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Hand-picking deals in Portugal…from North to South

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that accessing real estate deals, and doing in-situ due diligence on opportunities, is no longer as easy as hopping on a plane to check them out. The importance of having a reliable local partner, agent or friend is now key to reducing risk based on incomplete information, or taking the […]

Accessing Portugal during a global pandemic

Accessing Portugal during a global pandemic

Coronavirus, as everyone knows, has changed the world. Economic impact the likes of which have never been seen before. Unprecedented restrictions on travel. Suddenly, a world that had appeared so small, now seems just a little more difficult to criss-cross. For those in North America, chomping at the bit to get to Europe, these are […]

Solidarity post-Covid: paying fair price for accommodation

Solidarity post-Covid: paying fair price for accommodation

The post-lockdown period is starting to show up the tensions between supply and demand in traditional tourist markets. This short article explores how important it is for smaller countries such as Portugal to resist deflationary pressures and the tendency to deep discount. How can a nation so in need of income get its tourists to […]

Treating the tourism ecosystem fairly in a time of crisis

Treating the tourism ecosystem fairly in a time of crisis

THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE We live in absolutely unprecedented times. Never has the world known a hidden killer that has kept billions of people indoors, truncated economic activity and sparked such a spike in volunteerism. Any analysis of the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic places Travel and Tourism at the top of the […]

Changes to the Golden Visa and Non Habitual resident programmes

Changes to the Golden Visa and Non Habitual resident programmes

THE SUCCESS OF THE GOLDEN VISA PROGRAMME Golden Visa investments represent more than €4 billion into the Portuguese economy. This influx of capital has a direct correlation to the massive inflation in house prices in areas such as Lisbon and Porto, where the majority of the GV investment is concentrated. The Golden Visa program in […]

South Africa: will the Rugby World Cup stem retiree departures?

South Africa: will the Rugby World Cup stem retiree departures?

As someone who grew up in South Africa, I watched with anticipation and some sense of pride as the Springboks or the “Bokke”, pulled off a great victory to take the trophy home. But the naturally ebullient and optimistic feeling after a victory of such proportions was short-lived. The victory would, knowing the way the […]

Long-term rentals: Quais as vantagens para os proprietários

Long-term rentals: Quais as vantagens para os proprietários

Proprietários: Quais as vantagens do arrendamento de longa duração   – Alugueres de inverno são uma excelente forma de rentabilizar as suas propriedades durante a época baixa e onde a grande maioria das propriedades estão fechadas – Tem-se vindo a verificar desde 2017 várias mudanças a nível da taxação e legislação no regime de Alojamento […]

Long-term rentals: The future of the rental market in Portugal?

Long-term rentals: The future of the rental market in Portugal?

LONG-TERM RENTALS: THE FUTURE OF THE RENTAL MARKET IN PORTUGAL?   As recently as two years ago, it was unquestionable that Portugal provided Europe’s best investment destination. A growing economy, falling unemployment, a recovering real estate market, an investment surge in real estate driven primarily by the very successful Golden Visa program, a wave of […]

Post-Brexit solutions to retention of EU rights

Post-Brexit solutions to retention of EU rights

POST-BREXIT SOLUTIONS TO RETENTION OF EU RIGHTS: HEALTH, TRAVEL AND PENSION   As the Brexit discussion and debate in the UK continues to rage, with little clarity as to the practical implications of the country’s departure from the EU, many people simply want to understand what this means in terms of the everyday aspects of […]