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Real Estate in Amsterdam

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 03, 2023

Summary: Expats and retirees talk about real estate in Amsterdam, Netherlands? How do you find a home in Amsterdam? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

How do I find a place to live in Amsterdam?

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

"The best way to search for a place to live in Amsterdam is to use online property portals such as Pararius, Funda, and Kamernet. These sites generally cover all types of rental accommodation, including apartments and rooms. You can also gain information on prices, availability and extra services in the Amsterdam area. If you prefer to go through a rental agency, you can use Expat Housing to find reliable rental agencies in the area. It is also possible to find short-term accommodation on sites like Airbnb or Hostelworld if you are only looking for temporary living arrangements. Before you make any decisions regarding long-term housing, it is important to do your own research on the various neighborhoods in Amsterdam, as well as its rental regulations. Furthermore, make sure to arrange a viewing so that you can make sure the property is appropriate for your needs," explained one expat living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"Only way to do it, df-amsterdam, excellent and friendly friendly people. They don't charge you for every silly question you have," said another person in Amsterdam.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Amsterdam?

"Typical expat homes or apartments in Amsterdam are typically quite small, as space is limited in the city, but they are well equipped and modern. Most apartments or homes come with a range of amenities, such as dishwashers, ovens, and washer/dryers. The majority of dwellings come with lots of natural light, as windows are often larger than standard. Amsterdam also has a large array of green spaces, so many expat homes and apartments will face a park or garden, making them perfect for enjoying a tranquil environment," added another expat who made the move to Amsterdam.

"I live in a lovely canal house in Amsterdam. Most of my colleagues live in Amsterdam Oud Zuid thought. I prefer to be living in the centre since I have no car any way," explained one foreigner living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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We've partnered with Homelike, to connect expats and newcomers with temporary accommodations in Netherlands. If you're moving to Netherlands, rent a short-term, furnished apartment or home for the first few months from Homelike and take your time figuring out the best place to live in Netherlands.

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Homelike Rentals

We've partnered with Homelike, to connect expats and newcomers with temporary accommodations in Netherlands. If you're moving to Netherlands, rent a short-term, furnished apartment or home for the first few months from Homelike and take your time figuring out the best place to live in Netherlands.

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What is the average cost of housing in Amsterdam?

If you are thinking about moving to Amsterdam, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"The cost of housing in Amsterdam varies widely depending on the type, size, and location of the accommodation. In general, the average cost of rent for an unfurnished apartment is around €900 - €1400 per month, while a furnished one is between €1200 - €1700 per month," explained one expat living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"My housing costs are much higher. I pay around 1800 each month now agains around 800 US in Austin," said another person in Amsterdam.

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Should I buy or rent a home in Amsterdam?

If you have not spent a lot of time in Amsterdam, you should rent before even thinking about buying. We asked expats there about the buy vs. rent decision:

"When deciding whether to buy or rent a home in Amsterdam, there are several factors to consider. Renting may be preferable if you wish for more flexibility, since it is easier to change residences when renting than when owning. However, buying a home can sometimes be more economical in the long run, since you can build equity and may eventually be able to own your home completely. It is also important to consider the cost, location, size, and amenities of the residence, since these will affect costs and quality of life. Additionally, ensure that you understand the local housing market and the costs associated with buying and selling a home. Finally, weigh all the factors and choose the option that will best suit your lifestyle and budget," said another person in Amsterdam.

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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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