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Portugal gives gold visas to non-Europeans who buy houses

February 4, 2021 5:54 PM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Hi Alan,

I suggest using a lawyer with your application.

I've put more info at:-

https://rainha.com/property/2021/02/golden_visa_for_brits_moving_t.shtml


Portugal property market is picking up - golden opportunity

February 4, 2021 5:52 PM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

More info at:-

https://rainha.com/property/2021/02/golden_visa_for_brits_moving_t.shtml


Portugal gives gold visas to non-Europeans who buy houses

February 4, 2021 4:52 PM | Alan Hodges replied:

Hi David,

I've been looking into moving to Portugal, and as Brexit is done, I wonder if the Golden Visa route is now the way to go.

Googling it I find lots of info from property companies but no actual information from the Portuguese authorities.

Can you point me to anything,
Thank you
Alan


Oeiras International School

September 14, 2020 5:16 PM | David replied:

You should ask the school for this information. Click on the link in the blog post above for the school web site and contact the school directly.


Oeiras International School

September 14, 2020 3:16 PM | John Paul Mifsud replied:

What is the price of your school for a 6,10,11 year old please.


International Schools on the Silver and Lisbon Coasts

September 4, 2020 3:33 PM | David replied:

I've seen an average cost for Portugal here....

https://www.international-schools-database.com/articles/comparing-the-cost-of-international-schools-2018

But that US$784 is for Lisbon, which is the capital city. It is likely to be less locally.

Not sure if anyone has calculated a regional/local average.


International Schools on the Silver and Lisbon Coasts

September 4, 2020 2:46 PM | Cory Kim replied:

What is the average annual cost for an international school on the silver coast?


Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

July 7, 2020 5:28 PM | David replied:

Another Scammer.....


--- Forwarded message follows -------

From: Adams Mohammed
Date sent: Tue, 7 Jul 2020 06:40:02 -0700
Subject: Re: Moradia independente Bom Sucesso Vau


Hello David ,

How are you doing together,with your family,hope you are doing well?

I'm contacting you, with great confidence as someone I can trust.

My name is Dr. Adams Mohammed , a doctor / volunteer and member of the Red Cross, I am from Syria.

I have interest to invest the total sum of Nine Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars in your country in Estates/properties.

Before the war in my country (Syria) I deposited some funds (Nine Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)with a Finance company abroad for safe keeping which I am looking for a partner that will help me retrieve the funds from the company as I cannot travel out at the moment because of my present predicaments /conditions which I will explain to you as we progress.

my brother Abdullahi Mohammed was killed in the massacre of al-Omari mosque. He was a very successful businessman in Kuwait City,and was into oil business. Please, if you are interested in helping with this operation, I will give you more details. Please, you can help me start a new life. I lost my wife and my 12 years daughter in the chemical attack when I went to work to save the lives of others. Please, my life is in danger at the hands of the military and terrorist Asaad ISA.
Ongoing civil unrest in my country Syria has changed my future. I want to assure you that this business is genuine and 100% risk free. I need your trust and confidentiality.

I want you to stand as the beneficiary of the funds,so that the finance/security company where i deposited the funds will transfer the funds to any of your nominated bank account,pending my arrival in your country.

I can not travel outside my country at the moment because of the ongoing civil unrest.But I want to you to help me to receive these funds,then take for your Property and take 30% of the total funds and keep the rest for me,pending my arrival in your country.

I will like you to send the following information to me:

1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.ADDRESS/CONTACT PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS
3.TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4.ADDRESS

As soon i confirm the above information,I forward them to the finance/security company abroad for immediate release of the funds to any of your nominated bank account and i will issue you with the all documents that will prove that the fund is genuie and for investment purposes.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Dr Mohammed

------- End of forwarded message ----


Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

March 9, 2020 12:07 PM | Scammer Captain, Nelson Duran. replied:

From: Nelson Odis odisnelson04@gmail.com
Date sent: Mon, 9 Mar 2020 11:40:02 +0300


Hello David ,


Thanks for your response, hope you doing great and your family? I pray you
are all safe and good. I want to thank you so much for the response on your
property and I wish to let you know that I am sincerely interested in your
property and I am surely taking the property on your price and I am hoping
as well that we can work together on a better and higher platform
considering my relocation to your country, I sincerely want to trust you. I
am a war veteran with the NATO troop in Afghanistan, on war against
terrorism. I served in the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad Iraq and now
serving in Afghanistan.

I will need this property for my private purposes as i will be relocating
to your country for my retirements, this is why i contacted you so that we
can put head together towards my plan to invest in your country. As a
result of this, it will be important for me to reveal to you that I have in
my possession the sum of €5.2 million. which i got during our raid on
terrorism in Kabul Afghanistan. and as soon as I hear from you of your
reassurance to assist me then I will communicate for the delivery.

I have this money stored somewhere very safe in our camp in Kabul
Afghanistan waiting for a moment like this to put the money in good use and
now I want the box moved without delay. I have a very profitable investment
plans on hand. I cannot move this money to the United States because I will
be in your country for about 5 years, so I need someone I could trust. If
you accept, I will transfer the money to your country where you will be the
beneficiary because I am currently settling some scores with the pentagon
so I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the
beneficiary.. I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so I
have a 100% authentic means of transferring the money out of here through
diplomatic courier service. I just need your acceptance and all is done.

Please if you are interested to help me in this transaction I will give to
you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction
successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and
that is why I went to a secured site where I can be sure that the person is
real. I believe I can trust you. Right now i am very careful with the way i
communicate so as to avoid any kind of risk until this money is finally in
your care. i shall be communicating to you through email and would also
give you a call when it is necessary to inform you on any important
information. I want you to be brave as i have everything under control. I
have every proof of this fund in my possession to show you that everything
is authentic.

If you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this
message, if no response after 3 days I will then search for someone else. I
am doing this on trust, so i would want you to put aside any act of greed
or the thought of cheating as we have a lot to gain in this business
relationship. €5.2 million is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone.
I am in Afghanistan right now and need to secure this money and send it to
you if we reach a proper agreement. I am writing you from a fresh private
email address, please delete this message if you are not interested in
working with me.

I wait for your contact details so we can go on. In less than 5 days the
fund should have been transferred to you and I will come over for my money.
I will give to you 20% of the sum and 80% is for me. I hope I am been fair
on this deal.


Regards,
Captain, Nelson Duran.


* moderator published the above to further demonstrate what is now an even more ludicrous scam. See

https://www.idealista.com/docs/practicas-dudosas/tipo/el-soldado-americano

for more from this fake american soldier


Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

March 9, 2020 4:10 AM | Scammer Nelson Odis replied:

From: Nelson Odis "odisnelson04@gmail.com"
Date sent: Mon, 9 Mar 2020 02:11:03 +0300


Hello

Thanks and I appreciate your response, i am interested in your property due to my relocating to your country please i would have loved to visibly inspect the property but my present location ( Kabul) and nature of my job will not allow me to do so, please kindly bear with me.

From the looks and description of the property , I am satisfied with it.

So at what price are you willing to give me the property?

Regards,
Captain, Nelson Odis.

* moderator published the above as an example of a scam email received

the above is an obvious scammer preparing to make an offer on a property see

https://www.idealista.com/docs/practicas-dudosas/tipo/el-soldado-americano

for more from fake american soldiers


Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

August 6, 2019 1:44 PM | David replied:

Hi,

You should definitely change any passwords that
have ever been used on the device you are selling.

I'd be very careful about selling a device at all,
as data you have deleted still exists on the hard
drive and scammers could discover it and use it.

So remove and destroy the hard drive before selling
if it has any data on it that you regard as
private.

Now you've given personal data to a potential
scammer, I'd recommend keeping a close eye on your
banks and change all passwords that may have been
exposed.

regards,
David


Warning - Scam SMS Phishing Texts

August 5, 2019 10:17 PM | Essalie replied:

Hiya! Ive stupidly given my full name and email address that I use for paypal to someone today that I think was planning on scamming me. I am selling my macbook on gumtree and they offered me the full asking price plus postage to a UK address. She said something about not being able to send it to me if its icloud email?!?! thought this was weird but I thought she was just being a prat... so I said, send me your email address, I will send you an invoice..... SO I DID...... now she has my address and everything... Funnily enough she used the email address "annacol212@.......com".

Any Advice? Thanks



The Cleaners - Liverpool UK

March 14, 2019 1:20 PM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Head office phone number changed to

0127 647 1194

and now offering cleaning services in and around the Camberley (Surrey) and Fleet (Hampshire) areas.


Silver Coast unfurnished property to rent

September 21, 2018 12:49 PM | David replied:

For unfurnished property rentals I'd suggest a walk down the main streets of Caldas da Rainha.

I know several agents near the post office and on down towards the statue of the queen who all have rental properties available.


Long term rental Obidos lagoon

September 21, 2018 12:11 PM | DavidAuthor Profile Page replied:

Hi Lola,

The area around the lagoon commands high rental rates for tourism, which is also why there is a lot of property being built for sale (especially now on the side with four new golf courses).

If you are looking to rent for only one year, then the owner will want you to pay at least as much as the property will earn during one full tourist season.

If you go ten kilometres inland, or less to the city of Caldas da Rainha, then the property rental market will be more residential in nature. There owners will be looking for real long term tenants, which is usually much more than a year.

Residential rents will be much less expensive, usually unfurnished, and usually in areas not associated with tourism.

So, to sum up, if you want to rent, you either look for tourist rental and pay a lot, or go to estate agents and look for residential rental. But if you tell them you only want one year, most landlords will not be interested.

Hope that sheds some light on the issue for you.

Regards,
David



Amendment 7 - The EU Withdrawal Bill

December 3, 2017 6:53 PM | Bob replied:

Parliament can't just ignore the 63% who didn't vote Brexit. Can they?.

On a turnout of 72% of electorate, 51.9% voted out, 48.1% voted in. that means that only 37% wanted Brexit.

MPs should represent the 63%


Dolphins on the Silver Coast Portugal

August 13, 2017 3:43 PM | David replied:

Boat trips are organised from Nazare summer and winter. But my impression is that more videos are posted online on Youtube and Facebook of sightings in the Spring and Autumn.

You would have to ask the folk who organise the boat trips how likely it is to see the dolphins on your visit. I see phone numbers of trip organisers are posted on various web sites and Facebook pages.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dolphins+nazare


Dolphins on the Silver Coast Portugal

August 13, 2017 3:09 PM | Marceline replied:

Ola, I wonder if the dolphins could be seen in this month of August on the coast of Nazaré or is there a time of year more spécifique? Thank you for your reply. Have a good day!Marceline


Unfurnished Rental Property Central Portugal

March 4, 2017 10:54 PM | David replied:

Hi James,

We had a visit from a Canadian/Portuguese recently
who was also wanting to escape from winter in
Canada. He was looking to buy a place and viewed
our house. He has now gone back to Canada to sell
his own house, so fingers crossed. But, to your
enquiry...

There is plenty of availability of rental property
on the Silver Coast. You should have no trouble at
all finding properties of every kind within your
budget, indeed you could find some a bit below it.

Obviously you get what you pay for, and prices will
depend on location and length of proposed rental
contract. Generally speaking the shorter the
contract the higher the rent.

Property prices and rents go hand in hand. Close to
the shops might go for more than out of town.
Although if you go out of town in the direction of
the beach, then rent and prices rise. Go out of
town in the opposite direction and prices/rent
reduces.

I don't think you could get a better location to
explore most of Portugal than the Silver Coast, and
within that area I think the Caldas da Rainha /
Obidos area has the best access to the roads in
every direction.

But before you travel the rest of Portugal there is
plenty of history locally to indulge in.

Will you visit first on an exploratory holiday, or
do you want dive in at the deep end and contact
estate agents about rental property before you
visit?

Let me know what else you need to know and I'll do
my best to answer your questions on the blog or put
you in contact with agents if you like.

If our house at:-

http://www.portugalwestcoastproperty.com/

hasn't sold by the time you visit, we might decide to go for
rental ourselves. So be sure to contact us when you visit.

all the best,
David


International School of Palmela (Colégio Islâmico)

January 11, 2017 12:07 PM | David replied:

I think the best bet is to contact them directly at:-

(+351) 966 216 593
(+351) 212 110 530
(+351) 212 110 539

or by email:-

info @ cip . edu . pt (remove the spaces from the email)


Property Hunting Trip

January 11, 2017 11:42 AM | David replied:

Hi Lorenzo,

Thanks for your enquiry. I did some research today and there is a motor home and caravan sales and rental organisation near Lisbon at:-

http://www.gocaravaning.com

and from what I hear their service is excellent. They also have branches in Porto and Setubal and an English language rentals web site at:-

http://www.iberianroutes.com

But, I think you'll find their vehicles smaller than you are used to in North America.

If you want a big Winnebago you'll probably need to bring one with you.
There is a book advertised on this page:-

Take Your RV To Europe: The Low-Cost Route To Long-Term Touring

The book is by Ron and Adele Milavsky an American couple who are somewhat famous for having used their RV for years in Europe. And I'm told it has tips on bringing one over.

Hope that helps.
Regards,
David.


International School of Palmela (Colégio Islâmico)

October 7, 2016 2:59 PM | Mamadu Ali Balde - alfornelo replied:

Tenho 17 anos posso me inscrever (Translation:- I'm 17 years old, can I sign up)


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 31, 2016 5:04 PM | Luc Carlier replied:

Ups , with another pc we finally read the files!

Thx
Luc


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 31, 2016 5:01 PM | David replied:

Hello Luc and Elena,

Just forwarded the below to you with 5mb of attachments.......

------- Forwarded message follows -------
From: CLIC - clic.edu.pt
Subject: Information about registration at CLIC - Colego Internacional
do Centro

Good Morning Mr Luc and Mrs. Elena Carlier

Thank you for your interest in receiving information about CLIC Colegio Luso Internacional do Centro and very glad to hear you are planning to move to Portugal.

We are a small school located in Marinha Grande with a total of 150 students and support English and Portuguese lessons for all our International students enrolled at our school. (Normally Enrolment or Registration is done between the months of May and June to allow us to order books, material, uniforms and prepare timetables for students for the start of the new academic year).

CLIC is a Multicultural International school in the central coast of Portugal, so we receive children from many countries around the world from year to year. We have students from the UK, Switzerland, Holland, France, Spain, Venezuela, Argentina, Brasil, Russia, Africa, China, Macau, USA, and many others.

We are hereby attaching our Application form with Price lists and general Conditions (2015/2016) for your appreciation. For registration of your children we will require their latest report card from previous school, copy of passport or Id card with date of birth, a copy of vaccine card and very important NIF number for the students (this is a tax number attributed to all residents (temporary or permanent) by the local tax office (Finanças) when you move to Portugal)

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Looking forward to hearing from you again soon.

Best regards,
Ligia Malta
CLIC - COLEGIO LUSO INTERNATIONAL DO CENTRO

PS
We have a Facebook page : CLIC Colegio where you can see some photos of our school activities and special events facebook-Colégio-Clic


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 29, 2016 5:48 PM | David replied:

Thanks for your post to the Silver Coast property blog.

I have forwarded your enquiry on to the school you enquired about. Hopefully you will receive a response from them soon.

Good luck with your bed and breakfast. Where will it be located?

Please post your replies and other feedback you get on schools in the area to the blog here..

best regards,
David


Clic - Colegio Luso Internacional Do Centro

May 26, 2016 7:44 PM | Luc Carlier replied:

Dear sir,

We are from Flanders, Belgium. We have the intention to take over a bed and breakfast on the Silver Coast at the end of the year! Our daughter is 10 yrs! She has a small 'pc knowledge' of English! Can she follow lessons in your school?

Looking forward to your answer,

Luc and Elena Carlier


Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live and Meet the presenters of the hit Channel 4 TV show - April 2013

February 23, 2016 11:03 AM | David replied:

Did you mean Puerto de la Cruz in the northern part of the island? See...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_de_la_Cruz


Free Tickets for A Place in the Sun Live and Meet the presenters of the hit Channel 4 TV show - April 2013

February 22, 2016 7:22 PM | Norma Bishop replied:

Would like to go on the show ! But other than that would like info on buying in Potts de la cruz Tenerife ! For retirement one bed


International Schools on the Silver and Lisbon Coasts

February 10, 2016 7:26 PM | Ata Rasekhi replied:

Hi,

How does Prime School compare to Carlucci or St Julians in terms of quality of education and certification of their programs. There appears to be a big difference in tuition fees between Prime and the other two schools and we are looking to find whether this difference is merited and for particular reasons.

Any advice you can send our way would be much appreciated. We currently live in Northern California, USA and considering a move to the Lisbon area due to a job opportunity.

Thanks & regards,
Ata Rasekhi


6 month winter rental

September 1, 2015 2:01 PM | David Waller replied:

Many thanks for your informative and prompt reply. 

We will look into it further

Thanks
D



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