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So you’ve bought an akiya vacant house in Japan and want to walk away from it

This article is part of our series on buying a vacant home in Japan, and deals with an issue that comes up more often that you might think in the real estate industry: buyer’s remorse. As part of our popular real... More

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Akiya Banks in Japan – Links to Vacant House Databases by Prefecture

Akiya banks are databases of vacant or abandoned homes in Japan where owners and local governments can list properties for sale and buyers can search for vacant homes to buy. The two main nationwide akiya banks (空き家バンク) are operated by... More

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Akiya Bank Japan Vacant House Database to Now Include Govt Public Assets: Ministry of Land

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has announced that it will now make “for sale” and “for rent” public assets searchable online on the akiya (vacant house) websites currently operated by HOMES (Lifull) and AtHome. These public... 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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Yokosuka City First to Tear Down a Vacant House Under New Law

By Jeff Wynkoop On October 26, 2015, Yokosuka became the first city to tear down a property under the new law called “The Law for Special Measures to Promote Dealing with Vacant Houses, etc.” (空家等対策の推進に関する特別措置法) brought into force earlier this... More

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How to Buy a House in Japan, All in Cash: Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on buying your dream home. We will also be covering what to consider when doing an all-cash purchase. The seminar will be held live online on Saturday, August 21st from 11AM to Noon (JST).

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How much does it cost to renovate an akiya [vacant home] in Japan?

The issue of abandoned homes, or akiya, in Japan is well known. In recent months, you may have come across articles in foreign media saying that Japan’s small towns are practically giving away abandoned homes in an attempt to get... More

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How to Buy a House in Japan, All in Cash: Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on buying your dream home in Japan. For the first time, we will be covering the advantages and considerations for purchasing a home in all cash. The seminar will be held live online on Saturday, July 17th from 11AM to 12:30PM (JST)

Seminars

How to Buy a House in Japan, All in Cash: Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on buying your dream home in Japan. For the first time, we will be covering the advantages and considerations for purchasing a home in all cash. The seminar will be held live online on Tuesday, July 6th from 6:30 to 8:00PM.

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Buying a Renovated Traditional Wooden House in Kyoto: Answers to FAQS about Kyoto Machiya

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an email interview with Hachise, a leading bilingual agent, renovator, and property manager of Kyo-machiya (traditional wooden houses) in the city of Kyoto. In the past few years, the number of people interested in buying... More

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What is the average price of a new house in Japan?

In this article, we take a look at the average price of a newly constructed house in Japan by major region and city, based on data from Tokyo Kantei. For the major national markets surveyed, the average price of a new... More

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Government Plans to Turn Japan’s Abandoned Houses Into Quasi-Public Housing

By Jeff Wynkoop The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has announced that it plans to introduce measures to convert the growing glut of vacant and abandoned houses in Japan into quasi-public housing(準公営住宅). 8.2 Million Vacant Houses According... More

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Renovating Traditional Japanese Houses for Preservation and Profit

In a previous article, we mentioned that according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, in 2013, there were 8.2million vacant houses throughout Japan. This is about 13.5% of the entire residential housing stock and the highest number... More

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How to Buy a home in Japan as a Foreigner : Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Japan. The seminar will be held live online on Saturday, August 28th from 11AM to Noon (JST).

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How to Buy a home in Japan as a Foreigner : Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Japan. The seminar will be held live online on Saturday, August 7th from 11AM to Noon (JST).

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How to Buy a Home in Osaka as a Foreigner: Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Osaka. The webinar will be held live online on Tuesday, July 27th from 6:30PM to 8PM (JST).

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How to Buy a home in Japan as a Foreigner : Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Japan. The seminar will be held live online on Saturday, July 31st from 11AM to 12:30PM (JST).

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How to Buy a home in Japan as a Foreigner : Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Japan. The seminar will be held live online from 11AM to 12:30PM on Saturday, July 10th (JST).

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How to Buy a home in Japan as a Foreigner : Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Japan. The seminar will be held live online from 11AM to 12:30PM on Saturday, July 3rd (JST).

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How to Buy a home in Japan as a Foreigner : Webinar

Online version of our popular series of seminars on how to buy your dream home (not investment property) in Japan. The seminar will be held live online from 11AM to 12:30PM on Saturday, June 19th (JST).