Fifth Time Lucky?

June 2016

Back in Tavira and we reflected on how close we had been to buying four different properties in Portimão, Ilha da Armona, Tavira and Santa Luzia respectfully. However no regrets. Better to take a longer time and get it right. So, very  happy to be back in Tavira for business and pleasure we started to visit all the agents again to see if anything new was available.tavira beach

During the summer months there are fewer properties on the market as many vendors understand it’s not the peak time to sell or they prefer to wait until their holiday rental business starts to decline in October.

Serious buyers are focused from September to May searching for properties. In fact we’ve had many different agents tell us that the summer is the worst time for them. If holidaymakers get bored or if the weather is a little cloudy they will make appointments to view properties they have no intention of buying just to occupy themselves for a few hours.

Having built a friendly relationship with the agent we worked with when we were hoping to buy the house in Tavira a few months ago we went to see her first to tell her we weren’t buying the house in Santa Luzia anymore and why. Well she then gave us some fabulous news.

The house we had previously wanted to buy but had a boundary issue had now had the issue resolved. The architect had continued researching on behalf of the vendor and it had been confirmed by the Camara that this property now owned 50% of the courtyard. In reality this meant we could revert to our original plan of using the courtyard to access a new main entrance to the house. (See our previous post with the background on this issue.)

We made an appointment to meet the architect at the property and we all agreed to a new planning proposal to be submitted to the Camara. A side access through the courtyard and to raise the roof to create another floor. We also agreed on creating a Quantity Survey for the builders to give us a quote against. An unusual request in Portugal and not all builders are interested in this process, for obvious reasons. We also wanted a specific timeline for the works with penalties……..

Author: Denise

My name is Denise. Having spent over 30 years in an international career in Organisational & People Development I am now putting down roots in Tavira in the East Algarve, Portugal. I'm a female Brit, married to a Norwegian, and I find it hard to believe I'm in my early 60's when I don't feel it and have so many more things to do and achieve. I became an expat when I left the UK in 2001. Since then I've lived in Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and now Portugal. I love to travel, enjoy the company of good friends and cooking. But my life time passion is property. As the daughter of a builder I love imagining what any old or dated property can become and managing the transformation process. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to do this many times and am excited to be doing it again in Tavira as well as helping others realise their own dreams.

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