New event date for 2022 announced!

Friends, colleagues, and HTBAH enthusiasts,

Hope you’re all well and having an enjoyable 2022 thus far.

This year, we have renewed hope for our event! With restrictions easing and the COVID-19 pandemic subsiding, we are hoping to have our sorely missed housing extravaganza back with a bang this coming November. Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date, the safety of our patrons and team will always be our main priority.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you in November! Meanwhile, we are always happy to help and connect you to an expert in real estate or beyond. Please send us an email via monique@howtobuya.house and we will get back to you!

Take care, stay safe, and happy house hunting!

Monique & HTBAH Team x


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.


Finding an experienced law firm in the expat market that can help you to establish your life in the Netherlands!

Finding an established law firm in the Netherlands with significant expat experience can be a challenge. Luckily, we can happily recommend Mariëlle Groen as a trusted partner of How To Buy A House (HTBAH). Want to know more about what Mariëlle can do for you? Read on below!

Introduce yourself! Who are you, what industry do you work in and how did you get involved with HTBAH?

I am Mariëlle Groen, founder of ADVOCURA, an Amsterdam based law firm. I had known Monique for some time and when she told me about HTBAH, I knew it would be a success due to her involvement.

What was your favourite part of working with HTBAH?

It is an excellent event with plenty of opportunity to talk to everyone.

If you were to describe HTBAH in 3 words, what would they be?

Well-organized, inspiring, informative.

What is your top tip in working with expats to ensure they have a smooth transition from their last country of residence to the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, things are sometimes arranged differently. Make sure you get the correct information, whether it concerns buying a house, concluding an employment contract or starting your own business.

Give us an example of a type of service that you regularly help clients with?

We regularly draw up contracts, including employment contracts, for companies establishing themselves in the Netherlands. It is important to explain the Dutch specifics of these contracts, because not all clauses are self-explanatory and each country has its own particulars.

How can your expert advice assist a client moving from overseas to the Netherlands?

We can we litigate on your behalf in case of a dispute, but we can also assist you in preventing disputes, for example by having an agreement assessed upfront or explaining the Dutch legal specifics.

What is the most crucial piece of advice you give to your clients?

Ensure you are fully informed by the right kinds of experts!

What are the benefits of working with you as oppose to another vendor in your industry?

The ADVOCURA team responds quickly, is committed and are always delighted to welcome you for a cup of coffee.

9.   How can a potential client get in touch with you?

All address details are published on the website: www.advocura.nl or email info@advocura.nl directly.

If you’re looking for more information on how to navigate your way around the Dutch legal system, visit our website and read Mariëlle's article HERE.


‘Pearlcard: The Ultimate Expat Necessity!’

Meet Sascha Versloot, the Commercial Director of PEARLCARD. This exclusive service network has been indispensable to many of our expat clients, helping them to get on their feet and settled into their new lives in The Netherlands. PEARLCARD offers a wide range of services, from Healthcare to Lifestyle perks. Want to know more? How To Buy A House has collaborated with PEARLCARD to offer an exclusive package that offers a €250 discount! Read Sascha's interview below!

Introduce yourself! Who are you, what industry do you work in and how did you get involved with HTBAH?

Hi! My name is Sascha Versloot and I have been working at PEARLCARD for over 3 years. PEARLCARD is a service company with 12 services including the Lifestyle, Concierge, Travel, Winecircle, and Healthcare service. Through the card, which gives our affiliated members access to exclusive services and privileges, PEARLCARD offers its packages and services via the website and online newsletters. PEARLCARD helps you achieve your wishes, dreams, and goals when making the move to The Netherlands. In our brochure, you will find some highlights of the PEARLCARD services. However, the overview of our services is never limited, the possibilities are endless! Each member benefits from unique discounts with our partners, but above all from fast, careful and reliable service that is tailored to their personal needs.

How To Buy A House (HTBAH) came our way because PEARLCARD started to focus on the expat market. HTBAH is the perfect organization to help expats from the very first moment and PEARLCARD complements that, ensuring our client’s transition is as smooth as possible.

What are the main benefits of acquiring a Pearlcard for an expat?

Your membership includes a special Welcome Package

What's included? Connecting gas, water, and light, Connecting the internet and television,  discount on day-trips and dinners, Cell phone subscription setup, advice parking permit & the first cleaning!

 

Give us an example of a time you successfully helped a client? What happened? What did you learn from it?

During these unprecedented times, Healthcare is very important. Due to the fact that "regular care" is now often postponed, if our client needs swift healthcare, PEARLCARD can help. For example, this week we helped a client who had suffered a herniated disc due to working from home and she was only able to go for a consultation in 4 weeks and for an MRI 2 weeks later. PEARLCARD arranged for her that one day later she could have her MRI done and she could go for a consultation!

What are some do’s and dont’s for expat clients that you would/wouldn’t recommend in relation to your industry?

The people behind PEARLCARD are driven, dedicated, and fast in organizing and delivering a wide range of possibilities. Therefore we do not sell a "no" and go to great lengths to process the request as completely as possible. If there is anything on your mind that you are feeling apprehensive about, contact us and we can advise on the best step to take.

What are the benefits of working with you as opposed to another vendor in your industry?

PEARLCARD has no competition. Because we have our Healthcare service we are unique in the market.

If you were to describe HTBAH in 3 words, what would they be?

Friendly, specialized, personal service!

How can a potential client get in touch with you?

Take the stress out of moving into a new home! If you have any questions please give us a call on 088 – 511 55 66 or fill in the form at https://pearlcard.com/en/howtobuyahouse/


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

Starters?

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. 

 

Expat Relocations is a member of our Expat Orientated Organization certification, meaning that they have proved themselves as a business capable and ready to assist expats and their needs. 

 


What expats should know about insurance in the Netherlands

If you’re from certain countries such as the UK or US the attitude to unfortunate situations can often be focused on blame – with people quick to point fingers. But even well intentioned people can make mistakes. Within the Netherlands, there is recognition that accidents happen – “Helaas pindakaas!” 

This has impacted aspects of Dutch life such as the cycling infrastructure. It also means that insurance is set up differently to what many expats will be familiar with.

For many expats, the way that insurance works in the Netherlands will feel alien. So, we sat down with Katinka Slegt, owner of Slegt Insurance, about what expats need to understand about insurance within the Netherlands. This family-owned business has been advising personal and commercial clients since 1972, going the extra mile to help during difficult circumstances.  

 

HTBAH: What do most expats get wrong about insurance in the Netherlands? 

Katinka: Probably the most common misunderstanding is simply: It is your responsibility to get your own insurance. Even if the problem is coming from someone else. For instance, say your apartment is flooded because water is coming from a broken pipe from the upstairs neighbour. According to Dutch law, your neighbour is not liable because they can’t help that their pipe broke. A pipe leaking is unexpected, but to an extent, it is so common it is to be expected.

If you don’t have sufficient cover in this situation, it is possible to claim against the neighbour’s insurance, but with some significant limitations. For instance, all items damaged will be reimbursed at a diminished rate, taking into account the age of the product. Whereas, your own insurance will likely cover the full, original, value of the item.

One other common mistake is failing to read the terms and conditions. Up until recently there are no insurance companies in the Netherlands who provide them in English. We do have an agreement with a major insurance company to get them translated – but this is rare. It’s for this reason that working with an insurance broker like ourselves, who are used to dealing with expats, can provide more safeguards. We can help you understand the terms and conditions and ensure there is nothing that causes issues down the line.

HTBAH: A lot of people view insurance and insurers with suspicion. What do you say to this? What should expats look for in a good insurer? 

Katinka: In certain countries insurance companies prefer to say no before they say yes. When disaster strikes you want to know you can rely on your insurance and that the process won’t be long winded. So I can understand the suspicion that some people may have. I see that as less of a problem in the Netherlands, but I still think it is very important to choose the right policy now to save yourself stress later.

It’s also important that you continue to keep the insurer up to date on any new, expensive possessions you might have. We check in with our clients regularly – do they have new jewelry? Or art? Or electronics? Then it may be necessary to amend your policy and ensure they are covered.

Having these ongoing conversations helps our clients have peace of mind, knowing that they will likely have a quick resolution if something unfortunate happens.  

The other thing I always say is: Insurance doesn’t sleep. Burglars don’t keep to office hours. Pipes don’t break just between 9AM and 5PM. I think some of the suspicion is because insurers always talk about emergencies and urgency, but few are available when you actually need them. We always ensure two people are on call at our office, so that if an issue arises it can be resolved and we can provide support 24/7. 

 

Slegt Insurance Team

HTBAH: Are there any other types of insurance, apart from the usual, that people should consider?

Katinka: The standard insurances you should have are liability, health and home insurance. If you own a car, then car insurance as well. 

I often suggest expats consider legal aid insurance. When you first come to the Netherlands you won’t know dutch law - and we have seen many expats end up in difficult legal situations with an employer, landlord, doctor, etc.

So for the first year at least, until you become more familiar with the Netherlands, it can be useful to have. Legal aid, without insurance, isn’t cheap. It can easily cost €200-300 per hour. So if you do have any problems, then it’s good to have this safety net. 

That’s the main one I would suggest. But of course there is also travel insurance, jewelry, art, etc. 

Finally, if you own an apartment then you will usually have building insurance via the housing association. However, this does not cover renovations. If you are making significant improvements many people don’t realise that they should take out renovation insurance to ensure you are protected.  

 

HTBAH: This sounds like it can get quite complex. How can expats clearly understand what they need?

Katinka: There’s certainly a lot of choice when it comes to insurance in the Netherlands. We actually offer risk management consultancy - and this focuses on preventing disruption. In your personal or professional life. So we’ll discuss how you can safeguard yourself and ask questions such as: Do you have good locks? Do you have secure windows? Do you have a smoke detector? 

We have a vast network to support this. So while we can help with insurance, which is a vital component, we also want to help you get to a point where you’re less likely to be disrupted and need to claim. 

And if you have a problem, then we’re always available by phone, seven days a week - and we can connect you with contractors. So we do go beyond “just” insurance, helping you to fix the problem and limit disruption.

 

Slegt Insurance is a member of our Expat Orientated Organisation certification, meaning that they have proved themselves as a business capable and ready to assist expats and their needs. 


Monique Burgemeester’s Useful Mission

That sounds like a great title for a book, but this is definitely not a work of fiction. Monique Burgemeester is a real Amsterdammmer through and through. She has seen the city change over the years and knows Amsterdam as well as anybody could. She has worked in the property market for many years. Having seen the growing numbers of expats looking to lay down roots in Amsterdam, she created the ‘How To Buy A House’ information events. These events are above all very useful for expats. If you have a project to buy a home, you need to attend this. At HTBAH, you can meet all the experts you need to talk with under one roof. One evening to be better informed about the whole process. Being better informed is essential to successfully get what you want and avoiding any potential pitfalls.

You will meet professionals in many different domains: real estate experts, mortgage advisers, notaries, interior designers, tax experts, property managers, builders, etc. Each event has different experts, so please consult the site to see which ones attend the event you attend. You can discuss with them your specific situation and plans. The experts will inform and give guidance on issues that you need to know or consider. That is useful and being useful is Monique’s mission.

The HTBAH event is very popular as attendees spread the word to their friends and colleagues. At the events, drinks and delicious snacks are provided so that attendees can relax and enjoy the event. This is a free event and all you need to do is register your place and attend.

So Monique Burgemeester’s Useful Mission is to help expats. We asked Monique a few questions to get more insights into her events and she provided the answers here :

 How did you have the idea to create the HTBAH?

As you know we have been in real estate for over 23 years and the last 18 years, we work almost exclusively with expats. We have been asked as a guest speaker at seminars and events, but we always felt there was something missing on a personal level. It is good to hear all the basics, but maybe you have different questions that are important for you. You can not ask them in a 15 mins Q&A after the seminar ends. Everyone wants his or her minute, so we saw that a lot of people left with good knowledge about the principles, but that is it. Most of that stuff you can find on the internet, right? If you register with us, we will provide you with a movie that contains the basic info you need to know about buying a house in Amsterdam. Then during the HTBAH event we can get into the specific details of your needs.

 What makes the HTBAH event special?

Well, we decided to make an open format event where you can have one on one talks with all experts present. Everyone is there to help you find your dream house, but also to help you with what comes with it. A renovation for example. Or a company you can hire to take care of all stuff you need when you become an owner: changing locks, cleaning, make all your utilities work etc. It is a 3-hour event, so take your time and talk with everyone present. It might be busy at times, but we provide free drinks and bites, so take it easy, stroll around ask the experts answer to all questions you might have within a reasonable time. If you really want to go deep, you can make an appointment with the expert you like and have a good chat on another date.

What kind of people attend these events?

All sorts of people. People interested in buying in the future, families who are already in the process but needs some more information. Attendees are sometimes young, sometimes aged, everyone is welcome!

Having done so many HTBAH events, what are the mains benefits for the attendees?

You meet all the experts you need in one place without being lost. My staff is amazing, they all speak multiple languages and are here to help. If you do not know what to ask, we will help you and provide you with questions to start a conversation with all experts presents. It still dazzles me that, even when it is very busy and people have to wait, the vibe stays relaxed and stress-free. I am so proud of my staff. It is a small scale event in a beautiful location. 

 Do you have any feedback stories from the people that attend your events?

They tell us that they love the format. That is something we love to hear. We have done many of these events to date and we always work hard to make it enjoyable. Yes, they surely find it useful, that is the central aim, but being useful in an agreeable atmosphere is also very important to us and the attendees. 

So there you have it. Monique Burgemeester’s Useful Mission is really useful for your homeownership plans. More information about the events is here and the next one is on November 18th 2020 in the Vondelkerk in central Amsterdam. If you have a project, you need to attend this event!

Registration will open soon.