My husband is retiring in December and we narrowed down our choice of moving to warmer climes to Portugal. We are not sure of our choice of location yet due to different places pulling us in different directions. We have also been on Facebook and it seems like there are so many real estate agents wanting you. We are hoping to rent at first anyway sure. We are presently downsizing and have stuff spread out all over the house. Stage one. The organization of the whole process is quite overwhelming. One thing we do not know is how you get an apartment before the visa. How did you get it from your home country?