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Buying in Portugal, Part Two: Decision-Making

Buying in Portugal, Part Two: Decision-Making

If you’ve worked out exactly what it is you’re looking for overseas, then it’s time to start establishing a timescale for buying in Portugal. This is a crucial step, as it gives you measurable goals to work towards, keeping everything on track. Plus, you’ll find out what should be done at each monthly milestone, so you can use it as a checklist throughout the process. (If you’re still not feeling quite certain on the details of what you’re looking for, make sure to have a read of Part One of our six-part series on Buying in Portugal).
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Lagoa property: budget or bling?

Whatever your budget, if you’re thinking seriously about a new life in the sunshine, or just a holiday home, Lagoa in Portugal’s central Algarve is a great option. Easy to reach and even easier to love, Lagoa is close to the sea, the River Arane, wonderful countryside and exciting resorts. But what about property in Lagoa? 
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News update: Exciting new developments in the Algarve

Our property boom here is continuing, with stats showing property prices are up by 15% since last year. And growth isn’t confined to real estate either, with some exciting projects on the horizon in the tourist sector. Safe Communities Portugal has launched a new scheme to help facilitate communication between expats and the authorities in the case of emergencies.
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Trip report from the Alentejo: the perfect spot for rural tranquility

The southern half of Portugal isn’t all about golf courses, tourist communities and beach resorts. Above the well-trodden Algarve is Alentejo, a region of sweeping plains intermingled with vineyards and sleepy white villages. Property Guides’s Richard Way dropped by and quickly discovered why anyone in search of a tranquil rustic lifestyle, one that’s rich in locally sourced food and wine, will feel immediately at home there!
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Buying in Portugal: Part 1

Could 2019 be the year you make your Portuguese dream come true? We think there’s every reason for it – and so, this week, we’re excited to launch part one of our six-part serialisation of ‘Buying in Portugal’ to help make it happen. In part one, we’re looking at why to move to Portugal and what you need to do before you even start searching.
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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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