Starters on the Housing Market

10Sept2013 12:00 - 17:00


The Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam has recently completed an investigation of the position of starter households on the Amsterdam Housing Market. This research was commissioned by the Ministry of Interior Affairs (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken). Increasing concerns exist regarding the accessibility of the Amsterdam housing market for young households.

Since the 1990s, Amsterdam has experienced a remarkable increase in property values and a tenure restructuring towards more owner-occupied housing. The city lacks an affordable private-rented sector as (private) rents remain high. Furthermore, the current financial crisis has led to a decline in housing construction as well as stricter mortgage lending practices. These developments have contributed to pressures on younger households and exclusion from the housing market.

Using both quantitative and qualitative data the report highlights the implications of Amsterdam’s changing housing system as well as how market transformations  have impacted different types of starters in different spatial contexts. The afternoon will be hosted by Prof. Jan Nijman (director of the Centre for Urban Studies) and guest experts from the UK: Prof. Peter Kemp (Oxford University), Prof. David Clapham (Reading University) and Prof. Michael Oxley (De Montfort University)) will compare the situation in Amsterdam and the Netherlands with similar problems in the United Kingdom in context of comparable housing market restructuring.

The results of this research will be presented on Tuesday, September 10th, from 12:00-17:30 in Pakhuis de Zwijger (lunch included). Places are limited, so If you wish to attend, please send an email to


Moderated by Jan Nijman (Director Centre for Urban Studies)

 12.00-13.00  Start with lunch
 13:00-14:30  Opening words by Ferdi Licher (Director Kennis en Verkenningen van het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken)
 Presentation of the research results (Dr. Willem Boterman, Prof. Richard Ronald, Cody Hochstenbach en Marijn Sleurink)
 14:30-14:45  Coffee and tea break

 Experts from the UK discussing the problems of starters on the housing market in the UK:

  • Professor Peter Kemp (Oxford University)
  • Professor David Clapham (Reading University)
  • Professor Michael Oxley (De Montfort University)
 16:15-16:30  Coffee and tea break
16:30-17:30  Round table discussion with experts


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