Who do I contact when I am looking for a new home?The NVM is a Dutch branch organization of real estate agents and appraisers. The NVM itself is not a real estate agency. Therefor the NVM cannot help you find a place to rent or to buy.
However, our members can help find a suitable place. When you hire your own agent, you will place an instruction and a commission contract will be made. Inform in advance what the real estate agent will charge for his services.
In the enclosed link you can look for members that are situated in the place you are looking for a home.
You can also look on http://www.funda.nl/huur/ (rent) or http://www.funda.nl/koop/ (to buy) and look for places to rent or buy in the city you wish to live.
When am I officially 'in negotiation'?
Is the agent’s commission included in the purchasing costs?
This is why we recommend using the services of an NVM real estate agent. The buyer is liable for the commission of the real estate agent who acts on his/her behalf.
Can an agent continue to offer viewings while an offer is being negotiated?
The vendor’s NVM agent will often tell interested parties that a property is ‘under offer’. As a second interested party, you are entitled to make an offer but the agent can only enter negotiations with you once negotiations with the first interested party have been concluded. The NVM agent is not permitted to make any statement about other offers since this could lead to buyers seeking to outbid one another.
If I offer the asking price, is the vendor obliged to sell?
Can the vendor raise the asking price for a property during negotiations?
How is the purchase actually completed?
As soon as both parties have signed the contract of sale, and the buyer has received a copy of this contract, there will be a three-day reflection period. During these three days, you are entitled to cancel the purchase. If you decide to proceed with the purchase, the transfer will take place in the presence of the civil-law notary on the agreed date of transfer.
Is an NVM agent permitted to change the method of sale during negotiations?
Is an NVM agent entitled to ask an unrealistically high price for a property?
What is an option?
The term ‘option’ is also often used incorrectly to refer to certain concessions that a vendor’s NVM agent may be prepared to make to a prospective buyer during the negotiation process. When this has been agreed, the NVM agent will seek to avoid entering into negotiations with any other interested parties. The interested buyer can use this time to obtain better insight into his/her financial situation or the potential uses of the property. You cannot demand this type of 'option', however: the vendor and the vendor’s NVM agent will decide themselves whether this type of agreement is made as part of the negotiation process.