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Investing in Lisbon: choosing an international city

Lisbon is a traditional, cosmopolitan, multicultural and diverse city, where lots of opportunities ensure a unique living experience. Highly acclaimed by the Portuguese and foreigners, this city has added to the incredible achievements of its centennial history a wide range of awards that have placed it in the centre of world attention.

Lisbon's presence at the top of almost all the international rankings - which hail it as the best holiday destination; best city to live in; city ​​with the best quality and price ratio; and the most hospitable city in the world - is not by pure luck. Working to ensure that its infrastructure puts it among the best in the world, this city proudly presents itself as an international city, centre of opportunity, and an ideal place for investment.

One of the first aspects that help transform Lisbon into a perfect place to invest in is the way the stability of its economy allows the construction of solid and viable projects. Cultural, technological and information centre, Lisbon considers itself as a city where it is possible to explore the most diverse activities, always with the best support and benefits.

A city acclaimed for its hospitality, it allows anyone - regardless of their background or nationality - to integrate and build a solid future within its borders. In addition, the hospitality of the people extends also to the appealing Mediterranean climate that allows one to experience mild temperatures throughout the year and an endless number of sunny and pleasant days.

Safety in Lisbon was also one of its highlights, and recently Portugal was considered by the IEP - Institute for Economy and Peace - to be the third safest country in the world with one of the lowest crime rates. Lisbon, as the Portuguese capital, is also an expression of this peace and security.

Considered by Forbes as the best city to live in and also as the cheapest city in the world, Lisbon is a city in which it is also worth investing in the cost of living. The cost of living in this city is much lower than that of other European capitals, and counts, along with this added advantage, the offer of a range of options that make it a city with an extremely high quality of life. Investment in this city has as a result become more secure and profitable than in other world capitals.

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The accessibility and diversity of this Portuguese city are undoubtedly two of the reasons that give it prominence with regard to investment. Located in the central region close to the coast, and with excellent access to other Portuguese cities and towns, this city stands out for its transport networks and for the quality of services offered, and is still home to an international airport that connects its residents to the rest of the globe.

In addition to allowing easy mobility, the city stands out for its multiculturality, opening to the world and wearing the global city cape as it progresses and renews itself to the rhythm of today. This renewal is visible in Lisbon at the level of culture, technology and also of industry, commerce and housing. Here, spaces are shaped and adapted, and it is possible to find renovated places that transform abandoned factories or derelict neighbourhoods into true centres of art and leisure, which are also home to the delicate touch of the city's rich gastronomy with flavours from sea and land.

Another great reason to invest in Lisbon is the way the city remains at the centre of culture, education and the world of work. Here you can find some of the most prestigious schools, universities and colleges in the country. In addition, a city of opportunities, this opens up to the most distinct sectors and allows one to work in several areas, pointing to personal and career progression.

Finally, foreign investors will have some private advantages when choosing Lisbon as an investment place. At present, tax breaks and incentives allow the investors to apply for residence visas. These are promoted by Golden visas and facilitate the integration of people from other nationalities in the Portuguese market.

Engel & Völkers has been in the international market for more than 40 years and has been operating in 4 continents in more than 30 countries. With the help of this luxury real estate agency, you will have the opportunity to find the best properties of the region for sale or rent. In fact, you are guaranteed to find the perfect house for you, fully adapted to your tastes and needs. This real estate agency will also be the ideal partner if you wish to sell a property. You can find Engel & Völkers in Lisbon in one of its two stores: Parque das Nações or Restelo.

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Investment in Lisbon

Today Lisbon is a highly popular city for real estate investment - Portugal is one of the top European countries that offers the best tax benefits and one of the current meccas of tourism - whether it is short term rentals and other types of offers for tourists - this capital city offers everything one needs for a high quality of life.

Quality of Life in Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the gateways to the European continent, thanks to its seafront position, enjoying the mildest climates in Europe, with around 3200 hours of sunshine a year and benefiting from its proximity to northern Africa and the temperate Atlantic Ocean.

Surrounded by an impressive stretch of beaches, Lisbon is also a seaside resort with a high-quality hotel offer, taking advantage of the proximity to Estoril Line, the Cascais-Sintra Coast and Vila Sintra.

With a highly extensive road network, tourist and cultural attractions, the famous Mediterranean gastronomy and the quality of its wine, Lisbon also has the added advantage of being connected with the rest of Europe and the world, via air and sea. What's more, it is one of the safest cities in Europe.

We must also highlight the quality educational and medical system for residents, the street trade, fairs and markets, all kinds of shopping malls and access to the best designer brands.

Golden Visa in Portugal - Residence Permit for Investment

The law that has been in force since October 8th, 2012, allows the Portuguese passport as well as other incentives (and consequently access to the Schengen area) to be granted to anyone who makes real estate investments worth more than 500,000 euros, making it one of the key factors for the foreign public to make an investment in Lisbon.

Tax Regime for Non-habitual Residents

There are advantageous tax arrangements for non-resident citizens, professionals with successful businesses, as well as those with high wealth or purchasing power.

Prospects for the Future

The latest indicators of the Portuguese economy show signs of recovery, considering the current real estate market's situation, there is also a resumption of dynamism, with a general opinion that the worst times are over.

In the property buying and selling market, the recovery in some areas was accompanied by an exponential growth in others, benefiting from the increase of tourism and tax regimes that to a large extent are beneficial for foreigners and non-residents.

Profile of Property Buyers in Lisbon

The profile of the buyer varies according to the area of the city. If in the historical centres there has been a great demand from European buyers, in the eastern, the new part of the town and the river, the demand is greater from countries like China, Angola and Brazil, and the demand by the local market varies widely according to the more traditional and prestigious zones, between the upper and upper middle class. For the foreign buyer, the aim is to buy a second home for short-term holidays, long-term letting, investment or for the benefit of more favourable tax regimes. It must be noted that in Lisbon there are many high-quality foreign colleges and schools. For the Portuguese, property investment and buying a home as the main residence are still the main reasons for the high demand.

Buying or Renting Property in Lisbon

If you want to buy or rent a property in Lisbon, Engel & Völkers has high quality properties and in the most exclusive locations where we will make every effort to help you find the property that meets your expectations. Having a wide variety of flats, maisonettes, penthouses, houses, palaces, ... we offer a specialised service in the premium segment.

Specialised Service in Premium Segment

If you want to put your property for sale or rent, Engel & Völkers in Lisbon offers you a complete and specialised service right from the start, from the evaluation, marketing and closing of the contract, to the final sale or rental of your property.

Job Vacancy at Engel & Völkers in Lisbon

Estate agents in Lisbon: to become an estate agent you must be enthusiastic about what you are selling; real estate. You must have the ability to distinguish a unique property and a clear attitude towards the client. You have to know where quality is and use your intuition to understand your client's needs with the ability to influence and engage them in the business. If you have these characteristics and qualities, then Engel & Völkers in Lisbon is available to receive your application.