Have you completed your studies and found a job? Then the time has come to move… What are you going to do, buy or rent a house? Finding a home when you’ve just graduated isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve written out 8 useful tips when looking for a new home:
- Register with a housing association
If you want to rent something as a starter, it’s wise to register early with one or more housing associations. The longer you are registered, the sooner it will be your turn. The waiting time in popular cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht can be more than 10 years. In social housing, a maximum rent and rent increase can be applied.
- Free sector housing
Free sector housing consists of rental properties with a rental price from €737.14 per month. It isn’t possible to get housing benefit for free sector rental homes. You do not need to be registered as a home seeker to get a home in the free sector.
- Shared housing
To keep costs low, you can also choose to live with a friend in a shared apartment.
- Hire a real estate agent to find a suitable home (for rent or buying).
If you’re looking for a home, you can consult the home offers on funda.nl or contact an NVM estate agent. The NVM estate agent can help you to make the right choice. It is also possible to set out a search inquiry with the estate agent. In that case, indicate clearly what your budget is and what your wishes are. Please note that costs will be charged for this.
- Expand your search area to surrounding places
The rental market is tight and especially in the larger cities it is quite a challenge as a starter to find an affordable home. Therefore, also look at the surrounding regions. An additional advantage of this is that the rental prices are often lower than in the cities.
- Use social media for your search
You can increase the chances of finding a home through your own network. Let your friends and family know that you’re looking for a home on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp etc. and ask people to share it. You may hear that a friend of a friend is looking for a roommate or moving out of a nice apartment.
- Alternative living
More and more starters are turning to alternative forms of housing. Tiny Housing in particular is becoming more and more popular. These are small fully-fledged detached houses that are affordable, compact and durable. You can purchase them starting from €40,000.
- Starter loan
The Starter Loan is an additional loan on top of the mortgage for your first home. This loan bridges the difference between the purchase price of the home and the maximum mortgage. Not all municipalities in the Netherlands participate in the start-up loan. For more information, contact a mortgage advisor.