What expats should know when they want to buy a house
When you want to buy a house in the Netherlands you need to apply for a mortgage. The current housing market and the Dutch rules and laws can make it difficult to find the right home and apply for a mortgage.
You want to buy a home as an expat? Follow these steps:
Step 1: Prepare
Before you start searching for a house on Google or Funda you first want to know what your budget is. The amount of money you can borrow from a bank is dependent on your fixed income and other loans you have. There are two ways to calculate your maximum mortgage:
1. Use one of the many online tools to calculate your maximum mortgage and monthly expenses. Note that these calculation tools are merely a way to get an idea of your possibilities and do in no way guarantee that you can borrow the money.
2. Let an expert help you. The best way to get a good impression of your maximum mortgage is to plan a meeting with an independent mortgage advisor. A first appointment is almost always free and they can tell you everything you need to know about getting a mortgage in the Netherlands. They will look at your entire financial situation and tell you precisely how much money you can borrow. There are many banks that will give you free advice, but be aware that their mortgage might not be the most advantageous for you.
You only have to formally arrange the mortgage once you have made an offer on a property and the offer has been accepted by the vendor. But it is much smarter to start your search by making an appointment with a mortgage advisor. It will speed up the whole process and they can often even help you find the right home for you and your family.
If you want to plan a free appointment with a mortgage professional.
Once you know what you can borrow from a bank, it is time to find your dream house. You can always try Google, but most Dutch people find their new home on housing platform Funda. There are also specialised purchase brokers that help you find the right home and organise special tours for expats where they visit several houses in one day.
You don’t want to have to deal with multiple organisations? Then consider our purchase guidance service. At the Hypadvies we help customers find their new home and support them during the negotiation process. We have experienced that this service greatly increases the chance that you will get the house. And when your bid gets accepted we will immediately start the mortgage application process.
Step 3: Make a bid
Found what you were looking for? Then the most nerve wrecking part of the process starts. It’s negotiation time and you now have to formally bring out your bid. You can offer below the asking price, but keep in mind that a lot of people want to buy a house and if your bid is too low the seller will simply decline the offer and wait for someone else. Especially in this difficult housing market it is best to call in the help of a professional that can advise you on the right strategy and can even help you bring out a formal offer.
Part of our purchase guidance service is helping you during the negotiation process and protect you against any legal inconveniences that you may not be aware of. And the best thing yet, when your bid gets accepted we can immediately start the mortgage application process. This way you will know as quickly as possible whether the house is really yours!
Step 4: Apply for a mortgage
Your bid got accepted? Great! Now there is only one hurdle left to take: the mortgage. It is important to act quickly and start your application process as soon as possible. Because there might be a chance that your application won’t be accepted the first time and you don’t want to miss your financing deadline and risk losing the property.
A personal mortgage advisor can relieve you of all your stress. Because he takes care of everything and knows exactly what is needed to get a mortgage approved quickly.
Have you already bought a house and need a mortgage? Contact our office so we can quickly start the process and help you find the mortgage that best fits your situation.
Step 5: Sign with a notary
When everything is arranged the only thing left to do is sign the deed of delivery and mortgage certificate at the notary. There are a lot of different notary offices all with different costs. The very cheapest can sometimes best be avoided, but you also don’t have to break the bank. Give us a call or send us a message if you want some free advice on the right notary office.
mortgage is possible with or without National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG)
no risk premium, our sharp interest tariffs apply for expats as well!
Possible for employees with a
nationality from within or outside of the European Union (EER)
Financing up to a 100% Loan To Value
(LTV) for employees with a nationality from within the European Union (EER). For
employees with a nationality outside of the European Union (EER) there is a
maximum LTV of 95% for non-NHG loans (with a NHG loan there is a maximum LTV of
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Mortgages for expats
The mortgage for expats and highly
mortgages are suited for expats. A mortgage is already possible with a working
and residential period of six months.
With or without NHG
No risk premium
mortgage has a maximum of a 100% LTV for employees with a nationality within the
European Union (EER). For employees with a nationality outside the European
Union (EER), there is a maximum LTV of 95% for non-NHG loans (with a NHG loan
the maximum LTV is a 100%).
must be a permanent employment contract.
from outside the EU must have a residence permit for a non-temporary purpose.
the website www.ind.nl for more information.