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Housing prices have been steadily growing in Portugal

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Prices for residential real estate in Portugal is steadily growing. Thus, in January 2016, they increased by 3.66% compared to the same period last year, while the average cost per square meter was € 1047. It is reported by the international real estate portalGlobal Property Guide, citing data from research by the Institute of Statistics Portugal (INE).

So, in the region of Lisbon in January of this year, housing prices rose by 3.69% compared with the same period of 2015, while the average cost per square meter was € 1,266.

Among the cities and regions of the best indicators of the annual price growth showed Barcelos (+ 10.9%). It is followed by Amadora (+ 9.4%), Vila Franca de Xira (+ 7.4%), Porto (+ 7.2%), Odivelas (+ 7%), Maya (+ 7%), Cascais (+ 6.9%), Loures (+ 6.4%), Funchal (+ 6%), Oeiras (+ 5.2%) and Lisbon (+ 5.2%).

The most modest increase in prices was recorded in Coimbra (+ 4.5%), Leiria (+ 4.2%), Vila Nova de Famalichao (+ 4.1%), Almada (+ 3.9%), Braga (+ 3.7%), Setubal (+ 3.7%), Sintra (+ 3.1%), Seixal (+ 2.9%), Guimaraes (+ 2.2%), in Vila Nova de -Gaya (+ 2.2%) and Matosinhos (+ 0.3%).

In general, the price of apartments increased by 3.9% over the period, and villas - by 3.6%.

Portugal: in 2015 the volume of housing sales in the Algarve increased by 32%

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In 2015, sales of housing in the Portuguese resort of Algarve increased by 32% compared to 2014 figures. For the first time since 2008 the cost of housing here has demonstrated positive dynamics, according to an international real estate portalProperty Wire, citing data from Knight Frank international consulting company.

The study Knight Frank notes that such a significant increase in sales in the Algarve affected by the ever-growing flow of investments in the infrastructure of the resort. Reconstruction of the highway A22 Western Algarve made readily available, and repairs E1 route, running from Lisbon and Porto, as well as the expansion of the Faro airport for € 32 million, significantly stimulated economic confidence in the region.

The bulk of the buyers here are still a British, Irish and Germans, although an increasing number of investors from France, Scandinavian and non-European countries, including South Africa and China.

The report also said that today, the Algarve is a more attractive destination for investment than in the period before 2008. 37 championship golf courses provide an opportunity to carry out a 50,000 rounds of golf a year, and the season of the game is much longer than the standard year and lasts from February to May and from September to November.

As for the program "golden visa", the great success enjoyed by investors Lisbon. The Chinese make up 79% of all foreigners who receive a residence permit in Portugal in buying a home. And just since the start of the program "golden visa" has been issued a residence permit in 2853.

Portugal's "Golden visa" are making a huge comeback

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In February 2016 the volume of investment in Portugal according to the program "Golden visa" has increased by 131% in comparison with January of the current year. The volume of investments amounted to €89.3 mn, and the number of permit issued – 144, according to Portuguese news siteThe Portugal News, citing data from the Immigration and Border service of Portugal (SEF).

The current situation is an indicator of the positive dynamics of the market of the "Golden visas" in Portugal, which experienced stagnation in connection with a number of bureaucratic and political problems with the end of 2014. 91% or €81.2 million of total investment funds in the Treasury of Portugal in February this year, had to buy real estate, and the remaining amount of €8.1 million was invested in capital transfers for the purpose of maintaining the economy of Portugal.

The total amount spent on foreigners "gold" Portuguese visas in the period January-February 2016, €to 127.9 million, of which €117.1 mn – for purchase of real estate. Only 209 were granted resident visas: 198 for the purchase of real estate and 10 for investments of capital in the economic development of the country.

143 visas were awarded to citizens of China, 18 – Brazil 7– Russia and 2 visas were issued to nationals of South Africa and Lebanon.

Thus, since the launch of the programme in October 2012, Portugal was granted 2997 "Golden visas" to foreigners to the tune of €1.8 billion.

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