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Buying Real Estate for Expats event on 11 October in Brussels
Workers and their families who arrive in Brussels have plenty to keep them busy, sorting out residence permits, school enrolments, work contracts – and where they’re going to live. Many start out renting, but then soon want to buy once they know the capital and its neighbourhoods a bit better.
But is it worth buying if you’re not sure how long you’re going to stay? How do you nail down a budget? And does Belgium have any specific tax or mortgage laws you should know about before you begin looking for your dream house?
The answer to these questions – and many others you might not yet have thought of – can be had at ING Bank’s free event Buying Real Estate for Expats. Three main topics will be covered during the event, which is fully in English and takes place on 11 October at the ING building on Avenue Marnix in Brussels.
Kristien Viaene, the CEO of Noa Real Estate will present “The latest trends in property purchases”. Having worked as an estate agent in Brussels for many years, she has a wealth of knowledge about the local market.
‘Look past cosmetic improvements’
In a recent interview on homebuying, Viaene shared some information, just a bit of what you’ll hear at Buying Real Estate for Expats: “You have to ask: Is the heating system new or old, how are the roof and the wiring, are windows double-glazed? Look out for humidity in the cellar or cracks in the walls. Ask the owner to peel back wallpaper or lift the carpet so you can see the state of the flooring. There might have been cosmetic work done recently, but if you look beyond that it could still be an old house with old wiring and an old roof.”
Other speakers at the event include Alexis Lemmerling of notary firm Berquin, who will present “How the notary will protect you and your property”, and Dave Deruytter, head of expats and non-residents at ING Bank Belgium, whose “Buying real estate in Belgium, the financing, insurance and … taxation issues” provides invaluable information.
Buying Real Estate for Expats is free, but advance registration is required
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