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Do you need a real estate agent in The Netherlands?

A frequently asked question is if you need a real estate agent in The Netherlands. The answer is fairly simple, but not very satisfying: it depends of your own situation and knowledge of the market. The tasks of a real estate agent can vary, but here you will find a good overview. A real estate agent in The Netherlands can help you with various things tasks and has a lot to offer. However there are costs associated with working with an agent. In consultation with the real estate agent you’ll have the option to do some of the tasks yourself. This will save you some money. You will have to decide yourself if a real estate agent anywhere in The Netherlands is worth the money. 

Tasks of a buying agent in the Netherlands

The buying agent will guide you during the search for houses based on your wishes and preferences anywhere in the Netherlands. This way you will receive new available houses in your region, which fits your profile. This is very useful, because the majority of the houses in The Netherlands will show up on the big housing websites a few days later. Now you are one step ahead of your fellow searchers and will save you a lot of time finding a house.

Task 1. The buying agent join with viewings

If you are able to view a house yourself the real estate agent can go along with you to have a professional look at the house. If you are not able to do any viewing, the real estate agent will do this for you and will inform you afterwards. The real estate agent will also ask critical questions to the selling party. This way you will have a good estimate if the house suits you and if the price is adequate. Keep in mind, that such offers are not standard. Because the very busy housing market, a lot of agents don’t have the time to go with all viewings. Once you’re really interested in a house the agent will join you. 

Task 2. Realistic valuation of the house before making a offer

The real estate agent assesses the house in a professional way. Because of this, you will have a realistic valuation of the house. This can prevent you from a financial failure because the agent has no emotions evolved. It is common for the buying party to do an offer out of pure emotions, especially when they already spent much time trying to buy a house. Because of this too many offers are just too high and frankly out of the budget of the buyers, which can be a problem in the future. Read here the 7 most common made mistakes by expats. 

Task 3. The buying agent conducts the negotiations 

It’s no problem if you don’t have much experience with a real estate agent nor negotiating. The real estate agent will do everything in their power to let things run out as smoothly as possible. The price of the buying agent in the Netherlands often depends on how well the negotiating went. For instance, if the agent makes sure that you get an attractive deal with the selling party, you’ll pay the agent a bit more. It also works the other way around. When the selling party is stubborn and the real estate agent wasn’t able to get the best deal, you pay the agent less. This motivates the real estate agent to get the best deal possible for you. In Dutch this is called a ‘staffel’. 

Task 4. Will search for a mortgage advisor

The real estate agent has a network around every aspect of the purchase. The real estate agent will refer you to a mortgage adviser who has proven himself already handly all the tasks well. It is not a problem if you already have a mortgage adviser. That way you already know how much mortgage you can get in your specific situation. If you are looking for a mortgage advisor right away, please look at HuisAssist. They can help you with finding a good financial advisor everywhere in the Netherlands. 

Task 5. Will check the final purchase agreement

When the offer is accepted, you and the selling party have agreed on the selling price. If you also have come to an agreement about the movable property and resolutive conditions, you have reached an agreement. The real estate agent will record this in the purchase agreement.

Of course you have to check the purchase agreement yourself afterwards. If you have done this, the selling party will also go through all the details. If you wish to get some more details on the purchase agreement, the real estate agent will give you additional explanations. This way you won’t end up with any questions or uncertainties. If a flaw occurs in the purchase agreement, it will be sent back to the selling party to make the right adjustments.

Task 6. Statutory cooling-off period of 3 working days

The purchase is done if the buying- and the selling party have signed the purchase agreement. This agreement will then be sent to the notary. Afterwards you will have a statutory cooling-off period of 3 days. In this time period it is possible to cancel the purchase without giving any reason. If this 3 day time period has expired, the purchase is official and definitive, except when resolutive conditions apply. 

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Do you want to know which purchase broke in The Netherlands fits you the best? Fill in your preferences and wishes in our tool for free and without any obligation. Based on this data we will compare all the local real estate agents in the location you want to live. Subsequently we will select 1 or 2 real estate agents that fit you the best. These purchase brokers in The Netherlands will reach out to you, so you can decide which suits you the best. You can also discuss the brokerage and the other costs.

Interested in which 7 things you should look for choosing a real estate agent? Read this article. 

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FAQ

See below our frequently asked questions about the services provided by Juiste Makelaar.

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What does Juiste Makelaar do?

We are a real estate agent comparison service active throughout the Netherlands. Based on your preferences and our unique broker database we match you to the best broker for your situation. Before we put you in contact, we will contact you to complete the matching. This way there are no surprises. Then you will receive the selected brokers by email and they will contact you themselves. Then you choose the best real estate agent for your situation.

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How do you compare real estate agents?

In the application we ask a number of preferences which we combine with the available broker data. After you have filled in this information we always contact you personally so we can complete the whole comparison.

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Why is comparing real estate agents necessary?
In the Netherlands there are more than 9,000 active real estate agents. This makes it difficult to determine which estate agent is best suited for your situation. Which agent uses a good buying or selling strategy and what costs do the different brokers charge. Have you become curious? Compare right away!

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Can I compare real estate agents anywhere in the Netherlands?

Yes, we can help you find a suitable real estate agent throughout the Netherlands. This is partly due to our many partners, so we can help you as best we can anywhere in the Netherlands.

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What is a normal fee for a real estate agent in the Netherlands?

The average sales commission of a real estate agent in the Netherlands is between 1 and 1.25 percent. However, this naturally depends on what you agree with the real estate agent in question. You can think of a bonus agreement or a different set of tasks.

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What does a buying agent cost?

The average brokerage commission in the Netherlands with a buying agent is between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of the purchase amount. With the buying agent, the commission depends on the purchase price, the activities and the place where you want to buy a house. Is the place or neighborhood very popular? Then the estate agent can charge higher fees.

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What happens after I complete the equation?

Immediately after filling out your preferences, you will receive a confirmation. After that we will contact you by phone, unless you prefer to be contacted in another way. When everything is to your satisfaction, the two selected real estate agents will contact you. Finally, you decide with which real estate agent you have the best connection and with whom you want to work.

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Can I also get a price list from real estate agents?

No, because all real estate agents in the Netherlands have a different working method, it is not yet possible to send a standard price list. This is partly due to various aspects, such as that you can agree performance bonuses with estate agents so that the standard commission is lower, or that you carry out a number of tasks yourself. Other reasons for not being able to give a standard price list are: the sales ranks of agent firms, the location of your home, quality of the real estate agent and extra services they  offer.

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Is this application through Juiste Makelaar free of charge?

Yes it is! This application is completely free of charge for you. We are happy to put you in contact with the selected real estate agents free of charge and without any obligation. At the moment you are finally helped with buying or selling your home, we ask a small fee to the broker, which means no costs to you.

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