How to Apply for a Mortgage in Portugal as a Foreigner


Did you know that it’s possible to apply for a mortgage in Portugal as a foreigner or non-resident? Upscore is here to help you navigate this process, making your dream of owning a property in Portugal a reality.

Why Consider a Mortgage in Portugal?

Portugal is known for its beautiful coastline, pleasant climate, and rich cultural heritage. From the Algarve’s sunny beaches to Lisbon’s vibrant city life, Portugal offers diverse options for property buyers. The country has become a hotspot for foreign buyers due to its affordable property prices and high quality of life.

Requirements for a Mortgage in Portugal

Although it will depend on your current circumstances and the terms will vary per lender, here is a guidance:

  1. Minimum Deposit: 30% of the property value.
  2. Minimum Property Value: €100,000.
  3. Minimum Loan Amount: €100,000.
  4. Employment Status: Employed for at least 2 years or self-employed for 3 years.
  5. Documentation: Valid passport, proof of income (employment contracts, recent pay slips, and tax forms), recent bank statements, and credit report from your home country.

Mortgages can be used for residential purposes, second homes, or buy-to-let investments.

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Prepare Your Documents: Gather essential documents such as your passport, proof of income, bank statements, credit report, and proof of deposit. This paperwork is crucial for proving your financial stability and credibility to Portuguese lenders.

  2. Get Mortgage Agreement in Principle (AIP): A Mortgage Agreement in Principle (AIP) is a formal offer from a mortgage lender (usually a bank) that sets out the terms of your mortgage, such as the loan amount, duration, and interest rate. It is usually valid for 3 to 6 months, providing you with the security to start your property search with confidence, knowing you have financial backing to make an offer when you find the right property. This ensures you don’t miss out on opportunities. You are not obligated to finalise the AIP, and if it expires, you will need to renegotiate the terms with the lender. At Upscore we can help you to find the right lender, contact us for more information.

  3. Open a Bank Account: Opening a Portuguese bank account is essential for property transactions.

  4. Find a Property: Conduct thorough research to find the ideal property. Whether you prefer a beachfront apartment or a countryside villa, narrowing down your options will save time and effort.

  5. Secure Property Documentation: Ensure all necessary documents like property deeds and energy certificates are up-to-date. This step includes verifying that the property has no debts or legal issues attached to it. If you secure a mortgage, the lender will help with this step.

  6. Complete the transaction: You will need to meet with the seller and the lender in front of a notary to sign. After that, you can enjoy your property right away! There is some admin left afterwards such as registering the mortgage in the council, but the lender should be able to help.

Interest Rates and Terms

Portuguese mortgages are typically variable rate, linked to the EURIBOR rate plus a margin set by the bank. However, fixed-rate and mixed-rate mortgages are also available. Non-resident mortgages usually have terms up to 25-30 years.

Trends and Statistics

Since the onset of COVID-19, there has been a noticeable increase in foreign buyers looking for property in Portugal. This surge is driven by trends such as remote working, early retirement, and the quest for a better quality of life. Portugal’s diverse property market offers opportunities for every type of buyer, from those seeking a vacation home to long-term investors.

The Role of Upscore

Navigating the mortgage process can be complex, but that’s where Upscore steps in. We provide personalised assistance to ensure you meet all requirements and successfully secure a mortgage. Our team is dedicated to helping you realise your dream of owning property in Portugal, offering expert advice and support every step of the way.

Ready to make your Portuguese property dream a reality? Contact Upscore today. Let us help you turn your dream into a beautiful Portuguese home.

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