Question about legal issues? Ask Dirk Kasper, notary at Kasper Notariaat.

Why do I need a notary? In Amsterdam All the official “moves” take place in the presence of a notary. So once agreement has been reached with the seller, the parties involved and their advisors will meet at the notary’s office to sign a written contract, which is known as the Purchase and Sale Agreement. After the 3 days cooling off period and the agreed time to arrange for a mortgage, you will see the notary for the second time to transfer the property and if you have also taken out a mortgage, the mortgage deed. The purchase price you pay “travels” from the bank to the notary directly; no third parties are involved. The purchase and Sale Agreement will normally fix the date of transfer.