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Mortgages on offer

Below you can find details about the various mortgage types that are currently being offered by the Portuguese banks.

Acquisition mortgage

If you wish to purchase your dream home in Portugal our qualified advisors will provide you with the best possible financing solution that suits your criteria.

Mortgages for acquisition purposes are offered by all the major Portuguese lenders to private individuals purchasing a property with a habitation license.

The banks offer loan terms of up to 50 years for residents and 30 years for non-residents. The maximum age upon maturity of the loan is 70 or 80, depending on the lender.

The maximum borrowing varies from 60 – 80% of the acquisition price/valuation price, depending on the lender.

Acquisition mortgages are available on a variable rate or fixed rate basis.

The early redemption penalty for a variable rate acquisition mortgage is 0.50%. For a fixed rate acquisition mortgage the early redemption penalty is fixed at 2% during the fixed rate period, reverting to 0.50% thereafter.

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

Construction loan

If you own a plot of land in Portugal or wish to renovate your existing property, we will assist you in obtaining the best possible conditions of a construction loan.

Constructions loans are offered to private individuals that own a plot of land with a valid, approved building project for habitation purposes. Most banks finance 100% of the construction cost and the funds will be released in various stages throughout the building process. The maximum term for the construction is generally 2 years during which the loan is on an interest only basis.

Equity release mortgage

Equity release mortgages are offered to clients that already own a property in Portugal and wish to release some funds from the property. In the current market environment it has become more difficult to release funds from your existing property and rates are higher than for a standard acquisition mortgage.

Mortgage transfer

If you have an existing mortgage facility in place we can analyse your current conditions and advice on benefits of other products.

A re-mortgage can be of interest if your current rate is higher than offered by other lenders or if you wish to amend the current loan term.

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.