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Ireland: Howth Contacts - Attorney/Real Estate:

Here is a list of available homes in Howth. Each listing has a link to the auctioneer (agent) handling the property on behalf of the vendor (seller):

Ireland: Vagabonding in Ireland:

If you are thinking of where to live permanently, I would suggest staying in a very central location so that you can travel to visit other places you might consider. Also, Ireland is small to those who have lived here a while but much bigger if you are a newbie. Therefore, I might suggest living in a few different places during your 90 day stay. Perhaps you could narrow things down a little for us and also tell us something about your interests. For example, do you prefer being close to a city for shopping, healthcare, etc.? Do you prefer neighbors or to be secluded? Lots of options in Ireland. Not hard to find water in Ireland, both on the coasts and in the midlands.

Ireland: Ireland...Pick a Place For A noob:

billflint, in defense of Joshua, its difficult to give you specific recommendations without more information but allow me to throw out a few places that I have visited and would consider as options for myself as a Yank: Clonakilty Kenmare Killarney Westport Cork City Skibbereen South Dublin County Wexford Galway Adare Much of rural Ireland is not only remote but also a bit depressed economically. If I had to guess, I would say that you might be happiest to be near Dublin so you can visit when bored elsewhere. If true, consider towns within an hour or so from Dublin City perhaps County Wicklow. If you like to travel to the continent or the UK, consider a place close to one of the regional airports.

United Kingdom: London Real Estate Market:

How is the London real estate market? I am a Yank looking for a small Central London flat to use up to 6 months or share with a few friends. Is it a good time to buy? Also, where is a central location to live to enjoy theatre, dining, drinks and good airport access? Don't want to take the tube back home after a night out if I can help it. I am thinking of something close to Tottenham Court Station which I understand is being expanded as part of the CrossRail project. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Belgium: The best place to live in Belgium?:

Depends on your language skills. Wallonia is primarily French speaking. Flanders primarily Dutch but everyone seems to also speak English well. May be next to impossible for a non-EU citizen to get a job without an employer sponsorhip.

Ireland: Love to Ireland and keeping us job:

Search this forum and I think you will find discussions on your very issue. Consulting income from internet-related work may not count for immigration purposes so I agree with Joshua that you should seek consultation although I am not sure an immigration solicitor will have the answers unless you find a very good one with experience in this area of employment. Maybe speak to an employment consultant? You did not say where you are from but know that immigration rules for non-EEA nationals are not well documented and are subject to change. If you pursue this path, be prepared for more than a few hair-pulling moments. Non-EEA positions in Ireland are meant for unique employees with special skills not readily available in the Irish labor pool.

Ireland: Move to Ireland:

Melissa, your understanding coincides with my understanding completely - sunniest in the South-East and warmest in the South-West. I think there was a discussion on this very point a few months ago. Need I remind all that the purpose of this forum is to help each other?

Portugal: Madonna moves to Sintra!:

In case anyone is still undecided about where in Portugal to live, perhaps this article will help you one way or the other: Anyone know of other famous or rich people calling Portugal their new home?

Portugal: Where to live:

CascaisPortugal, I cannot find the FB group you mentioned. The only one similar is called "properties for sale or rent OUTSIDE the algarve". Is this what you meant?

Portugal: Residency and Schengen travel:

lorric, you need to be more specific about which visa you hold. ALso, maybe do a search before you post. Hope this helps.

Portugal: Housing Requirement for Golden Visa:

Hoping for some additional clarity on the housing requirement under the golden visa programme. As I understand it, a golden visa requires Portugese residency of only 7 days in the first year and 14 days in each subsequent two year period. Also, if I purchase a residential property to qualify for the visa, I understand that I do not need to live in the property at all and can rent as an investment. Why would I need to show a lease for 6 or more months in order to have my visa approved as some have suggested? Seems unnecessary and a considerable additional expense especially if for some reason I could not rent out when I am not in Portugal. Perhaps I am missing something and if so please forgive my ignorance.

Portugal: Cell phone:

I have been doing the same thing when traveling overseas, buying local SIM's and switching them out. But this seems less than ideal especially if one relies a lot on text messaging, WeChat, or WhatsApp which are all linked to a specific mobile number. Does anyone know of a phone or phone service that allows you to have a universal mobile number at low cost so that you can use voice and data services tied to one account?

Portugal: Visa strategy:

I am not sure if I am looking at it the right way but due to my own pre-existing condition, I am hesitant to drop Obamacare coverage when I relocate overseas. Although my Obamacare coverage does not cover me outside the US, I worry that I may eventually need to move back to the US and will regret loosing Obamacare coverage. So, I am left with two alternatives - carry two sets of coverage - US and Portugal - or just one - Portugal - and hope that I will never need to relocate back to the US. Otherwise, I need to hope that any future changes to Obamacare will still allow me to re-enroll at a later date with little to no penalty.

Portugal: Getting a Golden Visa for Commercial Property:

I read that Portugal now allows commercial real estate investments to qualify for the golden visa. Has anyone had any experience with this? I do not want to maintain a home in Portugal but would consider an investment such as a hotel or rental property especially if I can use it when visiting Portugal.

Portugal: Change in Visa Rules:

Does anyone know if these new rules apply to Golden Visas?

Spain: Travel insurance for expats:

If you are referring to health insurance while traveling, I only have experience with Amex which looked comprehensive and relatively cheap.

Portugal: Real Estate Investment Lisbon:

Interesting but is there an immigration angle to this investment? I am potentially considering property purchases that qualify for long-term residency and have read that commercial projects can qualify but need to be held for a minimum period of time? If you think this works for immigration, please send me a PM. Thanks.

Portugal: Long-Term Resident EC:

I have been reading about certain EU countries that have a visa category known as Long-Term Resident EC. This category allows a residence visa holder in say Portugal to move to say France without the need to apply for a standard French residence permit. I believe at least in some countries it also permits holders to work without a permit. From Wikipedia: "The status permits the holder some of the rights of free movement afforded to EU/EEA citizens in the participating countries; not all EU countries participate in implementing the Directive. The implementation of the directive is left to the participating countries, with some national variations in the requirements for and benefits of long-term resident status." In Portugal, the visa is known as "Residente CE de Longa Duração" and in France it is known as "Carte de résident de longue durée – Communauté Européenne" and requires a minimum initial residency of 5 years. Is this really an EU wide long-term residency permit?

Belgium: Belgium Immigration:

Does anyone know the current state of Belgium immigration for non-EEA nationals? I am an American nearing retirement who is looking to live and perhaps work or start a business in Belgium. But I have heard that applications for long-term visas for non-EEA citizens are routinely rejected. I would love to know more about this topic if anyone has experience.

Portugal: 4 month Schengen Visa:

jm, I assume you are referring to a THREE month Schengen visa? If there is a 4 month visa, please let me know more about it.

Portugal: Visa Requirements:

mondayschild, How do you know that cjmckay is not doing both?

Portugal: Visiting Faro Mar 28-31:

I will be visiting Faro from Mar 28-31. I am an American thinking of applying for residency under the global visa program. Is anyone interested in meeting up? I am interested in the practical side of expat life in Portugal as well as any discussion related to buying property either in the Algarve, Lisbon or Porto areas. Feel free to message me privately. Thanks, Kevin

Portugal: Electronics - US to PT:

My experience is that although voltage converters can work, they are big, heavy and ugly. Also, you will need them for a variety of household products such coffee grinders, mixers, etc. Also, I have read that they can damage electronic equipment over time although I have not witnessed this myself. If I had expensive gear, I would not want to take the chance. Maybe best to sell whatever you have and buy in Portugal. Also, keep in mind that some electronics are dual voltage such as the new Bose soundbars that I m thinking of buying in U.S. and taking over to Europe.

Germany: Need Advice:

You should be able to direct deposit your SS benefits but check with the US Embassy in Berlin. Also, I assume most US TV is available in Germany at a price. If you are on a limited budget, consider getting a VPN and watching TV from your computer. Otherwise, you may get stuck with CNN International instead of CNN US. I do't want to spend more than I can so I watch a lot of news on YouTube 6-8 hours after its live in US.

Portugal: Civility:

I hope the moderators are listening.


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