Update on Dutch housing costs for expat entrepreneurs

Published:  7 Mar at 6 PM
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If you’re looking to relocate to the Netherlands, you’ll need to know which areas have affordable housing.

With the Netherlands now hitting the headlines as a great destination for expat start-ups, the numbers of would-be expats checking out living and accommodation costs are likely to soar. Both house purchase and rental costs vary considerably region to region and even town to town with regions, so if you’re looking for affordable accommodation you’ll need updated advice. House prices in the country are strongly linked to regions, much as they are in the UK, but the type of home is another variable, dependent on its age and condition as well as its location in the comparatively small country.

House prices have seen a significant increase over the past two years or so, with averages now running at 263,000 euros, a record over the past 17 years. The most expensive properties in 2017 were found in Bloemendaal, with averages of around 778,000 euros being paid for a home, Other towns in the top five were Laren, Blaricum, Heemsted and Wassenaar, with selling prices standing at over half a million euros.

At the other end of the scale, the least expensive location in which to purchase a home was Delfzigl, with houses priced at 5.5 times less than in Bloemendaal. On average, sales prices last year hovered around 141,000 euros, making the area the least most expensive in the entire country. As regards rentals, monthly charges have increased at around the same rate as property costs, with the present day average at 1,000 euros a month. Amsterdam is still the most expensive city in the country for new rental contracts, but Eindhoven, Almere and Rotterdam are coming up fast.
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