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Real Estate Perspectives in The Netherlands/ Inbound and Outbound
I had the privilege of attending my monthly FIABCI-Houston luncheon this past Wednesday, March 19th with special guest speakers: The Honorable Geert C. Visser, Houston Consul General of The Netherlands, as well as Mr. Frans Gilebaard, Developer.
The Hon. Geert C. Visser began the presentation with the many accomplishments of his country in the fields of transportation, engineering, banking and more. The discussion then focused on the tremendous amount of Dutch foreign investment in the US as well as the remainder of the Americas. What was surprising is that in the past, the Dutch were the # 1 foreign investor in the States. This number is now believed to the #3, which astounded the FIABCI members and guests in attendance.
His Honor stated, "Holland is the doorway to Europe" and went on to explain how any US investor would be wise to consider a partnership with The Netherlands when seeking entry into the EU, as well as Asia, Russia and Africa. As The Netherlands has been a trading country for over 900 years, he explained that businessmen and women in his country are well educated, multi-lingual and very savvy as to the customs and nuances of doing business throughout the world and would ... more
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