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Re: Buying a house in Le Vaud

Don't know if anyone is still interested but there is now a very good item on Le Vaud on the 'Living in Nyon' website.
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Old 01.04.2011, 12:00
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Hi I am an english mum of two children (7 & 10)and a wife and am new to the english forum. We will be moving to Switzerland in August 2011 and are interested in buying a house in Le Vaud in the Canton of Vaud. The house we are interested in has been empty for nearly a year but even after two realistic offers the sellers will not sell under the asking price. Is this quite normal? The house suits our family needs well but we are unsure if Le Vaud is a family area, are there any english speaking people there? Although the children will go to the international school in Founex, we want them to integrate into the local community. If we do offer the asking price will we be able to sell it in 5/10 years time? Is it just because there is no view of the lake/mountains that people do not want to buy it? We had heard that property gets snatched up so quickly that often things don't hit the market so why has this one sat on the market for a year. We think the price is reasonable 1.2m and although built in the 1980s has been well renovated but it is more a swiss chalet style than a new build - could this be the problem?

If anyone has any background info into Le Vaud and its housing market it would be much appreciated before we possibly make a HUGE mistake by offering the asking price.

Many thanks.
Are you aware of the tax implications of buying and reselling a property in Switzerland? I would not consider buying if your stay will be less than 10 years.

The house has been empty for nearly a year because the asking price is too expensive for the area/location. The sellers are holding out because they don't need the money. Yes, it's quite normal here (if daft).

Finally, if it's difficult to sell now it will at least as difficult in 5 years...
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Re: Buying a house in Le Vaud

Hi, We moved to Switzerland in 2007 and lived in St Prex for 10 months at which time we found a house in Le Vaud which we purchased, we have lived here for four and a half years and loved every minute. When we lived in the UK we lived between Manchester and Liverpool so we where used to busy town life, but living in Le Vaud has been an absolute pleasure and we have made lots of friends both French speaking and English. In our street alone there are German, French, Swiss, Dutch (who all speak perfect English), Jamaican and Irish, i know of at least 6 couples within 5 minutes of our house who are English. There is in the village a small store, a hairdresser, a dog groomer, a large post office, the auberge which is like your local pub come restaurant and a school which is for children up to senior school age, along with our local Zoo small but great. We have amazing views of Mount Blanc and clear views of the country side, we have never had a problem getting any where even in the snow as at 5 in the morning the roads are cleared. My husband works in Rolle and it takes exactly 12 minutes for him to get to work, people who don't live here think its miles away from every where i promise you its not even i get to Rolle and Gland in between 10 and 15 minutes and i don't drive that fast. Don't be worried enjoy.
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Re: Buying a house in Le Vaud

"Although the children will go to the international school in Founex, we want them to integrate into the local community."

Just for curiosity....may I ask: How?
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Especially now. With the £/CHF exchange rate where it is now, the FX risk alone would give me sleepless nights. I hear anecdotally that interest from English buyers has really tailed off because sterling weakness makes property here look expensive.
Re-reading this makes my eyes water. i wonder what the difference has been since you wrote them! We bought our house 3 years ago when the £ was 2.53 - no way could we buy it now!
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