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Should you invest in Lisbon or Porto?

Should you invest in Lisbon or Porto?

Portugal’s two biggest cities are among the most exciting expat hubs in Europe. As Lisbon and Porto attract Europe’s high-tech elite to start-ups in innovative work-live apartments, we spoke to Filippo Simonato of JLL. He points out the opportunities for both property investors and digital nomads, and the differences between them.
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News update: expats can stay in Portugal after Brexit

Portugal is working behind the scenes on its Brexit policies, and, in addition to new measures at Faro and Funchal airports, has now released guidance on how expats can stay post-Brexit. Plus, tourism income is up in the Algarve, Forbes names Lisbon as a property market to watch, and the Volta ao Algarve cycling race is set to begin.
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What is it like moving to Portugal as a single person?

Many people set off to Portugal to start a new life with their family – but what if you’re off on a solo adventure? This week, I’m looking at moving to Portugal as a single person: where can you meet people and how can you make friends, what’s the dating scene like for expats and, of course, what about buying a home?
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Buying in Portugal, part 6: the legal process

You’ve found your dream home, you’ve viewed it and you’re certain it’s the one. Now’s the exciting bit: reserving, offering on your home, getting it accepted and then, finally, getting the keys! But how do you get to that point? This week, in the final part of our serialisation, we’re looking at the legal process of buying a home in Portugal.
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Your Portuguese homes from home

Some of us want to immerse ourselves in Portugal and get as far away from fellow Brits, Americans, Germans and other expats as possible. And some want to join a friendly bunch and become part of the international community. You can do either very easily in Portugal. This article is for those who prefer Portuguese homes where you can probably speak to your neighbours in English! So, where should you start your search?
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News update: Plans unveiled for no-deal Brexit in Portugal

Things might be quite quiet down here in the Algarve, but the defeat of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement hasn’t escaped notice. The Foreign Ministry has announced generous plans for Brexit in Portugal to preserve expat rights and encourage tourism as an ‘old British ally’. Plus, as we tally up from 2018, last year looks good for us, with a record year for exports and investment.
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Buying in Portugal, part five: making an offer

With a couple of viewing trips under your belt, you’ve probably narrowed down your property search to a small handful of options and have worked out how you’re going to pay for it. But, once you settle on that dream home – the one you definitely want – how do you offer on it? Here are our top tips for making an offer on a home in Portugal.
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News update: Property tax breaks, steady house price growth and deal on Montijo airport

Happy New Year from our Vilamoura office! As the sun shines on us (yes, in January), we’ve got a great crop of news for you out of Portugal this year. New tax breaks for those renting out properties have been announced – good news for investors! Average house prices are continuing their steady rise, while the word on the ground is that a deal is set to be sealed on Montijo Airport next week. Also next week, the Foreign Minister will announce his plans for a no-deal Brexit.
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New Year, new healthier you in Portugal!

Could you be enjoying a more healthy life in the Algarve? The evidence is that warmer weather and more daylight hours in winter will have you feeling better and being more active. So forget all those silly little New Year’s resolutions and focus on the big one, moving to Portugal! Here’s how you could be living by next January.
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Buying in Portugal, Part Four: How to Pay

In Part Four of our Buying Guide serialisation, we’re looking at how to pay for your home in Portugal. When you’re buying overseas, it’s even more important to drill down into your budget: how much you can spend, what sources of finance you have access to and costs involved in buying the property. And if you missed Part Three on where to buy, make sure to have a read of that, too.
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