Saturday 25 February 2017

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Fewer homes for sale in Amsterdam, Pekela is cheapest place to buy

Fewer homes for sale in Amsterdam, Pekela is cheapest place to buy

The number of homes for sale in Amsterdam has nose-dived by 62.8% over the past three years, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Tuesday. A report by real estate appraiser Calcasa noted there was an average 35% decline in property for sale in the country's 15 largest cities, topped by Amsterdam and trailed by Tilburg with a 32.3% drop over the three-year period. Calcasa also noted that the average period for a home to be sold has also fallen back, with 95% being sold within one year in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Utrecht. Prices in Amsterdam rose the most, gaining 34.7% to an average €383,000 over the three-year period, compared to a countrywide increase of only 15.3% to €262,000. The most expensive place in the country to buy a house is Bloemendaal, according to new figures from national statistics office CBS. The average price of a home in the leafy coastal town is €650,000. The cheapest homes were in Pekela in Groningen province, where the average price is just €128,000. The cheapest houses in the country tend to be in the border areas of  Groningen, Friesland and Limburg, the CBS said.  More >

50,000 'mid-range' homes are needed

Housing Local council officials, building firms, housing corporations and national government representatives will meet on Wednesday for round table talks aimed at kickstarting the expansion of the Dutch rental housing market. The aim of the meeting, set to be the first of many, is to solve the shortage of rental housing costing between €710 and €1,000. Research by the estate agents association NVM published on Monday showed that rents just outside the rent-controlled sector are rocketing and average earners face increasing problems in finding a place to live. The average income in the Netherlands is around €37,000 a year, which is above the limit for a rent-controlled property. Former Eindhoven mayor Rob van Gijzel, who is chairing the talks, says 50,000 new homes are needed in this price class to solve the shortage. In particular, the various organisations involved in the talks need to build up trust between each other, he told broadcaster NOS. 'Investors are said to be only after the money, the minister only wants non-rent controlled properties and housing corporations feel sidelined,' he said. 'Trust needs to come back.' The problem is particularly acute in Amsterdam where developers are now building thousands of micro apartments of around 30 square metres in an effort to meet demand. Are you having problems finding a place to live? Send your stories to  More >

Land registry data 'vulnerable to hackers'

Housing The Dutch land registry database (Kadaster) is at risk of being disrupted by computer hackers, according to internal documents seen by the Financieele Dagblad. The system's security is not secure against unauthorised access, meaning outsiders could access and interfere with the information stored by the Kadaster on people's homes and mortgages. 'There is a risk that the Kadaster's services are not secure for customers or information can be obtained or altered by people who should not have access to it,' said the FD, quoting from internal documents. The notaries' organisation KNB said the problems had implications for the whole housing market, because the information in the Kadaster is relied on by other government agencies such as the tax service and municipalities, as well as mortgage lenders. Nora van Oostrom of the KNB told NOS Radio 1 that lawyers wanted to hold talks with the Kadaster to resolve the situation. 'I expect the Kadaster to ensure that the details are stored as securely as possible,' she said. In a statement the Kadaster acknowledged the problem but said there was no immediate threat to its systems. 'There is no reason whatsoever at present to doubt the continuity of our business procedures and the security of our information. We have separate systems within our infrastructure,' it said.  More >