movement would still apply.
2. A compromise solution – falls short of the existing rules but with special arrangement for certain citizens (we think this is the likely outcome).
3. No agreement between UK & EU.  Even given this scenario the EU tends not to impose visa requirements on wealthy countries.

In short, the view held by Leggett Immobilier is that whatever the outcome we see little in the way of substantial change to UK citizens living over here & that dreams of a happy retirement in France should still be realised.

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A votre santé! – French healthcare

The good news for all of you dreaming of moving to France is that the French healthcare is amongst the best in the world.  Although it might work slightly differently to the healthcare system that you are used to, it is easy to navigate once you understand it – and we some useful advice!

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All French residents have access to the state healthcare system but the state doesn’t always pay all the costs of any medical treatment. The level of reimbursement depends on your status and situation. This is where forward planning comes in. The first thing that will be taken into account is whether you have paid into the system in any way. So the first crucial question is, where are you deemed resident? The answer to this question and other details about your status will determine that you are entitled to.

Have a look at our online guide, or turn to page 43 of our magazine to read a fuller article.

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Manchester, here we come!

It’s now only a month to go until A Place of the Sun’s Manchester show – a huge event that is likely to attract over 7,000 people on 11-13th March.


Last year the interest at this new venue for the biggest property show exhibition in Europe took everyone by surprise. Again, at The National they are offering over 150 exhibitors with a large tranche dedicated to the French Village where we will be holding free seminars on every aspect of buying and living in France. These include how to pick an area, tax, healthcare, inheritance planning and running a business over there. On top of that you can chat to any of the team about anything.

Do come and see us – click here for your free ticket.

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Chamonix pads to shout about

The dual-season town of Chamonix is growing in popularity every year and we are delighted to offer exclusively a rare new project that is likely to be snapped up. Located in Chamonix’s most exclusive residential area, Les Praz de Chamonix, La Cordée will offer 80 freehold apartments, priced from €365,000.


On the site of an old hotel in a fabulous and peaceful location, this high-end, fully managed development will be just a five-minute walk from the ski lift and the golf club. Some of the units will be penthouses with private lift access, and all will offer “staggering” views.


“The true joy of La Cordée is its 360 degree panorama – and with the best of French Alpine scenery and Mt Blanc as a backdrop,” says Leggett Chairman Trevor Leggett. Chamonix’s appeal to international buyers is helped by its easy access to Geneva (one hour) and its superb shopping and restaurant scene in recent years.

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