A search for a second home in Switzerland.
Several years we enjoyed very much our holidays in Switzerland and dreamed about how nice it would be to have a second home in the mountains. Always assuming that it would be nearly impossible to get such a house for several reasons.
Now we do own a piece of land in Switzerland and a wonderful chalet is being built on it! How did we get there?
Searching for a house to buy outside of the Netherlands is a risky procedure. “People around you tell you that outside of the Netherlands particularly in Switzerland, it is impossible, and they try to mislead you”. So you start with a real estate broker in the Netherlands. For the first time you go to Switzerland to judge a house what you would like to buy, so not just for one week holiday. In preparation of the search we visited the Second home Exhibition in the Netherlands. There we met with SWISS ALPS INVEST, a Swiss broker run by Claire Deedman and spoke with them about our wishes for a second home and what we wanted to pay for it. They speak very well English and French so to communicate with local people in Valais is not a problem. They planned a full day in Valais with us to show us several existing chalets and plots to build new chalets. All objects where available for foreign buyers as is the case in VALAIS.
We decided to go for a NEW BUILD chalet. All our advisors told us that would not be possible due to constraints by law. Claire informed us how it would work. To get her with them we produced a contract with the construction company to our satisfaction and we did get the permission to buy and build. A dream is coming true. Everything Claire informed us turned out to be correct and they are always willing to support us during meetings and translate the conversations with builder and notary. They also have reliable contacts like construction companies and notary working with them.That gave us sufficient confidence to make this big step.