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.
Golden Visa Property! New apartments in a premium location in the heart of Lisbon. Range of studio - 4 bedrooms available. Apartments will have central heating and air conditioning. Building will have a lift, garage parking, gymnasium, swimming pool and Wi-Fi. Available to reserve now. Ref:ASA065
Golden Visa Property! New luxury development in Alcacer do Sal - 1 hour from Lisbon. Last few units remaining. Due to be completed in 2021, it will have 24 hour security, superb on site facilities including swimming pool, gymnasium and restaurant. Ref:ASA090
Modern detached villa in a quiet area 5 minutes from Obidos. The villa is not overlooked and has lovely views of the countryside. It has space for a private swimming pool if required. Lisbon and the airport are less than a 1 hour drive. A good location. Ref:AV2104
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Low maintenance contemporary villa close to all amenities. Fully renovated and ready to move in to. Beautifully presented with 4 en suite bedrooms, large open plan living room and a fully landscaped garden with mature trees and private swimming pool. Ref:RV5449
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Plot of land, countryside location, popular area of Birre in Lisbon, close to golf courses, 1000 metres from the sea, approved project for modern detached villa with swimming pool, close to amenities, good investment opportunity. Ref:API361
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