That's fantastic It does amaze me how much many people think about their car purchases (a liability) vs their housing/investments (even investing in themselves)
To rent it out afterwards
I think that exactly like leasing or purchasing a vehicle, there is no right or wrong and it is down to individual choice. I live near an ex USAF air base and a couple of my American neighbours worked in the telecommunications area for the military, but both bought houses in the village and used their rent allowance to cover the mortgage. They both made considerable profits when they returned to the USA. I also know of at least one of my acquaintances who bought a cheap car to use during a holiday and then sold it before he returned to the UK, thus saving the cost of rental whilst away. It is a case of horses for courses.
Looks good on paper but we know real world doesn't work like that I think you got my point , change Amsterdam with X
An apartment can be purchased in Amsterdam for around 250,000 euros. Property prices in Amsterdam are increasing at about 7% p.a. Assuming this remains constant the property would be worth around 285,000 euros in 2 years. The cost of buying and selling the apartment would be around 20,000 euros and the mortgage repayments would be around 19,200 euros over the 2 years. Therefore the net cost of purchasing a property would be 4,200 euros. The cost of renting an apartment in Amsterdam is around 1500 euros per month giving a cost of 36,000 euros over 2 years. Assuming there are no major changes to the market etc. This would give a saving of 31,8000 euros if purchased.