With unflinching sincerity and confidence, this prime offshore investment property has been launched in one of Lisbon’s demonstrably – even obviously – cool suburbs. Many of us might admit to having been, at some point or another, convinced by the wise move of offshore investing. Who hasn’t been dreaming of seeking a slice of the international action, right? Let’s face it, these investments offer both stability and foreign currency returns. Pam Golding International and Reward Properties collaborated to offer a promising and spellbinding opportunity for South Africans that centres itself around the investment of a beautiful redevelopment project in one of Lisbon’s thriving, live-work-play neighbourhoods; tipped to be the next big tech hub for the movers and shakers that the Portuguese capital is attracting.
With interest rates at record lows, this season could bring one of the hottest markets for investment property in decades. If you’re considering buying your first investment property to generate a smart passive income or adding to your real estate portfolio, this gorgeous opportunity is worthy of having your heart set on it.
In addition to protecting wealth, buying international real estate also allows us to earn higher returns and enhance our tax strategy. We can even get a second residence or passport out of certain investments depending on: our vision, our adaptation skills, our human approach and our supportive resources (among other available influential factors).
There are real growth opportunities. In fact, there’s a full spectrum of opportunities to profit. Making moola in another currency is a sure way to diversify portfolios. As a great inflation hedge, real estate’s hard asset nature means value is always retained. Enter the fun factor: real estate investment doubles as a personal retreat, part-time residence, or vacation getaway. And we get to indulge while it’s appreciating in value / generating rental returns / safeguarding net worth.
‘What will resonate with any investor looking to diversify their portfolios to include international property is that this development is personally endorsed by real estate industry icons: Newman Leech, John Rabie and Andrew Golding, all of whom have a wealth of experience in developing iconic brands,’ says Chris Immelman, who heads up Pam Golding International.
Reward Properties is founded on a joint venture between Neworld (a European-domiciled property development company established by renowned South African property development specialist, John Rabie) and RE Capital (a Geneva based property investment, development and asset management business headed up by Newman Leech). John Rabie has four decades of experience in bringing to market numerous successful projects which have created sound return on investment for home buyers across various sectors of the market, while Newman Leech has a successful real estate investment track record in Europe, spanning more than 16 years.
Pam Golding International has been active in marketing property in Portugal over the past five years, having assisted more than 300 South Africans with property investment and with the Golden Visa Programme.
The collaboration between Reward properties and Pam Golding Properties will initially focus on this vibrant, up-and-coming area of Marvila, well positioned on the eastern fringe of Lisbon between the modern business district of Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) and Lisbon Old Town.
The redevelopment project’s focus is an architectural masterpiece that used to function as a winery – the cherished, historical statement façade of which will be preserved.
Reward Properties’ first project was LX Living, a €90-million, 150-unit mixed-use development in Amoreiras, a sought-after residential neighbourhood in central Lisbon. It was launched to investors in South Africa and Portugal in 2019 with great success.
The companies have identified the area of Marvila as the next best investment opportunity in Portugal, and possibly in the European Union. The Marvilla* Collection includes Marvilla 1, launched mid-April 2021 in South Africa and comprising 166 residential units in two phases priced from under €250 000. Marvilla 2, with spectacular scenic views over the River Tagus, will launch in 2022, and comprise apartments plus retail space. Skybound Capital, a London headquartered global wealth management business, is the strategic debt funding partner for the development.
Says John Rabie: ‘Our success has been built on the cornerstone of value and this redevelopment investment offering is another such opportunity, being located in an area which is at the very beginning of an exciting regeneration programme. Developed in consultation with Frederico Valssasina, a world-renowned Portuguese architect, the Marvilla Collection embodies value and appealing lifestyle design in a hip area – coupled with low interest rates. On offer is a furniture package and rental scheme with the guarantee of a 4% return for two years.’
Since the dawn of time, empires, kingdoms, and countries have processed their rise and or fall at one time or another. Owning real estate in another country adds a layer of diversification against political or economic instability and allows us to hedge against the ups and downs of markets and economic cycles.
The area of Marvila is strategically positioned between Expo and the downtown river front of Lisbon, and only 10 minutes by car from the iconic Praça do Comércio – a renowned and romantic harbour-facing square – and Parque das Nações on a redeveloped area on the River Tagus, with its new infrastructure, business precinct and green spaces. Plans are currently in motion to revitalise the entire waterfront area.
Says Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group: ‘We are delighted to be a marketing and sales partner in this compelling venture. We’ve had a friendly association with John Rabie over many decades, but this collaboration represents the first offshore joint venture.
‘Right now, many South Africans are seeking international jurisdictions for worthwhile investment in property, accessibly priced and with the potential to yield sound capital growth and rental income, and Marvila ticks all the boxes. What adds to Portugal’s high appeal as an excellent investment destination are historically low interest rates, with banks granting loans of between 1% and 2%, which compares favourably with anywhere in the world at present.’
‘The Marvilla Collection has all the hallmarks of success when it comes to return on investment potential, coupled with an extremely attractive, luxury residential offering,’ says Newman Leech. ‘The district it’s in embraces creativity, technology and the arts, and offers great value and high demand for rental accommodation, particularly among young couples and creatives, entrepreneurs and remote workers.’
For further reading and appreciation, click here here to find the comprehensive Marvilla Collection brochure which will answer more of your questions. It illustrates examples of various interiors, the varying configuration styles, as well as decor ideas within the apartments and price ranges. This brochure is presented here in a downloadable PDF format.