And now, something different...
We have decided relatively soon we want to build a house. We had several reasons for doing this in Belgium:
- Prices are high: Depending on area, prices are quite high; in a "good commune", you easily reach 500k for a house and 300k for an apartment.
- Taxes are high: If you want to buy something in Brussels, you'll need extra 16% (ish) in taxes (registration, notary fees).
- Quality is low: All places we have seen would require an investment of 100,000 Eur on top of the purchase price to be OK to live in. Also, most places have a F-G rating for thermal proficiency.
So, our approach is instead to buy some land and build a house. Subsequent articles will deal with the whole process of building a land, finding a house company and all of the other things you'll need to do before you can move in.
Stay tuned :)