Sunday 26 January 2020

Looking to buy a house the Netherlands in 2020? Here are some suggestions

Mortgage interest rates are still at a record low, so if you have not yet taken the plunge and bought a home in the Netherlands, here are some suggestions of where to go, courtesy of Expat Mortgages.

Why Leiden might be the best location for buying a new home
Leiden’s sense of community is on full display every October, with a day off for feasting on fish and local stamppot, beer, and partying. This neighbourly spirit, as well as charming old buildings, quiet canals and excellent transport links are all reasons why the university town of Leiden is a ‘sleeping giant’ for house buyers. Read on

Nearer, not dearer. Why house hunters are looking to Almere
Want to find your dream house? Why not build it yourself, in the green stretches of Almere, a new town and a space where more than 2,000 people have done just that. If embarking on a quirky construction is a little ambitious for you, Almere still has plenty to offer, according to local experts. It may not have an ancient historic centre, but pretty much everything else you might want is there or nearby (including the dream houses other people have built). Read on

The journey starts and ends here. Why expats are buying in Eindhoven
It has world-leading tech firms and start-ups, an innovative university of technology and a bustling, well-connected centre – and experts believe that buying a house in Eindhoven could start your vibrant new life in the Netherlands. ‘It is expected that in three years, one third of the population in Eindhoven will be foreign – students, seasonal workers and expats,’ says Roy Schreurs, Mortgage Consultant at Expat Mortgages in the region. Read on

Sing it loud! House buyers join music lovers in choosing Rotterdam
Rotterdam will be in the global spotlights when some 180 million viewers turn on next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. But according to housing experts, Rotterdam isn’t only attracting lovers of this spectacle of vocal rivalry between far-flung countries. Europe’s largest port city is a magnet to 635,000 inhabitants from 174 countries, including savvy modern house buyers. Read on

And just to help you on your way, a quick guide to some of the jargon involved in buying a house in the Netherlands – from VVE to NHG.

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