In recent years, there has been a true construction and real estate boom in some parts of Portugal. Along the coastal locations of Portugal, a great deal of real estate development has taken place. This development has included everything from luxurious housing developments to vacation communities that have attracted visitors and investors from across Europe and indeed much of the world.
Beyond the very fast paced development that has taken place along the coastal regions of Portugal, there has also been a great deal of new construction in some of the more rural areas of the country. Rural Portugal has proven to be a fertile area in which many people from other European nations (and from a good share of other nations from around the world) are taking to constructing second homes, lovely and relaxing retreats tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Investment Property in Portugal
When it comes to investment property for sale in Portugal, many foreign nationals have focused their attention on real estate opportunities along the coastal regions in Portugal. By way of example, these foreign nationals are involving themselves in some of the massive residential developments that have been initiated in these coastal regions over the course of the past ten years.
In addition to investing in the residential developments themselves, some of these foreign nationals are also putting their money into those commercial real estate ventures that accompany a burgeoning residential market. For example, these foreign nationals are investing in shopping centers or districts as well as other types of necessary commercial properties.
Residential Real Estate in Portugal – Single Family Properties
As has been mentioned above, there has been a great deal of activity in the residential real estate market in the coastal regions of Portugal. The trend towards buying homes along the coastal regions of the country has been fast paced for nearly a decade. Most real estate analysts in Portugal believe that this high rate of activity in the coastal Portugal residential real estate market will continue unabated well into the next decade.
In addition to a fast paced market along the coast, residential real estate has also been selling briskly in some of the rural areas in the Portuguese interior.
While high end housing has been the most rapidly selling area of the residential real estate market, in Portugal, when it comes to residential real estate, there really is something for every budget. This is particularly the case in the more major cities in the country. For example, the real estate market in Lisbon is very active and varied — the old adage that there is something for everyone really holds true.
Residential Real Estate in Portugal – Apartments
As is the case through much of the European Union, the demand for residential apartments is strong in Portugal. Algarve apartment living provides a more carefree and, oftentimes, a less expensive way of living.
Apartments in Lisbon have been selling at a particularly brisk rate. Many foreign nationals have taken to purchasing apartments in Lisbon and in a few of the more major cities in the country. There are three primary reasons who apartments have been selling so briskly in Lisbon and in a few of the other more urban centers in Portugal.
First, with the advent and creation of the European Union, and with the trans-European economic culture that was created by the EU, and ever growing number of foreign nationals have taken to spending at least part of the year in Portugal on business. Apartments provide a practical and affordable housing solution for these business men and women in the 21st century.
Second, many people have taken to purchasing apartments in the urban centers of Portugal for vacation or holiday purposes. As with the business owner of an apartment in an urban center in Portugal, these holiday visitors find apartments an economical and practical means of vacationing in the country. This has proven particularly to be the case with families.
Finally, some foreign nationals have taken to purchasing apartments which they then turn around and rent or lease to other people. Many of these foreign investors have found buying and then renting apartments in Portugal to be a very solid method of generating a reliable source of income.
Holiday Property in Portugal
The coastal areas of Portugal have become the locations of some of the most sought after real estate in all of Europe. The demand for vacation properties in these areas rivals even the demand for real estate in such prime European travel areas such as the French Riviera.
Many foreign nationals have taken to buying real estate along the coastal regions for vacation or holiday purposes. As mentioned previously, oftentimes these investors are buying holiday properties in Portugal for dual purposes. Of course, they are buying these properties to provide a vacation destination for themselves and their families. In addition, they are making these purchases to allow them an investment income which they obtain by leasing or renting these properties to other holiday travelers.
In addition to the coastal regions of Portugal, many foreign nationals have taken to buying residences in rural communities. Finally, in large, urban areas such as Lisbon, foreign nationals regularly are purchasing apartments which they are utilizing for vacation or holiday purposes.