Frequently Asked Questions

Many people would like to realize their dream of owning a property in Portugal, with us, officially state licensed Real Estate Agency in Portugal, at your side this would be possible, we are happy to advise you and are looking forward to guide you in this very exciting dream realization.

After the right property has been found we definitively recommend hiring a lawyer. We strongly advise to never seek advice from just anyone, always choose a qualified lawyer. There are some basic steps that are important for buying a property in Portugal and that are usually carried out by a lawyer. Here is an example of what a lawyer will do for you;

Your lawyer will apply for a tax number for you.

your lawyer will check for you if ownership registration documents are correct. It is also checked if the property is free of (bank) debts, (government) claims or outstanding taxes, further if the local authority has approved architectural plans and its project matches what the customer is purchasing.

you will sign the so-called “contrato promessa da compra e venda”, the Promissory Contract, you promise to buy and sign the final contract of sale(“Escritura”, Deed) based upon the conditions mentioned in the Promissory Contract. Although it is not forbidden to buy without Promissory Contract(hence go straight to Deed) this contract is used in almost all property change of ownership rights transactions and naturally is legally binding, it specifies in its clauses all the arrangements agreed upon to come to signing Deed including amounts others the agreed date for completion and payment scheme.

although there are no legal implication about the height of an initial payment in 99% of all Promissory Contracts run with a down payments of 10% of the total purchase price. The Promissory Contract will naturally be signed by both parties either in person or by their legal representatives in possession of Power of Attorney to so.

payment of property transfer tax, the so called “IMT”. For urban real estate there are fixed rates and scales up to an amount of € 550.836,—, above this amount applies a rate of 6%. If the purchase of a property is by a permanent resident of Portugal, there is a small discount.

Building plots, commercial and service properties pay 6.5% and rustic land 5%.

the stamp duty is 0.8% of the price declared for the property in Deed

at the notary office the transfer of change of ownerships rights of the property is officially celebrated in the “escritura”, Deed, signed again by both seller and purchase or their legal representatives. For this act at the Notary a fee of approximately € 325 to € 450 is due, payable by purchasing party.

registration in the land registry is normally done by your lawyer. A registration fee of € 225 to € 250 will be charged at the Land Registry Office.

your lawyer will also take care of registering at the local tax office. The name of the purchaser(s) is linked to the property in the matrix register of this public entity.

yes, a bank account is needed to at least be able to be used for paying utilitity services(eg. water, electricity, gas, insurance). You can ask your lawyer to open one or of course open a bank account yourselves .

property owners pay an annual property tax called “IMI”, which is a percentage of the property valuation amount carried out by the tax department. Urban real estate pay 0.3% to 0.5% of this registered real estate valuation and rural land 0.8%.

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