Moving country is a brave act. People who do it are special. (And slightly crazy.) Trying to figure out new and strange situations every day is stressful and exhausting. We've been there.
Knowledge is assurance. Information builds confidence. A community of friends makes it fun. Knowing who to call for help makes it easier.
Our goal for you: independence in your new country.
We apply these to everything we do.
We strive to be honest, straight-up, and not sugar-coat or hide reality. We aren't afraid to admit mistakes. And we do our best to fix them quickly and simply.
TEACHING TO FISH
The more self-assurance people have, the better things go. "Give a wo/man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a wo/man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."
We are first and foremost a membership organization. We listen to what members need and want. If we can make it happen, we do.
6 Ways ExpaCity is Different.
1. IT'S AN EASY-TO-USE RESOURCE OF PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION: RELIABLE, ACCURATE, ALL IN ONE PLACE.
Think of ExpaCity as a media channel where everything you need and want to learn about getting to and getting established in your new country is all in one place, in easy-to-absorb videos -- kind of like a Netflix for info on moving to Portugal.
We host members-only webinars each week; the recordings go into your members-only Library so you can get what you need on-demand — when it fits your personal journey and schedule, whenever it’s right for you.
It’s all in one place without advertising, no clutter of random slicked-up videos, no need to scroll through endless distractions.
Each professional webinar shares high-value information that brings you one step closer to being an informed, independent resident, inspired and equipped for your new life in Portugal.
2. YOU GET ALL THE VITAL PLANNING, AND MOVING INFORMATION -- AND THEN WE GO WAY BEYOND.
We monitor over 250 moving-to-Portugal social media sites so we know what you find complex, frustrating, missing, confusing or downright wrong. We know what people search for beyond a checklist or pat answer.
Then we research and identify professionals who know the right information, can express it easily and clearly, and who want to share their expertise because they know firsthand what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land.
ExpaCity Experts share hard-to-find info like: what lawyers do behind the scenes, the why of Portuguese processes, how to identify risks, success tips every local knows, questions to ask before hiring a professional, and cost realities.
We cover topics other webinars don’t: the emotional pain points of moving country, how to navigate healthcare situations, why Portuguese buildings can be cold and damp -- and how to manage it, and pulling back the curtain on tax myths and opportunities.
Embedded in each webinar are real-life cultural “rules of the road" delivered by professionals who help people like you every day.
3. YOU GET CONTEXT -- SO YOU'RE INFORMED AND AT EASE IN EACH NEW SITUATION.
First, we cover each subject in a "101" overview so you get up to speed.
Then we listen to the questions you ask, and use them to inform our next-level webinar deep-dives so you get the vital details that help you get as close to local-knowledge as possible in a short time.
We never cram everything about a topic into one encyclopedic webinar. No one learns well that way.
And we never just skim the surface either. Your time is valuable. We plan each webinar so that every minute you spend with ExpaCity is worthwhile.
We invite different professionals to share expertise on the same topic so you learn the range of approaches.
You get 360-degree understanding, like formation about buying property from a real estate agent, an architect, a property inspector, a mortgage broker and a construction renovations expert.
You get the whole picture, have your expectations in the right place, to make more confident decisions in a real situation.
4. NO EXPERT BUYS INTO EXPACITY WITH ADS OR COMMISSIONS. WE INVITE ONLY PROFESSIONALS WE TRUST.
We vet each expert. Each meets high standards of expertise, "gives back" to the foreign resident community, agrees to generously and honestly share knowledge, and demonstrates exceptional client service in Portugal's market.
ExpaCity has a range of professionals in each sector; there is no exclusivity because different experts may have different approaches. Not every expert is right for everyone.
We believe you should be able choose. Webinars are a virtual first meeting to get a sense of the info and expert, then decide if you've learned enough to DIY a situation, or if some help suits your needs.
5. YOU GET DIRECT ACCESS TO EACH EXPERT WITH JUST ONE CLICK.
Unlike other services, our Expert Directory lets you direct-connect with each expert.
Just find the expert, tell them what you want, and click "send".
Your request goes directly to the expert, ushered by ExpaCity, so they know you're a Member and get special treatment.
Experts enjoy working with ExpaCity Members. They say Members are more informed, and it's a more personal and efficient relationship from the start.
6. EXPACITY MEMBERS ARE A REAL CARING COMMUNITY.
Members say the best, most unexpected benefit of ExpaCity is the real community.
There's something special about people who join ExpaCity.
Members are real friends. They truly support each other. They meet up on scouting trips, look at apartments for each other, help with bureaucracy, share tips and information, and after arrival, get together for travel and fun.
Many members renew their membership after they've arrived because of the community. They want to pay it forward and stay connected for the next part of the journey: settling-in.
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