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Sarah Keogh & Paul Stubbs, P.P. Property

Sunday October 27, 2013 (22:07:27)
Paul Stubbs
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

P.P.Property is owned by two British expatriates; Sarah Keogh and Paul Stubbs, they are registered estate agents in Portugal (Imobiliaria). The company is now 5 years old and is growing strongly. The company has property for sale throughout Portugal, however their primary focus is between Lisbon and Coimbra, which cover the Silver Coast and Central Portugal regions.

The main districts covered are Santarem, Leiria, Castelo Branco and Coimbra. P.P. Property have branches in Ferreira do Zezere, Ansiao and two teams of agents in Caldas do Rainha on the Silver Coast and Santarem. Central Portugal and the Silver Coast is often referred to as the ‘real Portugal’, this of course refers to the old Portugal and in many ways it is stuck in a bit of a time warp.   more ...

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Should You Switch Banks When Moving to Portugal?

Thursday September 26, 2013 (01:03:59)

Navigating the world of banking can be difficult at the best of times, but when you’re moving to a whole different country it can be almost impossible to work out what to do with your money. Keep the bank you’re currently with and hope they have enough branches to make it worthwhile? Move to a local financial institution and hope that the legal jargon in their terms & conditions doesn’t say anything too prohibitive?

The major cities of most countries in Western Europe will have at least one branch of the larger banks you’re used to: HSBC, Barclays and Bank of America all have local branches across Europe. Unfortunately, Portugal seems to be one exception to this rule. Often it can be easier to just transfer money over to an existing bank in your newly adopted home country, however there are lots of things to take into consideration if this is something you want to do. Will the bank staff speak enough English to understand your consumer needs? If not, do you speak the local language fluently enough to understand some of the more complex financial jargon that’s unique to the finance world? How often do you travel back to your country of origin? And arguably the most important factor: where are you living? If you’re in an apartment in the centre of Lisbon, you’ll probably be OK. But if you’ve just bought yourself a beautiful little place in the most scenic of rural locations, you might find it difficult to withdraw money quickly.   more ...

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Is the Algarve a Good Choice for Expat Professionals?

Saturday May 18, 2013 (22:54:06)

The Algarve's name originates from the Arabic Al-Gharb, meaning "The West", though travelers from the Western world will recognize it as the southernmost portion of Portugal. When placed on the world stage, the region has plenty to be proud of. For one, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Europe: this is an honor it has held since at least the 1980s, and the result of a steady accrual of fame that began when tourism in Portugal shifted away from the traditional thermal spa towns.

The Algarve's tourist numbers quintupled over the period from 1950-1960, and by 1986 it was reported as "the fifth largest net earner from foreign tourism in Western Europe" (and still being advertised, ironically enough, as the "best kept secret in Europe" despite this surge in popularity). The region's geographic position makes it convenient for day trips by Spanish shoppers, whose tightening purses may keep them from going further afield on holidays, and the earlier governmental decision to rename the region "the Allgarve" pointed to its ongoing efforts to court English-speaking visitors from the UK and elsewhere. If we zoom in on a specific region of the Algarve - Vilamoura - we find Europe's largest luxury tourist complex and marina.   more ...