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Any Advice re: business and property Portugal

Any Advice re: business and property Portugal

Postby jnote » Mon 12 May 2008 23:18 GMT

Hi guys,

Putting this on a few forums just to hear thoughts/advice from you pros! Ive decided to set up a business in Portugal with two friends. We are looking at setting up an eco villa/complex where guests would come holiday. We have a few unique selling points of which one is the eco slant and the rest I dont want to divulge at this point :) We have literally began research a week ago and come July when all our current work ontracts are finished are ready to spend all our time on the project.

At the moment we are looking at the coastal region from Estoril, Caiscais up to Ericeira or even Peniche. We would like to be on the coast or a relatively close drive as we want to offer surf, and other water sports to the clients(as well as being avid surfers ourselves!) We havn't ruled out western Algarve/Alentejo but have several contacts in Lisbon so are focusing there at the moment.

Basically, we would love to have a piece of land with a main house for office, entertainment, lodging, etc as well as swimming pool and private cabins or something similar dotted around the property. We would like to be in business and running at the latest by next summer(even if we are still building things for a while after). Does this rule out a new build? From the little research Ive done, it seems like new builds can take ages. A new build would be great as we could really make sure everything is eco friendly from the ground up. If we bought a farm or villa, is it a nightmare as far as planning permission regarding extra cabins/yurts and swimming pool?

Anyway, I have never started a business, never bought a house, and do not know any portuguese(though I speak french and ok spanish, so should be ok in a few months of living there!). Any advice on where to start? Real estate agents? Should we try and find a lawyer now?

Sorry about long read! Thanks so much,
J
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hi jnote

Postby diane1 » Sat 30 May 2009 11:41 GMT

hi i know this note was posted last year but i would love to hear from you to see if you how you have gone on i have my own buisness here maybe we could help each other diane1

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Postby bart n caz » Thu 4 Jun 2009 12:51 GMT

Yes i also would be interested to know how you are getting on and if you have your perfect location yet?

All the best for the future :)
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Postby jjnorty » Wed 10 Jun 2009 13:28 GMT

I would be interested too as I work with small businesses and I'm interested in the response you've had to your business or if you decided to opt for something else?
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