topics


tools
Expatica countries
editor's choice

NS fears empty trains

Insights into Dutch sexulality

Dutch unemployment up sharply

Listing of international schools in the Netherlands

Guide to public transport in the Netherlands

Index Last Var.(%)
BEL 20 3083.51 0.32
DAX 9605.08 0.17
IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04
CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20
FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05
AEX 397.5 -0.20
DJIA 16272.65 0.46
Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63
FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11
TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18
ASX 5415.4 -0.10
Hang seng 22836.96 0.04
Straits Times 3110.78 0.45
ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23
EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67
EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59
USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10
Gold 1329.6 -0.13
Oil 108.9 -0.76
Silver 21.28 0.08
You are here: Home Housing Renting Making you feel at home in Haarlem (sponsored contribution)
Enlarge font Decrease font Text size


01/02/2012Making you feel at home in Haarlem (sponsored contribution)

Making you feel at home in Haarlem (sponsored contribution) Nienke Bakker wants to encourage young professionals in the Amsterdam area to consider living in Haarlem - and she'll be happy to help you find the perfect living arrangement if you do.

Nienke Bakker is the Office Manager at the Haarlem branch of Koops Makelaardij.  For nearly five years, Bakker and her colleagues have been helping expats, as well as Dutch citizens, find comfortable and convenient accommodation in this relatively small city, which lies about 20 kilometers west of Amsterdam.

Haarlem

Bakker jokes that she is perhaps a little biased, being a Haarlem resident herself, but she can list some very compelling reasons why Haarlem is an ideal place to live. "There are many selling points for Haarlem," says Bakker. "It's cheaper, for one. You get more space for your money than in Amsterdam or Amstelveen. And it's very handy: a great city where you can find everything you need. If not, then it's easy to take the bus or train to Amsterdam. It's also convenient to get to Schiphol, and even the beach is just a bus or bike ride away."


Beyond convenience, Haarlem has a rich history and a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and pubs. Haarlem has already won several prizes for the ‘Best shopping street of Holland'. "It has everything you would want to find in a big city," Bakker says, "while still being quite cozy, and safe."

Haarlem

Koops Makelaardij, which also has a branch in Amstelveen, has been in business for nearly five years, and its entire staff has been part of the company from the beginning. "This means we have great relationships with the landlords in the city, and really know the market," Bakker says. "We are all very enthusiastic about what we do."

The agency has contracts with several large companies that relocate employees to the area, including Shell and Tata Steel, but Koops also works with individuals who are looking to rent while they save to buy a house, for example. Clients come from all over Europe, and as far away as Mexico and India.

"Haarlem is a nice choice for expats who want to have a real Dutch experience, to learn the language, to integrate more with their neighbors," Bakker says. "There is a nice expat community - and expats pubs and shops - but it's also easy to have contact with the local people here."
Haarlem

Koops currently has about 90 properties for rent in Haarlem, but its employees also have access to the listings of other agencies, which makes it well worth letting them do your apartment or house hunting for you.

Most rental agreements are for twelve months - which is the duration that Koops recommends to its clients - but properties can also be rented for as short a term as six months.

"Our process is to sit down with the client and find out what they want. Then we search for them, to narrow down our list to the most suitable properties," Bakker explains. "We handle everything. We arrange the contract, we inspect the property before our clients move in, and again after they move out."

Koops MakelaardijFor help finding temporary or longer term housing in Haarlem, stop by the office on the Gedempte Oude Gracht between 09.00 and 17.30, Monday through Friday. To check out current listings or contact an agent, visit www.koopsmakelaardij.nl.
You can also find Koops Makelaardij on Facebook and Twitter.



0 reactions to this article

0 reactions to this article

Search for a home?

Browse all houses
ask your question
find the business you need
Discussion Forums

Sport in the Netherlands

Lets play some beach volleyball in Amsterdam (it's free!)

Learning Dutch

Digitaal pakket voor het inburgeringsexamen

Business and Finance in the Netherlands

End of Week Currency Roundup

Business and Finance in the Netherlands

Fridays currency update

Legal Problems in the Netherlands

Naturalization--married or living together for 3 years?

participate in the forums

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inside Expatica
Setting up home in the Netherlands

Setting up home in the Netherlands

A guide to telephone, internet and television along with utility services water, electricity and gas in the Netherlands.

Dutch immigration and residency regulations

Dutch immigration and residency regulations

Lost in the Dutch immigration system? Look no further than this guide compiled for our Survival Guide 2012.

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

A brief introduction to the Netherlands

Expatica offers a whistle-stop tour of life in the modern Netherlands.

Giving birth in the Netherlands

Giving birth in the Netherlands

The challenges and benefits of the maternity system in the Netherlands and how it differs to other countries.