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Who are the People from Central Interior of Portugal?

In the corners of the Central Interior of Portugal, the unparalleled essence of the people of this region is unveiled. Far from the hustle and bustle of big cities, yet within a short distance of public services and commerce, this place reflects its identity, deep-rooted customs, and lively celebrations that deserve the attention of those from other parts of Europe who wish to discover a region with...

Free Municipal Aires Castelo Branco

The local councils of Castelo Branco responded to the increasing amount of travelers and new home hunters by creating brand new aires for campervans, motorhomes and van lifers. In the newsletter of December 2021 we point out two new aires in the district of Castelo Branco. 1. Chão do Golego, Montes da Senhora. This aire has 5 designated parking places for campervans, all with a own free electricity hook...

Purchase Costs when Buying Property in Portugal

What are the extra costs on top of the purchase price? Most of the people who ask me that question, directly add a wrong answer: I have read that I have to count on 10% of the purchase price. I don´t know who is spreading this wrong information because if this would be true, it means that if you buy a property of € 2.000,00 you pay € 200 purchase costs and if you buy one of € 200.000,00 you pay...

Off-the-Grid in Portugal

The search for in-dependency Analyzing the increased interest in off-grid properties Off-the-grid traditionally refers to not being connected to the electrical grid, but it developed into a popular choice of lifestyle that goes hand in hand with self-sufficiency. An increasing amount of people search the internet for off-the-grid living solutions. Joining a community is one of the options to live...

A Different Year

We are arriving at the end of a year where we had to learn to live and think differently. COVID-19 shattered a lot of hopes and dreams, but having said that, it also made us see things in perspective. At Home Key, I had to rethink what I have been doing for many years, and this resulted in creating more possibilities for our clients! When the first lock-down was announced in March, I introduced the...

License to live – The most common confusion

Does this house have a habitation license? This is by far the most asked property question. As many people get confused about the building registrations in Portugal, I decided to shed some light on it for you. First of all, you need to know that there are two different types of building registrations here in Portugal. 1. Urban 2. Rustic On any registered building, the property paperwork also indicates...

The perfect remote location – a Portuguese village

And off I go again, in my car with my working equipment on the passenger seat. My photo camera, drone, contracts, flyers, business cards, phone and a house hunting mind. Another day of property acquisition in the area of Castelo Branco! As I enter village after village on a sunny afternoon during a weekday, I come to realize the villages are almost deserted. Not even 10 years ago, you would still see...

House value in Castelo Branco less than half of the national average

Values ​​of houses for sale in Beja, Portalegre, Guarda or Castelo Branco represent less than half the national average. The regions of Centro and Alentejo have the cheapest houses for sale that can be found on the internet. The analysis is carried out by Imovirtual on the advertisements published in July 2020, among the four districts with the lowest average selling prices are Castelo Branco (121,134...

Never so many foreigners lived in Portugal

Never so many foreigners with a residence permit lived in Portugal. Portugal is currently the official home of more than 590,000 foreign citizens with a valid residence permit - and this is the highest figure since 1976, as shown by data from the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF). The percentage of the foreign population in relation to the total is now around 5.7%, but still remains below the average...

Lockdown Paradise

Portugal is the second safest country in Europe. Portugal is the second most peaceful country of the European Union and the 3rd most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index (GPI). In the last decade the conflicts and crises that emerged begun to decrease, only to be replaced with a new wave of tension and uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and a sharp increase in...

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