How do I get a house in the Netherlands?
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Finding accommodation in the Netherlands can be challenging. The housing market is stretched, with demand outweighing supply in some cities. It’s best to start looking as soon as possible. First, you must decide if you want to rent or buy a property. Getting a mortgage can be difficult for expats. You usually need to have been living in the Netherlands longer than 5 years and you might need a hefty deposit. Renting is more straightforward and gives you the flexibility to move, should your circumstances change. You can search for properties yourself online or through social media groups. You can also employ the services of an estate agent (makelaar) to search for you. This is the easiest option as they will do all the work for you but be aware of the charges.