Property values decrease in May

From 1 May, the property value may count for less towards the amount of rent. It may then only be taken along for a maximum of 33 percent, according to Minister de Jonge for Housing and Spatial Planning. In this way, the government wants to keep rents within limits in certain countries with a large housing shortage.


The municipalities use the WOZ value (property value) to determine the value of homes. When there is a shortage in areas, the rents are so high that many people find houses unaffordable. 


With these measures, social rent would remain as it is, says de Jonge. to make low-income families more likely to have affordable housing.


It would be about 23,000 homes that will remain available, including for social rent.


Source: NOS

29 april 2022 Read more
House prices expected to rise by 12.5 percent

According to ABN Amro, prices on the housing market will rise again this year by no less than 12.5 percent. Low interest rates, tight labor market and the limited supply on the housing market are pushing prices up further.


The bank expects prices to rise by 5 percent next year. Low interest rates are the main reason for the huge prices. According to an economist from the Economic Bureau, prices will not fall but can only rise.


Low interest rates mean that people can borrow money very cheaply to buy a house. As a result, people quickly start looking for a house. The bank does expect, because it has been taking so long, that the effect of this will be less this year.


In addition, there is still a shortage in the labor market. There is a staff shortage in various sectors, which means that people who start a new job have a good negotiating position about their salary. More pay means being able to offer more.


Source: RTL News

January 7, 2022

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Rental prices free sector on the rise again

In the third quarter of this year, the average price for square meters increased again by 2.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Of course, Amsterdam still remains the most expensive city to rent a home. Prices there rose by 1.6 percent in the past quarter. On average, new tenants paid 22.44 euros per square meter per month. These numbers come from the monitor.

After four quarters, there is again a price increase. In the third quarter of 2020, rents in the free sector fell for the first time in six years. This was mainly due to the fact that the expats stayed away because of the coronavirus. It was less easy to rent out houses that had become vacant. To prevent vacancy, the houses are priced more attractively.

The expat market is now fully operational again. The wider range of short stay options has disappeared because expats are flocking to the Netherlands again. This is accompanied by recent price increases.


Source: Vastgoed Actueel (Translated)

October 14, 2021

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Despite an overstrained housing market, mortgage interest rates are historically low

You have been able to buy a home for quite some time now with a very low mortgage interest rate.In recent months there has been little movement in interest rates. According to Mortgage Advisory Group Van Bruggen, it will also remain quiet in the area of ​​mortgage interest in the coming weeks. How is this possible?


Compared to the market interest rate, the mortgage interest rate is quite stable, reports the mortgage advisory group. Normally, the mortgage rate follows the capital rate, but this year the capital market rate rose and then fell again. Mortgage interest rates remained stable and low in comparison.


According to Amanda Bulthuis of, the cause is clear. It would be due to the strong competition in the mortgage market. Lenders do not dare to raise their interest rates. They prefer to opt for a low margin so as not to lose their market share.


Her expectations are that interest rates will remain stable for a few months, but then rise again. “As the corona measures are increasingly relaxed and people are starting to spend more again, inflation continues to rise. This will ultimately lead to capital market interest rates rising further and mortgage lenders will have to raise their rates in order to earn enough from their mortgages.”


Source: Dagblad van het Noorden (Dutch)

August 9th 2021

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First-time buyers dominate the current housing market

In the first quarter of this year, buyers between the ages of 18 and 35 determined the housing market. This age group was the buying party in just over 60 percent of the transactions. According to the figures, this age group mostly bought houses with values exceeding 400 000 euros. 


The reduction of the transfer tax seems to play an important role. First-time buyers no longer have to pay transfer tax, in order to encourage potential first-time buyers. 40 percent of young home buyers who make use of the transfer tax exemption are transferees. 


The idea behind this arrangement is that you can use it once. It is expected that the number of starters that use will be forthcoming.


Source: BNR

May 5, 2021

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Number of new-build houses decreased after years of increase

The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports that 69,332 new-build homes were completed last year. This is less than in 2019, when 71,500 new-build homes were built.


The number of new-build homes has not increased for the first time since 2015. In 2014, the number was still around 45,000 homes. "We do not know exactly whether the decrease is due to the nitrogen and PFAS problem or whether there were simply fewer building plans," says Peter Hein van Mulligen of CBS. "It can be anywhere, it is slightly less than in 2019 but still more than the years before."


Despite the fact that the housing shortage has not yet been resolved, an additional 845,000 homes must be added in the longer term in the next 10 years.


Source: NOS

January 28, 2020

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