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Flat 35 Home Mortage Rate Falls for First Time in 3 Months

In November, the “Flat 35” home mortgage rate fell for the first time in three months, as announced by the Japan Housing Financing Agency (JHFA). Flat 35 loans are among the most widely used home mortgage products in Japan. Flat 35... More

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Flat 35 Mortgage Rate Dives to Historic Low of 0.900%

The official “Flat 35” home mortgage rate dove below the 1.00% level for the first time in July and has remained below the historic mark in August, as announced by the Japan Housing Financing Agency (JHFA). Flat 35 loans are... More

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Flat 35 Mortgage Rate Up for First Time in 8 Months

The official “Flat 35” home mortgage rate for June rose to 1.100%, the first time that the rate has risen in eight months, as announced by the Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA). Flat 35 loans are among the most widely... More

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May Flat 35 Mortgage Rate Hits Historic Low, Again

The “Flat 35” rate for home mortgage loans for May 2016, was just announced by the Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA), and it has again hit a historic low, dropping to 1.080% (down 0.110% compared to April), the fifth consecutive... More

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April Flat 35 Mortgage Rate Hits Another Historic Low

The official “Flat 35” rate for home mortgage loans for April 2016, as just announced by the Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA), has hit another historic low, dropping to 1.190% (down 0.060% compared to March), the fourth consecutive month in... More

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Flat 35 Mortgage Rate Falls to 1.250% Lowest in History

The Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA) has announced that the March 2016 rate for “Flat 35” home mortgage loans is 1.250%, the lowest level in history. Flat 35 loans are one of the most widely used home mortgage products in Japan,... More

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February Flat 35 Rate Drops For Second Month in a Row

The Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA) has announced the February 2016 rates for “Flat 35” and “Flat 50” home mortgage loans that financial institutions can charge for these popular securitized mortgage products. The February rate is the second consecutive month of decreases... More

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January Flat 35 Rate Drops for First Time in Two Months

The Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA) recently announced the official January 2016 rate for “Flat 35” and “Flat 50” home mortgage loans that financial institutions can charge for these types of loans, designed to make homeownership possible for many people... More

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Flat 35 Loan Interest Rate Drops for the First Time in Three Months

The Japan Housing Finance Agency (JHFA) recently announced the official August 2015 rate for “Flat 35” and “Flat 50” home mortgage loans that financial institutions can charge for these popular, securitized loan products. Flat 35 Flat 35 loans are fixed... More

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7 Situations When You Should Consider Selling Your Residential or Investment Property in Japan

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an e-mail interview with Shinichi Kawamura on whether now is a good time to consider selling a residential or investment property in Japan. Mr. Kawamura is CEO of LINC Inc., a real estate consulting company... More

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What you should know before buying a vacant house in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop Buying a vacant house in Japan and fixing it up is the dream of many city dwellers. With the price for a new condo at all-time highs in most Tokyo neighborhoods, many people are considering purchasing a... More

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What interest rate can I get for a home mortgage loan in Japan?

By Jeff Wynkoop Rates for fixed-rate home loans in Japan are still generally very low, even though the majority of banks raised their base rate for several types of loans in June. Main street banks currently offer an average rate... More

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Guide to Home Mortgage Loans in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop There are a lot of difficult decisions consumers have to make when choosing a home mortgage loan in Japan. Borrowers need to understand the impact these decisions have on the level of their monthly loan payments as... More

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a House in Japan?

By Jeff Wynkoop If you want to build a house in Japan you will be faced with a lot of decisions. For most people, the most time-consuming issue is finding and acquiring the rights to a suitable parcel of land in the... More

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home in Japan? Survey Asks Consumers & Pros

In a recently released government survey, a majority of homeowners, financial planners, and homebuilders think that “it is a good time to buy” a home, in consideration of the two-and-a-half year postponement of the increase in the Japanese consumption tax to... More

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Buying a Home: What can you buy for $250,000 in Tokyo?

With home mortgage rates in Japan at a historic low, there has been a surge of interest among first-time home buyers in Japan. Whether you are a long-term resident of Japan who has decided that it’s finally time to buy... More

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Japanese Real Estate News Summary Feb 26 to March 3

Catch up on the week’s Japanese real estate related news in this summary pulled from our blog and sources around the web. MLIT 2015 Q4 LOOK Report: Growth in Nagoya Land Prices Leads the Country Real Estate Japan The Ministry... More

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Price of a New House in Tokyo Suburbs Up 11.6% YoY in January

The price of a newly constructed house listed for sale in the Tokyo suburbs (outside of the 23-wards but still within the administrative boundaries of Tokyo) rose to 40,580,000 yen ($353,000), a year-on-year increase of 11.6%, the highest year-on-year rise... More

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Japanese Real Estate News Summary For January 29 to February 4

It was another busy news week as the Nikkei (and J-REITS) soared in the aftermath of the Bank of Japan’s negative interest rate decision, while the Nikkei Asian Reivew reports that some analysts think it is too early to forecast that negative... More

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Home Buyer Profile: French-Japanese Family Buy Their “Almost” Dream House in Tokyo

Real Estate Japan sat down recently to interview Yumi, a 30-something Japanese woman, to ask about the 4-bedroom house that she and her husband Eric, a French national bought about three and a half years ago, and the process they... More