Buying a property in Cape Verde

When you plan to purchase a property in Cape Verde you should have a Cape Verdean lawyer. All documentation has to be in Portuguese. You will need to grant the lawyer Power of Attorney unless you are present in Cape Verde to sign documents. The power of attorney must be witnessed and certified by a Notary. You can do this in your home country, but a Portuguese translation is always required.

Both vendor and purchaser have to sign a promissory contact (Contrato promessa de Compra e Venda).

The lawyer will require a number of documents, including:

  • The Certidão do Registro Predial (land registry certificate);
  • Planta de Localização (official location plan for the property); and
  • Certidão Matricial (tax information certificate).

If the property is not registered then a Certidão pela negativa has to be obtained.

The purchaser pays a deposit when the Contrato promessa de Compra e Venda is signed. The deposit is normally between 10 and 30% of the purchase price.

You will need a NIF (Número de Identificação Fiscal) a tax number. This is needed for any official business or transactions in Cape Verde, including opening a bank account. Your lawyer can obtain the NIF on your behalf.

The Notary on the island where the property is located has to witness the signing of the Public Deed. This is the final stage in the process. You will also need to pay relevant taxes at this point. The property is finally registered with the local land registry. You are then responsible for paying the annual IUP (Council Tax).

Always consult a Cape Verdean lawyer at the outset and agree fees. Procedures do change from time to time.

Ohlsson Properties

Ohlsson Properties was established in 2006, but started working in the Cape Verde property market in 2005. Stefan Ohlsson has been in the property business for many years, having previously worked in the Canary Islands. The company covers all nine of the inhabited Cape Verde islands, selling villas, apartments, commercial premises, land and also hotel rooms. They are able to offer sound advice and pride themselves on providing accurate information to their clients.

Property 1  – 2 bed town house in Santa Maria, Sal

This house is located in Antonio Sousa at the east end of the tourist resort of Santa Maria. It is close to the Angula Cabo Verde Surf Center and also Kite Beach. The lively town centre of Santa Maria is a short walk away. The Budha Beach Club is close by.

The front door enters into an open plan living room with a kitchen and dining area. The kitchen has a granite work top, an electric hob and a refrigerator. The stairs lead from here to the first floor, where there is a double bedroom with king size bed and wardrobes, a small second bedroom with bunk beds together with a family bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and wash basin.

A utility room with plumbing for a washing machine is located on the top floor. The utility room could easily be converted to another use, such as an office. Finally, this floor also leads out onto a good size roof terrace, with views across the island towards the mountains in the north.

There is also a gated, walled courtyard garden, with a patio area, ideal for outdoors dining.

Key features:

  • Living room/kitchen
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Utility room
  • 109m2 interior
  • Roof terrace
  • Walled garden
  • Furnished
  • Window shutters
  • Sale price 115,000 euros

Please contact us for more information

Kite beach near property
Budha beach resort close to property
Santa Maria beach, near property