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veen  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: April 27, 2022

We bought a house! The only thing that needs to happen now is to finish the mortgage application, but that should go smoothly. We got lucky and were able to buy off-market a house that the previous owners almost entirely renovated (which saves us a LOT of money now that materials and construction prices have doubled). They did such a solid job that we can already start thinking about the interior and furniture, instead of first having to think about renovations. The house is in a cute little car-free street and once we move in this August I’ll be able to bike to work in half an hour.

uhsguy  ·  68 days ago  ·  link  ·  

How did your score an off market house?

veen  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We got a realtor who was contacted by the owners, because a few years ago he had sold the house to them. The owners also asked another couple but they weren't interested, and they didn't want to put it on the market if it wasn't necessary, so we were the only party interested and were able to just buy it directly for their asking price.

WanderingEng  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Congratulations! Are 30 minute bike commutes common there? I want to work out how to commute by bike more often.

veen  ·  69 days ago  ·  link  ·  

7% of all Dutch workers cycle to work. 17% uses public transport, 63% drive to work. The combination of bicycling and public transport is very popular here, and probably a large share of that 17%.