Mortgage advice for internationals
How does the financial clause work in the Netherlands?
What happens when you find a dream home in the Netherlands? The next step is to put in an offer on the house. As soon as your bid is accepted, you sign a purchase agreement with a seller.
A purchase agreement outlines terms and conditions between a buyer and a seller, for example, the property’s purchase price, the (handover) date of delivery of the property, termination clauses, and any financial clauses.
The moment you sign the agreement, the deal comes into force. Good to know that you have three days (cooling-off period) to cancel the purchase agreement. After the cooling-off period, the financial clause comes into place.
You don’t get a pre-approval from a bank in the Netherlands. The financial clause allows the buyer to arrange a mortgage within a given time frame, for example, four weeks. If a mortgage lender does not approve the finances, you cannot go through with the agreement, and you can cancel it. The financial clause protects the buying party. If you don’t put in a clause in which the deal is subject to getting a mortgage approved, you oblige to going through with the transaction. If you don’t have the funds available, the seller can hold you liable for 10% of the purchase price.
Signing a purchase agreement with a financial clause
The financial clause protects you, the buyer, from losing 10% of the purchase price if you cannot get a mortgage approved. It gives you the freedom to walk away from the deal.
Rejection for a mortgage application
It’s crucial to keep in mind different requirements that each lender has for their mortgage applicants. When a mortgage application is rejected, you can move forward with another mortgage lender, or you can decide to cancel the purchase agreement. When you choose to work with us, we make sure to assess your options and tell you beforehand if it’s feasible to move forward.
If you signed a purchase agreement with a financial clause and the mortgage is not approved, you don’t need to pay a deposit to the seller because you use the financial clause to cancel the agreement.
Signing a purchase agreement without a financial clause
When you sign the agreement without putting in a financial clause, the seller is more protected than you. If you do not get your finances in place before the handover date, the deal fails, and a seller receives 10% of the property price.
The reason to exclude the financial clause from the agreement is that you can close the deal quicker. However, you must be sure you can get a mortgage. For more information, please contact us.