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Real estate investment in Netherlands

Foreigners can freely buy, sell and rent out real estate in the Netherlands.

Statistics confirm the liquidity of investments: residential real estate prices grow every quarter by an average of 2.6%. Five years ago, an apartment of 100 m² cost an average of €293,000, and today it is sold for €467,000.

€4,670 Average price per 1 m²
of housing in the Netherlands
2,6% Average price per 1 m²
increase per quarter
4,2—26% Buyers’ related expenses,
of the transaction amount

How the residential property price index is growing in Netherlands

Cost of a 3-bedroom apartment in the Netherlands

€4.5 million

Penthouse or apartment
in the centre of Amsterdam

€2.7 million

Apartment in Amsterdam,
in a 10-minute drive from the centre

€2.7 million

Apartment in Rotterdam

What do investors buy?

The most expensive real estate is in the capital, Amsterdam.


  • penthouses
  • apartments


  • townhouses
  • mansions
  • villas and estates

The Netherlands residence permit or citizenship by real estate investment

Obtaining a residence permit and citizenship is not connected with purchasing real estate. The country has a program for getting a residence permit by investing at least €1.25 mln in the country’s economy. The program does not provide a real estate option.

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Taxes and associated costs


Property buyers pay a value-added tax for new builds or a transfer tax for resale properties and additional fees.

According to the law of the Netherlands, the transaction must be closed by a lawyer, so the fee for notarial and legal support of the transaction is a mandatory expense item when buying real estate.

Associated costs will range from 4.2% to 26% of the purchase agreement value. When buying a new apartment worth €3 mln, the investor will spend €3.69 mln, considering additional costs.

4.2—26% Of the contract value are related costs for the purchase of housing in the Netherlands
Purchase expenses
New buildings



Of the transaction amount

Secondary housing

Transfer tax


Of the transaction amount

Notarial and legal support of the transaction

Rate —is the subject of the contract

1.2— 1.8%

VAT included

Registration fee
Agency fee

If a real estate agency is involved in the transaction


VAT included


Owners pay an annual property tax of 0.1% to 0.3% of the cadastral value. The municipality sets the tax rate.

If the owner rents out the property, they pay a tax on rental income. The tax rate is 0.5% to 1.6% of the cadastral property value.

€1,956 Approximate annual costs for
maintenance of an apartment

Communal payments

Electricity, gas, water, heating, and garbage collection

per month

Internet, TV and telephone

per month

Individuals do not pay a capital gains tax on selling real estate in the Netherlands.

0% Capital gains tax on the sale of real estate for individuals in the Netherlands
Igor Buglo
Prepared a guide on investing in real estate in Netherlands