A combination of rising construction costs and house prices have helped to create a situation in Portugal of demand exceed supply for property, and this translated into a 19% drop in housing stock available for sale in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to what was available in the same period of 2021, according to a study by idealista.

The supply of housing for sale in Portugal fell in 17 district capitals in the last year. Leading the list is Porto (-38%), followed by Guarda (-32%), Lisbon (-31%), and Faro (-30%)., these are then followed by Beja (-29%), Viana do Castelo (-29%), Vila Real (-28%), Coimbra (-18%), Viseu (-17%), Funchal (-17%), Braga ( -13%), Aveiro (-13%), Ponta Delgada (-10%), Santarém (-10%), Setúbal (-3%), Castelo Branco (-3%) and Leiria (-2%).

Only in three district capitals was there an increase in the supply of houses available for purchase between the last quarter of 2021 and the same period of 2022: Bragança, was the city where the offer grew the most (42%), followed by Évora (21%) and Portalegre (1%).

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