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10 Home Trends That’ll Be Hot In 2019 (And 2 That Are OUT!)

Each fall, decorators begin to share the interior design trends we can expect to see in the new year. Looking ahead to 2019, bold colors, metallics, and statement ceilings take center stage. If you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not. 1. …

11 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster (WITHOUT Dropping the Price)

From leaving the house for showings and open houses to having to keep the place spotless at all times, having a home on the market can be a nerve-wracking endeavor. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want to know that you won’t be in this anxiety-filled limbo forever. You want to hand over those keys, collect your check and move on — …

4 Behind-The-Scenes Ways Your Estate Agent Supports Your Home Sale

When you hire an estate agent to sell your home, there are obvious things you notice them doing to help your house sell. Things like: hosting open houses, bringing potential buyers on home tours, and marketing your property in multiple ways to make sure it gets enough exposure. But when it comes to adding value to your home sale, that’s just the tip of …

8 Ways to Make Your Estate Agent Love You

With Valentine’s Day fast-approaching, there’s no denying love is in the air. Let’s think for a moment about the person who’s always there for you, helping to make your dreams come true. We’re talking about your estate agent, of course. Just what does it take to make the agent who’s done so much for you swoon? There are plenty of ways to build a …

Best Forums for Chatting about Portugal

If you are looking for advice and help before moving to Portugal or are looking to connect with other expats in your area after moving, there are lots of good forums that you can join online free of charge. Here are just of the forums we have found useful: Easy Expat, Portugal Website Link: https://www.easyexpat.com/ What we like about this forum is that there …

Education in Portugal

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IMT & STAMP DUTY IN PORTUGAL

There has been some confusion among buyers, over the taxes you pay when purchasing a property in Portugal. Portugal has long had incentives in place to encourage people to move to and invest in Portugal and part of those incentives is to provide a discounted tax rate. The tables below show the IMT and stamp duty you will pay. Figures up to date as …

Maximize Your Home Value

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE Now is the perfect time to look after all of those repairs and jobs you have been putting off. It is very true that you only get one chance to make a first impression. Make sure your house does this and stands out from the competition. On the exterior look for broken or missing roof tiles, cracked or broken …

Meet The Team

Valerie Becks Valerie is the founder of Spencer Becks Estate Agents and comes with a wealth of sales and marketing experience in the Real Estate Sector. With 20 years experience, Valerie has been selling property in Portugal for 7 years and started her own agency 4 years ago with the aim of bringing a  high level of care, not only during the process, but …

Portuguese Basic Words and Phrases

One of the biggest challenges when moving to a new country is to learn the language.  The speed at which everybody learns is different but learning some basic words and phrases goes a long way to helping you start to integrate into your new community.  The Portuguese love nothing more than when people make the effort to speak their language. We have put together …

Selling Your Home? Here’s One Aroma That Will Help You Sell It

True or false… When you’re selling a house, you should bake cookies before a showing or an open house. I guess you could say the answer is a hard and fast “true” because, after all, it can’t hurt. Who doesn’t like the smell of freshly baked cookies? But it’s also kind of false… It isn’t like you can Betty Crocker your way to a …

Silver Coast – Property Under 150K

The Silver Coast on Portugal’s West Coast is an area of beautiful seascapes, whitewashed and scenic villages all surrounded by undulating countryside. Property prices in this area are varied and as with almost anywhere else in the world, the closer to the coast the higher the price. There are however many properties available within different price ranges and provided you are willing to consider …

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