Last week the Second Home Expo in Ghent attracted 6,017 visitors – an absolute record number. Owning second home abroad is something which is booming in Belgium. From 4 to 6 March the Second Home Fair in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht is taking place. Although there is still a big difference in the interest of the Dutch people compared to the Belgians, the number of visitors in the Netherlands has been on the rise again. The gap is gradually closing.
With regard to wealth, economic growth and quality of life the Netherlands take up the eighth place of the Prosperity Index worldwide. Belgium comes in eighteenth. Still it is remarkable that the Belgians bought more than twice as many houses in the past three years in countries such as Spain compared to Dutch people. There is an expression in Belgian that says that ‘every Belgian is born with a brick in his stomach’. Maybe that explains it.