FAQ

Purchasing Assistance Services

To fully understand what your financial possibilities are we advise you to contact a hypotheekadviseur: a professional and certified mortgage party. Typically, your income determines how much you can borrow on a mortgage.

No, the asking price is an invitation for negotiations. The seller explicitly has to accept the buyers offer before there is any deal. We can assist you in drafting an offer that covers all important aspects.

The kosten koper or costs for buyer include the transfer tax and notary expenses, which include drawing up the deed of delivery and registering it in the Land Registry. In addition to the aforementioned costs, there may be notary fees for the preparation and registration of the mortgage deed. Commissions for estate agents, mortgages fees and possible costs for a valuation report or technical survey are also not included. These costs are generally settled through the final bill drawn up by the civil-law notary.

Within a few days of your offer getting accepted, both parties will sign a preliminary purchase agreement. This is usually drafted by the seller. The contract includes the specific house or apartment, the agreed price, the date of transfer of ownership, the obligations for both the buyer and the seller any other specific agreed upon conditions.

A Vereniging van Eigenaars is Dutch version of a home owners association and membership is mandatory when you buy an apartment. The VvE manages the care of the building and serves the owners' communal interests including issues like maintenance and insurance. All VvEs are bound by Dutch rules and regulations and many mortgage parties have strict rules the VvE has to comply to before a mortgage is provided.

There is a slight difference between buying a house and buying an apartment in the Netherlands. Buying a house makes you the sole owner of the building and the ground. When you buy an apartment, you buy a share in the ownership of the building and the ground, also known as an apartment right. This gives you the exclusive right to live there.

Where you want to live depends on many factors in your life including school, work, sport and social life. We are experts in giving objective advise on all pros and cons of each location and can give you independent advise on the local housing market.

It is not obligatory to hire services of a purchasing agent, but keep in mind that the selling estate agent represents the interests of the vendor. He/she will advise the vendor during the selling process. The selling estate agent therefore cannot and should not represent your interests at the same time. So if you want guidance and advice during the purchasing process, it is advisable to hire a party as your purchasing agent.

Not all properties will be advertised online. The majority of properties will be listed online, but it can happen that properties are sold without advertised online. Through our network with other real estate agencies we are aware of properties both advertised and not actively advertised.

No, the official language in the Netherlands is Dutch and when you buy a house all purchasing agreements will be in Dutch as well. As purchasing agent, we will be guiding you through the purchasing agreement and assist you with any questions you might have.

Selling Services

Based on our expertise and references within the street and neighborhood we will tell you for what value we advise to advertise the property in the market. Sometimes this can be exactly on the market value to achieve momentum and create as many viewings as possible, but it can also be that a different approach is needed. We will discuss the different strategies with you and what kind of buyer we think that you attract with your property. Sometimes if you want a quick sale this can be done through our (international) network of investors and through our relationships with other agents, or by simply advertising the property in the right way.

We work with a media partner that takes care of: the best pictures, a video tour, 360 tour, measurement report and we can even help you with styling the house if necessary. With the right media package we will advertise your property on Funda and on social media through LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

At Verra Expat Home Services we are not simply a sales agency or letting agency: we are both. Since we work closely with international relocation companies we know if the market is good to bring your property back in the rental market, or that selling your investment might be the best solution for the moment. We will discuss both options with you.

Call or email our office and one of our real estate sales agents will contact you. We will inform you about the next steps of the selling process and schedule an appointment to meet you in person and get to know you and the reasons behind your sale. This first meeting can be in our office, or we come to your property to already get a first impression on the current state of the house.

No problem, we will help you. We will bring you in contact with a notary to sign a power of attorney so the deed can be executed while you’re abroad. The purchase agreement can be signed digital as well and we will inform you about the important steps to take before leaving The Netherlands.

Basically a full service from A to Z, meaning we take care of the intake, help with the media, find all the right documentation regarding the property, schedule and attend the viewings, making the deal and the purchase contract, go to the notary if needed and help you with the aftercare. We are a listed agency with the VBO (branche organization for realtors), meaning that also their general terms and conditions are applicable.