This is apparent from a survey by the Land Registry commissioned by the Pointer program of KRO-NCRV. The number of second homes bought in the Netherlands rose faster than the number of starter homes.
These are ordinary homes, not recreational homes in holiday parks. The houses serve as holiday homes for the buyer, but are sometimes also used for purposes such as housing for children or rental properties for holidaymakers.
The Land Registry compiled a top 25 of Dutch municipalities in which the percentage of second homes is highest. Schiermonnikoog is at the top with 9.4 percent. After that, Ameland (7.9 percent) and Tubbergen (7.1 percent) in Overijssel. On average 2.2 percent of Dutch households have a second home.
From the research named ‘Second home vs. no house’ shows that because of the second homes, first-time buyers often cannot go to their native area.
The quality of life of a place would also deteriorate due to a lack of permanent residents. Shops and other facilities are disappearing, for example. Many second homes create ‘ghost villages’.
It also often happens that one of the owners registers as a permanent resident, while the partner remains registered in the first home. In some places, for example in many coastal villages in Zeeland, there is a ban on second homes, but this is rarely enforced.