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Kyoto For Residential Property Investors

Where next when investing in Japanese property? Plenty of opportunities abound in Tokyo, Japan`s resort centers are strong, and of course, destination cities like Fukuoka and Kyoto are becoming hotspots for a growing number of investors. When the right property presents itself, Housing Japan is happy to recommend it to our clients. As part of […]

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Housing Japan Magazine – Spring 2018

The 2018 edition of the Housing Japan Magazine has arrived and is available to view online now. Featuring luxury property, lifestyle and more from central Tokyo. We have an exclusive interview with Dr. Andy Palmer the CEO of Aston Martin, plus we speak with David McCallum of Sports Tourism Hospitality and his work with the […]

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Condo Management Association Survey: 80% of HoA’s Ban Minpaku Operations

The Condominium Management Companies Association (CMCA), a nationwide industry group, announced recently, the results of a survey showing that 80% of homeowners’ associations (HoA) ban minpaku operations completely. Only 0.3% of HoA’s surveyed reported that they will allow minpaku operations. The announcement highlights the disparity between the scheduled June 15th, 2018 deregulation allowing minpaku operations […]

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Key Money: Should I charge it?

Contrary to wide spread belief, key money is not illegal and from our stance as property managers, we encourage all owners to charge it. Many times, foreign owners of property in Tokyo assume that their tenant will be another foreigner when in actuality, a major portion of the properties we manage are rented by Japanese […]

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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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Investor Event in Singapore

Location: Grand Hyatt Singapore Date: March 17 & 18 (1pm – 5pm) Following on from the successful Japan Property Gallery event in January, HJ Real Estate will be hosting a special investor event at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, featuring a guest speaker from one of Japan`s biggest property developers – Tokyu Fudousan. Join our local […]

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A Tale of Two Toilets

We are approached often by developers who feel in addition to marketing their projects to the domestic market, they will also need to market the project to foreign buyers too. These developers ask us what we hear from buyers as common desires so they can incorporate these ideas into their designs to make the project […]

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My Tenant Disappeared, what do I do?

Japan is well known for having leasing laws that heavily favor the tenant and in a previous article I outlined why it is important to screen tenants carefully with your property manager and make it a condition for tenants to use a guarantor company when applying for the apartment. So, assuming a prospective tenant has […]

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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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