Wanting to buy a home in The Netherlands is a major decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Finding the right real estate agent to best represent you is vital in order to help you navigate the complicated world of real estate. How to choose the best way?
1. Hire a professional estate agent
Dutch estate agents aren’t regulated by law so anyone can set up a business selling property and calling himself an estate agent. Fortunately we have many agents who are professionally qualified, these estate agents are a member of a professional association in real estate such as VBO makelaar, NVM or Vastgoedpro.
2. Make sure the agent is registered
With so many estate agents out there, how do you chose the best one? Your second step to narrowing down your options is to seek for a registered estate agent. Only registered estate agents are allowed to valuate on behalf of the banks. So they work to highest standards, ensuring that you are best guided and protected throughout your property journey.
3. Find a specialist
Once you have decided to enter the property market, and you know roughly which areas you would like to look at purchasing in, the first step you should take is to consult an estate agency that is not only specialized in those areas but, more importantly, is specialized in guiding expats. This way the real estate agent can guide you better during the whole process of buying a house instead of just looking for one.
4. Check the estate agent fees and contracts
Commissions can be calculated as a percentage of the property purchase price or as a flat fee. Make sure you check exactly what services each estate agent offers. There are big differences in fees and packages. Will they conduct every viewing? Will they provide all the information in English? Ultimately, the decision of how much to pay your agent is yours, but you should always feel that you get your money’s worth. Please mind “If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys”. So beware of the catch? Generally a cut rate implies inferior service.
5. Review the agent
When it comes to choosing a real estate agent the best place to start is in your own network. Ask someone you know who has bought or sold a property and was happy with the services they received. Another possibility is doing your own research online. Every professional agent should be able to provide at least a handful of testimonials on their website. With this information, you need to be able to have confidence in who you like to have a intake meeting with.
6. Follow Your Intuition and Feelings
When you meet with a potential real estate agent, pay attention not only to their experience and technical skills, but also their personality and how they make you feel. An estate agent who listen to your needs and desires, will be able to match you with the perfect property much faster. You will be spending a lot of time talking and working with your agent, so it is crucial that you get along well before you select them as your real estate agent. Once you find the agent who you feel most comfortable with, and you’re confident in their ability to meet your needs, it’s time to move forward.
The Bottom Line is: the right agent will keep your best interests in mind, ensuring that you will have a smooth and stress-free transaction.