Word of the Day

How do you maximize your asking price when selling a property in Japan? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

The word-of-the-day is:

Hanbai Kakaku

販売価格, はんばいかかく

  • English definition: Asking price or list price of a property
  • The asking price is the advertised price of a property that is being listed for sale.
  • In Japan, there are four basic factors that go into setting the asking price for newer construction:
    1. Determining the value of the land on which the property is located. In Japan, 70% to 80% of the value of a property resides in the actual land on which the property sits.
    2. Estimating the cost of new construction. Due to labor and materials shortages, construction costs have been soaring in Tokyo in the last few years.
    3. Determining the cost of advertising and selling the property.
    4. Deciding whether it’s possible to make a profit on the sale and how much.
  • Of course, it’s also important to know how much comparable properties recently sold for.
  • For these reasons, a seller’s agent can give you invaluable insight into how to maximize your selling price, help you present your home or investment property in the best light to buyers (for example, by staging the property, advertising it on the right platforms and using the right photos and property description).

FAQs About Buying Property in Japan

Can a foreigner buy property in Japan?

Yes. You can buy property in Japan regardless of your nationality or country of origin. There are also no residency requirements for buying real estate in Japan. Securing financing as a resident foreigner is more complicated. For info on financing, please see “Basic Requirements for Getting a Mortgage as a Foreigner in Japan“.

How do I get a property loan as a foreigner in Japan?

Please see this article for information on: Getting a property loan as a foreigner in Japan

What is the process for buying a property in Japan?

Please see our step-by-step guide: Guide to Buying Property in Japan

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Top photo: House for sale in Chofu Tokyo