What our customers say

“I would highly recommend Jaap and Amsterdam House Hunting.”

Jaap was very professional and insightful in helping us find a home in Amsterdam. He went above and beyond and made the process simple for us considering we are expats living in Amsterdam. He is an excellent negotiator and clearly in touch with the market. Jaap also has a great sense of humour and I would love to work with you again. Thanks Jaap”

Nicholas Pinfold

“I’m an expat living in Amsterdam and buying a property is definitely a challenge. Jaap was incredible in supporting me achieve this.

He understands the market and advised what I need to do step by step. He ensured a smooth process from start to finish and a lot of laughs and smiles. I would definitely recommend Jaap, and if I am selling/buying in Amsterdam again I will definitely use him.”

John Carrington

“Jaap was super resourceful and helpful in getting me the apartment that I wanted!

After one full year of searching by myself, with Jaap I was able to get a bid accepted 2 months after working together. He also gave me suggestions for bathroom and kitchen stores and was willing to go with me to see them. I highly recommend his services! Thank you Jaap.”

Sophie Hakme

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Dear Jaap,

The best thing that happened to us is the house that we were able to buy thanks to your professional approach in the bidding process. Jaap provided us with all the important information, including a very good mortgage advisor. We had been looking for years and the housing market seemed to make it impossible to get a house that met our requirements. Jaap Russchen was recommended to us by an expat friend. He strongly advised us to contact Jaap. From the first contact it was clear that Jaap will not be fooled by anyone or anything. Total tranquility is what he radiates and conveys. Even the most tense moments were very self-assured by Jaap and always calmed down with a good sense of humor. Jaap made it happen for us. What a fantastic house and what a wonderful place to live. We are eternally grateful to Jaap. Do not let them fool you; Jaap is really the best!

Keep up the wonderful work Jaap!
You can really make people's dreams come true!

Maurice Rentinck

Highly recommend Ruben for his knowledge, responsiveness and dedication to making sure his customers end up happy. We really felt lucky to have someone so good at the game (and it is a game!) on our side.

Expat couple from New-Zealand

Dear Jaap,
I do not know how did you manage to get me the apartment for asking price and including the furniture. This deal sounds impossible to me. The neighborhood is great! and I have already made friends around.

Mo Tamimi

I am very lucky that I had Jaap during my adventure of a buying a house in Amsterdam! I recommend Jaap fully, I appreciated the experience, the advice, the guidance and the nice contact we had and of course the humour in the stressful moments!

Stefania Petr

I had a great experience working with Jaap to find my perfect home in Amsterdam. He understood exactly what I wanted, was very responsive, had great input and always brought a positive attitude to our meetings. If you are looking for a buyer's agent, I would highly recommend Jaap.

Jessica du Preez

If I'll ever buy again I'd only do so with Jaap and Amsterdam House Hunting. Through his personal network and experience Jaap was able to find and secure me an apartment that was beyond everything I ever expected in Amsterdam. It was my first buy and his professionalism and personality helped me through all the stressful times and made me feel comfortable with the decision. He showed a lot of patience with me and always listened to my concerns and freak out moments with the utmost patience and respect.
I highly recommend to work with Jaap!

Laura Schacht

A true professional !!!! As you can see from the feedback below there is nothing that is left unsaid about this guy. If you are searching for a great home, Jaap is definitely your guy. My best recommendations !!!

Mihai Dragomirescu

I highly recommend Jaap to anyone considering property ownership. Jaap provided hands on support throughout the entire buying process and was my trusted advisor in all property related topics from price negotiation to finding the best vendors to help me designing and install a new kitchen for my home (and everything in between). At every point, Jaap was professional, responsive and reliable.

Along with his excellent skills and network in the property market (everyone know of and spoke very highly of Jaap) his way of working was one of his points of difference. Jaap is genuine, trustworthy, listens to clients and puts fun into the process. I highly recommend Jaap to anyone purchasing property and already have referred a number of my friends.

Katharine Stanley

Jaap is super knowledgable about the housing market in Amsterdam and helped secure my flat at a good price and with minimal effort from my side. Friendly, professional, funny...a real pleasure to work with. Thanks Jaap!

Harrison LP

Jaap was an absolute pleasure to work with and by far the best makelaar you'll ever find! No exaggeration at all.

He is experienced, friendly, and an excellent negotiator. I went from "this house is completely out of my range" to Jaap saying, "you got the house!" ...and with savings.

Could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you, Jaap.

Derek Müller

Jaap is very supportive through all the stages of house purchase including finding, negotiation, inspection and many many more. I certainly recommend his service especially for expats who have very limited information about this complicated process.

Damon Rafieian

Very nice service, friendly and professional.

No Pa He

As two expats already living in Amsterdam for 6 years, we were not sure whether the services offered by Jaap and Amsterdam House Hunting were necessary for us. However working with Jaap proved invaluable in such a competitive market! Jaap's key differentiators include:
- His insight on property value and what is a reasonable price to pay in Amsterdam to secure a property (without overpaying in such a hot market)
- His solid understanding of building construction in Amsterdam and when something requires a small fix vs. significant renovation. Also ideas he brings to the table to add future value to a property were helpful
- His network (which is second to none!) Everybody in Amsterdam seems to know and like Jaap and this is a great advantage when it comes negotiating on a property
Jaap's casual and down-to-earth approach is very nice to work with. At the same time, once we identified properties that ticked our boxes Jaap is very quick to start and conclude on the negotiation. Overall we found Jaap to be a very trustworthy and fair professional - we highly recommend working with Jaap and would gladly use his services again!

Tom and Rhiannon

As two expats looking for their first home in Amsterdam, having Jaap on call proved priceless. His attentiveness, communication, honesty and advice throughout the entire process was integral to finding our dream home. Jaaps' extensive knowledge of the market place and relationships with key people in it really proved the difference.

Not only a great real estate agent, Jaap is a great personality to be around. We thoroughly recommend working with him.

Jack & Fran

Jaap does an excellent job with finding the house that you need, taking into the account all your multiple requirements. He advises on the neighbourhood, the quality of the building, the quality of the apartment itself, noticing little details that I wouldn't pay attention to. Due to his negotiation skills, I was able to buy an apartment for a reasonable price, given that the market was overheated. He works with a good notarius, well known in Amsterdam, which is also important. Last, but not the least, after signing the deed of delivery, he recommended me a trustworthy service for the flat renovation - which is very important, it is really difficult to find reliable workers in the market. Thank you, Jaap, for always being friendly and professional!


Jaap was helpful, honest and supportive through the searching and purchasing process. His extensive knowledge of the property market here in Amsterdam was indispensible to us. Very friendly with a great sense of humour, he's exactly the kind of makelaar that you want on your side. Even after everything was wrapped up and we were moved in Jaap promptly followed up issues regarding undisclosed repairs that were discovered after purchase which resulted in the problem being resolved reasonably. I would happilly recommend Jaap to any of my friends or colleagues.

Jonny & Mariana

If you are serious about finding the perfect house in Amsterdam, having fun while you do it, and getting the best deal, you cannot find a better partner than Jaap. Moving house is frustrating and scary - we felt very lucky to find someone who could skillfully navigate the market, manage expat procedures, and get the deal done. We felt like old friends, not new customers.

Paul Midgen

Buying a house in a foreign country can be quite stressful...but not if you have Jaap by your side! Jaap is a true professional and has an extensive knowledge about real-estate in general, and the dutch market specifically; not only that, but Jaap is also honest and fair which is very important when dealing with one of the biggest purchases in life, and on top of all that a great and funny personality which makes the whole process easier and even fun at times:) Thank you Jaap for getting us our house; now - Home!

Dana and Yoav

Everything went smooth and easy by working with Jaap. He quickly understood our needs and limitation, and provided appropriate services. He definitely know what he’s doing and how things work. He is well connected and can link you with any kind of extra help you need. Most important of all, dealing with him was a pleasant experience, as opposed to the all other real estate agents I’ve met before.

Andi Stancu

We had no clue where to start with our Amsterdam house hunt until Jaap came along. He was smart, funny and very clued up about the market. He encouraged us to look in new areas and be honest about what we wanted. He took care of the whole process from talking to Agents and sellers to organising the Notary. We're now six months in to our new home and couldn't be happier. Cheers Jaap!

Gareth and Shaun

Preparing for purchasing a property in a country which is not your home is a big, even overwhelming effort, with lots of complexity ranging from the small details in the fineprints of contracts to the negotiation on the purchase. With energy, professionalism, preparation, and an acute sense of humor, Jaap has taken the bulk of the complexity out of this process and made it way smoother. Jaap is able to wear many different hats: he is a skilled and tough negotiator, he is a helpful source of information about the vibes of the neighborhood, he has high standards for safety and style of the apartments he recommends, he is able to push past administrative hurdles to get the job done and has a network of equally bar-raising professionals in the areas of internal design, refurbishment and much more. Not often you come across somebody who is great at their job but does it in a fun, unassuming way, and Jaap belongs to that category. I look forward to doing business with him in the future.

Davide Tararbra