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Case study: David and Helen’s new life in the Algarve

Case study: David and Helen’s new life in the Algarve

David and Helen Lee are celebrating having just bought their dream home in the village of Alportel in the West Algarve. They’ve just made the move over to sunny Portugal – and we caught up with them to find out how they found the property and their top tips for anyone thinking of doing the same.
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Could you retire in Portugal?

Do you have dreams of what it could be like to retire to Portugal? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that such a move has a great chance of thoroughly living up your expectations. While weather can – of course – vary a little from year to year, Portugal’s averages speak for themselves. Portugal enjoys over 300 sunny days every year. That means more sunshine hours than California. You know that sinking feeling when September approaches in the UK and summer has been something of a “write off?” That isn’t something you’ll ever need worry about in Portugal!
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Portugal news update: new rules on short-term rentals

A lot has gone on over the last two weeks. A new bill has come into force that places restrictions on short-term rentals and the ‘Golden Visa’ rules are also changing. Brexit discussions continue, while the Portugal 2020 project will see an extra $5 billion of investment into the country. Finally, I was back in the not-so-sunny UK for the last Your Overseas Home show – it was great to be able to meet and help so many Portugal Property Guides readers face-to-face.
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Where are the best places to buy West Algarve property?

If you’re thinking about buying a west Algarve property, you’re giving yourself the chance of a genuine “picture postcard” lifestyle. In fact, if you were to conjure up a postcard image of Portugal, the chances are that it would involve one of the stunning cove beaches in this region.
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Moving to Portugal before Brexit

Moving to Portugal before Brexit’s the only completely certain way to guarantee the current EU rights you hold – residency, healthcare, right to work and pension issues. The press has dubbed this week ‘hell week’, and continuing stumbling blocks are cropping up as he UK attempts to get the EU to budge on its core ‘four freedoms’. Every time it looks like a deal could be close, more issues arise. It’s no wonder that many would-be expats are accelerating their preparation to move to Portugal before the Brexit deadline of 29 March 2019. If you wish to join them
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News update: Promenade development makes progress and golden visas lead investment

I wrote this time last month that Portugal’s property market is booming and that’s certainly showing no signs of slowing down. The golden visas programme continues apace, attracting more and more investment into the country. Likewise, we’re seeing more results of the building boom, with luxury developments in Lisbon nearing completion. Plus, lest you think the Algarve’s just for holidays, an innovative solar facility’s opened near Martim Longo.
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What is winter in Portugal like?

Winter in Portugal is vastly different to spending time here during the peak summer months. For some, however, winter is when the country’s slow pace-of-life and mild climate is in the most perfect alignment. 
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Renting out your property in Portugal

Renting out your property in Portugal could not only make owning a holiday home affordable, but make a tidy profit too. Portugal is attracting ever-more tourists and the season gets longer each year. But how can you do it legally and what taxes will you pay? This article explains the practicalities.
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Portugal news update: domestic tourists boost holiday letting demand

You may spot some common themes last and this week in your Portugal news update: sun, golf, and a strong economy. We’re still enjoying temps in the 30s out here as the Portugal Masters draws to a close. Also this week, figures are showing that the Portuguese holiday rental sector is doing better than we thought, as the ‘staycation’ grows in popularity among locals. 
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How to get residency in Portugal

Getting official residency in Portugal is something you must think about if you intend to stay long term. This article explains all the details, quirks and possible frustrations you might encounter. 
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Portugal heading for Europe’s biggest property price rise

There’s plenty going on here in the Algarve and Portugal at large this week. Reports are suggesting that we’re in for the highest increase in house prices in Europe – so it’s really imperative that buyers get ahead of that curve. We’re continuing to bask in sunshine, with temperatures remaining around 29°C right through this month. Plus, we’re seeing more investment coming in down here on the coast – a new airline route between Portimão and Bragança is becoming more and more popular. Here’s your news update from Portugal.
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