I think I might be an adult… Yesterday we signed some papers and now I own a house, a whole house with a roof, walls, doors and other house like bits. As far as responsible adult like actions go this is quite a big one. I am now a Dutch land owner.
The only problem is that the house does not actually exist yet. It will exist but at the moment it is very much in a state of none existence (which makes living in it very difficult). This is because it is not actually built yet. It is going to be built in a few months (which is why we are currently living with my family-in-law). At the moment I mainly own the concept that one day later a house will be built and then I am allowed to live in it.
However, it is not all completely theoretical. We do own the land on which the house is going to be built. This means I actually own a small piece of The Netherlands. Part of this country is mine and there are even important documents to prove it. We own land!
My Bit of The Netherlands
Our land is currently a slightly over grown weed covered field but those are our weeds. Any person or cat who walks through that field is ‘on my land’ and under country side rules I think that gives me the right to chase them off with a shotgun (although I’m English so it is more likely that I’ll chase them off with polite insistence).
This also means we don’t really have to wait for the house to be built. My wife and I can just go to our small patch of field and hang out. No one would be able to tell us to leave. We could have barbeques in our field if we wanted. We can even have field parties. Technically we could set up a tent and start living there already… It just means the builders would probably have to build the house around us when they start.
Either way; I own land! A small part of The Netherlands belongs to me! I am a Dutch Land Owner.