After a long journey through Europe, the couple from Utrecht wanted to buy another house a short distance from their current place of residence. But because Bas and Sofie are both independent entrepreneurs, that is not so easy. The banks are strict.
In Buying Without Watching, an experienced TV broker buys a suitable home for an agreed budget for the participants, who have not yet seen the home themselves. But even with the help of Buy Without Watching, finding a house for that price proved difficult.
In the end, real estate agent Alex managed to find a house for Bas and Sofie. And to the great satisfaction of the couple. But, says broker Alex himself: the amounts that are now going around are bizarre.
A lot still had to be done on the house for Bas and Sofie. There was also asbestos in the roof. “If you had asked me two years ago if a home like this would have cost over four tons, I would have laughed at you. The prices are ridiculously high now,” Alex says.
Viewers on social media agree. The reactions online vary from ‘475,000 euros and not even buying a decent house: outrageous’ to ‘the housing shortage in the Netherlands is so high that people buy a ruin for four tons including asbestos’.