An expat in the Netherlands

Renting or buying a house? Increasingly more expats realise the advantages of buying a house in the Netherlands. Civil-law notary Houtepen has worked with expats for more than ten years and is well aware of the differences between buying a house in the Netherlands and abroad.

Buying or renting?
Civil-law notary Houtepen arranges for expats to be assisted in their own language when the deed is executed. We have an excellent network of interpreters and translators. Expats used to rent mainly, however, these days, many decide to purchase a house. The main reason for this is the limited number of rental properties that are available, and these are often expensive. As a result, it is usually no more expensive, or even less expensive, to buy.

Settling in the Netherlands
Another reason to buy is that expats no longer stay just six to twelve months. These days, most expats settle in the Netherlands. They meet a partner, live together, have children. This makes investing in a house a sensible move. Moreover, the mortgage interest is also tax deductible for expats.

Contract of sale, deed of mortgage, deed of transfer of title
Many expats enlist the services of an estate agent when buying a house. This is good because it means that civil-law notary Houtepen and the estate agent can together ensure a smooth process. This may include getting a housing permit, if required, making sure you meet the requirements for a mortgage, explanation of the tax rules and, of course, drafting the contract of sale, deed of mortgage and deed of transfer of title.

Notaris Houtepen helps expats
Notaris Houtepen will also check whether anything else needs to be arranged in order to enjoy your life in the Netherlands. Do you already have a cohabitation agreement, will or living will? What are the rules for expats who wish to set up a business in the Netherlands? Contact Notaris Houtepen for assistance with any of these matters.