The Brainport region consists of 21 municipalities in the Southeast Netherlands. But where do you start finding a house and a living environment that’s right for you? The Brainport region offers urban, suburban and rural living environments. You can choose to live in the middle of the city center with all facilities a stone’s throw away, close to nature where you can enjoy more space or you can choose a leafy suburb and have a little of both.
With an average of more
than 400 people per square kilometer, the Netherlands is one of the most
densely populated countries in Europe. The Brainport region’s population
density is even higher. As a consequence, Dutch houses tend to be smaller and
more compact than in many other countries, but you’ll be surprised by how Dutch
architects manage to maximize the use of space!
Housing stock across the
region varies from studio apartments (a single room including sleeping area,
living area and cooking facilities) and more traditional apartments with
multiple, separate bedrooms, to larger detached, semi-detached, or terraced
Renting or buying?
Given the current Dutch housing market, it is generally more beneficial to rent for assignments less than three years. Rental costs are fixed, contracts can be ended if you need to go back home, and repairs and maintenance are the property owner's responsibility.
The rental price per month (indication):
- Studio apartment: €300 - €800
- Two-bedroom apartment: €600 - €1200
- Three-bedroom terraced house: €1000 - €1500
- Semi-detached house: > €1200
- Detached house: > €1750
These prices are an indication and vary per city and village. Please keep in mind that utilities are normally not included in the rental prices. In addition, the prices also depend on whether the apartment/house is furnished and equipped or not. Visit the website of Holland Expat Center South and find out more about rental prices and renting a house.
Although it is probably better to rent for a while before buying a house, the difference in monthly payments can make purchasing real estate an attractive option for those staying longer. Before you acquire a new property, you need to go through a time-consuming process with quite a lot of third parties involved like the real estate agent (property broker), the mortgagee for granting you a mortgage (e.g. bank or insurance company), the civil law notary, and the tax consultants. As the Dutch law may differ quite a lot from your own country´s law, it is advisable to contact a professional financial advisor before going ahead with any purchase.
Purchase prices differ per type of housing, an indication can be found below (x1000):
- Studio apartment: €120 - €160
- Two-bedroom apartment: €140 - €200
- Three-bedroom terraced house: €170 - €250
- Semi-detached house: €220 - €500
- Detached house: > €500
Again, these prices are an indication and can vary per city or village. For more information about buying a house and types of mortgages, visit the website of Holland Expat Center South.
Houses in the Netherlands have one regional water supplier and in the Brainport Region it is Brabant Water. When you move into your new home, you need to take a water meter reading, and inform the supplier that you are the new resident. Your real estate agent can usually help you complete the forms required. If you need to contact the supplier yourself, you will need your address, date of birth and meter reading.
Electricity and gas
You are free to choose which supplier you want for electricity and gas. It is possible to buy them from different suppliers, but most of the time it is easier to buy them together and most suppliers offer price discounts if you do. When you move into your new home, you will need to take meter readings and contact your preferred supplier to start a contract. You will need your address, date of birth and meter reading.