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The Untold Story of Chiyoda Ward

While Minato and Shibuya Wards get a lot of attention as well as Chuo Ward where Ginza is located, there is one ward that consistently beats them all in terms of land value preservation and appreciation. That ward is Chiyoda Ward. Located in the geographic centre of the city, Chiyoda Ward holds value the best […]

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Property Investment Alert: Composite Shibuya Shoto

AUTHOR’S NOTE: While reading the below article, it is best you have the following links open in separate browser windows as the article mentions information that is further expanded on in the below links. Click here to see the property details for Composite Shibuya Shoto Click here to see the investor presentation for the property […]

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Takanawa Gateway: New Yamanote Line Station Named

For the first time in more than 40 years, Tokyo’s famed Yamanote line will get a new station between Shinagawa and Tamachi stations. The name of the new station was revealed on December 4th, 2018 to be Takanawa Gateway station. Currently under construction and slated to be ready by the Olympics in 2020, the name […]

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Alternative Investment – Whole Building Short Term Stay

Developing and targeting property for the short-term market can be a powerful wealth generator for investors. In this edition of the Housing Japan Insider`s Edge podcast, host Adam German takes a comprehensive look at the Japanese short-term tenant market. Covering where it comes from, where it is going, and for investors, where the opportunity lies. […]

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Primary Home Loans – Podcast

In this edition of the Housing Japan Insider`s Edge podcast, we discuss the details around securing a home loan for residents in Japan who are thinking of buying their own home. Obtaining financing for long-term residents is easier than you might think, and rates are identical as they are for Japanese citizens. Find out more, […]

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Shibuya Gentrification

Residential pricing has high chances of seeing significant appreciation immediately around Shibuya station as well as along the commuter lines running through the hub between 2017 and 2023. This podcast discusses the details and looks at one specific address already feeling the benefits of Shibuya redevelopment. Hosted by Adam German of Housing Japan. Listen below, […]

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Casinos and Tokyo Real Estate

In this edition of the Housing Japan Insider`s Edge podcast, Adam German talks about the coming Casinos – now legal thanks to recently passed legislation – and their effect on the Tokyo real estate market. For home buyers or investors, this is one of the biggest changes coming to Japan, and will have significant impact on the […]

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Housing Japan Insider’s Edge Podcast

Real estate never exits in isolation from the economy it supports and Japan is no different. While most agents can tell you what the market has done in the past 6 months, they are very loath to predict where it is going to go. This is where this podcast comes in. We at Housing Japan […]

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Cryptocurrency and Japanese real estate

Japan is famous for being a developed economy that allows cryptocurrency to be used to purchase goods and services. When it comes to real estate trades however, it becomes a little trickier as seller of Japanese property by and large will not accept cryptocurrency for their property; they want yen. Despite Japan on a regulatory […]

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Blocking counter party agents and why this hurts owners

Disclaimer – the below is written for owners of traditional residential property that are either looking to sell or rent. If you own commercial, retail or niche real estate then most of the below will not apply. An example of niche real estate is looking for rental data on short term furnished properties which is […]

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Unique Investing – The case for Aobadai in Meguro Ward

The Aobadai address in Meguro Ward is set to benefit the most from the Shibuya gentrification do to its proximity to everything around it, its current status as a high end neighborhood to live along with an infrastructure that is world class.  If you are looking to purchase in a pocket of Tokyo not many […]

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What 2018 means for Tokyo real estate

2018 promises to see continued rises in Tokyo for property pricing and rents.  Here’s why. For prices and rents to rise, there are certain ingredients that are necessary.  You need a rising population; you must have some degree of inflation; you must have inexpensive, responsible lending and you must have the most populous buyers in […]

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AirBnB to delist non-compliant listings from June 15th, 2018

AirBnB will restrict listings that do not comply with local regulations starting June 15th, 2018 reported the Nikkei Shimbun on February 8th, 2018. According to various municipal laws and regulations, AirBnB will delist any property that does not comply with said regulations. Approximately 5 million travelers per year utilize the daily stay service as an […]

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Licensed Home Inspections and Your Brokerage Agent

Earlier this year I wrote about how home inspections are going to be implemented more in purchases from April 1st, 2018. This article is a Q&A of what your brokerage agent needs to do from that point according to the new law. Q: Is the Home Inspection referred to in the revised Home Construction Law […]

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Know your seller: Fraudsters in Tokyo Real Estate

Fraud in Tokyo real estate is relatively rare however it does happen and it requires buyers to have a healthy dose of skepticism together with a trust-but-verify mentality. This can prove especially difficult if you can not speak or read Japanese, however even Japanese people and companies can find themselves on the wrong end of […]

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How it sold: Kisho Kurokawa’s Renovated Churis Akasaka

Renovation flipping in Tokyo has traditionally been a dangerous game. A lot of capital is tied up to acquire the property. A lot of investment is put into the design and construction, all in the hope of achieving a price that will provide enough profit to make the time and effort worthwhile. However, if done […]

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Home not selling? Try Staging

Staging is not a common practice in Tokyo for second hand property. There is no other reason for this than the domestic culture not understanding the benefits. Japanese agents won’t bring up the topic for a couple of reasons; the agent needs to ask you for money as the cost is not included in the […]

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The Japanese Election and Tokyo Real Estate

This past week, Mr. Abe called a snap general election in order to shore up power for himself through past the 2020 Olympics.  The timing looked good as the opposition party has been eternally in disarray leaving voters with no other viable choice for strong leadership in the face of the North Korean threat. With […]

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Home Inspection adoption in Japanese real estate

Starting April 1st, 2018, the real estate industry is introducing a new licensing system for home inspectors.  This change is aimed at increasing the safety of second hand home purchases. Currently, the trend for home buyers is to purchase brand new due to the perceived safety of buying from a reputable developer instead of an […]

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Design & Architecture: Renovating Kisho Kurokawa’s Churis Akasaka 11F

Renovating any property is a huge undertaking, more so when the property you are tasked to renovate was designed by one of Japan’s most famous architects, Kisho Kurokawa. Kurokawa rose to prominence as one of the founding members of Japan’s Metabolism Movement in the 1960’s that emphasized the impermanence in architecture; that buildings should be […]

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Financing Options are Increasing for Foreigners

Real estate financing options, foreign and Japanese alike, have been getting better and better as the year progresses. And it’s a trend that looks to continue at least until the Olympics. In January of this year, the Bank of Japan shocked economists worldwide by announcing a tiered negative interest rate policy compelling every bank operating […]

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