Properties for Sale and Rent in Amsterdam
If you’re considering buying a house or apartment in Amsterdam, it is advised to first meet with a mortgage advisor at your bank or an agency. This will give you a realistic picture of what you can afford. The choice of property is either freehold (eigen grond) or leasehold (erfpacht). Make sure to read up on housing rights. As a buyer/occupier you will not require a housing permit for an existing property, nor for a new build.
However, if you are not occupying the property you have purchased, you may need a housing permit for your tenant. You are allowed to use your second home (pied-á-terre) for residential purposes, but not for holiday rentals, lodgings for free or (partial) office. In those cases it is considered as a hotel or office, which could lead to a fine.
Estate agents (makelaars) will keep you informed of suitable properties for sale, arrange viewings and offer practical advice. Commission is usually 1 or 2% of the eventual purchase price, plus VAT (BTW). Local papers usually carry a housing (woon) supplement on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Also try special property papers.
Estate agents regularly publish their stock on the major property sites: Funda (in Dutch) and MVA (see above). If you’re already working with a mortgage advisor, ask if they can notify you of new properties (possibly even before they even go on Funda). If you’re interested in a new build or want to look at projects under construction (in Dutch only).
Amsterdam Real Estate is an innovative real estate brokerage specializing in the rental of residential and commercial property. They focus on relationships rather than transactions, offering clients and customers an unsurpassed level of personalized service.
Engel & Völkers has two offices in Amsterdam. Engel & Völkers Amsterdam is member of the prestigious Netherlands Association of Real Estate Agents (NVM) and therefore have access to all the houses and apartments which are for sale in The Netherlands. Their fee is competitive and no different from other real estate agents in Amsterdam, in addition the international promotion is included in the sale or rental of your home.
JLG Real Estate helps to rent (out), sell or purchase property in Amsterdam. They have been experts for over a decade with a positive but mainly realistic business perspective. Come talk to them about your wishes and familiarise yourself with the countless of opportunities in renting (out) or selling/buying a house that maybe hadn’t even crossed your mind!