In 2018, 19,912 properties in Portugal were sold to non-residents, 14.5% more than last year. In global terms, sales to foreigners represent 8.2% of the total purchases in real estate made last year (242,091 properties). This is official data collected by the Office of Studies of the Association of Portuguese Real Estate Professionals and Agencies (APEMIP).
The French were the greatest buyers in Portugal in 2018, representing 28.2% of total sales to non-residents. It is followed in the top five by the British (14.9%), Swiss (7.7%), Germans (6%) and Brazilians (4.9%).
"Foreign investment continues to be very important in the domestic real estate scene. More and more transactions are carried out without resorting to any investment attraction program (such as Golden Visas or the Tax Regime for Non-Habitual Residents), but they are still very relevant, especially when we talk about the competitive advantages of investing in Portugal," states Luís Lima, president of APEMIP in a statement.
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