If you consider a buy-to-let property in the Netherlands, then you will notice that it works a bit differently compared to a residential mortgage. For example, some Dutch banks will reject your inquiry from the get-go.
If you’re going to invest in a buy-to-let apartment, then we can assist you in financing the property. However, before doing so, we advise you to check the six steps on investing in buy to let mortgage in the Netherlands.
An essential question you have to ask yourself before you invest in the Dutch real estate market is why you want to buy a property for rent, and not invest in shares, funds, or keep your investment on a savings account? It is essential to understand why you are choosing to invest in the Dutch real estate market versus other options. We advise you to do your research about different financial products, their returns, and risks.
We also recommend you to ask yourself: Are you going to invest because you have money left over? Do you see it as your retirement plan? Or do you want to save money for your kids? Each goal requires different research.
Conduct your research to get a better idea of the housing market in the Netherlands before investing in the real estate market. For example, students have different housing needs than a couple. How do know what is essential?
Investing in real estate has implications for your taxes. Tax implications for rental income are in either box 1 or box 3. The difference is how much tax you have to pay. Other questions to ask yourself are:
Consider what part of your assets you want to use to invest in the real estate market in the Netherlands. There is no magical percentage or rule of thumb. We believe in diversifying your investments, so investing parts of your assets in shares or bonds makes sense. Diversification means that you’re mitigating the risk of the market fluctuates. If you’re planning on buying the first property, you should look into dividing your assets over several apartments. When buying a house or apartment in the Netherlands, it is essential to make sure you know how much you should reserve for the costs of purchasing, renovating, and maintenance.
Every property in the Netherlands needs repairs at some point. Some (minor) repairs are for the account of the tenant, but maintenance and replacement costs are for you as the lessor. Think of a broken boiler or paint that is peeling off. A reservation on the rental income is advisable. There’s no rule of thumb in how much to reserve. How much to reserve depends on:
1. Are you all thumbs or an experienced builder?
2. Do you have time to repair any damage?
3. What is the current state of the property?
4. Does the homeowners association (VvE) take care of repairs?
5. Is the technical inspection/report giving you confidence?
Always have contracts and agreements prepared and checked by a professional. Consequently, the tip applies to both the purchase contract when purchasing a buy-to-let property and the agreements with your tenants. A real estate agent, real estate lawyer, or notary, can explain the possibilities and challenges to you. In other words, be informed when it comes to defects, leasehold, tenants’ protection, soil pollution, and the financial and legal position of the VvE.
Learn more about buy to let mortgages in the Netherlands.