Buy to let

The buy-to-let sector has experienced a resurgence in recent years as investors look for income in the low interest rate environment – and the hunt for growth with rising house prices is underway.

Buy-to-let has been a great investment for many people, but those considering investing in buy-to-let – or hoping to improve the returns on their existing properties – need to make sure they aren’t making common mistakes.

We outline the classic errors to avoid to make sure you get the best from buy-to-let – and how to look after your tenants so they look after you.

A World First UK study shows that The Netherlands is the most lucrative buy-to-let property hotspot in the EU.

royal windmill in the netherlands

You might have thought it would be somewhere coastal on the Mediterranean, or a country better-known for its second home culture such as Italy or France. But the most lucrative buy-to-let market in the European Union turns out to be the modest, not-so-hilly, tulip-filled Netherlands.


1. Netherlands (6.57 per cent)

2. Belgium (6.47 per cent)

3. Portugal (6.29 per cent)


Edward Hardy, market analyst at World First said:

“With the recent changes to stamp duty tax for buy-to-let landlords, UK property investors looking to add to their portfolio might want to consider looking further afield to get the best returns. Our research shows that within the EU, the Netherlands, with relatively affordable property prices, holds the highest level of returns in Europe.

On the other hand, countries that have policies in place to regulate rental prices like Sweden and Germany offer relatively low yields for investors.

Our research also shows that locations which may be appealing to British tourists aren’t necessarily the best options for property investors to get the most from their investments. Popular tourist and expat destinations like France, Italy and Spain rank relatively low on our buy-to-let scale.”

Source: City A.M, deputy night editor Francesca Washtell.
Published: May 16th 2016.

Quotes from the Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations on investing in the Dutch housing market:

Investment opportunities in the Dutch rental market

Link: full white-paper “Investing in the Dutch housing market

We, at ExpatPurchase are happy to inform you on any ins-and-outs of this type of investment in The Netherlands. Having participated in one of Holland’s leading rental housing companies for more than 15 years, ExpatPurchase’s founder Evert Weidner will be capable to point out the ROI possibilities of any available property.

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