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Housing and Residential Environment Preferences

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By : Hugo priemus

 
The recent Housing Memorandum 'People-preferences-housing' in The Netherlands looks for housing to be demand-driven. The citizen must stand to the fore. Housing demand is determined by several trends, such as economic growth, individualization, better education, increased mobility, and telecommunications. A transformation is needed from static housing need to a dynamic housing demand. Not only housing demand, but also residential environmental preferences are important. An essential condition for citizens to determine housing supply by making choices is for housing markets to be transparent. The required transparency could be achieved by the application of ICT in the search to buy and offer houses. Such a development could bring about the most spectacular change in the Dutch housing market.

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