Portuguese for Beginners

Property (Propriedade)


Accountant Contabilista
Address Endereço
Administrator Administrador
Agricultural land Terreno agrícola
Agricultural land that can be changed to building land Terreno urbanizável
Agricultural property Propriedade agrícola
Air-conditioning Ar condicionado
All fees or charges/expenses Todos os gastos/despesas
American (fitted) kitchen Cozinha (embutida) americana
Amount Soma
An exclusive contract between a vendor and an estate agent to sell a property Contrato de mediação
An official agent licensed by the government to act as a middleman between members of the public and the bureaucracy Despachante
An owner’s share (expressed as a percentage) of a community development, used to calculate his percentage of community fees Quota/Ação (de proprietário)
Annexe or outbuilding Anexo
Annulling or conditional clause (e.g. in a promissory contract): Cláusula de anulação
Apartment, flat Apartamento
Arch Arco
Architect Arquiteto
Armoured door, e.g. a high security front door of an apartment Porta blindada
Arrangement fee Emolumento
Association of Algarve estate agents Associação dos Mediadores do Algarve (AMA)
Association of estate agents Associação de Mediadores Imobiliários (AMI)
Loft Sótão
Attorney, proxy or holder of a power of attorney Procurador
Auction Leilão
Authorised or certified copy Cópia certificada/legalizada
Avenue, usually abbreviated Av Avenida
Balcony Balcão
Bank account Conta bancária
Bank repossession Reposição bancária
Banker’s order Transferência
Barbecue Churrasco
Barn Celeiro
Basement storage cage Arrecadação na cave
Bath Banho
bathroom (Full) Casa de banho (completo)
Bathroom with shower Casa de banho com chuveiro
Beach Praia
Beam Viga
Bill Conta
Tax Receipt Factura
Blinds, shutters Estores / Persianas
Block of flats/apartments Prédio de apartamentos
Boarding house/ Bed and breakfast accommodation Pensão
Borehole Furo
Brick, brickwork Tijolo
Bricklayer or stonemason Pedreiro
Brickwork Obra em alvenaria
Builder Construtor
Builder, contractor Empreteiro
Building Edifício / Prédio
Building Land Terreno para construção
Building Licence Licença de obras
Building Plot Lote para construção / Parcela para construão
Built / internal area Área de habitação
Built-in wardrobe Armário embutido
Business licence or permit Licença fiscal / Alvará
Capital Gains Tax Imposto de mais valias
Car Port Abrigo para carro
Car rental Aluguel de carro
Car tax Imposto de automoveis
Caretaker or doorman Porteiro
Cash Dinheiro na mão/pronto pagamento
Castle Castelo
Central Heating Aquecimento central
Ceramic (e.g. tiles): Cerâmica
Certificate Certificado/Certidão
Certificate certifying that a property can be lived in, which is issued when a building conforms with the building standards and codes Licença de habitabilidade
Certificate certifying that a property can be lived in, which is issued when a building conforms with the building standards and codes Cédula de habitação
Certificate from the local town hall stating what can be built on a plot of land Parecer camarário
Changing Room Vestiário
Chimney Chaminé
Coast Costa
Coastal building law Plano da Ordem Costeira (POC)
Coastal Views Vista da costa
Communal (shared) swimming pool Piscina comunitária
Community Comunidade
Community Fees Gastos de comunidade / Taxas comunitárias
Community of owners in a community development Associação de proprietários ou condónimos
Community of owners in a community development such as an apartment block or townhouse development Comunidade de proprietários
Company or corporation tax Imposto comercial
Condominium in secure building Condomínio fechado
Condominium, service charges (community fees) Condomínio
Connection (of electricity or water) Ligação (de electricidade ou água)
Conservatory Conservatório / Varanda envidraçada
Conservatory (literally ‘winter room’) Sala de inverno
Conservatory or greenhouse Invernadero
Constructed area Área de construção
Contract Contrato / Acordo
Contract whereby two parties agree to exchange properties, usually with one party paying the other a sum to compensate for the difference in the properties’ values Permuta
Cooker, stove Fogareiro
Co-ownership Compropriedade
Costs or charges Custos / Gastos
Country house or chalet Casa de campo / Casa campestre
Country property Propriedade rural
Country views Vista do campo
Countryside, ground, field Campo
Covered area Área coberta
Covered terrace Terraço coberto
Cupboard, wardrobe Armário
Customs Alfândega
Danger Perigo
Deposit Sinal
Deposit (down payment) Depósito
Detached Villa Chalé
Detached House Casa independente/separada
Developer, e.g. of an urbanisation Promotor/Promovedor
Dilapidated, run down Estragado
Dining room Sala de jantar
Direct debit Débito directo
Door, gate or portal Porta
Double Duplo
Double bedroom (with two beds) Quarto duplo (com dois camas)
Double glazed Vidrado duplamente
Dovecote Pombal
Drain, Sewer Esgoto
Duplex, maisonette, two-storey building Dúplex
Dustbin or trash can Balde do lixo / Contentor de lixo
Dwelling, home Moradia
Dwelling, residence Habitação
Eat-in kitchen Cozinha cantina
Electoral roll Censo electoral
Electric heating/radiator Aquecimento eléctrico
Electricity Eletricidade
Elevator/lift; also a funicular railway Elevador
En suite bathroom Casa de banho privativa
Energy, electricity supply Energia
Entertainment room / Games Room Sala de jogos
Entrance hall Hall de entrada / Vestíbulo
Equipped Equipado(a)
Estate agent Mediador autorizado/imobiliária
Estate agent’s office Escritório imobiliário/Escritório de mediador
Estimate Estimativa
Eviction order Ordem de despejo
Exchange. Also the currency exchange rate Câmbio
Farmhouse or house on a farm Casa de fazenda
Farmhouse or house on a farm Quinta
Farmyard Pátio de fazenda
Fees Honorários
Fees or expenses Gastos/Despesas
Fenced Cercado
Fenced, e.g. garden Gradeado
Financial or tax consultant Consultor financeiro
Fireplace Lareira
Fiscal Number Número de identificação fiscal (NIF)
Fiscal representative Representante fiscal
Fitted (built-in) wardrobe Armário embutido na parede
Fitted (built-in) wardrobe Roupeiro
Fitted carpet Carpete
Fittings Apliques / Acessórios de casa
Flat Roof Telhado plano / Açoteia
Floor Assoalho
Floor (of a multi-storey building) Piso
Floor (wooden) Soalho (de madeira)
Floor Tiles Tijoleira
Floor, storey Andar
For Rent, To Let Alugar-se
For Sale Vende-se / à Venda
Foreign residents’ department, e.g. at a town hall Departamento de estrangeiros
Foreigners’ department Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF)
Freezer Congelador
French Window Janela com batente / Porta janela
Front line sea position, e.g. on the beach Primeira linha junto ao mar
Furnished Mobilado / Mobiliado
Furniture Mobília
Furniture / Furnished Móveis/com Móveis
Garage (double) Garagem (dupla)
Garden (communal) Jardim (comunais)
Garden Centre Centro de jardinagem
Gas Bottle Garrafa de gás
Gas Water heating Aquecimento de água a gas
Gate Portão
General Power of Attorney Poder geral na Procuração
Generator (for electricity) Gerador
Glass Vidro / Cristal
Greenhouse Estufa (para plantas)
Ground Floor Rés-do-chão (R/C) / 1° Andar
Guarantee or security deposit Depósito de garantía/segurança
Guarantee, warranty Garantia
Guest House Casa de hóspedes / visitas
Hallway Entrada
Health Insurance Seguro-saúde
Heat reflecting wall for a fireplace Muro refratário
Heated Swimming Pool Piscina aquecida
Heating Aquecimento
Hectare or 10,000 square metres (2.471 acres) Hectar
Hinterland, i.e. not on the coast (also the interior of a house) Interior
Holiday or second home Casa de férias
Home Lar
Home, residence Domicílio
House Casa
Household Insurance Seguro domésticos
Hut Cabana
Hypermarket Hipermercado
In good condition (em) Bom estado
In poor condition, dilapidated (em) Mau estado
In reasonable condition (em) Razoável estado
In Ruins (em) Ruínas
Income Renda
Income and gift tax Imposto sobre as Sucessões e Doações
Inheritance tax Imposto sucessório
Inn Estalagem
Instalments Amortização
Insurance Seguro
Interest Rate Taxa de juro
Inventory Inventário
Iron security grilles Grades de segurança em ferro
Ironmongers Loja de ferragens
Keeper or Guard Guarda
Kitchen Cozinha
Lake Lago
Land Registry Conservatória do registro predial
Land, ground Solo
Land, plot Terra/Terreno
Large Farm Herdade (particulalrly in Alentejo)
Large Room Quarto grande
Large Room, Salon Salão
Laundry or utility room Lavanderia
Law Lei
Law governing property rentals Lei de arrendamentos urbanos
Law of horizontal division of a community development defining the legal rights and obligations of owners: Lei de propiedade horizontal
Lawn Relvado
Lawsuit Processo / Ação judicial
Lawyer / solicitor Advogado / Advogada
Lease Arrendamento
Lease or transfer of property Trespasse
License Licença
License issued by a town hall stating what a property or land can be used for, e.g. residential, commercial or industrial use Licença de utilização
License required for the first occupation of a building, necessary to have an electricity meter installed Licença de primeira ocupação/ Licença de habitação
Life interest, e.g. in a property Usufruto / Interesse vitalício
Lift, elevator Ascensor / Elevador
Limited power of attorney Poder limitado na Procuração
List of building materials and specifications for a new property Memória descritiva
List of inhabitants, e.g. of a town Lista de habitantes
Living room / lounge Sala de estar/visitas
Livinig / Dining Room Sala comun
Loan Empréstimo
Locality Localidade
Location Localização
Lodging or inn. Also the name of Portugal’s luxury chain of state-run hotels Pousada
Luxury / luxurious Luxo / luxuoso
Maid's room Quarto de empregada
Main or primary residence Residência habitual/principal
Main residence for tax purposes Domicílio fiscal / Residência fiscal
Main Road (designated 'EN' on maps) Estrada nacional
Main Square Praça / Rossio
Mains Water Água da rede
Maintenance Manutenção/Sustento
Manor Casa senhorial
Manor house or important town mansion Solar
Marble Mármore
Marble Floor Chão de mármore
Market Mercado
Master Bedroom Quarto principal
Mayor Presidente da Câmara
Meter (electricity, gas, water) Contador (electricidada, gás, água)
Metres (Square) Metros (quadrados)
Modernised Modernizado
Modest ot basic house Casa modesta
Monthly payment Pagamento mensal
Mortgage Hipoteca
Move House Mudança
Municipal or local police Polícia municipal/local
Municipality, local authority Município
Neighbourhood Vizinhança
Neighbourhood or city quarter Quarteirão / Bairro
Notarised deed of sale Escritura pública de compra e venda
Notary public. The legal professional who handles the conveyancing for all property sales in Portugal (similar to a British solicitor or an American property lawyer) Notário
Office / Study Escritório
Official bulletin or certificate Boletim / Certidão oficial
Official stamp (on a document) Selo fiscal
Old Velho/a
Old House Casa antiga
Open plan kitchen with breakfast bar/dining area Cozinha aberta
Opening licence (for a business) Licença de abertura
Orchard Pomar
Outbuilding / Annexe Dependência / Anexo
Outdoor market or fair Feira
Oven Forno
Palace Palácio
Palace or large country house Paço
Panoramic views Vista panorâmica
Pantry, larder Despensa
Parish Freguesia
Park Parque
Parking (Car) Parque de estacionamento
Parking (private) Estacionamento (privativo)
Partially constructed or completed Parcialmente construída
Partition / Party Wall Parede divisória / medianero
Paved Calçado/a
Peaceful , quiet Sossegado/a / Sossego/a
Penthouse Sótão de luxo
Personal Income Tax Imposto sobre o Rendimento das pessoas Singulares (IRS)
Plan of building plots Planta de construção
Plot (of land) Lote (de terreno)
Plot of Land Terreno
Plot size Área de lote
Plumbing, sewerage system Canalização
Popular term for 1,000 escudos (around €5) Conto
Porch Alpendre
Post Office Correio
Post Code Código postal
Power of attorney or proxy Procuração
Power rating (electricity) of a property’s electricity supply Potência (électrica)
President or chairman, e.g. of a community development Presidente
Price Preço
Promissory contract Contrato de promessa de compra e venda
Property Propriedade
Property certificate of registration Certidão de registro
Property inspection or survey Inspeção / Vistoria / Revista
Property registration document (rural) Caderneta predial (rustica)
Property registration document (urban) Caderneta predial (urbana)
Property registry Registo de propriedade
Property tax, rates Contribuição autártica
Property transfer tax SISA
Province (e.g. Algarve) Província
Public Toilets Sanitários
Purchase Compra
Purchaser, Buyer Comprador/a
Quality Qualidade
Quiet, peaceful Tranqüilo
Quotation Citação
Ready to occupy (lit. 'key in hand') Chave no mão
Real Property Rights Direitos reais de propriedade
Receipt Recibo
Recent, new Recente
Refrigerator Frigorífico
Renovated Renovado
Renovated House Casa renovada
Renovated, reformed, modernized. Also retired (pensioner) Reformado/a
Renovation Renovação
Rent Aluguel
Rental contract, lease Contrato de arrendamento
Repair Conserto / Reparação
Report Relatório
Residence card/permit Autorização de residência
Residence, address Residência
Residence, dwelling Vivenda
Resident Residente
Restoration Restauração
Right of Way Direito de passagem
River Rio
Road Estrada
Road Tax Taxa rodoviária
Roof Telhado
Room Sala
Room (space) for a pool Espaço para a piscina
Room with a double bed Quarto de casal
Room, bedroom Quarto
Rubbish collection Recolha de lixo
Rubbish Lixo
Rural Land Terreno rural
Rural / rustic property Prédios rustica
Rural, rustic Campestre
Rustic or simple country house Casa rústica
Safe Cofre
Sales and rental office Escritório de vendas e de Aluguer
Sales Contract Contrato de venda
Satellite Dish Antena parabólica
Sea Views Vista do mar
Second or holiday home Segunda casa/residência
Security deposit, surety Fiança
Security system / alarm Sistema de segurança
Self Catering Apartment Apartamento com cozinha
Semi-detached Geminada
Seperate apartment, e.g. with a villa Apartamento separado/independente
Septic Tank Fossa séptica
Sewerage system Sistema de esgotos
Shop or store Loja
Show House Casa modelo
Shower Ducha
Single Room Quarto individual/simple
Situated Situado(a)
Sliding Door Porta corrediça
Small Square, plaza Largo
Social Security Caixa (de Previdência) / Segurança social
Society of Estate Agents Sociedade de Mediação Imobiliária
Solar Heated Swimming Pool Piscina com aquecimento solar
Solarium / Sun roof Solário
Solicitor Solicitador
Spacious Espaçoso(a)
Special court to decide disputes over expropriation of property Tribunal de expropriaçães
Special Offer Oferta especial/Oferta de ocasião
Spring (water) Fonte
Stable Estábulo
Stairway, staircase Escada/Escadaria
Stamp Duty/ Tax Imposto de selo
Standing order, e.g. for payment of utility bills Domiciliación de pagos
State, condition Estado
State-administered medical centre Centro de saúde
Statutes, rules or by-laws, e.g. of a community development Estatutos/Regras
Storage Arrumo
Storeroom Arrecadação
Stream Ribeiro
Street Rua
Studio Apartment Apartamento conjugado / Estúdio
Study Estudo
Subsidised Housing Casa subsidiária
Surcharge Sobrecarga/Sobretaxa
Surveyor Agrimensor
Swimming Pool Piscina
Tax Imposto / Taxa
Tax Card Cartão de contribuinte
Tax Office Repartião de finanças
Temporary or short term Temporário(a)
Tenant Inquilino
Tennis Tênis
Terrace Terraço
Terrace with windows Terraço fechado
The article number under which property is filed at the tax office Artigo matricial
The fiscal or rateable value of a property fixed by the local municipality, on which property taxes are calculated Valor tributável
Third party or public liability insurance Seguro civil contra terceiros
Tiles, often blue and white, used to decorate buildings Azulejos
Tiles, tiled floor Ladrilho
Timeshare Multipropriedades
Toilet Lavabo
Top Floor Último piso
Top Quality Alta qualidade
Tourist Office Turismo
Tower Torre
Town district, quarter (upper / lower) Bairro, (alto/baixo)
Town Hall Câmara municipal
Town or City Cidade
Town Property Propriedade urbana
Town, or villa Vila
Transfer of property, conveyancing Transferência de propriedade
Travel Insurance Seguro de viagem
Traveller's cheque Cheque de viagem
Trees Árvores
Unfurnished Desmobiliado
Urban Urbano
Urban Property Prédios urbanos
Urbanisation, housing estate Urbanização
Urgent Urgent
Vacuum cleaner Aspirador
Value Added Tax (VAT) Imposto sobre o Valor Acres-centado (IVA)
Vendor, seller Vendedor(a)
Verandah, balcony Varanda
View Vista
Village Aldeia
Village House Casa da Aldeia
Wall Muro / Parade
Washing Machine Máquina de lavar roupa
Water Água
Water Heater Aquecedor de água / Esquentador
Water Tank Caixa-d’água / Depósito de água
Water Tank / Cistern Cisterna
Well Poço
Will Testamento
Window Janela
Wine Cellar Adega / Provisão de vinho
Wine Cellar / basement Cave
Wooden Beam Trave de madeira
Wooden beams, beamed ceiling Vigas de madeira
Wooden Floor Chão de madeira
Woodwork, carpentry Carpintaria
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