New Lockdown declared in France as of Friday 30th October

We are now in a new lockdown period in France.

If this means you can no longer come and visit properties with us in person, you can rest assured that we are continuing to work for you. We are doing the following:

  • Updating and adding new properties on our website
  • Exchanging emails and calls with buyers and vendors
  • Putting together property lists, sending you available information and material on your preferred properties
  • Accompanying you on live virtual tours
  • Taking on new sales mandates
  • Carrying out virtual signing using an e-signing facility for all legal documents.

The buying process will continue for all the ongoing sales as notaires, banks, administrations and France Property Angels continue to work.

With our best wishes to all our clients from the France Property Angels Team

Meet the Team - Catharine

Catharine is the founder of Alpine Angels and the first ever Alpine Angel. She has owned a chalet in the French Alps for over 9 years and set up Alpine Angels back in 2003. The family moved to the village of Morzine when their three children were aged 5,8 and 10. “We moved to the Alps initially for a one year “interlude” but soon realised we wanted to stay longer. We felt it was a perfect place for our children to spend some of their childhood. We liked the fact that outdoor sport and activities interested the kids here more than TV and computers - that's what we wanted for our children. We spent three years in the Alps as a family before moving back to Bath” Catharine set up Alpine Angels because she wanted to establish an independent and honest property company to help clients through the complexities of purchasing abroad. For Catharine, client recommendation and an impeccable reputation became the foundations of Alpine Angels. “Setting up Alpine Angels was a logical development for me. We could definitely have done with more help when we first arrived in France as a family, so it seemed a good idea to set up a company that could help people through all the different stages, from initially finding a property to buy, to helping them with all the steps involved in completing the purchase, to helping with all other necessary stages from setting up bank accounts, applying for mortgages, organising builders and decorators, finding schools. One day I found myself sat in the Morzine branch of Credit Agricole helping an American couple open a bank account and arrange house insurance for their newly purchased home and the woman turned to me and said 'It's like having a Guardian Angel with us' And so it began… !” Catharine and her family have continued to spend much of their time in their chalet in Les Gets. “We have all developed a love of the mountains and enjoy lots of family holidays in our chalet in Les Gets, summer and winter - Now that the boys are at an age that they are travelling on their own and with their friends the chalet in the Alps is the place where we all love to gather - they never say no to the suggestion of a holiday in Les Gets!” So what would Catharine's top tips be for a family moving to the French Alps? 1. No more school catchments areas! If you move to France you won't need to spend lots of time worrying about choosing the right Primary school for your children. In France all the schools are a very similar standard, which leaves you free to think of other priorities when choosing a place to live 2. Prepare yourself for a more laid back approach to life. Shopkeepers in France take their time and like to chat to customers. Don't expect to be served quickly and remember that the French quality of life is probably one of the reasons you have chosen to move there. So embrace it! 3. Take French lessons. Any and all efforts to speak French are really worthwhile and appreciated by people living here To speak with Catharine regarding her experience in the Alps or for help beginning your Alpine journey call +44 1225 442128

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