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Welcome to Porto!


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This is our first official post to the Porto group.

 My name is Paula and I arrived in Porto a week ago from Southern California and am finding my way around. 
I found an apartment and should be able to move in June 1.

There are a lot of details involved so I recommend a good agent. I chose Coldwell Banker because it is a US company with a good reputation.

There is a lot of misinformation out there but you should be aware that agents here  are not licensed like in the US. Brokers are licensed and some train their agents while others do not.

Agents should be paid (commission splits) by sellers/landlords but many ask for one month’s rent to be a buyer’s agent. They get listings off of websites like idealista. They may not know what is required by immigration for the D7 or other visas. 

Buyer beware!

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Glad to see a Porto Group get started.  My Wife and I will be visiting Portugal in September from North Carolina.  We will be visiting Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto in hopes of finding a City we would like to retire to.....

 

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@livinginusa feel free to message me when you get to Porto.

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@livinginusa

my daughter just moved to North Carolina.

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@longhornlady NC is definitely a good bridge to the next place.  I was living in NY prior to moving here.......

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I think it is definitely a bridge for her. She just finished her MBA and is looking for an east coast job.

 

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Porto looks amazing. You must be thrilled to be in Portugal.

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@ralf

Loving it!

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@longhornlady I grew up on SoCal (Goleta) and Parts of Portugal remind me of that area. Enjoy!

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@ralf

Climate is very similar.

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My wife and I are in our early 60's. We plan on retiring from the American rat-race in the next couple of years and moving from Portland, Oregon to Portugal, to enjoy life, community and culture, and, to devote ourselves to our respective arts  -- she is a tapestry artist, I am a musician (composer/performer).

At the moment, we are focusing on the Porto area - particularly Vila Nova de Gaia. We plan top visit next year and spend a month traveling around and exploring, before we decide on a final location to settle in.

We're excited about starting a new chapter in our lives - and, very much looking forward to connecting with expats and integrating into the local community.

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@davidgaliel 

Feel free to contact me when you come visit and I will meet you and give you my impressions and any help I can to get you oriented to the Porto/Gaia lifestyle.

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