Amsterdam’s market is currently “very hot,” Mr. Wijnen said, with double-digit price increases annually since 2013 and “a big shortage of housing.”
As a result of the huge demand, paying the asking price, or even 10 percent above it, is “quite normal,” said Marianne Joanknecht, a broker and appraiser with Netherlands Sotheby’s International Realty, though in years past properties often sold for 10 percent below the list price.
Prices of homes under $1 million are up 20 percent over last year, she said; those of homes above are up 10 percent: “For every apartment under 500,000 euros” — about $570,000 — “there are 20 buyers; we have bidding wars.”
Frankfurt and Brussels are emerging as tempting alternatives to London as European financial hubs in part because they have cheaper accommodation costs than Paris.
The housing market in the Netherlands, including Utrecht and especially Amsterdam, has been seeing significant price growth, brokers said.
“We have some regions in the Netherlands, especially around Amsterdam, our capital, where housing prices are exploding,” said Paul de Vries, a senior housing market economist with Rabobank Nederland. Some house prices have increased by around by 9 percent over the last year.
British people seeking to buy a property in the European Union should not be downhearted by the referendum decision that the UK should leave, according to overseas real estate experts.
Those who are looking to purchase a holiday home overseas, for example, are likely to see that owning a property in the EU will only be marginally more complex than it is currently, according to Andy Bridge, managing director of A Place in the Sun.
He pointed out that citizens of the United States, Canada, Russia and many other nationalities own properties throughout Europe, so while it may become slightly more complex for British buyers than currently, they are not going to be prevented from owning property in Europe.
Total investment volume into European commercial real estate in the first quarter of 2016 reached €36.8 billion, some 30% lower than the same period last year, the latest research shows.
However, several European countries analysed in the report from international real estate firm Savills are seeing increasing investment activity this year. Italy with growth of 54%, Sweden up 33%, Poland up 15%, the Benelux countries up 12% and Finland up 479%, have all performed well. The report says that the data shows that investor appetite is healthy for quality assets in markets with strong fundamentals.
In terms of sectors, industrial has gained ground, increasing by around 19% year on year. This was driven mainly by transactions in the logistics and distribution sector in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands, which accounted for more than 80% of the total activity.
The Netherlands is the best location for buy to let properties in the European Union with the highest rental yields of 6.57% as of April 2016, new research shows.
Belgium and Portugal are also attractive locations for buy to let investments, taking second and third respectively in the EU buy to let league table compiled from research by international currency firm World First.
Average yields were 6.47% in Belgium and 6.29% in Portugal while Sweden was at the bottom of the list with the worst yield at 2.88% with the UK with 4.28% placed 21 out of 29 countries.
A total of €64.5 billion was invested in European commercial property in the final quarter of 2015, which took volumes for the full year to €238.5 billion, a 25% increase on 2014.
However, the fourth quarter total was only slightly up, by 0.5%, on the same quarter of 2014, indicating that investment growth lost a little momentum towards the end of the year, according to the latest European quarterly commercial property outlook report from Knight Frank.
However, it shows that increases in investment activity were widespread in 2015, with the core markets of the UK, Germany and France all seeing transactions rise by more than 20%.
New York and Boston were considered fair-valued, leaving 12 of the 15 cities surveyed overvalued
Sales prices of luxury houses are escalating more than those of average homes. While price growth in the Netherlands is currently “2.5 to 3 percent on a yearly basis, for luxury houses it is 5 percent,” Mr. De Vries said. The most expensive markets are Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam. In Amsterdam’s northern suburbs, luxury home prices are rising 7 percent to 8 percent annually.
The European commercial property investment market has continued to gain positive momentum, with transaction volumes reaching €104.9 billion in the first half of 2015.
This was a 29% increase on the same period of 2014 and investment volumes for 2015 are forecast to reach €230 billion, which would make it comfortably the best year since the market peak of 2007.