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.
Luxury modern 3 bedroom villa in Loule with stylish swimming pool and breath taking sea and mountain views, 4 bathrooms and private parking. This countryside property is set over 2 floors and is comfortable, tranquil and has open plan accommodation. Ref:PV3442
NEW single storey 3 bedroom villa ideally located in Serra de Bouro, Caldas da Rainha, 5 minutes from the amazing Silver Coast beaches with private swimming pool and extensive terraces. It will be built to a high specification and the buyer has an option to choose finishes. Ref:AV1953
Traditional Portuguese 7 bedroom villa with separate annexe and stunning private swimming pool located in the area of Sintra, Lisbon. This exceptional property is ideally situated amongst the National Park with breathtaking mountain views. Ref:AVM117
Stylish single storey 4 bedroom villa ideally located in Serra de Bouro, Caldas da Rainha, only 5 minutes from the amazing Silver Coast beaches with private swimming pool and extensive terraces and just 45 minutes from Lisbon. Ref:AV1954
Private 7 bedroom villa constructed to a high specification, in a large plot, on the edge of a quaint village near Caldas da Rainha with large garage. This country home is spacious and could serve as a potential bed and breakfast investment, has 5 bathrooms and many unique features. Ref:AV1952
Traditional style 3 bedroom villa set in a quiet area of Alcobaca, minutes from the amazing beach of Sao Martinho do Porto with private swimming pool (soon to be completed) and gardens, a vegetable plot, small yard and fully walled garden. Ref:AV1950
Plot of land available with potential to build a 342 square metres property, located in the countryside, in a quiet peaceful location with good amenities. Ref:AP245
Desirable immaculate 4 bedroom penthouse apartment in a prestigious location in the heart of Loule with stunning views over the town and distant sea views.This spacious property comprises large private hallway, bright and airy open-plan lounge/dining room, 3 bathrooms, ample terraces. Ref:MA21743
Two bedroom townhouse in Quinta do Lago with superb frontline golf views. Probably the best location within this golf front condominium which has superb facilities. This is an ideal property as a lock up and leave holiday home with benefit of rental income if required. Ref:MV20512
Charming, well presented 3 bedroom townhouse with stunning views over the village and countryside located in the quaint seaside village Sao Martinho do Porto, close to the beach and all amenities. The property has spacious living accommodation, garage for 2 cars and landscaped gardens. Ref:AV1932
Modern villa with good views in a small condominium of only 5 houses and with a communal swimming pool. Sat overlooking the village of Foz de Arelho with bars, restaurants, cafes within a 2 minute walk. Located very close to the stunning beach. Ref:AV1316
Large, unique plot of land,480 square metres, with potential to build a traditional 3 bedroom villa with private pool and basement for garage/storage, the plot has amazing views and is also south facing. The plot is close to the town and all amenities and only 40 minutes from the airport. Ref:AP241