This article is of use when you are planning to sell your mortgaged home in The Netherlands.
Believe it or not, it is really common to do so. Most people sell their home in the Netherlands before they completely paid off the mortgage.
A typical sale of a property looks like this in the Netherlands.
You and the buyer sign a purchase agreement. In this agreement it is stated what the price is, when the transport will be transferred and under what conditions the agreement is final.
In your situation, there is still a mortgage in place at the moment of transfer. Therefor you need permission of the bank.
In normal situations, the bank will give you that permission. Bank might refrain from giving permission in the following situations:
The permission of the bank is usually conditional. The condition is that from the sale price, the notary firstly pays off the loan it provided.
On the day of transfer, the bank of the buyer provides the sale prices in escrow at the notary. Out of the sale price, the notary pays from the escrow account:
After paying off the bank loan, the notary erase the collateralization of the property. This way, the buyer will be the owner of a 'clean' asset, free from third party rights.
If you want to sell your mortgaged property, but the sale will not result in the complete pay-off of the loan, things will go a bit different.
The bank might not give you the permission for the sale. This depends on the actual circumstances. If the remaining loan is not too high, banks might give you the permission. In some cases, the bank asks that the remaining loan will be financed by someone else.
Equity is the value in your home if you subtract the loan from the value.
The value of your home is: 300,000
The mortgage is: 250,000
In that case, your equity is 50,000
In the Netherlands, equity is not separately taxed, like in the US. Therefore, you don't have to pay capital gain tax.
Hopefully, this was of any help.
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