Investing in property within Portugal comes with its own unique benefits. There are several good reasons to buy in Portugal such as the beautiful landscape and great weather, but some lesser known benefits include low cost of living and tax breaks for retirees especially with private pensions.
Portugal's property market has remained stable over recent years and the country's economy has recently seen a resurgence, so investing in property within the country is undoubtedly a good move financially. Whilst Portugal has long been a favourite with the British, it is now proving to be popular with many other Europeans.
Possibly one of the country's best kept secrets, The Non Habitual Tax Resident Scheme
(NHR for short), is a scheme devised by the country's government to attract temporary and permanent residents to the country.
The NHR regime allows for someone with a private pension to be considered eligible to avoid tax, making this scheme ideal for those seeking to retire to Portugal.
Did you know about the Portuguese Golden Residence Permit Program?
This scheme is one of the reasons why Portugal is becoming so popular with not only British citizens but other European countries in particular Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France, Finland and Italy.
Now, non-EU citizens can look forward to fast-track immigration to Portugal, thanks to this new program. This special residence permit, also called Golden Visa, will be offered to investors, who fulfil certain conditions.
If you are a national of a European Union country and you want to stay in Portugal for longer than three months, then you must request a Registration Certificate (Certificado de Registo) from the City Council of your area of residence.
After you have held a registration certificate for five consecutive years, you may request a Permanent Residence Certificate (Certificado de Residência Permanente) from the Foreigners and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrageiros e Fronteiras).
If you have family and friends that are likely to visit you in Portugal, the visa requirements for Europeans, nationals of Australia and nationals of New Zealand is just their passport or identity documents.
They are permitted to stay for up to 90 days at a time. American and Canadian nationals can stay up to 60 days with a valid passport. For other nationals, we recommend checking with the Portuguese Consul in their respective country for information regarding Visa requirements and periods of stay.
The predominant language in Portugal is Portuguese but many of the Portuguese people (in particular the younger generation) speak English and some also speak French and Spanish.
There are many communities of settlers from Europe and the rest of the world in Portugal, this has given the country a vibrant and diverse population.
The national number for the emergency services in Portugal is 112, this number connects you to the Police, Fire and Ambulance services.
In Portugal there are two separate police forces. The Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) deals with most matters within the country and pass matters onto the Policia de Seguranca Publica (PSP) if necessary.
Very large villa in Bom Sucesso, heart of Obidos Lagoon. Finished to a high standard and with many extras and good attention to detail. Two gardens with automatic irrigation, huge 12 car garage, en suite bedroom, laundry room, built in wardrobes, 45 minutes to Lisbon. Ref:AV2092
Private swimming pool, superb countryside views, large attic room with private balcony, feature fireplace, close to golf course, tranquil setting, sought after location, close to the beach, beautifully presented, al fresco covered terrace. Ref:GV607
Single storey villa, large roof terrace, private pool, air conditioning, lovely barbecue area, driveway, tranquil location, countryside views, marble flooring, master bedroom with en suite, covered terrace and barbecue area, garden, ample storage. Ref:PV3557
200 metres from Burgau beach. Fantastic opportunity to build your own dream holiday home, four plots of land available, all south facing, overlooking the sea, quiet setting, prime location, 1 hour to Faro airport, various sizes to choose from. Ref:GP062
Duplex apartment with private pool, walking distance to sandy beach, lovely double terrace, built in barbecue, modern kitchen, garden views, direct access to tennis academy, close to golf courses, exclusive resort, outside parking. Ref:PA3560
Prime investment opportunity, magnificent countryside views, located between Foz do Arelho and Caldas da Rainha, large enough to build four villas, less than 1 hour to Lisbon and the airport, a short drive to the beach and all amenities. Ref:AP261
Sought after and popular location, walking distance to the beach, under 1 hour to Lisbon and the airport, close to all amenities, countryside and village views, plans can be approved to buyer's specification, great investment opportunity. Ref:AP260
Plot of land with approval and drawings for a stunning villa, prime location in Nadadouro close to Foz do Arelho, close to the Silver Coast Beaches, great investment opportunity, 45 minutes to Lisbon, great potential, golf courses nearby, close to all amenities. Ref:AP259
Fantastic opportunity, rural position, great potential, large enough for 2-3 properties, tranquil area, 45 minutes from Lisbon, close to the beach, set in a quiet village, close to the Silver Coast, build your own villa, short drive into Caldas da Rainha. Ref:AP258
Views over the stunning lagoon in Foz do Arelho, outline planning permission already granted, build your dream home, walking distance to the beach, prestigious location, 10 minutes from the busy town of Caldas da Rainha, 45 minutes from the capital city of Lisbon and the airport. Ref:AP257
Villa with studio apartment, south facing, corner plot, private swimming pool, custom built property, central heating, solar panels, roof terrace, air conditioning, large car port, basement to convert, 2 independent entrance's, good outdoor space, well presented. Ref:GV604
Plot of land with substantial stone ruin, potential to build a 4 bedroom villa with room for private swimming pool, close to the Silver Coast beaches, south facing, in Reguengo Grande, 40 minutes from Lisbon,15 minutes from Obidos, countryside setting, good opportunity. Ref:AP256