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Shaking Hands Over The Purchase Of A House

Starting my journey towards my own home

Last Updated on April 22, 2019 by Mr. FightToFIRE
I turn 29 in four months which implicates my thirties are right around the corner. Closing in on my third decade on this spheroid made me think about my current lifestyle. Though to be fair, it’s also getting a girlfriend that made me think about my next goals in life.

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Receiving The Keys To Our Own Home

Should I buy or rent my first home?

Last Updated on January 23, 2021 by Mr. FightToFIRE

To buy or to rent, that is the question

This was the first thing I asked myself. While most [Belgians] believe buying your own home is the best way to go (but not all, more on that later), I wanted to keep an open mind, so instead of just assuming buying was the best for me, I tried to find out how it really was for my situation.

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Hotel Investment

The Truth About Room Investments: Off-limits

Last Updated on March 14, 2021 by Mr. FightToFIRE
On my journey towards my home, I’m doing more searching online and one of those search sessions resulted in having a talk with an “investment advisor” of a realtor specialized in hotel investments. I will start by kicking in an open door: I didn’t take the offer.

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Luxury Interior Residence Schuman

Buying an apartment in Brussels while renting elsewhere

It’s been a tumultuous two weeks. As you know I’ve been searching for my first home. I started that search 4 months ago and the original plan was to move in once I found the perfect fit. While I originally intended to take more time, I recently made two major decisions that turned my slow approach into a rapid one.
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The big move and moving around

Last Updated on September 24, 2019 by Mr. FightToFIRE
What a crazy week it was! I moved into my own place together with my girlfriend and her mother came over to visit.
For a week, I drove around Belgium and The Netherlands to help them discover this little corner of the world. All while trying to get stuff from Ikea and moving the last things.

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Mighty Percent Of Dollars

My mortgage: an interesting experience

Last Updated on August 12, 2020 by Mr. FightToFIRE
Unavoidable in the search for my place in the search for the best mortgage. Trying to find the best mortgage in Belgium typically means going to different banks to get the lowest rate possible while figuring out which type of rate to get (fixed or variable).

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Luxury Interior Residence Schuman

How one tax deduction reduced my apartment cost by 17K

Last Updated on March 11, 2020 by Mr. FightToFIRE
Something interesting happened about a week ago. As you might have read –on my twitter feed or on the blog– I signed the deed of the mortgage and apartment. As a result I’m official the owner the apartment and the land the building is build on; Partially when it comes to the land. What I hadn’t mentioned was that I got a 16,575 EUR tax deduction!

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Luxury Interior Residence Schuman

Coronavirus impact on my new apartment

Last Updated on May 22, 2020 by Mr. FightToFIRE
Because of lockdown and social distancing rules, many constructions sites have come to a halt. Just like my newly bought, yet to be completed apartment. I mailed my contractor to see what the impact will be for the Brussel’s apartment. I’m still waiting for a responses, but I expect something like: “we’re doing our utmost best to limit the impact but ”a small” delay is possible”.

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Signing The Deed At The Notary

Apartment progress: 15%

Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by Mr. FightToFIRE
A couple of weeks have passed and the construction is making good progress. The foundation and base plate is placed. How do I know? As the project progress, I receive invoices for said construction. Last week Friday I received the invoice for the finalization of the foundation works.

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