Tips on buying in Portugal - Algarve

If you live outside Portugal but want to buy a property in Portugal, our suggestion is:

  • If possible, you should decide where you want to live, what sort of property you want and your budget before visiting Portugal.
  • Obtain details of as many properties as possible (through magazines, our websites) in your chosen area and price range, and make a shortlist of those you wish to view.
  • If you’re unsure where and what to buy, the best decision is usually to rent for a period and visit the areas.

To help on your property search you should choose a professionally qualified and licensed agent (mediador autorizado) who’s a member of a professional association such as the Associação de Mediadores Imobiliários do Algarve (APEMIP), and if you want to be sure about the agent you choose to help you, just ask to see the agent’s licence issued by (INCI) which should be displayed.

Going Through a company like us “Vernon” with Licence no. 956 AMI, to help you with your search for the perfect home, land or business has several advantages; you will get to see a wide range of properties that suit your requirements; you will have the benefit of our many years experience, as well as fully staffed offices to support you in with all the bureaucracy of the paper work. It will eliminate any possible language problems and it helps to take away the stress and strain associated with purchasing a property or business in the Algarve  

If you happen to be in Carvoeiro pop into our office, and have a look at what’s on offer, if you have found one or more properties of interest we can then make an appointment should you wish to see any of the selected properties.

If you view properties during a holiday, it’s best to do so at the beginning so that you can return later to inspect any you particularly like a second or third time.

You should try to view as many properties as possible during the time available, but allow enough time to view each property thoroughly. Although it’s important to see sufficient properties to form an accurate opinion of price and quality, don’t see too many in one day (around six is usually a manageable number), as it’s easy to become confused over the merits of each property.

If you’re shown properties that don’t meet your specifications, tell us immediately. You can also help us narrow down the field by telling us exactly what’s wrong with the properties you reject. This way no one wastes time. We would also suggest making notes of both the good and bad features of the properties you like, so that you’re able to compare them together with the agent or later at your own leisure.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the details contained here and in the following information’s are correct and up-to date, this information does not constitute legal or other professional advice. We do not accept any responsibility, legal or otherwise, for any error or omission.

Good luck and enjoy your purchase be it a home, land or business in the sunshine!

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