The broker can negotiate with several candidates at the same time. However, he must make this known to those involved.

The seller determines what he is selling his home for in consultation with his broker. The buyer can negotiate the price, but the seller decides. This applies to all matters that the seller considers important in deciding whether to sell his home to this buyer. If the seller and buyer agree on these matters, there is a sale. Sometimes the seller and buyer decide to negotiate a number of less important matters, "movable property" for example, only when they agree on the main matters. In such a case, a judge may determine that if the parties cannot agree on the side issues, now that they have agreed on the main issues they themselves have indicated, they must continue to negotiate until a reasonable result has been reached on the side issues.

You cannot enforce negotiating. You are not in negotiation until the seller responds to your offer. So: if the seller makes a counter offer. The selling broker can also expressly indicate that he is negotiating with you. You are not negotiating if the selling broker indicates that he will discuss your offer with the seller


No. The highest court, the Supreme Court, has determined in a judgment that the asking price of a home is an invitation to make an offer. If you offer the asking price from an advertisement or property guide, you make an offer. The seller can then still decide whether or not to accept your offer or whether to have his broker make a counter-offer. He can even decide to increase the asking price during the negotiations.

Buyer's costs (k.k.) means that the buyer bears the costs for the transfer of the house. The buyer's costs are approximately 10% of the purchase price. The following costs fall under the costs of the buyer:

  • Transfer tax;
  • Notary fees for drawing up the deed of transfer;
  • Land registry costs for registration deed of delivery.

In addition to these costs, the buyer must also take into account:

  • Notary fees for drawing up the mortgage deed;
  • Land registry costs for registration of a mortgage deed.

The brokerage costs never fall under the buyer's costs. If a seller engages a broker for the sale of his / her home, the seller will have to pay the costs of this broker. If the buyer engages a broker to purchase a home, the buyer will have to pay the costs of this broker.

If the broker indicates that he is "under offer," it means he has a serious prospect, which he has committed not to promote transactions with others. However, this does not mean that viewings can no longer take place. The broker must then clearly indicate that he is "under offer".

During the reflection period, the buyer can still cancel the agreement. This provides the opportunity to consult experts, for example. The reflection period lasts (at least) three days and starts on the day following the day on which the buyer receives the deed signed (by both parties) or a copy thereof. The reflection period ends at midnight on the last day of the reflection period. It is therefore not important at what time the buyer has received the copy of the deed.


No. The “Kosten Koper” never covers the buyer's costs. If you engage us for the sale of your home, you will have to pay the costs of our services. If the buyer engages a real estate agent for the purchase of a home, the buyer will have to pay the costs of our services.

An option in a legal sense gives a party the choice to conclude a purchase agreement with another party by means of a unilateral declaration. The parties sometimes agree on the condition of the purchase, but the buyer, for example, is given another week to consider. Such an option is still common when purchasing a new-build home. When purchasing an existing home, the term 'option' is often incorrectly used. Then it has the meaning of certain commitments that a selling broker can make to an interested buyer during the negotiation process. Such a commitment may, for example, mean that an interested buyer is given a few days to consider a bid. In the meantime, the broker will try not to enter into negotiations with another party. The interested buyer can use this time to gain a better insight into his financing or into the possibilities of use of the home. You cannot demand an option; the seller and selling broker themselves decide whether certain commitments are made in a negotiation process.