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buy to let expat mortgage

Opportunities to take out a buy-to-let mortgage

Apartments and residencies are considered interesting investments and expats often contact us to ask if it is possible for them to buy a property to let. In the beginning expats were only eligible for a buy-to-let mortgage after residing in the Netherlands for at least three years. There are new parties that have less demanding rules for expats looking for a buy-to-let mortgage.

A good investment

Buying property to let out is a good investment because of the rental income, but also because an increase in property value can be expected in the future. The Dutch housing market has an excellent reputation. If you have sufficient funds you can buy property with your own money. Another option is to leverage a large part of the purchase price and use your own funds to finance the rest of the purchase. Normally the annual rental value exceeds the cost of a mortgage, as the largest part of a mortgage is interest-only.

Requirements for a buy-to-let mortgage

The following conditions apply:

  • Expats are required to reside in the Netherlands on a non-temporary basis, for example as a knowledge migrant (highly skilled migrant) or for an indefinite period of time.
  • Box 1 income, no minimum gross income.
  • It is possible to finance up to 80 percent loan-to-value, with a maximum of 60 percent interest only.
  • A mortgage can be requested when the conditions above are met. The buy-to-let mortgage can only be used for long-term rental. Airbnb and any other short-term rental constructions are not allowed.
  • The bank has a policy that allows financing houses in the larger cities only.

Mortgage types

There is an interest only mortgage with a maximum duration of 30 years, it is for when you finance up to 60 percent of the property value. If you need to finance more than 60 percent the remainder must consist of a linear mortgage. This type needs to be repaid on a straight-line basis within 10 years. This mortgage can be repaid in part or full anytime within 10 years without a fine.

Additionally, the rental income needs to exceed the interest and repayment based on a ratio of 1.25. This means that the rental value must be 1.25 times the sum of the interest and repayment of the first year. If you already receive income by letting out property this ratio decreases to 1.05.

Tax consequences

In the Netherlands rental properties are considered your capital, which is taxed in Box 3. The rent you receive is not taxed directly. There are different brackets in this box depending on the total value of your possessions. You can find the tax levy concerning your total capital for 2018 down below.

Initial costs

You need to add additional closing costs, such as the transfer tax and notary costs, to the purchase price of your apartment. When the property costs €290.000 the total cost will be approximately €315.000 and at that point the apartment is not out for rent yet.

Real estate appraisal

The bank requires a valuation report and the value of the apartment for rent is €255.000. you can request up to 80 percent of the property value which means that the maximum mortgage you can request is €204.000. You need €71.000 in savings.

Calculate net rent

The rent is estimated €15.500 a year. The costs of a landlord are estimated at €2.500 annually which means that the net rent will come to €13.000 a year. In relation to the net rent the first year mortgage interest and repayment should not exceed €10.400. this is the net rent divided by the ratio of 1.25 or 1.05, depending on if you already rent out property.

Rent compared with costs

Assuming the interest rate is 4,5 percent, a mortgage of 80 percent of the market value is too high to meet the 1.25 ratio. This means that you have to slightly lower the mortgage. However, this example meets the 1.05 criteria, since a maximum mortgage cost of €12.380 would be possible. In this case you already need to rent out property.

Revise the financial structure

If this is your first buy-to-let apartment the appropriate financial structure for a property with a total cost of €275.000 would be: a mortgage of €191.250 (75 percent loan-to-value) and a contribution of €12.380 from your own funds.

A worthwhile investment

Whether buying property to let is a good investment depends on whether you can meet the mortgage conditions, how much savings you have available and if you are prepared to take on the financial management that is required.

If you are prepared to invest for the long term, a buy-to-let apartment can often turn out to be quite a profitable venture.

To determine your budget and later on in the mortgage application we need the following information:

  • Information about you personally
  • Information about existing mortgage(s) and personal loans
  • Information about the property you wish to let
  • Information to substantiate your financial position

Required information about you personally

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your permit of residence

Required information about existing mortgage(s) and or/personal loan(s)

  • A copy of the current loan agreement contract
  • Recent statement of assets and liabilities
  • Recent statement of the property value

Required information about the property

  • A copy of the purchase agreement (signed by both parties)
  • Original valuation report
  • Structural survey report (when required)

Required information to substantiate your financial position

  • Employer’s statement: a statement provided by your employer confirming your annual income based on salary, bonuses and fringe benefits.
  • Salary specification: your monthly pay slip has to correspond with the employer’s statement.
  • Statements of your savings account, loans, investment portfolios and property owned outside of the Netherlands.
  • Confirmation of the tax department’s granting of the 30% ruling if you applied for this.


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mortgage takeover after divorceMortgage takeover after divorce – How does it work?

Divorce ensures that many things need to be arranged. Especially when you own a house together. This house is often also charged with a mortgage. First, agreements must be made about the plans for the house. Are you staying in the house and buying out your ex-partner or vice versa? Or you decide together to sell the property and repay the mortgage.

At the moment that you or your partner solely own the house and you are not married in community of property, the house does not have to be divided. If you have made prenuptial agreements then special arrangements can be made regarding the mortgage and the home.

Mortgage takeover after divorce

This sounds easier than done. There is a lot to look at before a mortgage can be taken over or be transferred to one name. It is also possible that a new partner wants to sign into the mortgage deed. This is then called ‘jointly binding’.

For example, you first need to make agreements and secure them in a divorce agreement. The mortgage provider can assess your application on the basis of this document, among other things.

Until the mortgage has been taken over or a new mortgage is contracted, you and your partner remain jointly liable for the mortgage. You both remain liable for the mortgage provider or bank if the monthly payments are no longer paid. It does not matter whether you are still living in the house. The relocated partner who still appears in the mortgage agreement remains liable.

Home acquisition debt and divorce

Are you both owner of the house and have you taken out a mortgage for the house then you also have each right to half of the so-called home acquisition debt. This is a fiscal concept. This is the amount of the mortgage on which you may deduct mortgage interest if you meet the conditions.

This home acquisition debt is personal and not transferable. Why this is relevant we will try to clarify with an example.

Karin and Adam together bought a home in 2004 with a mortgage and home acquisition debt of € 250,000. This mortgage is fully redemption-free. Karin would like to take over the home and mortgage. For the sake of convenience we make the assumption that there is no surplus value. Karin is allowed to continue part of the redemption allowance. They may only have a 50% interest-only mortgage and for the other 50% they must choose an annuity mortgage or a linear mortgage.

The reason for this is that on 1 January 2013 the loan rules for mortgages have been tightened up. This was part of a package of government cuts. New buyers must do as much as possible on repaying a mortgage and also pay it off on the basis of minimal annuities. Since Karin ‘buys’ a part of the house in the example, she also has to deal with these new loan rules. That is, if she wishes to qualify for interest deduction.

Your bank does not agree with taking over the mortgage

If you rely on this outcome, you should sell the property or, together with your former partner, decide to leave the situation as it is. Better you can try to make these agreements during the separation procedure. After all, these scenarios can be foreseen or conceived and then it is clear to everyone what the final agreements are.

If you or your ex-partner remain in the mortgage deed, this may cause problems when buying a next home or applying for a loan. You will also remain responsible and severally liable for repayment of this mortgage in such a situation.

If you want a second opinion from another lender, we can help you with that. Then make an appointment or call us directly.

What documents are needed to take over the mortgage after my divorce?

If you choose to take over the existing mortgage, an extensive set of documents is required. In most cases, the divorce creates a tighter disposable income. This has an effect on the maximum mortgage. In order to have a good chance to take over the existing mortgage, it is important that you think about the affordability of your expenses yourself.

To give this hand and foot, you can draw up a personal budget advice on the Nibud website. This gives you a good impression of the actual expenses and the disposable income.

The following documents are often necessary to collect:

  • Divorce Agreement;
  • Agreements concerning the distribution of assets linked to the mortgage;
  • Annual statement and / or employer’s declaration of income;
  • Statement and quotation of the current mortgage.

Take over mortgage with NHG after divorce

If you have taken out a mortgage with a National Mortgage Guarantee at the time, specific rules apply.

The attached process card shows the procedure for converting your mortgage with NHG into a single name or when the sale of the property is the order.

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Our mortgage advisors in Utrecht can help you make sure you never pay more than you need to for your mortgage.

Cournot Adviseurs offers a unique blend of low interest rates and elite customer service. We strive to offer each client the best service possible.

The entire mortgage process can be handled online, in person, over-the-phone, or using a combination of other digital mediums.  We provide each client a completely bespoke mortgage advice tailored to your particular needs and circumstances.

Buying a house for the first time in Utrecht

With the help from our firm we can make the complete mortgage process as clear and uncomplicated as possible. Buying your first home in Utrecht or the Netherlands can be a very exciting time, but there is also a lot to learn. Our financial advice covers a wide range of tips and guidance for first time buyers; such as how to save for your mortgage.

Our firm specialises in independent mortgage and insurance advice. We offer a comprehensive range of mortgage products from across the market and provide services for expats for buying a house for affordable fixed fees:

What can you expect from our mortgage services?  

We are committed to provide an excellent level of service. Many of our clients come from abroad. Recommendations to friends, family and colleagues and can be anywhere in Utrecht. We work nationwide and therefore we provide mortgage advice over the phone, by e-mail or in person.

Independent mortgage advice

First of all you can expect independent and honest mortgage advise from us. This, more concretely, means that we have access to almost all mortgage lenders active in the Netherlands. We also have a partnership with foreign mortgage lenders. Besides, you have a legislator on your side who protects you.

Namely, we are required to have a license and there is an independent financial supervisor.

You can prepare the meeting with our mortgage advisors by call in your employer’s statement.

Need mortgage advice in Utrecht? We are glad to assist you!

Want to live in the wonderful famous Dutch city of Utrecht? Not surprising of course, because there is so much to see and do in Utrecht. For instance the large Euromast or the beautiful Erasmusbrug. Want to have a look in the impressive harbor of Utrecht? Take a harbor tour with Spido to see it yourself.

Are you looking for a home to buy in this bright city, or have you already signed a contract for a house and do you need mortgage advice? We are happy to serve you with specialised mortgage advice.

Our highly educated mortgage advisors will give you more then appropriate mortgage advice in Utrecht. We love Utrecht as well. Book an initial, free of charge, telephone consultation with one of our mortgage advisors right now!

Housing market in Utrecht

The housing market is going through extraordinary times in Utrecht. Especially within the centre area it is difficult to find a home. Without guidance is it very hard to get hold of a house in the city with the only magnificent skyline of the Netherlands.

Utrecht, with its extraordinary port, has a lasting appeal on a large group of people. Expats often choose to live in Utrecht compared to other cities because of its no-nonsense mentality of it’s residents.

There are some typical characteristics worth noticing in the housing market of Utrecht:

  • Some of the land belongs to the municipality and you have the it on a long lease. In short this means you pay a reimbursement to the local authorities.
  • A lot of the apartments have an owners’ association.

Mortgage advice on making an offer with or without ‘subject to finance’ in Utrecht

Any person currently looking for a home to buy in Utrecht knows that offers are frequently made without a resolutive condition. Also known as a finance clause. This clause give you time to organise a mortgage for your new house.

Making an offer without this condition can cause a big risk. Because what happens if the bank refuses your mortgage application?

As this happens, you may then have to pay 10% of the purchase price as a penalty and the real cost of damage. Are you willing to take this risk? We can explain you alternative solutions to have the best bid and buying without this expensive risk.

Also we can help you with have a sort of pre-approval mortgage application.

Should I keep renting or buy a property in the Netherlands?

In the five years following on the end of the financial crisis, property prices in the Netherlands plummeted more than fifteen percent and left many homebuyers with mortgages that exceeded the value of their Dutch property. However, the Dutch housing market upswing that started mid-2013 is predicted to continue through 2018, as the Dutch economy and consumer confidence improve and interest rates remain at a historical low point.

These conditions have turned the Dutch housing market into a buyer’s market – particularly for first-time homebuyers – and increased local and foreign investment is pushing property prices back up again.

In contrast, rental prices remained relatively stable over the same period, and are showing significant growth as the economy recovers; in 2015, for example, housing experts said rental prices doubled in the main cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Groningen.

Rental housing platform Pararius recorded the average rental price in the Netherlands in 2016 at around € 1,365 a month but in Amsterdam the average was € 2,200 per month, while in Rotterdam the average was around € 1,200 and in The Hague € 1,500. One main cause is the short rental supply in the private sector, which accounts for only some 5 percent of total housing stock, with the remaining rental stock classified under the social housing sector, which has long waiting lists and restricted to those on high salaries. Read more about renting in the Netherlands.

In comparison, as a result of low interest rates, in some cases it is possible to secure a mortgage lower than the average rental prices. However, costs associated with buying property in the Netherlands total around 4-5 percent of the purchase price, thus buying Dutch property is more suitable for long-term investments, at least a minimum of five years. Based on the current price increase on the Dutch housing market it goes faster.

Can I get a mortgage in the Netherlands for my Utrecht property?

Of course! There are no legal restrictions for non-Dutch citizens buying Dutch property or applying for a Dutch mortgage. However, if you are relatively new to a job or area, self-employed, on a low income or of a non-EU nationality, these may result in a stricter lending criteria and can become a bumpy road. This can result in a lower maximum Loan To Value (LTV). This is the ratio between the value of the house and the mortgage expressed in a percentage.

Each bank has different requirements, but in general, if you are from a country within the EU it helps a lot to apply for a mortgage. They will probably expect you to have a valid passport, have lived in the Netherlands for at least six months, have a citizen service number (BSN) and have permanent employment in the Netherlands.

You may need to pay a deposit and be limited to a maximum mortgage of 90 percent of the property value, although the Dutch bank does allow mortgages of the full value of a property.

Regardless of nationality, if you are employed you will need to show proof of income and a statement from your employer (werkgeversverklaring) with details of your contract and salary. Temporary workers and university researchers/PhD students will need statements from their employers/universities confirming their position. Self-employed people need to supply the last three years’ income tax returns and accounts.

As from 1 January 2013 the rules for mortgage loans are changed

If you live in a house that you own, you have an owner-occupied home. If you are a qualifying non-resident taxpayer, you may deduct the interest on your mortgage or loan for this house.

Did you buy an owner-occupied home after 1 January 2013? Or did you increase your mortgage or loan after 1 January 2013? Or is your mortgage or loan higher now than in 2012, because you bought a more expensive house? In that case, you will be dealing with new rules for the deduction of your (mortgage) interest.

On 1 January 2013, the rules on the deduction of interest on the home acquisition debt (mortgage interest deduction) were changed. For any new loans, you may only deduct interest if you repay the loan in monthly instalments. If you already had a home acquisition debt before 1 January 2013, you may continue deducting the interest on this debt and you are not obliged to repay.

What is National Mortgage Guarantee (in Dutch NHG)

The Dutch National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG) scheme is unique in Europe. It helps you take out a mortgage that is guaranteed by the Dutch government and gives you a interest discount. This discount can be up to 0,5%!

And if you do run into problems meeting your mortgage payments due to circumstances beyond your control, the National Mortgage Guarantee may provide a safety net for you, and your mortgage lender.

When you take out an NHG-backed mortgage, you know for sure that your mortgage matches your income. That’s because your mortgage meets the criteria for responsible lending and borrowing set by the National Institute for Family Finance in the Netherlands (NIBUD). So you know for sure that you’re not borrowing more than you can afford. After making the monthly mortgage payment you’ll still have money left for other expenses like groceries, insurance and your savings account.

Safety net if you can no longer pay your mortgage

If you have an NHG-backed mortgage and can no longer pay your mortgage due to specific circumstances beyond your control, you and your mortgage lender can turn to us for support.

The specific circumstances under which NHG comes into operation are:

  • if you lose your job;
  • if your relationship ends;
  • if you become disabled for work;
  • if your partner dies.

The National Mortgage Guarantee is referred to in Dutch as ‘NHG’ or ‘Nationale Hypotheek Garantie’ (NHG). The maximum mortgage with NHG is € 265.000. Other conditions of this program.

When are you obliged to repay?

In order to be allowed to deduct the interest, you are obliged to repay the loan in the following situations:

  • You take out a mortgage or loan for the first time;
  • You increase your existing mortgage or loan, for example for a refurbishment;
  • If you already had a home acquisition debt on 31 December 2012, the repayment obligation will only apply to the additional amount you borrow;
  • You must repay the loan on an annuity basis or by equal amounts in no more than 360 months (30 years). In both cases, you will pay a fixed monthly amount consisting of interest and repayment. You are entitled to interest deduction in both cases.
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mortgage advice rotterdamBook a free 60 minutes consultation

Our mortgage advisors in Rotterdam can help you make sure you never pay more than you need to for your mortgage. Make it Happen is the slogan of the city of Rotterdam! This fits with our mentality to serve you with the best mortgage advice in Rotterdam.

Buying a house for the first time in Rotterdam

With the help from our firm we can make the complete mortgage process as clear and uncomplicated as possible. Buying your first home in Rotterdam or the Netherlands can be a very exciting time, but there is also a lot to learn. Our financial advice covers a wide range of tips and guidance for first time buyers; such as how to save for your mortgage.

Our firm specialises in independent mortgage and insurance advice. We offer a comprehensive range of mortgage products from across the market and provide services for expats for buying a house for affordable fixed fees:

What can you expect from our mortgage services?  

We are committed to provide an excellent level of service. Many of our clients come from abroad. Recommendations to friends, family and colleagues and can be anywhere in Rotterdam. We work nationwide and therefore we provide mortgage advice over the phone, by e-mail or in person.

Independent mortgage advice

First of all you can expect independent and honest mortgage advise from us. This, more concretely, means that we have access to almost all mortgage lenders active in the Netherlands. We also have a partnership with foreign mortgage lenders. Besides, you have a legislator on your side who protects you.

Namely, we are required to have a license and there is an independent financial supervisor.

You can prepare the meeting with our mortgage advisors by call in your employer’s statement.

Need mortgage advice in Rotterdam? We are glad to assist you!

Want to live in the wonderful famous Dutch city of Rotterdam? Not surprising of course, because there is so much to see and do in Rotterdam. For instance the large Euromast or the beautiful Erasmusbrug. Want to have a look in the impressive harbor of Rotterdam? Take a harbor tour with Spido to see it yourself.

Are you looking for a home to buy in this bright city, or have you already signed a contract for a house and do you need mortgage advice? We are happy to serve you with specialised mortgage advice.

Our highly educated mortgage advisors will give you more then appropriate mortgage advice in Rotterdam. We love Rotterdam as well. Book an initial, free of charge, telephone consultation with one of our mortgage advisors right now!

Housing market in Rotterdam

The housing market is going through extraordinary times in Rotterdam. Especially within the centre area it is difficult to find a home. Without guidance is it very hard to get hold of a house in the city with the only magnificent skyline of the Netherlands.

Rotterdam, with its extraordinary port, has a lasting appeal on a large group of people. Expats often choose to live in Rotterdam compared to other cities because of its no-nonsense mentality of it’s residents.

There are some typical characteristics worth noticing in the housing market of Rotterdam:

  • Some of the land belongs to the municipality and you have the it on a long lease. In short this means you pay a reimbursement to the local authorities.
  • A lot of the apartments have an owners’ association.

Mortgage advice on making an offer with or without ‘subject to finance’ in Rotterdam

Any person currently looking for a home to buy in Rotterdam knows that offers are frequently made without a resolutive condition. Also known as a finance clause. This clause give you time to organise a mortgage for your new house.

Making an offer without this condition can cause a big risk. Because what happens if the bank refuses your mortgage application?

As this happens, you may then have to pay 10% of the purchase price as a penalty and the real cost of damage. Are you willing to take this risk? We can explain you alternative solutions to have the best bid and buying without this expensive risk.

Also we can help you with have a sort of pre-approval mortgage application.

Should I keep renting or buy a property in the Netherlands?

In the five years following on the end of the financial crisis, property prices in the Netherlands plummeted more than fifteen percent and left many homebuyers with mortgages that exceeded the value of their Dutch property. However, the Dutch housing market upswing that started mid-2013 is predicted to continue through 2018, as the Dutch economy and consumer confidence improve and interest rates remain at a historical low point.

These conditions have turned the Dutch housing market into a buyer’s market – particularly for first-time homebuyers – and increased local and foreign investment is pushing property prices back up again.

In contrast, rental prices remained relatively stable over the same period, and are showing significant growth as the economy recovers; in 2015, for example, housing experts said rental prices doubled in the main cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Groningen.

Rental housing platform Pararius recorded the average rental price in the Netherlands in 2016 at around € 1,365 a month but in Amsterdam the average was € 2,200 per month, while in Rotterdam the average was around € 1,200 and in The Hague € 1,500. One main cause is the short rental supply in the private sector, which accounts for only some 5 percent of total housing stock, with the remaining rental stock classified under the social housing sector, which has long waiting lists and restricted to those on high salaries. Read more about renting in the Netherlands.

In comparison, as a result of low interest rates, in some cases it is possible to secure a mortgage lower than the average rental prices. However, costs associated with buying property in the Netherlands total around 4-5 percent of the purchase price, thus buying Dutch property is more suitable for long-term investments, at least a minimum of five years. Based on the current price increase on the Dutch housing market it goes faster.

Can I get a mortgage in the Netherlands for my Rotterdam property?

Of course! There are no legal restrictions for non-Dutch citizens buying Dutch property or applying for a Dutch mortgage. However, if you are relatively new to a job or area, self-employed, on a low income or of a non-EU nationality, these may result in a stricter lending criteria and can become a bumpy road. This can result in a lower maximum Loan To Value (LTV). This is the ratio between the value of the house and the mortgage expressed in a percentage.

Each bank has different requirements, but in general, if you are from a country within the EU it helps a lot to apply for a mortgage. They will probably expect you to have a valid passport, have lived in the Netherlands for at least six months, have a citizen service number (BSN) and have permanent employment in the Netherlands.

You may need to pay a deposit and be limited to a maximum mortgage of 90 percent of the property value, although the Dutch bank does allow mortgages of the full value of a property.

Regardless of nationality, if you are employed you will need to show proof of income and a statement from your employer (werkgeversverklaring) with details of your contract and salary. Temporary workers and university researchers/PhD students will need statements from their employers/universities confirming their position. Self-employed people need to supply the last three years’ income tax returns and accounts.

As from 1 January 2013 the rules for mortgage loans are changed

If you live in a house that you own, you have an owner-occupied home. If you are a qualifying non-resident taxpayer, you may deduct the interest on your mortgage or loan for this house.

Did you buy an owner-occupied home after 1 January 2013? Or did you increase your mortgage or loan after 1 January 2013? Or is your mortgage or loan higher now than in 2012, because you bought a more expensive house? In that case, you will be dealing with new rules for the deduction of your (mortgage) interest.

On 1 January 2013, the rules on the deduction of interest on the home acquisition debt (mortgage interest deduction) were changed. For any new loans, you may only deduct interest if you repay the loan in monthly instalments. If you already had a home acquisition debt before 1 January 2013, you may continue deducting the interest on this debt and you are not obliged to repay.

What is National Mortgage Guarantee (in Dutch NHG)

The Dutch National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG) scheme is unique in Europe. It helps you take out a mortgage that is guaranteed by the Dutch government and gives you a interest discount. This discount can be up to 0,5%!

And if you do run into problems meeting your mortgage payments due to circumstances beyond your control, the National Mortgage Guarantee may provide a safety net for you, and your mortgage lender.

When you take out an NHG-backed mortgage, you know for sure that your mortgage matches your income. That’s because your mortgage meets the criteria for responsible lending and borrowing set by the National Institute for Family Finance in the Netherlands (NIBUD). So you know for sure that you’re not borrowing more than you can afford. After making the monthly mortgage payment you’ll still have money left for other expenses like groceries, insurance and your savings account.

Safety net if you can no longer pay your mortgage

If you have an NHG-backed mortgage and can no longer pay your mortgage due to specific circumstances beyond your control, you and your mortgage lender can turn to us for support.

The specific circumstances under which NHG comes into operation are:

  • if you lose your job;
  • if your relationship ends;
  • if you become disabled for work;
  • if your partner dies.

The National Mortgage Guarantee is referred to in Dutch as ‘NHG’ or ‘Nationale Hypotheek Garantie’ (NHG). The maximum mortgage in 2018 with NHG is € 265.000. Other conditions of this program.

Taking out a mortgage as an entrepreneur

Starting a business or already being in business and buying a house in the Netherlands? They are two of the biggest things you can do in life – but do buying a home and starting a business go hand-in-hand?

For many new business owners, the prospect of securing a mortgage fills them with dread. Judging by the number of client enquiries we receive many still fear that a freshly-formed business will, in the eyes of lenders’ underwriters, disqualify them from mortgage eligibility.

On the flip side, many would-be business owners are forced to prioritise, preferring to defer their career ambitions, to secure their family home first. Only returning to their business dreams, sometimes years, later.

But the anxiety around the implications of starting a business on your mortgage eligibility doesn’t need to be so thorny.

It’s getting easier to get a mortgage as an entrepreneur

True, historically, securing a home has been less straightforward for the self-employed than for employees. But, while in years gone by many lenders have shut up shop when approached by fledgling entrepreneurs, I have good news as most have now relaxed their rules.

More specifically, whilst lenders all used to operate different criteria when it comes to assessing mortgage applications, many have now standardised the way they judge affordability. And the pool of lenders and products available to business owners is growing all the time.

So, don’t worry – just like for your salaried friends, as long as your finances are fundamentally sound the chances are that you will get a mortgage.

How to navigate the mortgage application process if you’re a business owner

Many new business owners stress that mortgage lenders will require three years’ of good accounts against which to judge an application. Yet, whilst three years typically remains the period underwriters tend to look back on, the focus of their energies has changed.

Rather than dive in to your company accounts, most lenders also want to see your personal tax calculation. That means, just like employees, you need to show lenders proof of earnings after and before tax.

Remember, your lender is also interested in the health of your business – as long as you can demonstrate a viable flow of cash – whether in dividends or salary – to your personal finances.

Plan your business finances

This doesn’t mean, however, that, when you want to buy a house you can embark on a new business with impunity.

Yes, there are fewer technical hurdles to securing a mortgage but you must nevertheless consider the impact of starting a busines on your underlying finances.

You want to avoid getting into a situation where you are forced to defend your business plan or attempt to justify first-year set-up costs as one-off as this could cause delays to the whole process.

When are you obliged to repay?

In order to be allowed to deduct the interest, you are obliged to repay the loan in the following situations:

  • You take out a mortgage or loan for the first time;
  • You increase your existing mortgage or loan, for example for a refurbishment;
  • If you already had a home acquisition debt on 31 December 2012, the repayment obligation will only apply to the additional amount you borrow;
  • You must repay the loan on an annuity basis or by equal amounts in no more than 360 months (30 years). In both cases, you will pay a fixed monthly amount consisting of interest and repayment. You are entitled to interest deduction in both cases.
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Visit at home free of charge.
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mortgage advice the hagueBook a free 60 minutes consultation

Our dedicated mortgage advisors in The Hague can help you make sure you never pay more than you need to for your mortgage.

Buying a house for the first time in The Hague as an expat

With the help from our office we can make the complete mortgage process as clear and uncomplicated as possible. Buying your first home in The Hague as an expat can be a very exciting time, but there is also a lot to learn. Our financial advice covers a wide range of tips and guidance for first time buyers; such as how to save for your mortgage.

Our office specialises in independent mortgage and insurance advice. We offer a comprehensive range of mortgage products from across the market and provide services for expats for buying a house for affordable fixed fees:

What can you expect from our mortgage services?  

We are committed to provide an excellent level of service. Many of our clients come from abroad. Recommendations to friends, family and colleagues and can be anywhere in The Hague. We work nationwide and therefore we provide mortgage advice over the phone, by e-mail or in person.

It is also possible to have some kind of pre-approval if you are house hunting and already have the necessary documents handy.

How to save time in the mortgage process?

To get a head-start in buying your house you can gathering all your documents. If you have most of the necessary documents complete it will save yourself a great amount of time.

The documents you need to collect will detail the following points :

  • Information about your earnings (copy salary slip and employer’s statement);
  • Copy of your passport and residence card;
  • Information about your debt and assets;
  • Homeownership history in the Netherlands.

Independent mortgage advice

First of all you can expect independent and honest mortgage advise from us. This, more concretely, means that we have access to almost all mortgage lenders active in the Netherlands. We also have a partnership with foreign mortgage lenders. Besides, you have a legislator on your side who protects you.

Namely, we are required to have a license and there is an independent financial supervisor.

You can prepare the meeting with our mortgage advisors by call in your employer’s statement.

Need mortgage advice in The Hague? We are glad to assist you!

Want to live in the wonderful famous Dutch city of The Hague? Not surprising of course, because there is so much to see and do in The Hague. For instance the impressive Rijksmuseum or the beautiful canals. Perhaps you need to adjust to the overwhelming presence of bikes!

Are you looking for a home to buy in this bright city, or have you already signed a contract for a house and do you need mortgage advice? We are happy to serve you with specialised mortgage advice.

Our highly educated mortgage advisors will give you more then appropriate mortgage advice in The Hague. We love The Hague as well. Book an initial, free of charge, telephone consultation with one of our mortgage advisors right now!

Housing market in The Hague

The housing market is going through extraordinary times in The Hague. A house with a garden is becoming scarce and the prices are going through the roof. Without guidance is it very hard to get hold of a house in the capital city of the Netherlands.

The Hague, with its beautiful Binnenhof and beach of Scheveningen, has a lasting appeal on a large group of people. Expats often choose to live in The Hague compared to other cities because of its favourable establishment environment.

There are some typical characteristics worth noticing in the housing market of The Hague:

  • Some of the land belongs to the municipality and you have the it on a long lease. In short this means you pay a reimbursement to the local authorities;
  • A lot of the apartments have an owners’ association;
  • There is a unique mannerism to bid on a house in The Hague.

Mortgage advice on making an offer with or without ‘subject to finance’ in The Hague

Any person currently looking for a home to buy in The Hague knows that offers are frequently made without a resolutive condition. Also known as a finance clause. This clause give you time to organise a mortgage for your new house.

Making an offer without this condition can cause a big risk. Because what happens if the bank refuses your mortgage application?

As this happens, you may then have to pay 10% of the purchase price as a penalty and the real cost of damage. Are you willing to take this risk? We can explain you alternative solutions to have the best bid and buying without this expensive risk.

Also we can help you with have a sort of pre-approval mortgage application.

Code of conduct for mortgage loans

Lending institutions such as banks and other mortgage providers are bound by a code of conduct in relation to mortgages. In Dutch this code of conduct is known as Gedragscode Hypothecaire Financiering. The current version of the governments Code of Conduct for mortgage loans came into effect in 2011.  The code of conduct applies to mortgages on primary residences only.

Should I keep renting or buy a property in the Netherlands?

In the five years following on the end of the financial crisis, property prices in the Netherlands plummeted more than fifteen percent and left many homebuyers with mortgages that exceeded the value of their Dutch property. However, the Dutch housing market upswing that started mid-2013 is predicted to continue through 2018, as the Dutch economy and consumer confidence improve and interest rates remain at a historical low point.

These conditions have turned the Dutch housing market into a buyer’s market – particularly for first-time homebuyers – and increased local and foreign investment is pushing property prices back up again.

In contrast, rental prices remained relatively stable over the same period, and are showing significant growth as the economy recovers; in 2015, for example, housing experts said rental prices doubled in the main cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Groningen.

Rental housing platform Pararius recorded the average rental price in the Netherlands in 2016 at around € 1,365 a month but in Amsterdam the average was € 2,200 per month, while in Rotterdam the average was around € 1,200 and in The Hague € 1,500. One main cause is the short rental supply in the private sector, which accounts for only some 5 percent of total housing stock, with the remaining rental stock classified under the social housing sector, which has long waiting lists and restricted to those on high salaries. Read more about renting in the Netherlands.

In comparison, as a result of low interest rates, in some cases it is possible to secure a mortgage lower than the average rental prices. However, costs associated with buying property in the Netherlands total around 4-5 percent of the purchase price, thus buying Dutch property is more suitable for long-term investments, at least a minimum of five years. Based on the current price increase on the Dutch housing market it goes faster.

Can I get a mortgage in the Netherlands?

Of course! There are no legal restrictions for non-Dutch citizens buying Dutch property or applying for a Dutch mortgage. However, if you are relatively new to a job or area, self-employed, on a low income or of a non-EU nationality, these may result in a stricter lending criteria and can become a bumpy road. This can result in a lower maximum Loan To Value (LTV). This is the ratio between the value of the house and the mortgage expressed in a percentage.

Each bank has different requirements, but in general, if you are from a country within the EU it helps a lot to apply for a mortgage. They will probably expect you to have a valid passport, have lived in the Netherlands for at least six months, have a citizen service number (BSN) and have permanent employment in the Netherlands.

It also depends on the status of your residence card. We can inform you during a personal meeting about the possibilities.

You may need to pay a deposit and be limited to a maximum mortgage of 90 percent of the property value, although the Dutch bank does allow mortgages of the full value of a property.

Regardless of nationality, if you are employed you will need to show proof of income and a statement from your employer (werkgeversverklaring) with details of your contract and salary. Temporary workers and university researchers/PhD students will need statements from their employers/universities confirming their position. Self-employed people need to supply the last three years’ income tax returns and accounts.

As from 1 January 2013 the rules for mortgage loans are changed

If you live in a house that you own, you have an owner-occupied home. If you are a qualifying non-resident taxpayer, you may deduct the interest on your mortgage or loan for this house.

Did you buy an owner-occupied home after 1 January 2013? Or did you increase your mortgage or loan after 1 January 2013? Or is your mortgage or loan higher now than in 2012, because you bought a more expensive house? In that case, you will be dealing with new rules for the deduction of your (mortgage) interest.

On 1 January 2013, the rules on the deduction of interest on the home acquisition debt (mortgage interest deduction) were changed. For any new loans, you may only deduct interest if you repay the loan in monthly instalments. If you already had a home acquisition debt before 1 January 2013, you may continue deducting the interest on this debt and you are not obliged to repay.

When are you obliged to repay?

In order to be allowed to deduct the interest, you are obliged to repay the loan in the following situations:

  • You take out a mortgage or loan for the first time;
  • You increase your existing mortgage or loan, for example for a refurbishment;
  • If you already had a home acquisition debt on 31 December 2012, the repayment obligation will only apply to the additional amount you borrow;
  • You must repay the loan on an annuity basis or by equal amounts in no more than 360 months (30 years). In both cases, you will pay a fixed monthly amount consisting of interest and repayment. You are entitled to interest deduction in both cases.

Why use a mortgage advisor? – Pros & Cons

As a go-between for borrowers and lenders, mortgage advisors can be very useful if you aren’t confident in your understanding of finance or mortgaging. Hiring an advisor can be an excellent way of finding the best value home loan given your personal circumstances – just make sure you select your advisor carefully!

For some people, using a mortgage advisor can be a great move for your financial situation, but carefully consider the pros and cons and check that the advisor you choose has the qualifications and experience necessary to find you the best product they can.

Pros of using a mortgage advisor

  • A mortgage advisor can potentially be an invaluable resource for those with a poor understanding of the finance and mortgage industry, or their own financial affairs;
  • A advisor may be able to find you a mortgage that’s better for your individual situation and affairs;
  • If you don’t have the time to do the extensive research required to properly assess the variety of home loan products available to you, a mortgage advisor can do this for you (within the panel of products they sell).

Cons of using a mortgage advisor

  • Mortgage advisors with a small product range of lenders are not wise to choose. This may not  give you a fair idea of the range of products that are suitable for you;
  • Educational qualifications and industry experience can differ widely between advisors, so make sure to enquire about this before you engage the services of any mortgage advisor.
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Buying a house for the first tmortgage advice eindhovenime in Eindhoven as an expat

With the help from our office we can make the complete mortgage process as clear and uncomplicated as possible. Buying your first home in Eindhoven or the Netherlands can be a very exciting time, but there is also a lot to learn. Our financial advice covers a wide range of tips and guidance for first time buyers; such as how to save for your mortgage.

Our firm specialises in independent mortgage and insurance advice. We offer a comprehensive range of mortgage products from across the market and provide services for expats for buying a house for affordable fixed fees:

What can you expect from our mortgage services?  

We are committed to provide an excellent level of service. Many of our clients come from abroad. Recommendations to friends, family and colleagues and can be anywhere in Eindhoven. We work nationwide and therefore we provide mortgage advice over the phone, by e-mail or in person.

Independent mortgage advice

First of all you can expect independent and honest mortgage advise from us. This, more concretely, means that we have access to almost all mortgage lenders active in the Netherlands. We also have a partnership with foreign mortgage lenders. Besides, you have a legislator on your side who protects you.

Namely, we are required to have a license and there is an independent financial supervisor.

You can prepare the meeting with our mortgage advisors by call in your employer’s statement.

Housing market in Eindhoven

The housing market is going through extraordinary times in Eindhoven. A house with a garden is becoming scarce and the prices are going through the roof. Without guidance is it very hard to get hold of a house in the capital city of the Netherlands.

Eindhoven, with it is industrial heritage, has a lasting appeal on a large group of people. Expats often choose to live in Eindhoven compared to other cities because of its favourable establishment environment. Also Eindhoven is called the Sillicon Valley of the Netherlands.

There are some typical characteristics worth noticing in the housing market of Eindhoven:

  • A lot of the apartments have an owners’ association.
  • There is a unique mannerism to bid on a house in Eindhoven.

Should I keep renting or buy a property in the Eindhoven area?

In the five years following on the end of the financial crisis, property prices in the Netherlands plummeted more than fifteen percent and left many homebuyers with mortgages that exceeded the value of their Dutch property. However, the Dutch housing market upswing that started mid-2013 is predicted to continue through 2018, as the Dutch economy and consumer confidence improve and interest rates remain at a historical low point.

These conditions have turned the Dutch housing market into a buyer’s market – particularly for first-time homebuyers – and increased local and foreign investment is pushing property prices back up again.

In contrast, rental prices remained relatively stable over the same period, and are showing significant growth as the economy recovers; in 2015, for example, housing experts said rental prices doubled in the main cities of Eindhoven, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Groningen.

Rental housing platform Pararius recorded the average rental price in the Netherlands in 2016 at around € 1,365 a month but in Eindhoven the average was € 1,650 per month, while in Rotterdam the average was around € 1,200 and in The Hague € 1,500. One main cause is the short rental supply in the private sector, which accounts for only some 5 percent of total housing stock, with the remaining rental stock classified under the social housing sector, which has long waiting lists and restricted to those on high salaries. Read more about renting in the Netherlands.

In comparison, as a result of low interest rates, in some cases it is possible to secure a mortgage lower than the average rental prices. However, costs associated with buying property in the Netherlands total around 4-5 percent of the purchase price, thus buying Dutch property is more suitable for long-term investments, at least a minimum of five years. Based on the current price increase on the Dutch housing market it goes faster.

Can I get a mortgage in the Netherlands?

Of course! There are no legal restrictions for non-Dutch citizens buying Dutch property or applying for a Dutch mortgage. However, if you are relatively new to a job or area, self-employed, on a low income or of a non-EU nationality, these may result in a stricter lending criteria and can become a bumpy road. This can result in a lower maximum Loan To Value (LTV). This is the ratio between the value of the house and the mortgage expressed in a percentage.

Each bank has different requirements, but in general, if you are from a country within the EU it helps a lot to apply for a mortgage. They will probably expect you to have a valid passport, have lived in the Netherlands for at least six months, have a citizen service number (BSN) and have permanent employment in the Netherlands.

You may need to pay a deposit and be limited to a maximum mortgage of 90 percent of the property value, although the Dutch bank does allow mortgages of the full value of a property.

Regardless of nationality, if you are employed you will need to show proof of income and a statement from your employer (werkgeversverklaring) with details of your contract and salary. Temporary workers and university researchers/PhD students will need statements from their employers/universities confirming their position. Self-employed people need to supply the last three years’ income tax returns and accounts.

Large companies Eindhoven area

We help all expats in the Eindhoven region. The larger employers for expats in the Eindhoven region are ASML and Philips.

As from 1 January 2013 the rules for mortgage loans are changed

If you live in a house that you own, you have an owner-occupied home. If you are a qualifying non-resident taxpayer, you may deduct the interest on your mortgage or loan for this house.

Did you buy an owner-occupied home after 1 January 2013? Or did you increase your mortgage or loan after 1 January 2013? Or is your mortgage or loan higher now than in 2012, because you bought a more expensive house? In that case, you will be dealing with new rules for the deduction of your (mortgage) interest.

On 1 January 2013, the rules on the deduction of interest on the home acquisition debt (mortgage interest deduction) were changed. For any new loans, you may only deduct interest if you repay the loan in monthly instalments. If you already had a home acquisition debt before 1 January 2013, you may continue deducting the interest on this debt and you are not obliged to repay.

Taking out a mortgage as an entrepreneur in Eindhoven

Starting a business or already having a business and buying a house in Eindhoven? They are two of the biggest things you can do in life – but do buying a home and starting a business go hand-in-hand?

For many new business owners, the prospect of securing a mortgage fills them with dread. Judging by the number of client enquiries we receive many still fear that a freshly-formed business will, in the eyes of lenders’ underwriters, disqualify them from mortgage eligibility.

On the flip side, many would-be business owners are forced to prioritise, preferring to defer their career ambitions, to secure their family home first. Only returning to their business dreams, sometimes years, later.

But the anxiety around the implications of starting a business on your mortgage eligibility doesn’t need to be so thorny.

It’s getting easier to get a mortgage as an entrepreneur

True, historically, securing a home has been less straightforward for the self-employed than for employees. But, while in years gone by many lenders have shut up shop when approached by fledgling entrepreneurs, I have good news as most have now relaxed their rules.

More specifically, whilst lenders all used to operate different criteria when it comes to assessing mortgage applications, many have now standardised the way they judge affordability. And the pool of lenders and products available to business owners is growing all the time.

So, don’t worry – just like for your salaried friends, as long as your finances are fundamentally sound the chances are that you will get a mortgage.

How to navigate the mortgage application process if you’re a business owner

Many new business owners stress that mortgage lenders will require three years’ of good accounts against which to judge an application. Yet, whilst three years typically remains the period underwriters tend to look back on, the focus of their energies has changed.

Rather than dive in to your company accounts, most lenders also want to see your personal tax calculation. That means, just like employees, you need to show lenders proof of earnings after and before tax.

Remember, your lender is also interested in the health of your business – as long as you can demonstrate a viable flow of cash – whether in dividends or salary – to your personal finances.

Plan your business finances

This doesn’t mean, however, that, when you want to buy a house you can embark on a new business with impunity.

Yes, there are fewer technical hurdles to securing a mortgage but you must nevertheless consider the impact of starting a busines on your underlying finances.

You want to avoid getting into a situation where you are forced to defend your business plan or attempt to justify first-year set-up costs as one-off as this could cause delays to the whole process.

When are you obliged to repay your mortgage?

In order to be allowed to deduct the interest, you are obliged to repay the loan in the following situations:

  • You take out a mortgage or loan for the first time;
  • You increase your existing mortgage or loan, for example for a refurbishment;
  • If you already had a home acquisition debt on 31 December 2012, the repayment obligation will only apply to the additional amount you borrow;
  • You must repay the loan on an annuity basis or by equal amounts in no more than 360 months (30 years). In both cases, you will pay a fixed monthly amount consisting of interest and repayment. You are entitled to interest deduction in both cases.
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Our mortgage advisors in Amsterdam can help you make sure you never pay more than you need to for your mortgage.

Buying a house for the first time in Amsterdam

With the help from our firm we can make the complete mortgage process as clear and uncomplicated as possible. Buying your first home in Amsterdam or the Netherlands can be a very exciting time, but there is also a lot to learn. Our financial advice covers a wide range of tips and guidance for first time buyers; such as how to save for your mortgage.

Our firm specialises in independent mortgage and insurance advice. We offer a comprehensive range of mortgage products from across the market and provide services for expats for buying a house for affordable fixed fees:

What can you expect from our mortgage services?  

We are committed to provide an excellent level of service. Many of our clients come from abroad. Recommendations to friends, family and colleagues and can be anywhere in Amsterdam. We work nationwide and therefore we provide mortgage advice over the phone, by e-mail or in person.

Independent mortgage advice

First of all you can expect independent and honest mortgage advise from us. This, more concretely, means that we have access to almost all mortgage lenders active in the Netherlands. We also have a partnership with foreign mortgage lenders. Besides, you have a legislator on your side who protects you.

Namely, we are required to have a license and there is an independent financial supervisor.

You can prepare the meeting with our mortgage advisors by call in your employer’s statement.

Need mortgage advice in Amsterdam? We are glad to assist you!

Want to live in the wonderful famous Dutch city of Amsterdam? Not surprising of course, because there is so much to see and do in Amsterdam. For instance the impressive Rijksmuseum or the beautiful canals. Perhaps you need to adjust to the overwhelming presence of bikes!

Are you looking for a home to buy in this bright city, or have you already signed a contract for a house and do you need mortgage advice? We are happy to serve you with specialised mortgage advice.

Our highly educated mortgage advisors will give you more then appropriate mortgage advice in Amsterdam. We love Amsterdam as well. Book an initial, free of charge, telephone consultation with one of our mortgage advisors right now!

Housing market in Amsterdam

The housing market is going through extraordinary times in Amsterdam. A house with a garden is becoming scarce and the prices are going through the roof. Without guidance is it very hard to get hold of a house in the capital city of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam, with its extraordinary canals, has a lasting appeal on a large group of people. Expats often choose to live in Amsterdam compared to other cities because of its favourable establishment environment.

There are some typical characteristics worth noticing in the housing market of Amsterdam:

  • Some of the land belongs to the municipality and you have the it on a long lease. In short this means you pay a reimbursement to the local authorities.
  • A lot of the apartments have an owners’ association.
  • There is a unique mannerism to bid on a house in Amsterdam.
  • The notary prepares a concept purchase agreement and invites the parties involved in the process to sign the document at his or her office.

Mortgage advice on making an offer with or without ‘subject to finance’ in Amsterdam

Any person currently looking for a home to buy in Amsterdam knows that offers are frequently made without a resolutive condition. Also known as a finance clause. This clause give you time to organise a mortgage for your new house.

Making an offer without this condition can cause a big risk. Because what happens if the bank refuses your mortgage application?

As this happens, you may then have to pay 10% of the purchase price as a penalty and the real cost of damage. Are you willing to take this risk? We can explain you alternative solutions to have the best bid and buying without this expensive risk.

Also we can help you with have a sort of pre-approval mortgage application.

Should I keep renting or buy a property in the Netherlands?

In the five years following on the end of the financial crisis, property prices in the Netherlands plummeted more than fifteen percent and left many homebuyers with mortgages that exceeded the value of their Dutch property. However, the Dutch housing market upswing that started mid-2013 is predicted to continue through 2018, as the Dutch economy and consumer confidence improve and interest rates remain at a historical low point.

These conditions have turned the Dutch housing market into a buyer’s market – particularly for first-time homebuyers – and increased local and foreign investment is pushing property prices back up again.

In contrast, rental prices remained relatively stable over the same period, and are showing significant growth as the economy recovers; in 2015, for example, housing experts said rental prices doubled in the main cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Groningen.

Rental housing platform Pararius recorded the average rental price in the Netherlands in 2016 at around € 1,365 a month but in Amsterdam the average was € 2,200 per month, while in Rotterdam the average was around € 1,200 and in The Hague € 1,500. One main cause is the short rental supply in the private sector, which accounts for only some 5 percent of total housing stock, with the remaining rental stock classified under the social housing sector, which has long waiting lists and restricted to those on high salaries. Read more about renting in the Netherlands.

In comparison, as a result of low interest rates, in some cases it is possible to secure a mortgage lower than the average rental prices. However, costs associated with buying property in the Netherlands total around 4-5 percent of the purchase price, thus buying Dutch property is more suitable for long-term investments, at least a minimum of five years. Based on the current price increase on the Dutch housing market it goes faster.

Can I get a mortgage in the Netherlands?

Of course! There are no legal restrictions for non-Dutch citizens buying Dutch property or applying for a Dutch mortgage. However, if you are relatively new to a job or area, self-employed, on a low income or of a non-EU nationality, these may result in a stricter lending criteria and can become a bumpy road. This can result in a lower maximum Loan To Value (LTV). This is the ratio between the value of the house and the mortgage expressed in a percentage.

Each bank has different requirements, but in general, if you are from a country within the EU it helps a lot to apply for a mortgage. They will probably expect you to have a valid passport, have lived in the Netherlands for at least six months, have a citizen service number (BSN) and have permanent employment in the Netherlands.

You may need to pay a deposit and be limited to a maximum mortgage of 90 percent of the property value, although the Dutch bank does allow mortgages of the full value of a property.

Regardless of nationality, if you are employed you will need to show proof of income and a statement from your employer (werkgeversverklaring) with details of your contract and salary. Temporary workers and university researchers/PhD students will need statements from their employers/universities confirming their position. Self-employed people need to supply the last three years’ income tax returns and accounts.

As from 1 January 2013 the rules for mortgage loans are changed

If you live in a house that you own, you have an owner-occupied home. If you are a qualifying non-resident taxpayer, you may deduct the interest on your mortgage or loan for this house.

Did you buy an owner-occupied home after 1 January 2013? Or did you increase your mortgage or loan after 1 January 2013? Or is your mortgage or loan higher now than in 2012, because you bought a more expensive house? In that case, you will be dealing with new rules for the deduction of your (mortgage) interest.

On 1 January 2013, the rules on the deduction of interest on the home acquisition debt (mortgage interest deduction) were changed. For any new loans, you may only deduct interest if you repay the loan in monthly instalments. If you already had a home acquisition debt before 1 January 2013, you may continue deducting the interest on this debt and you are not obliged to repay.

Code of conduct for mortgage loans

Lending institutions such as banks and other mortgage providers are bound by a code of conduct in relation to mortgages. In Dutch this code of conduct is known as Gedragscode Hypothecaire Financiering. The current version of the governments Code of Conduct for mortgage loans came into effect in 2011.  The code of conduct applies to mortgages on primary residences only.

Actual interest rates (September, 25th 2018)

What is National Mortgage Guarantee (in Dutch called NHG)

The Dutch National Mortgage Guarantee (NHG) scheme is unique in Europe. It helps you take out a mortgage that is guaranteed by the Dutch government and gives you a interest discount. This discount can be up to 0,5%!

And if you do run into problems meeting your mortgage payments due to circumstances beyond your control, the National Mortgage Guarantee may provide a safety net for you, and your mortgage lender.

When you take out a NHG-backed mortgage, you know for sure that your mortgage matches your income. That’s because your mortgage meets the criteria for responsible lending and borrowing set by the National Institute for Family Finance in the Netherlands (NIBUD). So you know for sure that you’re not borrowing more than you can afford. After making the monthly mortgage payment you’ll still have money left for other expenses like groceries, insurance and your savings account.

Safety net if you can no longer pay your mortgage

If you have an NHG-backed mortgage and can no longer pay your mortgage due to specific circumstances beyond your control, you and your mortgage lender can turn to us for support.

The specific circumstances under which NHG comes into operation are:

  • if you lose your job;
  • if your relationship ends;
  • if you become disabled for work;
  • if your partner dies.

The National Mortgage Guarantee is referred to in Dutch as ‘NHG’ or ‘Nationale Hypotheek Garantie’ (NHG). The maximum mortgage with NHG is € 265.000. Other conditions of this program.

Taking out a mortgage as an entrepreneur

Starting a business or already having one and buying a house in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands? They are two of the biggest things you can do in life – but do buying a home and starting a business go hand-in-hand?

For many new business owners, the prospect of securing a mortgage fills them with dread. Judging by the number of client enquiries we receive many still fear that a freshly-formed business will, in the eyes of lenders’ underwriters, disqualify them from mortgage eligibility.

On the flip side, many would-be business owners are forced to prioritise, preferring to defer their career ambitions, to secure their family home first. Only returning to their business dreams, sometimes years, later.

But the anxiety around the implications of starting a business on your mortgage eligibility doesn’t need to be so thorny.

It’s getting easier to get a mortgage as an entrepreneur

True, historically, securing a home has been less straightforward for the self-employed than for employees. But, while in years gone by many lenders have shut up shop when approached by fledgling entrepreneurs, I have good news as most have now relaxed their rules.

More specifically, whilst lenders all used to operate different criteria when it comes to assessing mortgage applications, many have now standardised the way they judge affordability. And the pool of lenders and products available to business owners is growing all the time.

So, don’t worry – just like for your salaried friends, as long as your finances are fundamentally sound the chances are that you will get a mortgage.

How to navigate the mortgage application process if you’re a business owner

Many new business owners stress that mortgage lenders will require three years’ of good accounts against which to judge an application. Yet, whilst three years typically remains the period underwriters tend to look back on, the focus of their energies has changed.

Rather than dive in to your company accounts, most lenders also want to see your personal tax calculation. That means, just like employees, you need to show lenders proof of earnings after and before tax.

Remember, your lender is also interested in the health of your business – as long as you can demonstrate a viable flow of cash – whether in dividends or salary – to your personal finances.

Plan your business finances

This doesn’t mean, however, that, when you want to buy a house you can embark on a new business with impunity.

Yes, there are fewer technical hurdles to securing a mortgage but you must nevertheless consider the impact of starting a busines on your underlying finances.

You want to avoid getting into a situation where you are forced to defend your business plan or attempt to justify first-year set-up costs as one-off as this could cause delays to the whole process.

When am I obliged to repay my loan?

In order to be allowed to deduct the interest, you are obliged to repay the loan in the following situations:

  • You take out a mortgage or loan for the first time;
  • You increase your existing mortgage or loan, for example for a refurbishment;
  • If you already had a home acquisition debt on 31 December 2012, the repayment obligation will only apply to the additional amount you borrow;
  • You must repay the loan on an annuity basis or by equal amounts in no more than 360 months (30 years). In both cases, you will pay a fixed monthly amount consisting of interest and repayment. You are entitled to interest deduction in both cases.
Response within 24 hours.
Often sooner.
We work nationwide
Visit at home free of charge.
All your information is 100% safe and secure.
We care about your privacy.

For having an indication of your future mortgage payments please contact us.


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