On November 21st, expats in Amsterdam got the opportunity to learn all about the housing market in our capital city. Jarl Brouwer, iQ Makelaar working in the Amsterdam region, organised a seminar where buying a house was the main subject. He did this in collaboration with the organization 'Expat Republic' and Martin Ten Hagen, mortgage advisor and financial professional.
Buying a property in Amsterdam can be really painful or really exciting, it all depends on how you go about it. With so many rules and procedures in The Netherlands, many houses on the market and so many people bidding, it’s hard to know what to do or where to start! Therefore, this cosy seminar was very suitable for expats who would like private focused advice for their buying needs and learn about hte real estate market. The evening was a huge success and Jarl came into contact with several purchase-customers.
It can be difficult for expats to find a country where they feel at home and find a job. Therefore, InterNations started a research where they question 187 people from all over the world each year about different aspects of living abroad.
Number 1 position is held by Taiwan because of the quality of life, the affordability, quality of health care, safety and career possibilities. The Netherlands are at place 24 because it is a popular location for expats to work and travel.
Bron: Business Insider
For professional and local service you can also go to our capital city from now on: the iQ Makelaars Amsterdam office has opened! Jarl Brouwer (in the middle) has started on October 1st 2019 as franchisee of iQ Makelaars in Amsterdam.
Jarl has been active in real estate for years. He started in the real estate rental business, at HouseHunting in Amstelveen. He has also been active as franchisee for the Huizenbemiddelaar. Jarl got enthusiastic about the concept iQ Makelaars and our marketing approach. We are excited that he puts his knowledge to use for iQ Makelaars from now on!
Jarl gained a lot of experience in sales and knowlegde on the local housing market of Amsterdam. He posesses a good network of investors and expats in our capital city and is happy when sustainable relationships are built. Jarl also focuses on providing excellent service. He will service the market for iQ Makelaars from his office at the Waalstraat 15 in Amsterdam-South.
For the first time since 2019, home owners are more confident about the housing market. The optimism comes from the low interest rates. This positivity is mostly from the people that already own a house: starters and renters are more pessimistic. The optimism will grow with the prospects of the low staying morgage rates.
The Central bureau of statistics provides numbers that the prices of houses are still rising, but the number of transactions is receding faster. In August 2019 the houses were 5,7 per cent more expensive than in the same period in the last year. This is the lowest price increase in almost 3 years. The prices were receding after a peak in 2008. In 2013, the lowest point was reached. Since then the prices have gone up again. In may 2018, the prince index of existing houses was for the first time higher than the record level in august 2008.
The Kadaster published that in August, 19.583 houses were sold. This is over 6 per cent less than a year before. In the first 8 months of 2019, 140.559 houses were sold. This is over 3 per cent less than in the same period in 2018.
In the second quarter of 2019, the housing market in the Netherlands has cooled down even further. The housing prices rise less hard and the offer has increased. This is published by the NVM in their housing market numbers. The amount of sold houses has increased in comparison with 2018, this has occured for the first time in 2 years.
Most houses are sold in the price range between 300.000 and 750.000 euros. The average housing price in Amsterdam has decreased by 4 percent. This is because more houses are sold in the outside region, where the prices are lower. The amount of sold newly built houses shows a decrease of 13 percent. The NVM marks the high prices of new-built houses as reason for this phenomenon.
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