Too few new houses
Association Eigen Huis (VEH) doesn’t think so. Chairman Hans André de la Porte: “It is a sympathetic idea, but Vereniging Eigen Huis does have reservations about it. The big problem of starters is the great shortage of affordable housing.”
Project developers build mainly for the more expensive segment in the market. Boelhouwer: “The price of an average new-build house is now a ton above the price of an average existing house” In order to strengthen the position of starters, this needs to be addressed, says Boelhouwer: “For example, by building more specifically for starters and allocating homes to them via procedures
Look at this video in which Nieuwsuur investigates creative initiatives to stimulate the flow on the housing market:
Peter Boelhouwer is also afraid of an increase in the prices of owner-occupied houses: “There will probably be a leakage effect”, By lowering the transfer tax, a house actually becomes cheaper, so more starters can afford a house. As a result, demand will rise and in the not too long term house prices will follow.
What’s a starter?
Boelhouwer also has his doubts about the feasibility of the plan: “The Tax and Customs Administration will soon have to check who exactly is a starter. But how do you determine that? Does a couple of whom one person has bought a house before also belong to the starters, for example?