Iberian Real Estate: Galicia Spain &
North Portugal Property
Our featured North Portugal riverfront villa with holiday let potential
on the border with Spain is not the only property in the area. Our
real estate agent directory below will help you find other Iberian
properties from a range of imobiliário (inmobiliaria) agents
in the Minho / Costa Verde (Portuguese) / Vigo / Galician (Spanish)
As well as promoting one particular piece of North Portuguese real
estate, we are happy to provide information and links to estate
agents / realtors in the River Minho / Mino area of Northern Portugal
& Galicia Spain that offer quality houses / homes, villas, quintas,
building land and other properties for sale. In Portugal real estate
is called "imobiliário", in Spain "inmobiliaria";
actually finding villas and quintas in Iberia for sale on the Internet
is difficult though. Local real estate property agents tend to have
Portuguese / Spanish only sites catering to local people, plus they
often do not appear very well for searches with Google and Yahoo.
So we decided to build a directory, not least to help you compare
the value of our own quinta / villa with others.
Local Portuguese imobiliário in Monção is
Portuguese imobiliário agent with wide Costa Verde coverage
- Grupo Prime
Remax Portugal's directory for Rio Minho properties - Remax
Remax Spain lists garages to villas! Remax
Sapo are probably the largest property directory in Portugal - Luxury
And just so you can see the prices of apartments in Salvaterra -
National group with local offices: ERA
When you compare other house prices with the property we are offering,
please bear in mind the quality of build of our villa and location.
For example, the Spanish built swimming pool cost twice as much
as many pre-formed pools. The driveway is both long, going all the
way around the property and then down to the river gates as it does,
and totally surfaced in expensive granite "cubos" (similar
to cobble stones). Land prices in the village, which is considered
the most affluent superb of Moncao, are higher than elsewhere and
with good reason (think investment). This quinta is built from solid
granite and rendered brick, with a concrete base roof fully insulated
and covered with long life water resistant, sunlight reflecting
glazed tiles. Least but not last, this villa has a long river boundary,
outstanding perhaps unbeatable views and direct river access for
boating, fishing and more.
The further out from a town center a property is, the lower the
price should be. This is not just because of proximity to resources
such as supermarkets, banks, etc. It also can be to do with things
such as fire risks; the further away you are from the fire station
(Bombeiros), the greater the risk. Although the local bombeiros
have built water storage tanks in many remote areas, you still need
to remember the closer you are to the fire station, the more likely
you are to receive immediate attention if there is an outbreak of
fires. During the "Year of fires" (2007) many rural properties
were at extreme risk or even damaged due to the bombeiros being
stretched beyond their limit. It is therefore a very good idea to
survey the area around any property to look for any evidence of
larger forest / woodland fires. It may also be prudent to actually
ask the existing owners to disclose any fires they have experienced
in the last 10 years near or affecting their property.
On a similar cautionary note, it is also a good idea to assess
a property for potential storm risk. Thankfully there are very few
storms in this part of Europe but they do occur. In the storm of
2009 which mostly affected Western France and North West Spain,
but also hit parts of Northern Portugal, many exposed buildings
lost tiles from their roofs and suffered resulting rain damage either
from direct wind gusts and / or from falling trees; trees in weaker
(higher elevation) soils and / or on slopes in small valleys may
be more at risk. Again, it pays to ask; some areas are well known
locally for being wind funnels / traps. And bear in mind, Portuguese
insurance companies are notoriously slow in paying out. Fortunately
this quinta is sheltered from the South West by a mature pine woodland
on level ground, plus its special glazed roof tiles are generally
much more substantial and heavier than traditional tiles.
Actually the general climate outlook for the Minho / Costa Verde
area is very good, having one of the best long range predictions
for lack of adverse effects from global
warming. You are virtually guaranteed to have some of the best
all round weather and air quality in Europe, and a little extra
research should allow you to say, as the owners of this villa did,
"Storm, what storm?!" and "Yes, we saw some of the
fires in the distance" if such events ever get repeated.
Basic Diligence Checks When Buying
1) Ensure the property itself is on Urbano title land. The grounds
may be mixed title, but the property itself should be on Urban title.
2) Check that the Fiscal registration (tax office declaration)
and Escritura (deeds) match up.
3) Make sure the land title numbers match up with those at the
local town hall. Be aware that some people have built houses on
land that does not belong to them by substituting land title numbers.
4) Make sure the land plot number(s) match; be careful as numbers
can be repeated for various titles (rustic and urbano), so make
absolutely sure of this.
5) Make sure there is a habitation license; this is very important.
6) Make sure any outdoor structures (log cabins, garages, swimming
pool, etc.) are on the fiscal registration document, or they are
7) Make absolutely sure there are no liens or other encumbrances
on the property by way of a full Property Office report. Make 100%
sure there are no unpaid taxes regarding the property.
8) Choose the lawyer yourself (take a recommendation from a 3rd
party). The same lawyer acts for both the seller and the buyer and
it can be a very bad idea to take the one offered by the seller.
9) Make the sure the presales (agreement to buy and sell) is notarized
if possible before parting with the deposit.
10) Make sure the Escritura is filed on the day you pay the balance,
and the tax office updated within a few days.