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Portugal Property Eyed by Chinese
Brief:Chinese investors are set to pour billions of euros into Portugal property thanks to the country's 'golden visa' scheme. It reports Chinese buyers have generated 25 million (£21 million) in just 2.5 months that would otherwise not have existed.
Chinese investors are set to pour billions of euros into Portugal property thanks to the country's 'golden visa' scheme. The new residency package, brought in by the government last year to boost the country's economy, has been particularly attractive to the Chinese market, according to Portugese real estate agent Fine & Country Cascais. It reports Chinese buyers have generated €25 million (£21 million) in just 2.5 months that would otherwise not have existed.
 
Schemes like this are nothing new: 43 countries already operate their own similar residency programmes. One of the reasons why the Portuguese 'golden visa' has been such a success is the flexibility of its conditions. By investing €500,000, foreign nationals outside of the European Union (EU) are able to live in Portugal under a five-year temporary residency permit. After the five years is up the buyer can apply for permanent residency along with their immediate family. As part of the EU, a Portuguese passport has considerable value to Chinese investors.
 
Charles Roberts, managing partner of Fine & Country Cascias, says, "Investors are flocking to buy Portuguese property as an insurance policy for any future political instability in China. Property here has been a safe way to store equity, a great international hub for foreign education and is now an ideal time to invest in business and industry while capital is low.
"The Chinese already own 40 per cent of the National Grid and are likely to snap up other privatised industries such as airlines, agriculture and ship yards. External investment like this has been well received. Not just financially, but as a community Portugal has historically welcomed foreigners and consequently has a great cosmopolitan atmosphere. Entrepreneurs are received as a great contribution to the tourist economy."
 
Spain recently unveiled its own golden visa scheme, a move which is already yielding results as firms report a major upsurge in buyer interest from outside the EU. House builder Taylor Wimpey Espa?a has reported a massive 1,400 per cent year-on-year increase in Middle Eastern buyers, for example. 

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