Services of notaries in the Netherlands cost 1.8 percent less in the fourth quarter of 2007 than in the previous quarter. This is the lowest price level since the fourth quarter of 2003. The decrease is completely accounted for the lower fees for real estate transactions. Since the free-market principle was introduced in 1999, prices of real estate transactions have fallen continuously. As more and more notaries are publishing their fees in the Internet, households can benefit from comparing prices for the services. Real estate transactions are the main source of income for notaries. Fees for business transactions and family transactions did rise in 2007, but by less than in the previous year.
Price of notary services