taxes
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Need help with your Dutch tax return? Our selected service providers can help you

We selected for you the best financial professionals with a good offer for our readers and members. Check them out. Our business partner ttmtax (www.ttmtax.nl) is organizing a special tax consultation session fro expatsHaarlem readers…
penthouse
International School Haarlem
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Location International School Haarlem known

The city council of Haarlem announced the location of the new International School Haarlem (ISH) with a press release in which expatsHaarlem was included.   We can finally announce that as of September 2017 the address will be Schreveliusstraat…
housing
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Who owns your land?

You have come to the Netherlands and (eventually) decide to buy a property. You find a place you like. A place you can afford. Well on your way into the buying process, it appears that you will be owning the apartment, but not the ground…
Housing Market

2017; some interesting changes on the housing markets.

Every year there are adjustments made in the laws and regulations that may be important to you as a seller, buyer or homeowner. Here is a brief overview of some important changes in 2017. (As told by lees-meer.) In 2017 the maximum mortgage…
Housing Market
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The real estate agent in control

Fifty people showing up to see a house, knockout offers that takes a property of the market within a few hours, offers 20% above asking price: the housing market has turned from a buyer's into a seller's market within a year, which leaves the…
Haarlem Connect 2016
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HAARLEM CONNECT 2016: THE EVE, THE MOVIE, THE PHOTOS

It was a night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. It was great to see you there. Here are the movie and the photos. Can't wait to see the movie or the photos? The Haarlem Connect…
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Haarlem Connect 2016

A night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. Inspiration, information, social networking and fun!  Join the biggest connection event for internationals in the Haarlem area! Presentations, a…
I am not a tourist
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I am not a tourist Expat Fair 2016. Visit the fair and the expatsHaarlem stand with free tickets

Learning Dutch, finding a house, experiencing Dutch culture, making connections, solving immigration and tax issues, and finding employment – all at the “i am not a tourist” Expat Fair for Internationals in the Beurs van Berlage - Amsterdam…
ExpatsHaarlem Housing
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ExpatsHaarlem Housing

Are you looking for a house/apartment/room to buy/rent/sell? Find more information in our Housing section, contact us or our partners or give a look at the supplies and demands in our Facebook expatsHaarlem Housing group. The expatsHaarlem…
international school
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International School Haarlem Survey

Should there be an international school in Haarlem?. The Haarlem City Council wants to hear your opinion. Let hear your voice and fill out our short online survey. As you perhaps know Haarlem doesn’t currently have an international…
Haarlem housing market
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Crazy days on the Haarlem housing market

Bidding and overbidding together with 20 other people has become a common practice in popular cities such as Haarlem. This sometimes leads to panic situations. People might even leave the voorbehoud van financiering. In the last few years,…
House hunters
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What all house hunters in the NLs need to know before they start

For years now it's good custom (especially in the bigger cities) to have a tenant pay a fee equaling one-month rent. Even when this person has found his way to this new home all by himself, via internet. This has come to an end a few months…
Interview
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January

This month I introduce you to a wonderful English lady, named Alison Mills. From London, England, to now living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Enjoy her true story ☺ Each month, I write these interviews, revealing great stories and advise. If…
house prices
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Highest increase in house prices in 7,5 years

Existing houses for sale were 3.8 percent more expensive in November this year than a year ago. This is the biggest rise on an annual basis in 7,5 years, according to the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor de statistiek) and the Kadaster. Since the…
Mortgage interest rates
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Mortgage interest rates still at historic low

Are you planning on buying a house in the Netherlands? For a while now house buyers can benefit from very low interest rates. The reason is the rate at the capital markets have been at a historic low. Before the summer it seemed that…
Property types

Property types in the Netherlands

Housing in the Netherlands The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, with almost 400 people per square kilometre. With little available space, houses at the lower and middle end of the market tend to be fairly…
Rental prices in major cities skyrockett (Photo ANP)
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Rental prices in major cities skyrocket

Rental prices in the private sector are going through the roof in the major cities. In Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht rents were 7% higher compared to the same period last year, in Rotterdam even 9%. Pararius.nl came forward with these figures…
Spaarne
Renting house

Renting a house in the NL? Why you need to come prepared

Over the past few months the sales market for properties has gone up tremendously. This has a direct effect on the rental market. Many of the houses that are now being sold, were rented out in the past couple of years because owners were not…
home
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Home away from home

What is home? Is it a place? Is it the people around you? Or is it the objects that you carry with you to make your home. When does the new country start to ‘feel’ like home? These are some of the questions I am trying to investigate through…
knocker
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COME KNOCKING

Door Knockers add character to any door, it is a feature that carries the characters of the culture and how you knock on a door. Some countries don’t have door knockers, only door bolts, does that say anything about them, like minimalist or…
Home utilities (Photo: Edwin van Eis)
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A guide to setting up home utilities in the Netherlands

When you are moving to a new home in the Netherlands there are many things to arrange. For example, you will need utilities in your home - think of water, electricity, gas, internet and TV. In a new country, where you are unfamiliar with the…
low interest rate

5 effects of record-low interest rates: how can you benefit?

Written by Henk Jansen of Expat Mortgages What do historically low interest rates mean for you and how can you take advantage?  Record-low interest rates are making headlines all over Europe, while investors scramble with glee to lock…
expats Haarlem Housing
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expatsHaarlem introduces you to our new Housing manager

Nathalie will coordinate the expatsHaarlem Housing section. In this section you can read everything you need to know about the reasons to move to Haarlem, renting or buying a house in Haarlem, articles about the latest developments in the Housing…
Dutch stairs
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My troubles with Dutch stairs

Since I have been in the Netherlands, I have troubles with stairs. I fell down  from the stairs of my house several times, the last one just yesterday: I slipped down and  I made the last five steps with the lower back. I can assure you that…
cleaning
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The best 5 tips for effective speed cleaning

As an expat mother, I do not always have the time and /or the energy to keep the house clean. While we are running after the children, trying to keep the deadlines and work and still squeezing friends visit in our weeks, it is one of the nightmares…