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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Mar 05, 2024

Summary: An expat looking to buy a home in the Netherlands should begin by researching the local housing market and familiarizing themselves with the different types of properties available. They should also consider their budget and the type of property they are looking for. It is also important to research the local area and the amenities available in the area. Foreigners are allowed to buy property in the Netherlands, however, they must obtain a permit from the Dutch government before they can purchase a property. Houses in the Netherlands typically include amenities such as central heating, double glazing, and a garden. Some houses may also include a garage, balcony, or terrace.

How do I find a place to live in The Netherlands?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"Finding a place to live in The Netherlands can be a daunting task. To start, you will want to consider your budget, desired area, and amenities that you would like in a home. Then, you can begin your search by looking online or through your local real estate agents. You also may want to consider furniture rental service companies like IKEA, which offer rental furniture packages and monthly rental payment plans. Additionally, there are housing agencies and websites, like Expatica, that can help match you with a property. Finally, when it comes to signing a contract, it is advisable to consult a lawyer to ensure that all terms are legitimate and in your favor," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Netherlands.

"I signed up with an estate agent. Several times a week I had to call them and sign up to see apartments. They only allow 8 people to see any one place, so the process is competitive. In the end, I befriended one of the agents and he helped me secure a place. I paid a one month's finder's fee. In terms of choosing neighborhood, I asked friends and colleagues. I luckily already lived in the Netherlands, just in another city. So I asked friends who already lived here where I should look. Finding someone who knows the city is key in Rotterdam. The difference between a good and bad neighborhood can be one street," explained one person living in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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