Tokyo Real Estate News & Information

Tokyo's Property Market & Useful Tips for Property Owners

Stay informed on Tokyo land prices, redevelopment projects, taxes on Japanese real estate, real estate terms, and more. We provide useful news and information especially for foreigners (non-residents) interested in buying, selling, and owning properties in Tokyo.

Renting Property with a Pet in Japan

It is common practice that residential properties in Japan have very strict rules regarding the ownership of pets. These rules are decided and enforced by the building owner and or management. If you would like to have a pet or already have a pet that you would like to live with, starting your searc…

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Home Inspections in Japan

While common in Western countries, in Japan home inspections before purchasing or selling a home is rare. The Japanese government is currently pushing forward the development of laws regarding effective use of home inspections when purchasing or selling pre-owned homes. The purpose being not only to…

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Use of Home Inspection upon Selling and Buying an Existing house

As a measure for facilitating the purchase of pre-owned homes, the government has decided to amend the “Building Lots and Buildings Transaction Business” Act. The changes will be put into effect in April, 2018. In the amended law, the government has established the use of “Home inspection” as the me…

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Housing Policy in Japan – Pre-owned Housing Market

Since 2006, Japan’s housing policy has been shifting from a supply of newly built housing to focusing on the effective use of pre-owned housing stock. Here is an introduction to the present trend of Japan’s housing market and the measures taken by the Government to encourage the purchasing of pre-ow…

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Earthquake Resistance of Buildings in Japan

If you are thinking of buying or building a home in Japan but are concerned about earthquakes, take heart—compared to other countries, the collapse ratio of buildings due to a powerful earthquake is said to be extremely low in Japan. When an earthquake does occur, the risk to your home depends on ma…

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About the Handling of Keys for a Lease House in Japan

What should you do if you lose a key for a lease house? Here we provide guidance about how to handle losing a lease housing key and how much it costs for recovery or compensation.   Go to a Police Box and submit a “Report of Loss of Property” When you lose a key, go to the nearest police box first…

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Property Taxes in Japan - Explaining Fixed Asset Tax and City Planning Tax for Non-Japanese

When you own real estate in Japan, a Fixed Asset Tax and City Planning Tax are imposed yearly. These taxes are due regardless if the owner is an individual or a corporation. A notification of the tax due is sent to the owner of the property as of the 1st of January every year. We would like to expla…

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Real Estate Notary in Japan

Real estate companies in Japan have staff who with the national qualification called Real Estate Notary (宅地建物取引士), more than 1 out of 5 of all employees. Those who are qualified as Real Estate Notary have a broad knowledge of real estate transactions and should, by all means, be present at the time…

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Affiliated mortgage loan for Hong Kong resident customers

We are pleased to introduce a mortgage loan for Hong Kong resident investors which is now available by the tie-up between PLAZA HOMES and Shinsei Investment & Finance Limited. This is a mortgage loan is specially designed for Hong Kong resident private investors purchasing the real estate proper…

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Lifespan of a Japanese Apartment

What is the life span of an apartment in Japan? How many years will it remain habitable. When you consider purchasing a second-hand apartment, many may wonder how long they will be able to reside there. Many older apartments can provide attractive investment opportunities if obtained within a reason…

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