Saturday 21 October 2017

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New residents to get official warnings about aircraft noise


People moving into new homes close to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport will be warned about aircraft noise before they move in, and the warning will become part of sales contracts, the Haarlems Dagblad has reported. Agreement on an official aircraft noise warning has been reached between junior infrastructure minister Sharon Dijksma, Schiphol airport, airline KLM and local and provincial governments, the paper says. While no new homes are being built directly under flight paths, thousands of houses are being built in areas where noise is likely to be a problem. In particular, 4,500 new homes are being built south-east of Amsterdam close to the Buitenveldert runway. Other projects in Zaandam, Badhoevedorp, Hoofddorp and Beverwijk will also have to take aircraft noise into consideration. The paper says that by warning potential residents about the aircraft noise, the sector will not be faced with extra costs and further expansion of housing stock will be made possible.   More >

House prices in Amsterdam drop slightly

Housing House prices in Amsterdam were down 0.5 % in the third quarter of 2017, compared with the three months to end June, the Financieele Dagblad said on Thursday, quoting figures from real estate agency association NVM. The price of terraced homes fell by as much as 7% compared with the second quarter, the NVM figures show. Terraced homes are particularly common in parts of Noord, Zuid-Oost and Nieuw-West, all areas of the city that had been booming. 'We may have reached the top of the market,' Sven Heinen, chair of the Amsterdam association told the paper. House prices in the capital have risen steadily since the end of 2013, with annual increases of up to 25%. 'Many people find it impossible to pay the current prices,' he said. The average asking price for a home in Amsterdam is now €506,000, according to the NVM figures. Year on year, Amsterdam house prices are still up 17% in the third quarter, but the number of transactions has also fallen 17%. Nationwide, the number of transactions fell 5% overall, but prices rose by an average of 2% quarter on quarter. There were notable drops in the number of homes changing hands in Leiden and Delft, the NVM said. House prices were up nearly 19% in Leiden compared with last year and rose 18% in The Hague and 17.5% in Almere.  More >

Big interest in homebuyers Open House Day

Housing The Dutch property brokers' semi-annual Open House Day last Saturday was deemed a success despite the uncertain weather and the limited supply of houses for sale, the Telegraaf reported on Monday. A full 85,000 visitors toured the 18,000 houses listed in the event. Most visits took place at housing outside the big cites, the brokers group NVM said. 'In the major cities houses are for sale for such a short time that participation in the Open House Day is less important. But the houses there which took part attracted a great deal of interest,' an NVM spokesman said.  More >