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On arriving in The Netherlands, most people start off in a rental property. The usual reasons for renting initially are:
Renting is inevitable unless you buy while still living in your home country after receiving an email overview of properties in your budget. Renting enables you to spend the first 6-12 months figuring out if you like The Netherlands, how to interact with Dutch people and where you might want to live for a longer period.
Talk to a mortgage broker early to figure out your lending power and what you need to have in place to secure the chunk of change you may later want to borrow. Banks are less keen on providing a mortgage if you have a temporary employment contract. However, your employer may be willing to sign a statement indicating that they plan to continue your employment beyond your initial temporary contract. Banks like this. Testing the water early means you can set your own expectations better for later. You may not be able to borrow anything like what you thought – especially in the current economic climate.
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