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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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Tenant Testimonials

Everybody who stays at an apartment managed by Housing Japan expects the highest-level of customer care, and to make sure we are living up to that expectation we ask guests to provide feedback from time-to-time. The below is a sample of recent reviews that people have been kind enough to share with us.   The […]

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