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Old Nov 5th 2017, 10:01 am   #46
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An apartment with a large dog ?
Maybe not fair on him, you or the neighbours.
Yes that is difficult. For the neighbours they will prefer our dog as neighbour above other dogs or children! He does not bark. The most silent dog on earth.

But as long as he lives (we hope another 6 months) he won't stay in an apartment! We will enjoy our house in Spain and France. Resident in Portugal can wait if we buy a flat.
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The next 2 weeks we will either decide to buy a house in the center of Portimao or a quinta in Silves. We like both.
One is at walking distance to shops, boulevard, train station, supermarkets, mercado. Some work is needed. Only outside space is a roof terrace.
The quinta has a lot of (outside) space. Needs a lot of work for improvement, but is more or less livable. Nice to sit outside and enjoy the nature, but further away from the beaches (15 minutes).

It is so difficult to decide. Maybe some (positive or negative) remarks from your side will help.
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The next 2 weeks we will either decide to buy a house in the center of Portimao or a quinta in Silves. We like both.
One is at walking distance to shops, boulevard, train station, supermarkets, mercado. Some work is needed. Only outside space is a roof terrace.
The quinta has a lot of (outside) space. Needs a lot of work for improvement, but is more or less livable. Nice to sit outside and enjoy the nature, but further away from the beaches (15 minutes).

It is so difficult to decide. Maybe some (positive or negative) remarks from your side will help.
Thanks
For me it would be the Quinta every time.
Location, location, location.
I am assuming that you have not only space but some views with the Quinta.
I find apartments claustrophobic, the Canadians call it cabin fever.

The only positive with an apartment is that it would probably be more secure when you are not in Portugal.
But we have had no problems with our villa being empty for weeks at a time.

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Old Nov 14th 2017, 8:55 am   #49
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For me it would be the Quinta every time.
Location, location, location.
I am assuming that you have not only space but some views with the Quinta.
I find apartments claustrophobic, the Canadians call it cabin fever.

The only positive with an apartment is that it would probably be more secure when you are not in Portugal.
But we have had no problems with our villa being empty for weeks at a time.
Thanks. I understand what you mean. The thing is that we never lived in a town center. With the maintenance of a garden in France and Spain (houses we will keep) we know think that a townhouse is easy. But ...... are we able to live without a real outside space? Can we stand the noise of a town? We also need to be sure we can sell after 7 to 10 years.
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Thanks. I understand what you mean. The thing is that we never lived in a town center. With the maintenance of a garden in France and Spain (houses we will keep) we know think that a townhouse is easy. But ...... are we able to live without a real outside space? Can we stand the noise of a town? We also need to be sure we can sell after 7 to 10 years.
I agree about the noise, here in the UK its traffic and people.
In Portugal its the neighbours chickens and of course their dogs.
When it comes to 're selling , there are always thousands of apartments but well maintained small houses with gardens as you have found are not easy to find and demand for them is high.
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I agree about the noise, here in the UK its traffic and people.
In Portugal its the neighbours chickens and of course their dogs.
When it comes to 're selling , there are always thousands of apartments but well maintained small houses with gardens as you have found are not easy to find and demand for them is high.
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It would be the quinta for me. Having lived in Portugal, town centre living can be very noisy. Deliveries ,bin emptying,motorbikes,privacy etc.At the quinta you have hopefully peace and quiet and plenty of outside space and privacy and car parking,which is horrendous in Portimao.
4 weeks from now we will be heading to Portugal for the winter and like you looking for property to relocate back. Not the algarve this time but the Silver coast to see if it suits us. Will be looking at the edges of a village or small town or residential areas.
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It would be the quinta for me. Having lived in Portugal, town centre living can be very noisy. Deliveries ,bin emptying,motorbikes,privacy etc.At the quinta you have hopefully peace and quiet and plenty of outside space and privacy and car parking,which is horrendous in Portimao.
4 weeks from now we will be heading to Portugal for the winter and like you looking for property to relocate back. Not the algarve this time but the Silver coast to see if it suits us. Will be looking at the edges of a village or small town or residential areas.
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When we cannot discuss the price of the quinta, it will be no option for us.

You lived in the Algarve before? Why the Silvercoast this time?
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Weather I think. Algarve summers are way too hot ,but spring and autumn is lovely.
My husband knows the silver coast a little,me not so much,so we are going to test the water.Also we know the Algarve so well,we are finding new things harder to find and i like history which is quite scarce down there,while the silver coast area has easy access to many historical and unesco sites. Hoping the north will get us back to the old Portugal that we know.
We shall see,but I can't wait to get back there.Feel when I arrive that i'm almost coming home.
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We found our house. We will contact today or tomorrow a lawyer in Porches (thanks Zoff!).

The thing is that we want to buy the house as a resident. After 3 months you can ask to become resident. Some people had the chance to become resident wihtin 2 or 3 months.

What I don't know yet is, if our stay in Portugal during the months February and March this year will count as well.
I can imagine it will count, because -a contrario - someone can stay as non resident almost 3 months, after 2 weeks again almost 3 months and so on, without the obligation to become resident.
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I don't understand your problem.

Surely if you're moving here and intending to stay permanently, then you're resident from day 1?

Have you tried registering yet?
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No, because I read here and on internet that you only can register after 3 months of stay.
So I think we will go to try this as soon as we make a down-payment on the house.
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No, because I read here and on internet that you only can register after 3 months of stay.
The actual wording leaves it open to interpretation and most certainly doesn't rule out registering within that tme.

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So I think we will go to try this as soon as we make a down-payment on the house.
What's the issue with regards to the house? I didn't show a resident's certificate when I bought mine.
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What's the issue with regards to the house? I didn't show a resident's certificate when I bought mine.
We have rented a holiday-home for the next months. When we want to register as resident tomorrow, what address do I give them? When I give them the address of the holiday home and the government sends important letters to this address, I have a problem, because I don't have access to the letter box.

Or .... don't they send letters to the temporary address I gave them?
Could I give the address of the lawyer for the time being?

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