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Renting a property
Buying property guide in Portugal.
In our experience this was very easy but we did have a fantastic guy to guide us.
Contacting The Estate Agent
We then contacted a the Portuguese estate agent advertising the property Fernando & Carlos from Esfera real www.esferareal.com and made the offer.
The offer was accepted and Fernando & Carlos then set the ball in motion for the sale to go ahead.
At first as we didn't speak any Portuguese at all we thought this was going to be a mine field but Fernando helped with all the translation, all the legal things and ultimately just about everything was done by him.
To buy a property in Portugal you have to have a Fiscal number which is like a tax number. This was all sorted out by the estate agent. They took us to the relevant authorities and got this sorted.
Solicitor ( advocate )
You need a solicitor: Once again Fernando recommended a solicitor a Sofia Neves who has an office in Serta. Sofia was very good and sorted everything she needed to do.
The estate agent and the solicitor basically did all the running around and arranged everything.
The next time we got involved was to send a deposit to the solicitor.
Then we set a date to fly out to Portugal to sign the papers. This is done in front of and official called a Judge ( I suspect they are like a top government official )
The whole process took around 1 hour and that was that, we owned a property in Portugal.
Portuguese Bank Account
You will need a bank account to set up direct debits for your bills. You technically dont need this as you can pay your bills in person but I would not recommend this as it involves standing in massive queues for hours. Trust me I know as we once had a problem with our electricity supply and ended up in the electricity companies office for over 4 hours.
Water & Electricity Supply
Once again Fernando took us round the utility companies to get them connected and set the direct debits for bill payment.
I dont know if this behaviour from Fernando is normal but we were immensely glad of the help in fact we could not have done it without him and Carlos.
This is my story, as I said I dont know how other estate agents work so here is a link to the long drawn out version of how to buy a property in Portugal part 2.
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First I will give you our experience when we bought our property in Central Portugal near Serta.
This account may not be typical by any means it is just an insight into what we encountered when buying a property in Portugal
After hunting around for about 3 years and spending a million hours and covering 100 million miles in numerous hire cars we finally spotted a property within our budget and in an area we liked.