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Mortgage process

Check our step by step guide on how to obtain a mortgage in Portugal.

Step by step guide to obtaining a mortgage in Portugal

Step 1

Complete the mortgage enquiry form and return it to us by e-mail or contact us by telephone.

Step 2

We will analyse your data and obtain an agreement in principle from the various lenders. Thereafter we will provide you with a mortgage proposal by e-mail that details the terms and conditions of the various mortgage products.

Step 3

After having discussed the various options we will provide you with the list of the required documentation as well as the necessary application forms of the chosen lender.

Step 4

Upon receipt of all your supporting documentation we will personally submit the application for approval and liaise with the bank for any queries during the approval process. We will keep you informed of the status of the approval.

Step 5

The mortgage is approved, subject to valuation. At this point you will be required to open a bank account with the lender. We will provide you with all the necessary account opening forms and assist you during this process.

Step 6

The valuation is carried out on your property by an independent engineer. We will organise the valuation with the appointed key holder and ensure the bank receives all the necessary property documentation in order to finalise the valuation report.

Step 7

As soon as the valuation figure is confirmed the mortgage is formally approved and you will receive an official mortgage offer letter from the bank.

Step 8

We will advise you of a provisional deed date that has been agreed by all parties and offer you assistance with your money transfers.

Step 9

We will liaise with the bank and your appointed legal representative to co-ordinate the signing of the final purchase deed and mortgage deed. We ensure that all necessary legal documents are provided to the bank in good time for the final deed.

Step 10

We will inform you as soon as your final deed has been signed!

The banks offer mortgages for acquisition, construction and equity release.

The most common types of mortgages are on a capital repayment basis with a variable or fixed interest rate.

For an indication of the monthly cost of the required mortgage, please consult our mortgage calculator.

The only additional cost will be the building insurance premium. Building insurance is required by all lenders and cover for fire and flood is mandatory.

Some lenders also require life insurance cover. We will advise of such a requirement when providing you with the initial simulations.

For a detailed list of the required documentation please click here.

Most banks offer a maximum mortgage term of 50 years for Portuguese residents and 30 years for non-residents.

The maximum age upon maturity of the mortgage is generally 80 for residents and 75 for non-residents.

Mortgages can be repaid early at any time during the loan term.

The early redemption penalty for a variable acquisition mortgage is 0.50% (as per the rule of the Bank of Portugal) and 2% for a fixed rate mortgage.

The interest rates of a Portuguese variable rate mortgages is linked to either the 3 or 6 month Euribor rate and increased by the margin (spread) that the bank applies.

This Euribor rate is set by a panel of European banks on a daily basis and is generally an indicator as to what rate European banks will lend to each other at (in the UK they use the London inter bank offer rate (LIBOR). Euribor rates can be accessed on the following site

In the case of the three month Euribor rate, your mortgage repayments will be fixed for three months at the prevailing rate at the day you sign the mortgage deed, thereafter, every three months later the bank will apply the average rate of the three month Euribor rate to your mortgage from the previous month.

The interest rate margin (spread) will be confirmed on the day the mortgage is approved and will be fixed for the term of the loan.

The bank will lend up to 80% of the lower of the valuation price or the purchase price of your chosen property. The mortgage approval will be based on various affordability ratios that the banks apply.

The bank will require proof of your income as per your latest tax return / P60 and a credit report for confirmation of existing liabilities. As a rule of thumb, 30% of your net income can be attributed to mortgage repayments (including the new mortgage in Portugal).

Building insurance

Building insurance is a mandatory requirement when taking out a Portuguese mortgage. The minimum cover required is generally against fire and floods. The insurance premium will be based on the re-construction value of the property.

Life insurance

Some banks require life insurance cover for either the main applicant or both mortgage applicants. We will advise you of such a mandatory requirement when providing you with the mortgage proposal document.

If life insurance is not required by the chosen lender you may wish to arrange such cover in your home country.

Content insurance

Content insurance is not mandatory when obtaining a mortgage but should be arranged when taking possession of your property.

Public liability cover

Public liability cover should be considered when intending to rent out the property. Public liability cover is an optional cover under the content insurance.