Obon Holidays in Japan 2019 and What to Expect

The Obon festival will not significantly affect businesses in many industries, but some real estate agents will be off for all or part of August 10th to 18th. Below is a brief overview of what to expect next week. We’re... More

What can you buy for the average sales price of an apartment in the Tokyo 23 Wards?

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, we feature properties with a listing price of about ¥75,000,000 ($706,000). This is a price point to keep in mind if you are looking to buy property in the Tokyo... More

What can you buy for $1.5million to $2 million in Japan? Luxury dream homes from around Japan

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, by popular request, we are going up market… to the $1.5 million to $2million price range. This is equivalent to between ¥162 million and ¥217 million. To put this price... More

What can you buy around Tokyo for $150,000?

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, by popular request, we take a look at what you can buy around Tokyo for $150,000 (¥16,000,000) or less. To put this price point in perspective, in 2018, the average... More

What does an affordable, spacious home look like in Japan? Examples from around the country for $270,000 or Less

What is considered a spacious home in Japan? For the country as a whole, on average, each person in Japan has about 22.3-square meters (240-sqft) of living space. In the Tokyo 23 Wards, this number is a bit lower at... More

Getting a Variable Rate Home Loan in Japan? Beware the 5-Year Rule

By Jeff Wynkoop Mortgage rates in Japan are historically low, and a majority of borrowers don’t think interest rates are going to go up any time soon. In its April 2019 meeting, the Bank of Japan was clear in announcing... More

Top 5 Things Not To Do If You Are Thinking About Buying a Home in Tokyo

There are many things to think about when buying a home in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan. Here are five key things you should not do when making what will probably be one of the biggest purchases of your life. 1. Don’t... More