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.

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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Japanese Real Estate 2017-2018 Summary, Predictions

This is article was provided by Mr. Ziv Nakajima-Magen, a partner and executive manager at Nippon Tradings International. It’s that time of year again – as 2018 kicks into gear, all major real-estate industry players have published their annual 2017 statistics, summaries and, perhaps most importantl…

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Reconstruction of Japanese old apartment building - Reason of rebuilding, planning and resolution

Apartment buildings started being built in large numbers all across Japan in the late 1960’s and most the ones still standing have not undergone any reconstruction. While there are various opinions and data regarding the life span of a Japanese apartment building, we know for a fact that many of hav…

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Long-term repair plan for Japanese Apartment (Large-scale repair & Reserve fund for repairs)

Proper maintenance is crucial for maintaining the safety, comfort, and value of an apartment building. Conducting appropriate renovations with consideration to the age and deterioration of a building in a timely manner makes a great difference in the ability of an apartment building to maintain its…

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Tips for buying an old apartment in Japan

According to a survey taken by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the total number of apartment buildings (as of 2012) in Japan is approximately 5,900,000. It is estimated that the number buildings over 40 years old will be around 730,000 in 2018. Second-hand apartments account for…

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Reconstruction of an old apartment building – Rebuilt examples and problems

According to information from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, it is estimated that the number of apartments over 40 years old throughout Japan will be as many as 730,000 in 2018. As of 2013, there are only 183 cases in all of Japan of apartments being rebuilt. Due to the high num…

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