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Building your own house on the Azores

Many people are looking into buying a plot of land and constructing a house of their own design on the Azores. For us, being a company operating in the Central Group we have had quite a few clients who have done this. It can be a long process and not always a smooth one hence the need for us to give some tips for those who want to embark on this journey.  The first thing to do is to find suitable land...

Snowy Pico - Azores

Faial and Pico islands: an oasis of opportunity

In between two troubled continents, mid-way between Europe and North America, you will find an oasis of opportunities: The islands of Faial and Pico in the Azores archipelago. More than a natural paradise, these islands offer a growing dynamic investment climate. Investors can plan long term due to the political stability of Portugal, a long standing EU member-state. A healthy business environment...

Azores real estate licensed

Licensed or unlicensed?

There are quite a few websites which offer properties on the Azores and often buyers take in as much information as they can to find their dream home. I often get emails asking about properties that turn out to be not for sale at all. This is about real companies that operate with a real estate license and those that don´t. A number of these websites and people that operate them are working either...

Azores in Winter

So how are the winters on the Azores and what does it mean for my house?

The Azores are considered a sub-tropical climate zone. What does this mean? Normally sub-tropical weather refers to humid and hot summers that last quite long and dry mild winters. In the Azores the climate might vary a bit per island and even one single island can have distinctively different climate zones depending on mountains, wind, valleys, rivers, lakes etc. In the case of the Central Group of the...

Azores - Which Island to Choose

Living on the Azores…but which island to choose?

I get a lot of emails from people asking what island would fit them best. Here is my take on this. If you like a place which has plenty of people and services then you might want to head for Sâo Miguel Island or Terceira. Terceira, because of the decades of US presence at Lajes Airforce base, is somewhat Americanized when it comes to peoples ability to Speak English and availability of your favorite...

Urban Renovation Azores

Urban Renovation: Tax breaks, subsidies and other benefits for the Azores

Public authorities in Portugal support urban renovation and the reconstruction of old buildings in the cities. So, you can benefit from different support programs and tax-breaks if you decide to start a rebuilding project. These are some of them: In Faial island, for example, if you decide to renew a building located in Horta's Special Rehabilitation Zone (ARU - the area marked in red in the image) you...

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