PG04 T2 duplex in the City of Porto
Price: 157 500 EUR
PG12 Country house in Douro with a unique landscape
Price: 340 000 EUR
PG16 Spectacular Country House in Douro
Price: 850.000 EUR
PG25 Spacious villa with pool
Price: 450.000 EUR
PG24 Central villa in Porto
Price: 464.000 EUR
PG05 Apartment in Porto, ideal location
Price: 149 500 EUR (Negotiable)
PG20 Great holiday complex
Price: 375.000 EUR
PG21 New Beach Bungalow
Price: 993.000 EUR
PG9 Remodeled apartment cose to the beach
Price: 350.000 EUR
PG17- New town houses in Alcácar do Sal with great poll terrace
Preis: 398.000 EUR each town house
PG13 Modern House near Braga
Price: 275 000 EUR
PG15: Spectacular property near Santarém
Price: 1.290.000 EUR
PG14:Remodeled apartment Porto
Preis: 180.000 EUR
PG18 - New house in Alcácer do Sal
Price: 248.000 EUR
PG07 New modern houses at the Algarve
Price: 475.000 -565.000 EUR
PG11 Renovated suites in Lagos
Price: 225.000 -310.000 EUR
PG03- Enchanting suites in the Hotel Riverside
Price: 180.000 -330.000 EUR
PG6: Remodeled apartment Matosinhos
Price: 357.500 EUR
PG02: Beautiful new development in Porto
Price: Starting at 308.000 EUR
Selected the Best European Destination of 2021, Braga has a lot of history and a bright future. The city is situated in the Minho province and is filled with beautiful sights, culture, and a passion for innovation that fuels this ever-growing metropole. Young, dynamic, and full of different cultures, the city of Braga has on multiple occasions served as the host to all kinds of events, attracting people of many different backgrounds. Exhibitions, concerts, and events have recently given the city the status of the Youth Capital, moving it forward and showing the world how it can keep renewing, reformulating and developing itself, making the tomorrow they envisioned a reality. All said, it is no wonder why the city has been a magnet for tourists and investors alike over the past years, and if you’re still not convinced of its potential, we are here to give you 3 reasons why you should invest in one of the oldest cities in Portugal.
The future is here
Braga is focused on bringing the latest technologies to improve their sustainable and innovative infrastructures. Since 2013, when a new investment plan was put in motion, the dynamic of the city improved and is now one of the leading cities in technology and entrepreneurship in the country and a hub for numerous start-ups and many renowned companies from many different industries. That combined with amazing professionals coming from the Minho University, the second-best university in Portugal has given Braga the title of 7th European City of the Future. These innovations and forward-thinking have brought about much more than just investors, which brings us to our next point.
Life is good
Braga, Portugal’s third biggest city, is considered the happiest city in the country and the 5th best European city in Quality of life satisfaction and there is no shortage of reasons why. With the increasing investments in Braga and the numerous companies moving their bases to the city, the creation of new companies and jobs exploded, meaning the unemployment rate was cut in half in just four years. Innovation is also the basis for the quality of life in the city. Braga is part of the network of cities with zero CO2 emissions and is committed to a sustainable way of living, that is evident when you look at the infrastructures offered by the city, like the immense amount of transportation options and solar panels spread across the city center. The efficiency of public services and the presence of several green spaces in this metropolis help boost a fuller and healthier lifestyle for those who chose to stay in Braga.
The city also offers wide range of galleries, museums, theatres and auditoriums, where residents and visitors can find the most varied events and exhibitions. With a wide variety of entertainment and an agenda that is always full of activities, this city has become fun and dynamic.
A Real Estate Dream
Having an immense real estate market and with increasing demand (72% from 2020) and a property price rise of 12.7% in 2019, the city is a center of demand for those who want to guarantee access to the best services, the best activities offer and the best quality of life. On top of that, its price-quality ratio. The welcoming of tourists and immigrants, as well as the extraordinary infrastructures and health services, are some of the reasons that have the city under the watchful eye of those who seek the best living conditions, even being voted the number one Best Places For Americans To Live, Invest, Work In Europe.
Braga is distinguished by a number of competitive advantages, enhanced by the efforts made by the municipality, which makes Braga 3rd place in the national rank for real estate investment. With the government initiatives about attracting new companies and prestigious education mentioned before, more and more people are registering start-ups and tech businesses in Braga. It plays a great role both in the amount of taxes paid and activity in the real estate market. More people need accommodation (smaller flats are of course more popular among nomads).
All these characteristics of Braga attract new residents and boost the residential market, making it a city worth investing in. And to help you find the best deal possible I would recommend having someone working for you. The team at Pearls of Portugal can help you with that.
Offering an all-around service, Pearls of Portugal provides you with everything you need to complete real estate purchases in Portugal. From finding the best real estate, at the best price to viewing and negotiating the price on your behalf and dealing with legal processes. They work on a fixed fee schedule (meaning they work for you, and not the seller), and you only pay if you actually decide to continue with a purchase.
When buying real estate there are always a number of criteria that should be considered. Personal preferences are particularly important when investing in a property for your own use. Choosing a preferred region in Portugal is particularly important. The logic “region before object” always applies in order to make a good selection.
If you are not quite sure about the region or see the purchase as a financial investment, you should consider trends and developments on the market for 2021 in your selection. We have summarized the most important experiences from our work in a small overview for you. We look forward to your comments and suggestions!
Rural retreats wanted
Many tourists and buyers are no longer looking for the classic “all-inclusive / all-entertainment” stay, but prefer regions and accommodations with a strong tranquil character. Terms such as “life deceleration” or “digital detoxing” give this development additional names. Due to the stressful everyday life and constant digital availability, people are increasingly looking for an opportunity to switch off in remote places. This trend was significantly reinforced by Corona, as protection of one's own health can be better guaranteed in the more rural remote places.
The north is in fashion
Due to the mild weather in winter and hot summers, the south of Portugal and the Algarve have long been the top destinations for buyers from abroad. But you don't have to leave Northern Europe anymore to enjoy a hot summer. The south of Portugal has become even hotter and drier at the same time. The trend is clearly moving away from hot regions towards more balanced climate zones like Northern Portugal. Therefore, more and more buyers are looking for properties in the north, especially the region between Porto and the Spanish border. The climate there is also very mild. However, there is significantly more water, precipitation and varied vegetation. Property prices are also lower in the north than in the south. Here you pay approx. 100-200 thousand EUR less than for comparable properties in the south. Clients that want to emigrate to Portugal recently buy more in the North because of the good infrastructure.
Don’t follow the herd
If you look at the holiday resorts along the Mediterranean coast of Portugal, you quickly notice that the respective nations have gathered here in small communities over the past decades. In Silves you can find e.g. many German property owners while Albufeira has welcomed many British buyers. In the past, people sought to be close to their own compatriots and made purchases accordingly. The development on the market is clearly moving away from this and for many investors it is a purchase argument if the property is located in an authentic Portuguese community. With the new communication and information options, buyers no longer need to rely on “swarm intelligence”. In addition, there has also been a noticeable increase in the willingness to integrate into Portuguese society.
Renovated beats new
In Portugal, especially in rural regions, there are very often older properties or ruins that need to be renovated. Many buyer are finde the style and charm of old buildings more attractive compared to e.g. new energy-saving houses. In the past, the need for renovation was always an exclusion criterion, since costs and especially processes were scary in a foreign country. What was more of a shortcoming in the past is increasingly becoming the preferred option for man buyers. With better access to craftsmen and international construction companies, many more investors are confident enough to take the step towards renovations. Corresponding properties are significantly cheaper than directly habitable properties. Portuguese banks do not grant loans for renovation work, which causes properties in need of renovation to lose value. In addition, the costs for craftsmen are considerably cheaper than in other countries. The step to renovation therefore not only saves costs but also gives the opportunity to "redesign" the property according to its own ideas.
Medium-sized cities are booming
Lisbon in particular has seen very rapid demand and corresponding price increases over the past four years. The real estate market must therefore be treated with great caution due to additional political decisions. Porto has not yet reached this point, but the prices have also increased significantly. Medium-sized cities such as Braga offer very good development opportunities in terms of appreciation and income. The prices are still a long way from being as high as the two big cities. Demand for rental apartments is very high in medium-sized cities, as these, in addition to the general lack of living space, are also experiencing a very large influx of Brazilian immigrants and students. In addition, the medium-sized cities also offer very good living conditions and infrastructures. Many foreign citizens that retire in Portugal choose the medium-sized cities.
When buying real estate in Portugal, it is advisable to have a lawyer accompany the purchase process in case of any ambiguity. We cooperate with a number of trustworthy lawyers. The costs for the most important lawyer services are included in the fixed price when working with us.
Our lawyers examine the legal situation of the real estate. The focus is on the legitimacy of the seller, the existence of encumbrances and the completeness of the documents. In addition, it is checked whether the property even officially exists in the form visited. It can also be checked in advance whether the basic requirements for a later tourist rental are met. When buying property in Portugal, it is always advisable to have a survey carried out before the purchase. This can be included as a separate clause in the preliminary contract.
The Portuguese land register (registo predial) contains the legal registration of the property and provides information on how the property is constructed. However, you can also obtain information about the legitimacy of the seller and about the financial encumbrances of the property. The caderneta predial is the extract from the tax register with information about the tax situation and tax obligations associated with the property in Portugal.
The checks are included in the pre-contract of sale (contrato de promessa de compra e venda - CPCV) that is customary for the purchase of a property in Portugal. The preliminary contract is legally valid even without notarial involvement. It is also possible to register the preliminary contract at the land registry office in Portugal, but this is not common. If one decides to do so, the real estate transfer tax IMT of the regular purchase must be paid already to the preliminary contract. If the purchase does not take place, the tax is refunded within 30 days.
It is customary to pay a deposit of around 10% of the total amount. In the preliminary contract, the seller must already provide the necessary energy certificate of the property. The same applies to an extract of the land register entry. The preliminary contract must include the corresponding registration numbers of both documents, which should always be checked. In addition, houses built after 1951 should have an official license of use (licença de utilização) that corresponds to the actual structural conditions. The same applies to additions, outbuildings or garages. It often happens that not all documents are complete. This is per se not a serious matter and will be dealt with accordingly by your lawyer.
The CPCV usually contains a time clause that obligates the buyer to complete the notarized purchase contract. Normally there is a period of 2-3 months for scheduling the notary appointment. However, this period is negotiable and does not have to be completely exhausted. Important clauses or conditions for the purchase are also included in the preliminary contract. Otherwise, claims for damages are usually formulated in case the actual contract does not materialize. The buyer is liable with his down payment of approx. 10% of the purchase price if he withdraws from the purchase without justification. Sellers are required by law to pay back to the prospective buyer twice the down payment (i.e. the down payment plus the same amount as a penalty) in the event of non-compliance with the preliminary contract. In the preliminary contract, the seller must also disclose or list existing tenants.
The subsequent purchase contract requires a notarial form. The contract is formulated by a traditional notary or solicitador and does not contain essential clauses agreed between the buyer and the seller. These are part of the preliminary contract. In contrast to other countries, the usual registration of the buyer in the land register is not required for the actual change of ownership, so that the buyer becomes the owner of the property in Portugal upon conclusion of the notarial purchase contract. However, the registration has to be done by a lawyer or the notary at the latest two months after the purchase. The registration costs about 250 EUR.
The real estate is always paid for with a Portuguese bank check (cheque bancário). One must open an account in Portugal for this check. A prerequisite is the possession of a Portuguese tax number (NIF), which can be applied for in Portugal at the tax office or at the Portuguese embassy for a small fee. The tax number is issued on the same day of application. For further information please contact us!
As in other countries buying real estate brings along other cost besides the actual price. Some of these costs are obligatory, other costs are optional. We are happy to help.
Obligatory costs (continental Portugal):
Even as a non-Portuguese citizen or when you are not a tax resident in Portugal, you can have your property financed by a bank in Portugal. As in the rest of Europe, interest rates are currently quite cheap. The financing can be linked to a fixed or variable interest rate. The variable interest rate is based on the Euribor. The Euribor is an interest rate set daily by a group of European banks. You can see the current rates here.
The interest rate on a Portuguese variable rate loan is linked to either the 3 or 6 month Euribor rate. The banks, in turn, increase this rate by their current margins. At the end of each period, the bank adjusts the interest rate to the average of the previous months. As a rule, non-resident buyers in Portugal can have up to 60-80% of the property value financed. The terms are up to 30 years with an age limit of 70 years. As in other European countries, bank offers differ not only in interest rates, but there are also many differences in repayment options and ancillary costs. The commissions for early repayment are fixed at fixed interest rates (2%) and variable interest rates (0.5%). You should therefore get information either from an independent financial advisor or from the individual banks.
We recommend that you do not only deal with one bank when it comes to financing. Within 2-3 months after the preliminary contract for the purchase of property in Portugal has been signed, the buyer must attend the notary appointment. Banks need about six weeks to make the final decision on a loan. In the course of the process, it is not uncommon for the bank to worsen the conditions that it initially guaranteed. In order not to depend on just one bank, buyers should speak to 2-3 banks at the same time.
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