Selling a property in Portugal can be a complex process, but we have put together a list of our top tips to ensure a successful sale
- Make sure you have good photographs of a high resolution
The photographs are the most important aspect of the marketing as it is them that will attract prospective buyers to your house. If you are using an estate agent, make sure that you double check any photos before they are published.
- Ask agents what they are going to be doing to market your property, and how you will be exposing the property to the different markets
You should be in close contact with your estate agent at all time, to make sure that everything they are doing appeals to prospective buyers. Double check all marketing materials to make sure the descriptions are accurate in both English and Portuguese
- Make sure you are ready to show your property at short notice
You might have an agency that has a prospective buyer ready to view in the next couple of days and if you aren’t able to let view your home they will choose somewhere else!
- Go with multiple agencies
Exclusivity arrangements are not recommended, but if you must we would suggest only signing for up to three months. If you have an exclusivity agreement with an agency who are not doing anything for you, and another agency sells you property, you will have to pay commission twice
- Make sure you have all relevant documentation in advance
There will be a number of documents you need to have before you can sell your property, and no estate agent will be able to list your property before they receive this paperwork. This includes the Deeds (Escritura notarial de compra e venda). Finance department registration (Caderneta predial), habitation licence (licença de utilização), plans (projectos de arquitectura), bore hole licence (licença para captação de agua) and personal identity papers.