Two homes and double housing costs: How to reduce them?

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Bought a house, but not sold it yet? What to do with double housing costs?

Recently bought a new home and just can’t seem to get the sale of your current home going? There are a number of options to solve this problem. These options will not be valid for everyone because it depends on the personal situation. 

For example, we answer the questions of how to promote the sale, what to do if you have double housing costs or can you also sell your just-bought house again if you run into trouble?

How can you speed up the sale of the house? 

Are you in danger of having double monthly expenses because the sale of your “old” house is not moving forward? What are your options for speeding up the sale?

  • Have you had few viewings? Check if the photos are bad or if the house looks messy in the photos or if the house is not well maintained. 
  • Isn’t the asking price too high? It may be an idea to lower the asking price in consultation with the estate agent. You can take into account the different price categories on major housing sites such as Funda and Huispedia. Put the asking price under a large round number, such as under € 300,000. You may then appeal to an interesting target group for your property. 
  • Check your ad carefully in the autumn. In the fall, the sale of homes always increases due to the changing rules in the new year. Interested parties often want to buy a house quickly in the last days of the year. So check that your ad is still up to date to boost sales. 
  • Take part in the Open House Day. Every year, several Open-House Days are organized, as a result of which many people go to view homes.
  • Promote your own home through various social media channels. Also ask your friends to share the message! 
  • Do you have a real estate agent? Then discuss whether the sales strategy is appropriate. Is the cooperation not progressing? Then consider working with another real estate agent. Do you want to be sure that this broker suits you? Compare brokers via the tool.

Do you have double housing costs?

Do you have double housing costs because you have bought a new home, but your old home has not yet been sold? This can occur because your new home is under construction or the sale of the home has not yet been finalized by the notary. 

Fortunately, the government has come up with two options to help someone with double burdens. 

Option 1. Temporarily rent out a home

If you have not yet sold your old home, it is possible to temporarily rent out this old home. This can be done on the basis of the “Leegstandwet” (vacancy law). This regulation makes it possible to evict the tenant as soon as the house has been sold. See if this option suits your current situation. Does it make sense to temporarily rent out the house and what are the tax consequences? Do you want to make use of the vacancy law? Then you need to apply for a permit from your municipality. This can be done via the website of the municipality. You can find the form on the website of the government. 

Option 2. Double mortgage interest deduction

The mortgage interest is deductible for both houses. In addition, the owner-occupied home value for the vacant home or the home under construction does not have to be paid. These arrangements are valid from the time the property is put up for sale or the property under construction is purchased plus the following three years.

Can you sell a newly purchased home?

If you can’t get rid of your “old” home, you can choose to put your recently purchased home up for sale as well. This way you suddenly have two homes for sale, which increases the chance of getting rid of the double monthly costs faster. At the moment you are not yet living in your new home, the mortgage interest remains deductible. Of course, you must have bought a new home to live in. In some cases you may not immediately put the purchased property up for sale. This can happen in a new construction project. In such cases, it is not permitted to sell the property before completion.

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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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