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Tenant Screening Processes in Japan

The most important part of your investment property is the tenant. They are the only source of revenue from the venture; rent revenue that, if the property was chosen well, will keep your ownership in the black. In Japan, disputes favor the tenant over the landlord. This is why it is imperative that the screening […]

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Japan Property Gallery in Singapore

Location: Claymore & Draycott Rooms, The Tanglin Club Date: January 28, 2018 (1pm – 5pm) HJ Real Estate, our associated company located in Singapore, will be hosting a special Japan property gallery at The Tanglin Club on January 28th. The exhibition will include a showcase of multiple brand new property developments from Japan`s biggest property […]

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The Scramble for Shibuya

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 seems a very bold statement to make, however Shibuya is one of the most important sub markets of Tokyo residential real estate and it […]

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Big Game Hunting and Non Agent Middlemen

According to Bill Gates in 1995, the Internet was going to herald the obliteration of the middleman; that the Internet itself would become the “universal middleman” putting scores of brokers, agents and dealers out of business. While this prediction held true in some professions, real estate globally has actually thrived with the existence of the […]

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Brand New Condos: Then and Now

I started focusing on adding brand new properties to my repertoire in 2013. The climate then was one where a brand new condo in Minato ward was priced lower than second hand. (Image is from Branz Roppongi The Residence). The reason being was anything that was coming on the market that year had land and […]

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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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Open House – Short-Term Furnished Apartments

  Housing Japan is delighted to be able to offer a selection of luxury, furnished apartments in central Tokyo available for short term stays of one month or more.   Larger and more comfortable than regular serviced apartments (including full-size kitchens).   Superior rates and more vacancies in better locations (including Aoyama, Azabu and Roppongi). […]

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When Buying Smart, Size Does Matter

During my search, I went on property tours where I saw exclusively 3 bedroom condos. None of them did it for me. Many 3 bedroom apartments, especially in large multi-unit condos, have layouts featuring two normal proportioned rooms and then a third, ugly duckling of a bedroom. This ugly duckling can often be identified by […]

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Tokyo Property Headlines – Mid September

A number of news sources have recently pointed to more evidence that the Japanese economy – more specifically the Abenomics transformation of it – has turned a corner. Some key talking points are being raised – and for those considering buying a home or investing in the Tokyo property market – these should be of […]

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