‘Lindy made it all come together seamlessly, always willing to go the extra mile and she really knows her stuff.’
“Imagine you are an Expat in the Netherlands and you want to buy a house, of course it makes sense as the Netherlands are a strong economy and a real international business hub with great infrastructure. But, of course nothing comes as easy as it looks and there are a lots of written and unwritten rules and even worse, all the paperwork is in Dutch! Even for Dutch natives, buying a house can be complicated, first you have to find a good object, which already turns out to be rather difficult, as all nice houses seem to be immediately sold, once they are published online, but then, once you finally found a place, you will have to cope with the bidding system and lots of other things to think of, the quality check, the mortgage, the notary…. If you are looking for someone who is experienced in all this, who speaks Dutch and English, and has many years of experience in guiding Expats through the process of buying a house or a flat in the Netherlands you just found this guide. Lindy Nikken Real Estate helped me and her expertise and network were absolutely valuable. I can highly recommend her for anybody, who is thinking of buying property in the Netherlands.”
J. Op Gen Oorth – Spokesperson at Europol (2019)
““It was a pleasure having Malou’s support during my househunting. Her professional attitude, attention to detail and precise understating of my needs were of great help and allowed me to be confident that the important decisions I was making were right for me.”
J. Taddei – Corporate Legal Counsel at Petrobas Netherlands (2019)
“As a foreigner completely uniformed about the real estate market in The Hague, I was very insecure about the house hunting process. Lindy’s professional attitude and attention to my needs crushed all insecurities I had. She and her team were always available to explain every question I had, regardless of how complex or trivial they were.
She was very precise in the choice of properties to show me. All of them matched my lifestyle extremely well.
Once I chose the property I wanted, Lindy was quick to make the offer and to negotiate the adjustments I required. Also, her thorough review of the documents made me confident I could finalize the deal. After signature, her ongoing support was crucial to me having a smooth move to my new place.
Having someone like her guide you through this process is priceless!”
J. Taddei – Corporate Legal Counsel at Petrobas Netherlands (2018)
“I got to know Lindy recently when she helped me to buy a house in The Hague. For what is usually a daunting task in this very difficult market, and on top of that for someone who’s not familiar with the Dutch process, lindy made it all come together seamlessly, including the mortgage side of things. She was always happy to go the extra mile, answering all my questions, and most importantly, she really knows her stuff. We ended up getting a place under the asking price, which is unheard of in the current market! I can highly recommend Lindy’s services.”
J. Grobler – Principal Technical Expert for Land & Resettlement, Cultural Heritage and Indigenous Peoples at Shell (2018)
“When we started house hunting in The Hague, our bank gave us information about Lindy and the services she provides for expatriates. Engaging her was the single best decision we made.
Lindy provided the detailed knowledge, the attention to detail and clear advice that we needed. She was proactive and very prompt in her communications with us and always acted in our best interests.
Lindy communicated with the estate agents, the owners, the lawyers, the bank, arranged surveys, negotiated the price, read trough and explained contracts. She also made suggestions and gave advice in a wide range of other areas. It was a complete service from a well qualified expert.
Frankly speaking, I would appreciate a service like this in my own country. This is not just something for expatriates.
Buying a house is a big decision and a major undertaking, doing so in a foreign country is daunting. But, Lindy made it a smooth and genuinely enjoyable process.
Lindy also knows architects, designers, surveyors, builders and other tradesmen and professionals that have an excellent track record. On its own, this is a valuable service let alone everything else that Lindy does to help buyers with the actual purchase.
We are delighted with the results. I strongly recommend Lindy. If we were to buy again in The Hague, the first step would be to make sure Lindy was available to help.”
A.D.M. Boys OBE – Director of Administration at Special Tribunal for Lebanon (2018)
“We engaged Lindy when we first arrived in Den Haag on the recommendation of some colleagues at Shell, to help with our first house purchase. As newcomers to the country and market, it was an immense relief to have a local expert to ‘coach’ us through the process, and also deal with all the complexities and nuances of the market. Lindy was extremely knowledgeable and professional, always available to deal with our queries, and also has her own strong network of associated professionals which we benefited from. Given the scale and importance of a property investment, her rates are extremely reasonable and we can unreservedly recommend Lindy for any potential home buyers in The Netherlands – particularly those arriving (or returning) from overseas.”
R. Miller – Commercial Manager at Shell (2018)
“We’re very happy with the way Lindy helped is buying our first and second house : ) She listened to our wishes and is very reactive. She gave us clear advice as to which house was a good possible investment, or not. She handled all the negotiations and took care of the paperwork. On top of being a very knowledgeable and professional estate agent, she’s a very nice and lovely person. Overall we’re very happy and couldn’t recommend her more.”
M. Faivre – HR Specialist at Johnson&Johnson (2018)
“Lindy is an excellent professional. Without her, I would not get my home in NL in such a good deal. I strongly recommend her.”
A. Campos – Health, Safety, Security and Environment Lead at Shell (2018)
“Lindy was great to work with. She remained focused on our requirements throughout and added valuable expertise.”
C. Kelly – General Manager, Operational & Commercial Excellence, CP Operations at Shell (2012)
“Lindy is a very experienced real estate agent who knows well about the market situation in The Hague area. Together we managed to find a house within a quite reasonable time. She was a great support in our whole removal including many other things which had to be done.”
E. Kovacs – Patent examiner at European Patent Office (2012)
“Lindy Nikken was recommended to us when we had to move out of our rental property in The Hague and we decided to purchase. With limited knowledge of the Dutch language and the local protocols we needed an agent who could guide us through the search process and eventually take us through to purchase completion.
Lindy spent a lot of time with us mapping out our property requirements and then approached us over a period of weeks with numerous potential options. When we also came up with our own possibilities Lindy was particularly good and objective in challenging our choices and steering us away from properties which might have seemed attractive at face value but which were, in her experience, not suitable for us.
When we eventually landed a property that we wished to buy, Lindy was quick to act and managed the bidding process with great dexterity. She successfully guided us with our bid and we secured the property we wanted.
Lindy advised us on all steps and stages of the mortgage and intervened on our behalf when administration with the bank seemed to be going off course. And Lindy was there right up to the day we signed the contract, supporting us and taking away the stresses of purchasing in a foreign country for us.
And even today, seven months after we moved into the property, when I needed help with some Gemeente (Town Hall) bureaucracy, Lindy was happy to help us in completing the task. This underlines Lindy’s customer focus and care for her clients.
We would recommend Lindy to any of our colleagues and friends who wanted to appoint a real estate agent here in The Hague. A big thanks.”
G. Zocco and P. Elphee – Shell (2018)
“Finding the perfect home is never easy – especially in The Hague! With superb knowledge of the market and an impressive network, Lindy has helped us navigate the Dutch real estate market every step of the way. She has listened carefully to our wishes and preferences and was quick to identify a variety of great options for us. Within a few weeks Lindy found the place we have long been looking for and what we could soon call ours – with her strategic advice and effective negotiation style. Her professionalism and client-oriented work style assured us from the beginning that we are in the best hands. As a bonus, she is an absolute pleasure to work with. We could not have been more satisfied with her services and would highly recommend Lindy Nikken Real Estate.”
K. Dobias – gender & Inclusion – Constitution Building, International IDEA (2018)
“After returning from a long period living abroad we wanted to buy our first house back in the Netherlands. We needed a house to live in quickly, we had a long wishlist, we were inexperienced on the property market and arrived in a period with houses selling quickly and prices rising fast. We needed help from someone we could trust, someone who could advice us when to be patient and when to move quickly and some one who could help us strike the right balance between short-term needs and a long-term wise investment. Lindy had been recommended to us by two independent individuals, sharing convincing anekdotes proving her trustworthiness, integrity and having only her clients interests at heart, commodities you cannot take for granted in the real estate business.
We were very happy with her and we now live in a house that ticks all our boxes. She was very responsive in all her communication with us, gave us good advice with attention for detail and brought in options and information we could not have found on our own. She also helped us with getting started with a good dependable high-quality builder, who could start renovating quickly. We can wholeheartedly recommend Lindy as a dependable advisor for buying real estate in the The Hague area.”
Dutch Shell-family in The Hague (2018)
“I have no hesitation in recommending Lindy. She is the consummate professional, confident, costumer savvy, service oriented and dependable. Lindy helped us navigate the world of property purchase in the Netherlands and negotiate the best deal. Lindy has vast experience and an eye for detail which is what you really want when making such an important transaction.”
S.K. Rainford – Global Business Development Coordinator at SNV (2017)
“We are a British/German couple living in The Hague, and have used Lindy’s services very happily twice, so far: for buying our first place here in 2008, and now in 2016 for buying our second home. Lindt has without doubt great technical expertise, and beyond that, what makes her services just the tiny (but determining!) bit more superior is her reliability, speed of reaction and a customer focussedness and service which I last experienced only in America.
At one point we could not, due to travel, visit a house ourselves, and had several calls with Lindy while she visited it – and we would have gladly put in an offer “blindly” purely based on Lindy’s advice, that much we trusted her insight and attention to all the technical detail which, even if present, we might not have noticed. In the end we did not need to do that because Lindy’s persistence and good connections made it possible for us to visit the house exceptionally much later than the sellers had first planned.
We do like Lindy’s focus on the investment aspect of the purchase and found she advised us very well – and realistically – on this. She also has access to a reliable network of trustworthy suppliers, so that the whole process from offer-acceptance over technical survey to final conveyance at the notary went very quickly and smoothly as well, we were very impressed by that!
We would very happily recommend Lindy to any expat considering buying a home in The Netherlands, and are available to answer questions from potential clients who consider contracting Lindy.”
K. Barnes – IT Release manager at European Patent Office (2016)