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Buying Property in Portugal [Paperback]

Gabrielle Collison , Joe Gregory
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Book Description

1 Jan 2007
“Insider tips on buying, selling and renting in Portugal” Buying a place in Portugal should be easy yet far too many people have fallen foul of the hidden dangers that can bring your property dreams crashing down around you. In this straightforward guide Gabrielle Collison shares her tips on how to minimise the risks and enjoy a trouble free purchase. Written in plain English, with none of the hype, this guide contains: * how to find reputable agents * case studies from buyers like you * how to get good legal advice * off-plan vs new-build vs resale vs self-build * how to carry out your own checks * step-by-step buying flow charts * renting a property in Portugal * selling your Portuguese property * how to decide where to buy * advice on relocating and residency * much, much more…

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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: NativePortugal.com (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905430280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905430284
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 12.6 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in London and attended Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam. Being a rather free-spirited person and finding the constraints and curriculum of an all girls' grammar school a bit too much, I left at 16 to start an apprenticeship in structural engineering in London. However, I later returned to academic life and studied Sports Science at university to post-graduate level. During this time, I became a decent runner, gaining an Athletics National Championship (AAA) medal in the 3000m and various vests for road and track. I also spent time as a part-time teacher and coach.

Unfortunately, due to an Achilles tendon injury I decided to retire from athletics and with my running behind me travelled about for a while pursuing other interests.

My parents moved to Portugal in 2000, and so I found myself spending more and more time there. Having already dabbled with French and Spanish, and some Italian, I soon picked up a working knowledge of Portuguese and began to get involved in helping non-Portuguese-speaking expatriates with bureaucracy and property purchase problems. It therefore seemed the logical next step to write a book in order to pass on the knowledge that I had gained in this area.

I am now based in North London and have just released a new title called "British Marathon Running Legends of the 1980s."

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If you're thinking of buying a property in Portugal and want to get things right first time - then this straightforward little guide has been written for you.

But why should you take my advice and how does this book differ from all the other stuff you could read? Well to find out, read on...

My parents bought a property in Algarve in 2000, which inevitably meant that I began spending more and more time in Portugal.

Due to the fact that I love learning languages and had already learnt Spanish, French and some Italian, I picked up a working knowledge of Portuguese fairly quickly.

On hearing that I was conversant in the language, many non-Portuguese-speaking friends started asking me to do them small favours.

While doing these favours, I've visited more than my fair share of local government departments, authorities and businesses to sort out problems surrounding their property purchases.

I soon began to realise that a large number of my friends had been caught out by their lack of knowledge of the bureaucracy, and their unfamiliarity with the language. Several of them had also been far too trusting.

Little by little, I learnt all about property documents and the processes, and complications, involved in buying a property in Portugal.

I started to write about the potential pitfalls on various Internet forums and my reputation for being fairly knowledgeable soon spread.

Other people started to contact me for help and advice and I was invited to appear on Kiss FM's Straight Talk with Phill Gilbert; a phone-in radio show in Algarve.

Helping people has not been without its irritations and problems however. By being inquisitive, probing and asking "too many" questions of various professionals and authorities, I have, at times, been stonewalled, ridiculed and even threatened! This has not put me off, however, and writing this book seemed to be the logical next step and provides me with a way to help even more people navigate the Portuguese property market.

Now, I will warn you - this book is not your typical "Buying Abroad" book.

I've taken a somewhat cynical perspective on the whole subject and I make no apologies for this. I feel some level of "negativity" is healthy in order to balance out the "rose-tinted spectacle" stuff you'll get elsewhere.

Plus, this book isn't written to encourage you to buy a place in Portugal. If you're already keen on Portugal then you don't need me to persuade you - you just need to know what you have to do next.

There are many other books out there giving travel advice on Portugal but my aim is to give specific, and hopefully streetwise, advice that might just save you a lot of time and a little money in the process.

This book will help you get your "thinking cap on" about buying a property in Portugal and the things you should check for yourself, whether you use legal representation or not.

While I'm on the subject of legal representation, let me just make something clear. This book is not in any way advising you to shun legal advice and go it alone when buying property in Portugal. Unfortunately, mistakes can still be made despite doing exhaustive checks and searches. However, by using reputable, independent, legal advice alongside doing your own thorough checks, this will no doubt lessen your chances of running into problems.

It should also be noted that things change quite frequently in this area, so whilst I have endeavoured to make this book as accurate and up to date as possible, there might be small changes to websites and regulations.

The best advice in relation to buying a property in Portugal, or in any country in the world come to that, is only do as you would be happy to do back home.

Do not worry about appearing difficult or demanding and do not feel embarrassed to keep asking as many questions as you wish. Buying a property is obviously very expensive and a potentially risky business.

If you do not take precautions and fail to investigate thoroughly, you could end up paying dearly further down the line.

I hope this book serves as a practical and reliable resource when buying property in Portugal and I wish you Boa Sorte (Good Luck)!

Gabrielle Collison

About the Author

Born in Chelsea, London in February 1966, I grew up and went to school in London and Surrey.

Although British I have interesting Romani ancestry, which probably explains my rather nomadic and free-spirited life.
I was a keen sportswoman - especially enjoying running and swimming and reached a high level in both.

After studying at university for a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies & History and an MSc in Sports Science, I spent time as a part-time, long-distance runner and teacher/coach. Unfortunately, I had to retire from running due to an Achilles tendon injury.

I have been lucky enough to travel about in Europe and have visited and spent time in: France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Portugal, Greece and the Greek Islands. I have also visited Mexico in Central America.

I learnt French and Spanish at school, and Italian and Portuguese during my travels.

My parents moved to Portugal in 2000 and so I found myself spending more and more time there. I began to get involved with various things, especially in relation to bureaucracy and property purchase problems. It therefore seemed logical to write this book, in order to pass on the knowledge that I have gained in this area.

In my free time, I enjoy drinking wine with good friends in Lisboa, London or Brighton, going to concerts and listening to very loud rock music.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 3 Sep 2007
By Laura
Should be essential reading for anyone contemplating purchasing property in Portugal. Sometimes all is not quite as it seems and Gabbi highlights how to corroborate agents/vendors information. Information here not found in other guides on the subject. well done Bruxi
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!! 23 Aug 2007
If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting a property in Portugal this book is a must have!

We bought our house in Portugal, before the book was written, but were lucky enough to have been given advice by Gabrielle Collison, she walked us through the buying process and saved us a lot of time,money and heartache with her fantastic knowledge of the Portuguese system. We have a signed copy of the book now and will be following it to the letter next time we move.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading! 4 Nov 2007
Many people (myself included!) come to Portugal looking for property with 'rose tinted spectacles'. I wish I'd had this book 4 years ago when I bought my first home in Portugal. I'd have saved myself a lot of grief and financial pain!
Before you decide on any property in Portugal, READ THIS BOOK FIRST!!!!
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good general advice. 18 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A well written and concise book, we have been living in Portugal and searching for a property for over a year now...still on the hunt for the perfect place!!
What I will say is, is that the reality in the field is quite a different one, but it is worth knowing all the things that the author highlights. Quite a lot of my husbands Portuguese friends that have picked up the book, especially those that are lawyers roared laughing in places, so don't take it all as gospel.
Be sure to find a recommended independent lawyer (as advised) before purchasing anything, and they will ensure that all the paperwork is above board. A lot of Portuguese property owners are being ripped off by unscrupulous land agents, so be sure that you are dealing with the person whose name is registered on the escritorio, and that the money you transfer is going directly to their account. Otherwise you could be fleecing somebodies pocket by tens of thousands of euros just for them to have advertised and shown the place. Also ensure that the neighbours to the property have had first refusal, and go to the local camara (council building) with an independent person who is a fluent Portuguese speaker. Ask for advice on the planned developments for the freguesia (district) in which the property you are viewing is in. If buying in central Portugal be especially careful for planned new roads, sewerage treatment centres, and high tension power-lines. Lots of these are being put up at the moment to tansport the power generated by wind turbines. Obviously you can never tell what will happen in the future, but it is much better to take all the precautions you possibly can!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have item for house hunters in Portugal 10 April 2008
Gabrielle Collison's book is a must have item for anyone looking at purchasing property in Portugal. The Author has a great understanding of the intricacies involved in locating and buying property in Portugal, The book clearly guides the reader through the process avoiding pitfalls.
We are a registered Estate Agency in Portugal and we are seeing an increasing number of clients using Gabrielle's book as an esential tool for house hunting, which can only be a good thing.
Derek Harper & Nicky Carter.
Chavetejo Estate Agents, Tomar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice 8 Aug 2007
A comprehensive book full of sound advice and information for anyone making the move to Portugal - ignore it at your peril. Well written and easy to read, you will keep referring back to it as you go through the process of buying abroad. Thanks for this Bruxi.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point!! 31 July 2007
Gabrielle goes into far greater depth regarding the buying processes than most buying abroad books out there and tries to leave no stone unturned. Clear and logical, this is a must read book for anyone thinking to buy a home in Portugal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
Very informative and well written. Would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to explore this country.
Good Buy, well worth the money.
Published 11 months ago by carl van jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
When property hunting in Portugal, this was one of the best guides I came across. To me its main strength is its focus on the different aspects of purchasing (or renting) property... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Gloria Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars A refresher course on the acquisition of houses in the ALGARVE
Interesting overview into the do's and dont's of buying properties in Portugal. The 2007 version needs updating for 2009, acknowledging the obvious, that other than fiscal... Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by Mr. Anthony D. Masters
This is a very imformative little book writen in an easy informal way. I particularly liked the chapter on the various regions in Portugal though thought they were a bit short and... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Jewels
5.0 out of 5 stars First class essential guide - 5 stars!
Gabrielle Collison has written a great buying guide here. We had already gone through a property purchase before this book was published.............. Read more
Published on 14 April 2008 by N. J. Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars An esssential guide to buying property in Portugal.
Gabielle Collison's book has been an invaluable asset whilst property hunting in Portugal. It contains clear and easy to read advice that even I can understand. Read more
Published on 10 April 2008 by Kazzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Buying Property in Portugal
This is a very good, well written book which will help those who are looking to move to Portugal or to buy a holiday home in Portugal. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2007 by L. J. Collins
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