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Find a place to live in the Netherlands
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With more than 16 million people on a surface of just a bit more than 42,000 square kilometers, the housing situation is not ideal. Finding an affordable place to live is especially hard in the Randstad (Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague, and Rotterdam). But not impossible if you look hard enough.
Renting a place
If you are planning to rent a place, you are looking for a
. You are normally asked for a
(deposit), which varies between one and three months rent. The price can be
(including electricity, gas, and water) or
. Sometimes, you are charged an additional fee for
(service charges). Make sure you have a fire and theft
Among the printed resources, the Saturday issues of the main newspapers are indispensible. And of course, check out the internet.
Words you need to know
EGW: Electricity, gas and water Huisgenoot: room mate Huurcontract: rental contract Huurder: tenant
Koopakte: buying contract
Onroerend goed: real estate
Per maand: per month
Per jaar: per year
Te huur: for rent
Te koop: for sale
is the electronic version of the housing classifieds section of the biggest national newspaper, de Telegraaf. Another good internet resource is
renting a place at marktplaats.nl
, a paper for classified ads, is the best printed resource when you are looking for housing and you can access most of their classifieds online.
To find a
(house for sale), you can browse through
buying a house at marktplaats.nl
gives an overview of all real estate brokers in the Netherlands and Belgium. You can click on the map to select a region.
is another website that lists real estate brokers in the Netherlands.
are among many websites that let you compare mortgages. They all claim to be independent, which means they are not trying to sell you a mortgage that will give them the optimal profit. To be on the safe side, you can check different websites, which gives you a good idea of what you can expect to pay for a mortgage and the amount you can borrow.
, you find a list of all financial institutions that offer mortgages (under 'klik hier'), including the major Dutch banks
, and the
. Click on a company to compare the rates and conditions.