Private investors in the Netherlands are getting their hands on houses suitable for expats and students

Private investors in the Netherlands are getting their hands on houses suitable for expats and students

Housing in the Netherlands can be hard to come by, with bidding above the asking price becoming the norm. Buying a house in the Netherlands has become popular amongst investors, as they see the property market as an opportunity to make returns on their investments; as opposed to having their cash sit in a bank account accumulating little interest.

More than 1 in 10 properties in popular, major Dutch cities are bought by private investors who intend to put them back onto the market and offer them to those who want to rent a house. Properties that are cheap, and suitable for young families or starters are particularly favoured amongst investors.

Most popular Dutch cities

Investors buying a second property prefer to do so in cities with a large student or expat population, as they can then rent said properties out as student housing or accommodation for expats.

In the cities of Groningen, Amsterdam, Enschede, Amstelveen and The Hague, more than 1 out of 10 properties are bought by investors. Last year in Maastricht this ratio was higher still, with 1 in 5 properties being bought by an investor.

The market share of properties owned by private investors has risen quickly in Amstelveen and the student cities Groningen, Enschede and Maastricht, according to figures from the Dutch Association of Estate Agents (NVM) and Kadaster. The market share controlled by private investors in the Dutch housing market is the largest in these cities and is also increasing the quickest.

House or a savings account?

In the major cities buying a property is an appealing investment for private investors. But it is not only in the major cities that a second house is popular. In the Netherlands, an increasing number of houses are bought by investors who, alongside their own place of residence, own one or more properties.

The interest rate is currently low, and this makes the choice to buy a house a lucrative option, as opposed to putting the money aside in a Dutch bank account which does not gain a great deal of interest.

One in every 20 Dutch houses is owned by a private investor. To give you an idea of the increase occurring, in 2008, 7,1 percent of property buyers in the Netherlands owned one or more properties. This number increased to 11,2 percent last year.

Mina Solanki


Mina Solanki

Completed her Master's degree at the University of Groningen and worked as a translator before joining IamExpat. She loves to read and has a particular interest in Greek mythology. In...

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Daniel GS 16:24 | 2 September 2017

Hi, what sources did you use for this?

minasolanki 14:35 | 4 September 2017

Hi Daniel, The sources I used are: de Volkskrant, NVM and Kadaster. Thanks, Mina

Elisa Riquier 10:10 | 20 December 2017

Hi, I would like to find a definition of private investors. Who are they? not only home owners who rent it I suppose

minasolanki 10:15 | 20 December 2017

Hi Elisa, Thank you for your question. Private investors are people (not companies) who buy houses for the sole purpose of renting them out. So not necessarily people who own a house and decide to rent it out intermittently. Hope this helps. Have a nice day, Mina