Buying a Property in Portugal

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Areas of Portugal

The Golden Triangle of Portugal's sun-drenched Algarve coast comprises some of the best golf and leisure resorts in Europe: Vale do Lobo, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrao and Vila Sol.

The southern part of Portugal with sun-drenched beaches and pretty white and tile towns.

The beautiful stretch of Portuguese coastline between Lisbon in the south and Porto in the north make up the area known locally as the Costa de Prata.

Legal Process

1. Signing a Letter of Intent

On finding a property you wish to purchase, your agent will draw up a 'Letter of Intent, this will be signed by both parties, vendor and buyer. Copies of this will be given to the legal representatives of both parties and will be used in preparing the Promissory Contract. Included in this letter will be the price, what is included in the sale, furnishings etc. and any conditions of the sale plus the dates for both exchange and completion.

2. Exchange of Promissary Contract (Contrato Promessa de Compra e Venda)

The buyers lawyers are responsible for drawing up the promissory contract (Contrato Promessa de Compra e Venda) and as part of the process they will have carried out the legal searches and made sure that there are no charges, e.g. utilities, property tax etc. against the property. The contract will contain details of both parties and include clear title of ownership, when payments are due to be made, the completion date and an inventory, if required. The Promissory Contract is legally binding and will generally be signed by both parties and witnessed by a notary/lawyer. The contract will include penalty clauses in case either party does not fulfill the terms of the contract. A 10%, non-refundable deposit is required at this point, this will be paid to the vendor, through the lawyer's client account. Once the contract has been signed, if the vendor pulls out of the contract, they will be obliged to pay back double the deposit to the purchaser. If the purchaser pulls out, they will lose their deposit.

3. On Completion

The amount of time between signing the Promissary Contract and Completion will vary and will have been agreed in the contract. Before Completion your lawyer will need to arrange with a fiscal representative for you to obtain a Portuguese Fiscal Number. The official Deed of Transfer of ownership (the Escritura) will be signed by you (or someone representing you with your Power of Attorney), this is signed at the Notary and they will retain the document. The Deed will be read aloud by the Notary before all participants sign it. Your lawyer will need to check to ensure that you understand what is being said if you do not understand Portugese. The Escritura, once it has been signed, will officially give you ownership of the property, but will still need to be registered in your name on the Land Registry (Registo Predial) by your lawyer. Your lawyer should obtain a copy of this for your records. Once you have completed, the new utility contracts can be transferred into your name by your lawyer.

Latest Properties in Portugal

Refurbished 4 bedroom Villa for sale with lake or river view in Gondomar, Northern Portugal
Ref 249479
Built in 1958 and extensively renovated in 2021, this exclusive 4 bedroom villa features modernist architecture and is situated on the first line of the river in Jovim. With an original outdoor b...
1,350,000 EUR
Furnished 3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Lagos, Algarve
Ref 249472
In the heart of the vibrant city of Lagos, this stunning 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment offers a truly luxurious living experience, with convenience and accessibility and an array of amenities an...
395,000 EUR
Stylish 4 bedroom Villa for sale with sea and countryside views in Odiaxere, Algarve
Ref 249445
With beautiful views towards the sea, this fantastic modern villa is located in the Palmares Golf Resort in Lagos, which is one of the most prestigious areas in the Algarve. Set in tranquil surro...
4,125,000 EUR
Bright 4 bedroom Villa for sale in Ramalde, Porto, Northern Portugal
Ref 249444
Carefully designed by a renowned architect, this bright and spacious home is conveniently located near a variety of services and retail establishments, Ramalde City Park, international colleges and...
990,000 EUR
New Build 3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Estombar, Algarve
Ref 249427
New build apartment T1 + 2 on the first and ground floor with access to several balconies in the popular development of Valley Nature Village located between the villages of Carvoeiro and Ferragud...
470,000 EUR
Spacious 6 bedroom Manor House for sale with panoramic view in Palmela, Alentejo Southern Portugal
Ref 249426
Delightful and spacious manor house, totally renovated to provide luxury accommodation in over 4 acres of landscaped grounds with views to Palmela Castle. The 6 bedroom property come with livin...
1,490,000 EUR
Inviting 2 bedroom Apartment for sale in Dunas Douradas, Algarve
Ref 249425
Located in the popular development of Dunas Douradas, this highly sought after ground floor apartment is well positioned and within walking distance of the main reception, restaurant, resort swimmi...
675,000 EUR
Land for sale with sea and panoramic views with Income Potential in Santa Barbara de Nexe, Algarve
Ref 249422
A useful building plot with ocean views, conveniently located in Quinta das Raposeiras (QdR), close to the pretty village of Santa Barbara de Nexe. The plot has an area of 1153.5 m2 and has appro...
495,000 EUR
Quiet 3 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Sao Bras de Alportel, Algarve
Ref 249401
Traditional 3 bedroom country house, which is situated in a quiet and picturesque setting , yet just 3km from the centre of Sao Bras de Alportel, thus making it ideal for enjoying the peace and qui...
548,000 EUR
Spacious 3 bedroom Apartment for sale in Almancil, Algarve
Ref 249385
Bright and spacious 3 bedroom duplex apartment with pool and garden, ideally located near the beach and all amenities in Almancil. Situated only 10 minutes walking distance from the beach and 5 m...
1,295,000 EUR
Unique 14 bedroom House for sale in Estoril, Central Portugal
Ref 249384
Absolutely exceptional 14 bedroom luxury villa set in nearly half an acre of mature gardens with pool, ideally located near the beach, golf course and all amenities in the heart of Estoril. It is...
4,450,000 EUR
Income Producing Commercial Property for sale with panoramic view in Lagos, Algarve
Ref 249383
Unique opportunity to acquire an ongoing business ideally located in the charming village of Espiche. This is an attractive traditional Algarvian building with an elevated position just 10 minutes...
660,000 EUR
Beachfront 5 bedroom Villa for sale with sea view in Praia Dos Arrifes, Algarve
Ref 249358
Absolutely exceptional 3 storey, 5 bedroom luxury villa set in beautiful landscaped garden with amazing infinity pool, while enjoying breathtaking sea views from its idyllic frontline location by t...
7,650,000 EUR
Modern 4 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Al Sakia, Quarteira, Algarve
Ref 249357
Stunning, modern 4 bedroom villa with pool and garden, ideally located in a peaceful and prestigious area in Quarteira. This fantastic contemporary-style property is set in the Al-Sakia area, par...
1,300,000 EUR
Authentic 3 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Barao de Sao Joao, Lagos, Algarve
Ref 249347
Nestling in over an acre of beautiful mature gardens with pool and fruit trees, is this charming 3 bedroom Quinta, enjoying far reaching countryside views from its peaceful location in Barao de Sao...
699,000 EUR
Spacious 4 bedroom Villa for sale with sea view in Praia da Luz, Algarve
Ref 249346
Ideally located near all amenities in the beautiful village of Luz, is this stunning 4 bedroom villa with pool and garden. Situated on a sprawling 407m2 land area, this superb property boasts a sp...
1,050,000 EUR
Modern 3 bedroom Apartment for sale with lake or river view in Moinho das Antas, Oeiras, Central Portugal
Ref 249345
Enjoying panoramic sea and river views from the large roof terrace, is this stylishly refurbished 3 bedroom Penthouse apartment located in Moinho das Antas, Oeiras. Situated on the top floor, wit...
845,000 EUR
Spacious 6 bedroom House for sale with countryside and panoramic views in Sande, Lamego, Central Portugal
Ref 249309
Splendid 6 bedroom villa with a 2.6 hectare vineyard, situated in a quiet setting in Sande, in the vicinity of Peso da Regua and the Douro River, and just 5 minutes from the historic and picturesqu...
980,000 EUR
Bright 3 bedroom Villa for sale with countryside view in Vale Do Lobo, Algarve
Ref 249308
Completely renovated and with lovely sea views, this bright and welcoming villa is situated in the privileged resort of Vale do Lobo. Set on a plot of 1,600m2 with a swimming pool and surrounded b...
2,700,000 EUR
Spacious 5 bedroom Villa for sale with panoramic view in Vila Nova de Gaia, Oliveira Do Douro, Northern Portugal
Ref 249284
Imposing and luxurious 4 bedroom villa located in Vila Nova de Gaia, with a 1,236m2 garden and heated outdoor swimming pool. Standing out for its quality of construction and luxury finishes, as we...
2,250,000 EUR