Big news for us: if everything goes right, we’ll be moving in one or two months!
I never expected it to go this fast. We wanted a slightly bigger house in order to give both our kids (boy + girl) a separate room. So mostly the same size, but with one extra room. And a slightly bigger garden to house our bikes wouldn’t hurt.
In the Netherlands, houses are very expensive. Since about 15 years, banks can legally lend you much more money than was possible earlier. The advantage: you can buy a more expensive house. Drawback: everyone can do it, so the price of houses expands to fill the available credit. Houses get more expensive without them being intrisically more valuable than before.
In the Netherlands, lots of young married people both work. Two incomes. So the available credit goes up. So the housing prices go up to match the available credit. So, as a one-income family we’re competing against dual-income-based housing prices. Yes, my wife is still looking for a job! In practice, this made renting the only option I could see.
The recent fiscal crisis brought some changes. Lots of mortgages turned out to be rope the people could hang themselves with. Fiscally unsound mortgages. So the credit you could get got less. So the housing prices finally went down a bit.
If nothing untowards happens we’ll sign the mortgage next week and get our house somewhere near the start of June. That’ll be fun with a djangocon.eu conference on 6-8 June. Busy times :-)
Some data on the house for those interested:
One drawback: it is pretty hard to keep myself focused on my work (and on a couple of other tasks). Luckily today I had a tricky problem, that helped in focusing me :-)
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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