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Finding a place to live

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I want to rent or buy a property. Can you advise me how to find one?

The safest, most efficient way to find a rental property or to buy a house in the private market is to use the services of a makelaar (real estate agent) with experience in helping expats to find one for you. Visit several agents to get a feel.

You can start by contacting the NVM – Nederlandse Vereniging van Makelaars (Dutch Association of Estate Agents) on  www.nvm.nl/overnvm/about (only a few pages in English, more information in Dutch).

NVM’s property site Funda.nl contains information about the houses in the various provinces; details can be selected by city, neighbourhood, building period, property type, size and price range. Here you will find both properties to rent and to buy (rent is called ‘huur’ and to buy is called ‘koop’)
If you need a list of estate agents in your area, please contact the ACCESS Helpdesk.

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