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Dr. Peter Forshaw, professor at the University of Amsterdam wrote the following letter of reference, recommending our professional services:

     "I would like to take this opportunity to praise Younes Bouadi for the huge effort that he made on behalf of my partner and myself with his assistance in helping us find a home in Amsterdam. Neither my partner nor I are Dutch, nor do we yet have adequate Dutch language skills for anything more than rudimentary communication; the prospect of negotiating our way through Dutch bureaucracy on our own was simply unthinkable. Fortunately, Younes worked his way through all the paperwork, carefully explaining the content of each form we had to complete and the consequences of our choices. He was meticulous in his attention to detail and was always available to come and explain new forms when they arrived in the post. Above and beyond this, he also explained each and every other official form that we received at the start of our life here in Amsterdam, not just those related to the house purchase. For that we are extremely grateful as it made our life a lot less stressful in our first year of settling into life and work in a new country.

This, however, is only part of the story. In addition to the attention that gave to all the paperwork, Younes also went beyond the call of duty in the time he spared to take us round properties. I gather that most house buyers in Amsterdam usually view no more than ten properties. We, on the other hand, ended up viewing close to fifty, mostly because we had very little idea of what we really wanted, were unsure of how much to spend, unfamiliar with different areas in Amsterdam, and undecided about whether to go for a larger property on the outskirts or a smaller place in the centre. In the end we opted for the latter and are delighted with our 80m2 flat, only 30 minutes walk/10 minutes by bike from the University of Amsterdam, where I work. While I was still getting to grips with teaching at a new university, Younes kindly took my partner around by bike, introducing her to the city, not just taking her to house viewings, but also showing her cafes, markets, and other places. This was an excellent idea and really helped my partner feel more at home in the city.

Needless to say, buying a flat is not an easy venture at the best of times. We had our disappointments with one loan application and had struggles with getting the required life insurance due to health issues that developed a few months after we arrived. Fortunately, the three of us persevered. Younes came up with the best possible mortgage for our circumstances, taking into account the 30% tax rule for foreign lecturers, and he hunted around until he found a company prepared to offer me life insurance (despite the fact that I was being operated on for cancer). True, we had to change our plans at times and things didn't always go smoothly, but that is to be expected when buying somewhere in a foreign country (well, even in your home country, too). We started looking for a place in November 2009 and finally settled on the place we wanted in February 2010. As the seller was still redesigning her new house, we had to wait six months until the final exchange, but it was worth the wait. Needless to say, Younes has been with us every step of the way. He has helped us with our contacts with the utility companies, advised us on which power company, for instance, and so on. He also came round to help move in the larger bits of our furniture when it arrived!

I whole-heartedly recommend Younes to you and if you would have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Yours faithfully,

 

Dr Peter Forshaw

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