Our mission is transparency and fairness in the Real Estate market in Portugal
Savvy Cat Realty values integrity, above all. As a business in real estate, we are concerned with cultural and economic sustainability, Our goal is to slow down gentrification by making sure foreign buyers make informed purchases that are not overpriced. We believe in helping expats spend less and have a much smoother relocation. Have the support from a local business and integrate into the local community while bringing cash flow in a sustainable way.
Savvy Cat was created to provide expats that wish to move to Portugal good & safe deals, in the right place for them, that benefits he future residents (by saving money) and the locals (by not inflating prices).
We believe service quality is created by offering stable and positive working conditions for employees, so part of savvy cat's mission is to offer good working conditions for locals, once againg looking to create balance and sustainability in the gentrification and migration trends.
We hope to, with time and effort, help change the market for the better, and contribute for service focused, sustainable businesses to thrive.
Savvy Cat handpicks it's service oriented Team of Savvy locals, we care about who our cliends are, our goal is to get them the best possible match for their needs and wants. By working in the whole country as a team, we are able to help those who are looking their dream, to whom location is secondary.
Let us know your dream and we will support you all the way until you are living it!
We aim to create positive, personal and safe experiences, join communities, and trully integrate our clients in their new life! And that often takes a lof of hand holding ;)
Find the most complete service in the market with us
Because of our unique position in the marketplace we are pioneers in the Relocation Services and provide you the full package that others lack.
Advice & Consulting :
from Market tendencies, Investment and return, Contract & documentation reviews,
Taxes and costs, Portugal Locations, Neighborhoods
and areas, Renovations or Construction, Public services and so much more;
Portugal Regional Tour : experience life in the location you are interested in with real time Savvy feedback and guidance;
Real Estate Market Research : property research and visits plus advisory on the buying or rental process (contracts, deeds & reserves).
Specialized on EXPATS and tailored for buyers
Finding your next home or investment is so personal so we go over lifestyle, needs, must-haves dos and don'ts in order to pair you with the perfect market opportunity.
Our Savvy Team hires local, because inhabitants know best about the places they live in;
Savvy Cat paws are connected all over Portugal. With us you are not restricted to a city or region;
We work arms in arms with our legal team to be constantly updated in all legal matters;
We know many things will be different when you are moving to a completely different country, so we help manage our clients culture-clashes.
We've got your back!
Foreigners and expats are often taken advantage of due to not knowing how the portuguese market works. Savvy Cat wants to go against that so we have no background agenda, no portfolio to sell, no pressure to push higher prices to get more commission.
We are not afraid to spill the catnip and explain every pros and cons of your choices economically, culturally and practically;
Communications and Transparency with our clients and collaborators is our motto;
Custom | Authentic | Thorough;
Last but not least, all our services options have
All of our Advisors are locals, on a contract, trained by Ana, and have lived in the area they are assigned to for 10+ years. They know the area inside out and will help you navigate it.
We will always tell you things as they are, even if that doesn't benefit us. We have a strong (/honest) moral code, we expect to be treated as we treat others, and enjoy creating a mutual trust relationship in the process.
One of our goals is to help fight the inflation created in recent years. We want to create a balanced and equal market for both locals and foreigners. You will also be supporting a local growing business.
We work with everyone - agencies, private sellers, banks, auctions - Not limited by portfolios
By building personal relationships we support our clients with their individual needs - from opening a bank account, getting the NIF, licensing, construction, finding an expert, a community, a school, holistic & spiritual requirements etc.
We don't operate based on commissions, as our services have fixed prices. We have no interest in pushing you to make higher value purchases unless it is truly a better investment for YOU.
We avoid conflicts of interest at all costs. We will never represent both the buyer and the seller
Ana (CEO) has been involved in real estate most of her life, she knows the in’s and out’s of transactions, licenses, town hall dealings, bureaucracies and anything else you may need. We also use an Real Estate MLS Program for agencies, which gives us access to a complete overview of the online listings, provides market studies, comparisons and inside information!
We have a lawyer on payroll and all transactions & relevant information are verified by him.
Our Founder's Background
I also was blessed with a father who always tried to include me in the family business and decisions, long before I even appreciated it. At age 14, I was already helping choose materials and designs for renovations, even participating in meetings with engineers and architects.
Most of our family properties are old, rented, and under-managed, my father was aware of this but did not believe he had the profile to deal with them, but he believed I did. Right after I finished university, he started asking me to develop projects and find solutions for family properties, and so I did. We worked together to develop a project for a Rural Charm Hotel, and I started to be more involved in the rental properties management (renovations, contracts, terminations, etc). Unfortunately, due to Portuguese Bureaucracy this project is currently on hold.
My family is tightly connected to real estate investments, going back to my great grandfather and my great uncle. Which, in a way, means I have been involved in this trade as far as I can remember.
Past market experience
My next step was to move to the Algarve and work in tourism. I decided to do some property investment and was shocked with the real estate service I received. This made me realize that in the end, I could make a better deal if I took matters in my own hands, since I had more knowledge about the procedures than many of the agents I contacted. To be honest, I was not looking to dwell into real estate services, but something changed – my father passed. I was going to have to deal with a lot of real estate, plus we didn't conclude the project for his family home that we had been working on together. Suddenly I had a sense of urgency – time was of essence.
I decided I wanted to find a way to fund this project myself. At the same time, I was contacted by a lovely British lady who was talking about her experience with buying property in Portugal, and how it was not about specific locations, and that made things harder for her. Suddenly a light bulb switched on – I can work with this kind of person. I could make a difference...do better! - realizing there is a need for it, and my skills and knowledge fulfill it.
Savvy Cat is born
So, I created a business model, not just about buying real estate but more targeted on finding the right location and the right property for each client, while making sure they aren't over paying. About helping with the culture shocks, and supporting the relocation so foreign citizens can truly enjoy moving here. I designed it to benefit everyone involved, focused on service and not on profit. I believe profit comes when clients are happy, and everyone is doing their part, and so far, that is exactly what is happening.
Things grew so quickly that now I have a Savvy Team of locals to back me up and we aim to improve and grow as a business and as people in every step of our journey! I hope to, with time and effort, help change the market for the better, and contribute for service focused businesses to thrive, opposed to profit focused businesses.