Unlocking the Future of Home Buying: Explore Our Personalized Event Format!

In this interview, we sit down with Monique Burgemeester the founder of How To Buy A House BV to discuss the exciting changes happening with her events. Monique shares insights into why she decided to make the gatherings more personal and the benefits it brings to our attendees. Unlocking the Future of Home Buying is the title to a new series of tailored events for serious home buyers.

Can you tell us about the event and the significant change you've made in its format from a large and busy gathering to a smaller, more personal setting?

Monique -> Absolutely! The event, "Elevate Your Home Buying Journey," is a special initiative close to my heart. We've transformed the home buyers event from its previous large-scale format into an intimate gathering for several reasons.

Could you elaborate on those reasons?

Monique -> Certainly. We've always valued the quality of interactions over quantity. In a large and busy event, it's challenging for attendees to have meaningful conversations with our experts. By limiting the number of participants to just 25, we can create a much more personalized and engaging atmosphere. Picture this: You have the chance to indulge in a delightful meal and engage in relaxed conversations with the relevant experts. It not only saves you time but also provides a comfortable way to gather information about perhaps the most costly purchase in your lifetime. By the end of the event, you'll be equipped with all the knowledge you need. How wonderful is that!

That sounds like a great change. How does this shift benefit attendees?

Monique -> It benefits our attendees in several ways. First, it allows them to have direct access to our 5 senior experts. In a smaller setting, they can ask specific questions related to their unique circumstances. Second, it fosters a sense of community and networking among attendees. Lastly, it ensures that everyone's questions and concerns take center stage, guaranteeing a more enriching experience.

What motivated you to make this change?

Monique -> Well, the last significant event took place in February 2020, just before the initial lockdown, and it was so hectic that we hardly had the time to ensure everyone received equal attention. We were determined not to repeat this experience.

Additionally, over the years, we've witnessed an increasing demand for personalised guidance in the home-buying process. Buying a home is a substantial decision, and individuals seek tailored advice. In response to this demand, we aimed to craft an event that genuinely places the spotlight on each attendee. Our guiding principle has always been quality over quantity.

That's a thoughtful approach. Can you share any feedback or reactions you've received about this change?

Monique ->We've just wrapped up our inaugural event, and it's safe to say that we've hit the mark! Our attendees highly value the presence of our esteemed experts and are absolutely thrilled to access information tailored to their specific needs. As the evening unfolds, they have the opportunity to engage in even more personalized conversations. It's becoming increasingly evident that this is precisely what people have been seeking but unable to find online—a considerate and thoughtful approach to information sharing.

One noteworthy change is our introduction of an attendance fee. In the past, our events were free, but this model was no longer sustainable. By implementing this fee, we aim to ensure the quality and sustainability of our offerings. It allows us to allocate resources efficiently, ensuring that even if someone can't make it, we can still compensate our contributors, such as the chef.

It sounds like a fantastic transformation. What do you hope attendees will take away from this event?

Monique -> Our primary goal is to empower attendees with the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about their home purchase. We want them to leave with a sense of clarity and connection. Whether it's finding the right property, understanding mortgage options, or navigating legalities, we aim to equip them with the tools they need for a successful home-buying journey.

That's a noble objective, Monique. Thank you for sharing your insights and the motivation behind this transformation. We wish you all the best with the event.

Monique -> Thank you, it's been a pleasure discussing this with you. We look forward to welcoming attendees to our exclusive and enriching event.

Interview | How ABN's Jocelyn can help you find the right mortgage

Expat-friendly mortgage advice for Netherlands homeownership

Are you planning to move to the Netherlands or have you just arrived? Let’s talk about what you need to do to settle in comfortably.

First things first, finding a place to live is crucial. You’ll have to decide whether you want to buy a home or rent for a while. If you’re interested in buying, the first step is to figure out how much money you can borrow. ABN AMRO has lots of experience helping expats like you buy homes, so they’re a great choice to guide you.

Let me introduce you to Jocelyn, a senior mortgage advisor at ABN AMRO BANK!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work

Hi, I’m Jocelyn, a mortgage advisor at ABN AMRO. My job is to help people from different countries buy homes in the Netherlands. I started by working with expats, helping them with things like banking, loans, and insurance. Later, I decided to specialize in mortgages to give even better help to our clients. Now, I’m part of ABN AMRO, which has been doing this for more than 25 years.

Who are your clients?

I work with expats, people from the Netherlands who are working abroad, and others who are somewhere in between. Many people who come to the Netherlands are new and need support to settle in well. That’s who we focus on.

What do you do, and how do you work with others?

We handle everything for your mortgage, from the beginning to the end. Our goal is to help you afford the home you want. We also help you find the right people to work with and guide you through all the paperwork and steps to buy a home. Our aim is to make it easy for you to move into your new place.

Any tips for expats to make moving to the Netherlands smoother?

Sure, here are three tips:

  1. Join an Expat Group: You can talk to others who have moved to the Netherlands and learn from their experiences about buying a home and more.
  2. Get Used to Transport: Bicycles and public transport are big here. It’s good to get familiar with them.
  3. Be Ready for Weather: Netherlands weather can change quickly. It’s a good idea to have an umbrella handy.

What should expats do or avoid when dealing with your field?

Let’s talk about what’s good to do and what to avoid:


  1. Start with a Mortgage Advisor: Talking to an advisor can help you understand everything and make your home-buying journey smoother.
  2. Visit Houses: It’s a good idea to check out different houses to understand how things work.


  1. Don’t Go Alone: It’s a good idea to get advice from someone who knows about Dutch mortgages. They’re different from what you might be used to.
  2. Don’t Rush Buying: Take your time finding a home that suits you. It’s an important decision.

Why should someone choose you over others?

ABN AMRO has everything you need to settle in the Netherlands. We offer lots of financial products, and our advisors have helped lots of people like you. Plus, we can help you with things like insurance, payments, and even car loans.

How can people get in touch with you?

You can email me at jocelyn.muller@nl.abnamro.com or visit our website to set up a meeting, even if you’re not an ABN AMRO customer yet.

Jocelyn is one of our experts in the next How To Buy A House Event in Amsterdam. You can purchase your tickets to this informative event HERE

Places are limited!

This is just the beginning of your journey! See you Soon!


Interview | Anja Kroon, Interior Designer

Today, we have the pleasure of sitting down with the immensely talented Anja Kroon, a renowned interior designer with a wealth of international experience and a background in building and architecture.

Anja, your journey as an interior designer with a background in building and architecture is truly fascinating. Could you share with us how your passion for design and architecture first began?

A Certainly! My fascination with design and architecture ignited during my childhood, where I found myself captivated by the harmony between aesthetics and functionality in the spaces around me. As I grew older, my passion only intensified, leading me to pursue formal education in architecture and design.

That's truly inspiring! How has your architectural background influenced your approach to interior design?

My background in architecture has a big influence on my interior design approach. I see spaces as a whole, considering both their structure and the interior elements that bring them to life. This helps me create designs that not only look beautiful but also make the space practical and easy to move around in.

How does designing for different cultures and regions influence your creative process on international projects?

Designing for different cultures and regions is a wonderful journey. Every culture has its own special style, traditions, and way of living, which I love incorporating into my designs. I take the time to deeply understand my clients' cultural values and dreams through research and close collaboration. This helps me create spaces that truly connect with them on a meaningful level.

Anja, what do you believe sets your interior design style apart from others in the industry?

I love creating spaces that are both elegant and functional. My design style combines timeless elements with contemporary aesthetics, ensuring that the spaces I create stand the test of time. I believe in crafting designs that not only look beautiful but also cater to the practical needs and lifestyles of my clients.

What would you say is the biggest misconception about hiring an interior designer?

Ah! That is a good question! Hiring an interior designer is often misunderstood as an expensive option, reserved only for large-scale home makeovers. However, interior designers are more than willing to assist with smaller refurbishing or restyling projects like bedrooms, kitchens, and living spaces.

In fact, a significant number of inquiries received by our office are for these smaller-scale projects. Our expertise can make a substantial difference in enhancing the appeal and functionality of your home, no matter its size. From optimizing space to suggesting creative storage solutions and introducing colour schemes, we bring fresh ideas and innovative solutions to transform any space.

Moreover, we have access to several skilled building teams and therefore we can often complete projects more efficiently than traditional builders.

Anja, what advice would you give to aspiring interior designers aiming to make a mark in the industry?

For all aspiring interior designers, my advice is to stay curious and keep learning. The design industry is always changing, so staying up-to-date with trends, materials, and technologies is crucial. Find inspiration from different sources and trust your instincts. Remember, creating meaningful spaces requires passion, perseverance, and a deep understanding of your clients' needs. Keep pushing forward and believe in yourself!

Thank you, Anja, for sharing your valuable insights with us! Your words have clarified that interior advice is beneficial for everyone, not just the wealthy. We appreciate your time and expertise in answering our visitors' questions.

We're excited to have you as our special guest at the upcoming Boutique Event in Marriott Hotel. See you soon!


Certified Purchase Agents: A must for Expats buying in The Netherlands

Buying a house in a foreign country can be an exciting yet daunting experience, especially for expats. The Netherlands, known for its beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, attracts many expats looking to settle down. However, navigating the Dutch real estate market without professional guidance can be risky. In this article, we will explore why it is crucial for expats to never buy a house in the Netherlands without the help of a certified purchase agent.

What is the role of a buying agent, also known as a "makelaar"?

A good buying agent (makelaar) provides comprehensive guidance throughout the entire process. They help you find properties, accompany you to viewings, ensure both you and the agent have seen a home before buying, handle bidding and due diligence, accompany you to notary appointments, and provide ongoing support. Experienced agents working with expats often offer English translations and have a good command of the English language, making it easier for you to understand home-related information and communicate effectively.

Is "Makelaar" a protected title in the Netherlands?

Anyone can start a real estate agency without qualifications, as it's an unregulated field. However, certified agents have diplomas and knowledge of the home-buying process. It's best to work with a local agent who knows the market, has a diploma, and can keep you safe even after finding a great deal. Not all certified agents are members of a Dutch trade body, as membership is optional.

Safeguarding your interests

Buying agents, or "makelaars," are responsible for negotiating with the seller's real estate agent on your behalf. They provide guidance on your offer and act as your main contact with the seller. Their primary role is to provide information, advice, and address any questions you may have. It is their responsibility to carefully investigate and review all relevant documents to ensure properties are in good condition and have no legal issues. This protects you from unexpected expenses and future legal disputes.

The Myth of Pre-Listings: separating fact from fiction

Real estate agents sometimes have access to properties before they are listed on larger housing websites. However, this early access doesn't always give sellers or buyers an advantage. It's important for sellers to reach a wide audience to get the best price and conditions. Listing properties on bigger housing sites ensures maximum exposure and attracts a diverse range of potential buyers. In the case of higher-priced properties, hidden or pre-market homes are more common. When buying an expensive house, it's essential to work with a certified and experienced agent who has up-to-date knowledge of available market options. Don't be swayed by agents who claim that finding off-market properties is a significant advantage in your home search.
Having said this, sometimes, luck may be on your side ;)

What should I do if I discover major defects after buying a home?

Experienced expat agent, Barry Burgemeester, has written an informative article that sheds light on important considerations before starting your home negotiations. With 19 years of exclusive experience in assisting expats with their home purchases, his insights can be valuable for you. We highly recommend exploring all the news articles available on his website and social media channels.

As How To Buy A House in The Netherlands we strive to make the process of buying a home stress-free and enjoyable. We will continue to publish articles like this to assist you. Take a look at our expat-oriented list, where we recommend companies that we have personally tested and approved as being expat-friendly.

Wishing you a successful and happy house-hunting journey!

Legal questions when purchasing a new home

Are you looking for your dream home? With a driven team of experts by your side, who easily know where to find each other if necessary, your housing dreams come true!

When you buy a house as a (foreign) buyer, it is wise to be assisted by a local real estate agent a.k.a. “Makelaar”. The real estate agent is familiar with the market, the state of the house and can guide the negotiation process. If necessary, a financial specialist can advise on applicable tax schemes for expats. The notary is also involved in the transfer, and often a mortgage advisor or a bank will be engaged for financing. If the deal is done and dusted you might need an interior designer or a PA to make a house a home.

Although not immediately noticeable, legal aspects also are involved when purchasing a house. Below are some frequently asked questions our office answered at the How To Buy A House Events.

What does the reflection period entail?

The law stipulates that the purchase agreement when buying a house must be entered into in writing by a natural person who is not acting in the performance of a profession or business. The agreement, or a copy thereof, must be made available to the buyer. The buyer has the right to dissolve the purchase for three days after this delivery by hand. The buyer does not have to state a reason for dissolving. If the buyer has made use of this right and a new agreement originates between the same parties with regard to the same property within six months, the right to dissolve will not arise again.

Does my employer have to provide me with an employer statement or a declaration of intent?

No, an employer is not obliged to provide these statements. In practice, employers often cooperate. However, it is advisable that employers carefully formulate the letter of intent from an employment law perspective.

Who is liable in case something appears to be wrong with the property after the purchase and delivery?

The seller has an obligation to disclose and the buyer has an obligation to investigate. In principle, the seller’s obligation to disclose takes precedence over the buyer’s obligation to investigate. However, under certain circumstances, the buyer may need to obtain further information, for example on the basis of communications from the seller. Should it subsequently become apparent that there is a hidden defect, it will have to be established whether there has been a violation of the obligation to disclose by the seller, or whether the buyer has neglected his obligation to investigate. In the first case, the buyer could, under certain circumstances, cancel the purchase or receive compensation. However, should it become clear that the buyer should have carried out (additional) research, he may not have any claim against the seller. Obviously, it is also important what parties have agreed in the purchase agreement; for example, has the seller guaranteed certain matters.

Can I dissolve the purchase agreement in case my bank does not provide the requested financing?

A financing reservation is a condition precedent in the purchase agreement and means that the buyer can dissolve the purchase agreement if he is unable to obtain the necessary financing (in time). However, an active attitude is required from the buyer with regard to obtaining the relevant financing. The buyer will therefore only be able to invoke this condition precedent successfully if he can demonstrate sufficiently documented that his financing application(s) have been rejected.

Next live event

Our next event is scheduled on September 6th 2023 in the beautiful Vondelkerk in Amsterdam. We’ve invited companies who can answer all of your personal questions if you are looking to buy a home. Keep an eye on our website or send us an email if you are in need of information.

See you soon!


Managing Expectations in the Amsterdam Property Market

When it comes to purchasing your property in the Netherlands, there is a lot you need to be aware of prior to landing your dream home. All is not always as it seems, and there are many pitfalls to be cautious of along the way! Luckily, a good real estate agent can help you to navigate this unfamiliar territory.

First thing’s first - what do you mean by ‘managing expectations’?

In this unusual market, it can be hard to know what kind of property is right for you, as well as what is attainable. A knowledgeable real estate agent will be able to guide you through properties you’re interested in in order to ensure your needs are met personally, financially and holistically - whatever they may be.

An important thing to remember is that although purchasing a property can be a very exciting milestone in your life, it is paramount that you are realistic about the outcome. It is possible that you may be disappointed during the journey to find your home, so try not to get too attached to an idea before it’s a reality.

What is bidding, and how can it affect the purchase process?

A 'bid' means that you're showing interest in purchasing a house - it's more like a gesture, or even a proposal. It is one of the elements of buying a property that needs to be managed with the utmost diligence, mainly because of the uncertainty of the result when the seller opts for a ‘closed bid.’ A closed bid may occur when multiple parties are interested in the property, so the seller decides to give them all the option to submit their best price blind within a limited time frame.

I’ve heard that the value of the property does not always match that presented online… is this true?

A part of managing expectations is that the prices you see first-day do not always align with the actual purchase price. Buying a home is the biggest investment most people will make in their lifetime. Unless you have unlimited funding, you need to be realistic about what it is you can afford because chances are, the price will be higher than what was advertised.

In the Netherlands, the purchase price can vary greatly from what you originally see online. Your real estate agent will guide you through the effects that the valuation process will impact on the property you are interested in.

Making Changes Within the Canal Ring

Something else to consider when buying property in Amsterdam is that if you are hoping to buy within the canal ring, it is a protected area. Since being added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2010, you need to be aware of some restrictions placed on the buildings should you want to make any changes to your home.

The majority of the time, it is not possible to make any changes at all, and if it is, a permit must be approved prior to the alterations. For example, if you’d like to add a rooftop terrace, balcony, or make any changes to a building, you must have a permit known as an integrated environmental permit (omgevingsvergunning).

This permit is often required before you can make changes to the outside of the building, too. Handling these unique challenges can be tricky, however Barry will be able to guide you every step of the way so you can make a confident and informed decision when it comes to purchasing your home. Even if you have permission to make alterations, it is good to consider that this will be costly, which brings to mind the phrase, ‘caveat emptor’ - let the buyer beware!

I’m ready to know more! Where can I find a good real estate agent?

Barry Burgemeester is a Dutch native. Originally hailing from Utrecht, he has worked for over 23 years in real estate in the Amsterdam and his extensive knowledge of the area is uncontested.

Barry’s background and expertise is invaluable to our expat clients, mainly because his wealth of experience within the Dutch market guarantees that he will be able to predict any potential issues or concerns you may have when introduced to this unfamiliar territory. Get in touch at info@burgemeestervastgoed.nl today!

Interview | René van der Velde, Financial Advisor

Monique Burgemeester has worked with a lot of associates in the real estate industry over the years, including René van der Velde. René is an experienced financial advisor with a demonstrated history of working in financial services. Two years ago he started together with Rob Wouters his own company (Wouters & Van der Velde). Preceded by his fantastic reputation, René is knowledgeable in an abundance of topics such as Mortgage and Financial Planning.

Recently, we decided to catch up with René to get his insights on the latest updates to this year’s transfer tax and how it may affect anyone looking to buy a house in the Netherlands.

What was the old situation regarding transfer tax?
You have to pay 2% transfer tax over the purchase price. This year, it has changed and is now subject to the purpose of the property; this is to ensure the system is more attractive for first-time buyers.

What changed for first-time homebuyers from January 1st, 2021?
At the moment, those under 35, do not have to pay transfer tax at all. When you buy a buy-to-let house, you have to pay 8% transfer tax.

What will be the situation if you’re going to buy together and only one of us is younger than 35?
If you buy the property 50/50, you have to split the transfer tax into 0% and 2%. So, in fact you have to pay 1% transfer tax over the purchase price.

What will change on April 1st, 2021?
Yes, changes have been made to the exemptions heading into 2021. There will be a max purchase price of €400,000, and if you buy the property after 1st April you will have to pay the 2% transfer tax, regardless of your age.

If you want to sell your house after a certain period and you are lucky to make a profit, what taxes do you need to pay?
You don’t have to pay capital gain tax if you are selling your property

What will change for UK citizens who want to buy a property because of Brexit?
If someone from the UK would like to buy property in Holland, they must apply for a resident’s permit in 2021 - EU citizens have automatic access to this.

Looking to get in touch with René to discuss your own situation in buying a property? Contact rene@woutersenvandervelde.nl.

Transfer tax 2021?

The 2de kamer (House of Representatives) passed a bill that will significantly change the transfer tax model on 1 January 2020. Compared to now, some home buyers will benefit while others will have to pay more next year in terms of transfer tax. The transfer tax is calculated on the purchase price that you pay; the civil-law notary calculates this for you and takes care of the settlement with the tax authorities.

If you plan to buy or sell a house or it concerns other real estate, then it is good to find out whether you still need to take action in 2020. The 1st kamer (Senate) still has to debate and vote on the bill.

The changes


Home buyers between the ages of 18 and 35 are considered first-time buyers. They do not have to pay transfer tax if they buy a house with a purchase price of  € 400.000,--  or less. If the purchase price is higher than that amount, they pay 2% transfer tax on the entire purchase price. You can use this starter exemption only once.

There is a so-called transitional arrangement that means that if you become the owner of a house before April 1, 2021, it does not matter what the purchase price is. In other words: you can also invoke your starter exemption for a more expensive home than 400,000 euros.

Not a starter? 

Only if you are going to live in a house yourself, you pay 2% transfer tax. For a second home, a piece of land, a business building or an office villa you pay 8% of the purchase price. This also applies to shares in a so-called real estate BV.

New and old?

  • home for starters (ages 18 to 35 years, purchase price of the house max € 400.000,-- ); now: 2% -> new: 0%
  • not a starter: Own home where you live in yourself; now: 2% -> new: 2%
  • home you don’t live in yourself, a second home, home you buy for your child(ren), home to rent out; now: 2% -> new: 8%
  • office building that used to be a home; now: 2% -> new: 8%
  • plot of land, commercial property, retail property, other real estate now; 6% ->new: 8%
  • shares in a real estate BV; now: 2% or 6% -> new: 8%

Keep in mind that in the above not all changes are included and also that there is still a lot unclear so you need definitely more info to decide what’s best concerning transfer tax. We will keep you posted!

Planning for a stress-free move to the Netherlands

The prospect of moving abroad and starting a new life in the Netherlands should be an exciting one. But for many, this excitement is tempered by feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. There may be a million questions flying through your head: Are we making the right decision? _ What if the children don't enjoy school? What if we get homesick? Will we survive the Dutch winters? Or, worst of all, "I don't know how to cycle."

We spoke to Elizette Nel, of Expat Relocation & Immigration Services , to discuss the emotional ups and downs of relocating to a new country. As an educational psychologist and expat herself Elizette has a thorough understanding of both the practical and emotional strains that moving abroad can take - particularly for those with children. 

In this blog post we cover Elizette's five areas to consider to manage stress when moving abroad. 


1) Clarify your expectations

There are a multitude of reasons for moving to the Netherlands, as Elizette explains: “It could be a decision based on career, such as a new job or a promotion. Perhaps you want better opportunities for your children. Some people do it for love while others are looking to leave behind environments affected by violence and crime.

With all these different motivations, Elizette firmly believes that one should be honest with yourself and clarify your reason or reasons for taking such a bold step. When things become difficult, it is important to hold on to your personal motivations to carry you through. Also think about your expectations of the move. Are they realistic, or one-sided? Always try to find a balance between the positives and the negatives. 

You further need to clarify how long are you expecting to stay. Are you seeing the Netherlands as a permanent home? Or just for a couple of years? Some people want to sell everything and make a clean start, while others want to know that they can always go back if things don't work out and this actually helps them to take risks and adapt. 

“Every move is different, and every person’s motivations are different. You can never compare your move or decisions to anyone else's. You need to choose what’s right for you, and other people can never criticize the decisions you make. That’s why asking yourself these personal questions about your motivations and expectations is such an important  first step in your relocation journey.


2) Practical planning

There are numerous practical elements to moving abroad - and this can be quite intimidating. “Some people like lists, and others want to just go with the flow. But in a situation like this, a complex situation, it’s important that you spend time sitting down and deciding what needs to be done, and when.”

“There’s a real satisfaction from having a list of worries, and ticking them off. It helps to give you a sense of control during what can be a very scary and uncertain process.”

As Elizette points out, there are many elements you can take control of. Contacting the relocation company, speaking to the school, planning your furniture, etc. Elizette believes that it’s important to give yourself as much time as possible to prepare. But there is also one area that is commonly overlooked. 

“The process of saying goodbye is often forgotten. You need to find closure with a chapter of your life. It’s important you spend time arranging events or calls with your friends and family. Furthermore, if you have children, you need to give them this same privilege. Give them the option of a party with their friends, or something more 1:1 - give them control in how they say goodbye.”


3) Moving with children

“Children in these situations can have a challenging time. They often lack control and transparency. But children, no matter what age, can detect stress and it can have a profound impact. Perhaps they see people crying, or items being packed. What’s more, children have the capacity to imagine a much worse outcome then is reality.”

Elizette believes that parents must consider how and when they are going to tell their children. “I think it’s unfair to ask children to keep a secret such as this from friends and family - this can create a tremendous pressure on them. They, like all of us, have a need to discuss the situation with others and start coming to terms with change. So try to tell them at a time when you have also informed those around you.”

Just like the task list mentioned above, similar approaches can be given to help children feel more in control of their future. “For smaller children, who often don’t have a very good concept of time, having a calendar that they can tick off is an excellent way to give them a better understanding of the approaching move.”

“For others, it could be setting dates to sort out their bedroom, involving them with packing and giving them the ability to choose  their favorite items they want to bring. It could also involve giving them ownership of decisions such as: who can have the toys and books I cannot take with? 

For older children, they can be more closely involved in logistics. “Involve them in the research for what school they will be going to, and how the Dutch school system differs from the one they are currently following.”

“Ultimately, it’s about finding a balance. Don’t pretend that it’s going to be a walk in the park, but give them things to look forward to - whether it’s cycling to school, not wearing school uniform, learning a new language or seeing snow for the first time. ”


4) Find the right home

When searching for a home Elizette says the most important thing to consider is your family’s lifestyle. “Do you enjoy walks in the park? Or going to the beach? These are all factors that need to be considered. While some people love the vibe and liveliness of the  city, others need more freedom and large spaces.”

“Commuting is also an important element to consider. If you’re moving from London, then the prospect of a two hour commute seems fairly normal. But in the Netherlands, there is no need for this.. You’ve got the opportunity to reduce your commute drastically, and less time commuting means more time for things that add value to your life. 

Elizette acknowledges that finding a property while still overseas is extremely difficult, but definitely not impossible.  If you decided to rent first  working with a rental broker means you can secure a property, in an area you desire, before you arrive. Not being under pressure to look for a house while settling into a new job and finding your feet in a new country is priceless. For those looking to buy it’s best to be there in-person. 

“One final warning, regarding temporary accommodation. Most local town halls don’t allow you to register using a temporary  address. As such you won’t be able to obtain a BSN number, bank account or many other elements that you would ideally have as soon as possible.” 


5) Don’t be afraid to ask for help

“Relocating to a new country is a huge task, but the good news is that there's lots of support available for those who are happy to ask for it. Social media forums like Facebook can be very supportive and informative. And people are generally very generous with their advice and offers for help. Often, friendships are forged even before you arrive in the Netherlands.

However, Elizette does have a word of caution: “Each person's situation is different, and the advice is often based on people's own experiences. Be sure to apply a critical eye on their advice and only use what is valid to you. ”

“Some people feel in control if they can manage their relocation themselves, but they need advice or support with a few specific tasks. Others want someone to take the pressure and stress out of their hands and manage the relocation on their behalf. Services such as Expat Relocation & Immigration Services can offer valuable assistance and support. . I can step in, provide support, and help you stay on track. In my view, if you're going to work with a relocation consultant, it's important that they not only offer practical support, but also understand your emotional needs and offer just the right mix of information, support, reassurance and assistance. 


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