In Portugal, there are ±1.1 million second residences, according to National Statistics Institute data, comprising 80% of “AL” offerings. These dwellings have a low utilisation rate: less than 30 days a year. When engaged in Local Lodging, the average yield per owner is €11,000 euros. Lisbon and Porto tell a different story. In these two urban areas, “AL” is driven primarily by investment properties, not second residences, and foreign buyers.
Even though the cost of housing keeps going up, home acquisition continues to be the favourite option in Portugal. With interest rates low and credit easing up again, looking for a home to live in is synonymous with buying. Less than 25% of Portuguese choose to let their homes.
Local Lodging has the potential to unlock untapped financial resources from home ownership. Three out of four Portuguese nationals own their own homes (74.9%). Portugal ranks well ahead of many wealthy countries in Europe and around the world in home ownership: Sweden (70.6%), the Netherlands (67.8%), Canada (67.9%), USA (64.5%), France (65%), UK (63.5%), Germany (52.5%) and Switzerland (44.5%). Accentuating these statistics is the fact that multiple home ownership is commonplace in Portugal.