Have you seen it already? I don’t know if it is the Covid-19 crisis or the house market, but I see a lot more houses for sale at the moment in Eindhoven. That means more opportunities for expats to buy a house. Especially around Meerhoven/ Veldhoven I see an increase. Which is good news, because the market was very tight last years. The uncertainty in this time makes that houses are a bit longer for sale.
What advantages does that have for expats/ internationals?
The most important thing is: you have more choice and time to think. Makelaarsland, a large organisation for brokers in the Netherlands, gives the advice to take more time in the process between buying and signing a contract. Because taxation of the house, technical reports etc. are not so easy to plan in this time. Which gives you some more time to decide, investigate and prepare. Which is a luxury. Another advantage: brokers will provide you more information about a house for sale online. Sometimes you can even use a virtual tour through a house, which will help you to have picture of the house at your own screen. Without leaving your own place.
Questions you can ask yourself in the process of buying a house
Well, I am not a broker. And we can not predict the future. But when you want to buy a house, you can ask yourself a lot of questions. Here a few questions you can ask yourself:
- What is my budget?
- Which are the extra costs involved in buying a house? (Read more about my own experiences here)
- What are my requirements?
- How about the wishes I have? In order of importance.
- Which things are not so important for me ?
- Do I see myself living here for the next few years?
- How much are the costs of maintaining the house in the next few years?
- What is the technical state of the house? Ask always for a technical report, even when the house is almost new.
- From when is this house available?
- Is there any modification needed, to make this house a home?
- Do I like the neighbourhood?
The most important question
Of course, you can ask yourself more questions. But there is one more to notice: A lot of expats answered on the question: Why have you bought this house? They will answer: “When I first visited this house, it felt right”. Your feeling gives you most of the time direction in your decisions. Don’t underestimate that.
This time can be a good time to buy a house. You have some more time to make decisions. Take time to investigate and listen to your feeling.
When you need help with clarifying the technical report, estimate the budget of maintaining a house in the next years or how to do modifications in your new house. Feel free to contact me for a free introductory meeting.