Getting a Dutch mortgage
When you apply for a mortgage (hypotheek) in the Netherlands, you’re bound to the same conditions as Dutch natives. You have to work and live here and the lender will need information about your income and debts, the property value, your employment agreement, your marital status and more.
Are there any special requirements for expats?
As an expat, you might have to satisfy a few extra requirements to obtain a mortgage in the Netherlands. Like anyone else, you need to have a citizen service number (BSN). You’ll receive one when registering at the municipality, e.g. here in Amsterdam. When you’re not an EU/EEA (European Economic Area) citizen, a residence permit (verblijfsvergunning) is mandatory. Your employer can usually help you obtain these items.
Some banks or lenders may have extra requirements for expatriate borrowers. For instance, they may require that you’ve lived in the Netherlands for at least six months. They could also require that you have an income in euros or an EU nationality. There may be additional requirements if you’re new to the country or employer.
What if I’m self-employed or don’t have a permanent employment contract?
Getting a mortgage can be difficult for self-employed expats or expats who don’t have a permanent employment contract – but it’s not impossible.
If you’re self-employed, you’ll need to show at least two or three years of income history. The longer you’ve been self-employed, the higher your chance of getting a mortgage will be.
If you don’t have a permanent employment contract, you’ll need a letter from your employer stating that your contract will be renewed if the situation stays the same.
What if I’m living or working abroad?
Taking out a mortgage from a Dutch mortgage provider requires that you live and work in The Netherlands. Off course you can be seconded abroad every now and then, but your main base and employer has to be Dutch
Can I buy a house to let?
Unfortunately, that is not possible with a ‘normal’ mortgage. With these mortgages, it’s not allowed to rent out your home. They are strictly meant for self-occupancy. Only in special circumstances like a long-lasting vacancy or a transitional period you can rent it out for a limited period of time and with the consent of the mortgage provider. There are, however, special buy-to-let mortgages. But the interest rate is always fairly higher and you have invested some money of your own, up to 30-50%.
Are there any special expat mortgages?
If you mean a mortgage with special or favorable conditions for expats, the answer is no. A special expat mortgage doesn’t exist. You get the same Dutch mortgage, just like your fellow (Dutch) countryman.
How much can I finance and what costs will I pay upfront?
In the Netherlands, you can finance up to 100% of the market value of your house. So if the value is €200,000, you can get a mortgage for as much as €200,000. It’s just as simple as that.
However, keep in mind that you will have to bring some of your own money to the table as there are several costs involved in buying a property that can’t be financed (although we can sometimes help with this). These are some of the costs you should expect to pay out of pocket:
As a rule of thumb, the costs of buying a house will be roughly 4% to 6% of the home price. You can read more about these costs here.