Buying a Home in Japan

Top 3 Factors That Affect a Building’s Earthquake Resistance: What to know before you buy a home in Japan

By Jeff Wynkoop Most buyers in Japan are aware of the importance of assessing earthquake risk before buying a home here. As the events of March 11, 2011 and the earthquake of June 18th, 2018 in Osaka again showed us,... More

What can you buy for $90,000 in Cities Around Japan: From Sapporo to Fukuoka

In this installment in the “what can you buy” series, by popular request we take a look at what you can buy around Japan for ¥10,000,000 ($90,000) or less. To put this budget in perspective, in 2018, the average listing... More

Investing in Japanese Real Estate

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

Selling Property in Japan

What Are the Taxes and Fees When Selling Property in Japan?

By: Shinichi Kawamura, CEO LINC Inc. The sale of land or buildings in Japan is subject to the following three types of taxes: Stamp Duty Capital Gains Tax Resident Tax Stamp Duty is paid at the time of the contract... More

Interview with a Local Agent

Bilingual Real Estate Agent Answers Your FAQS on Buying a Property in Tokyo

Real Estate Japan recently conducted an e-mail interview with Ms. Kanako Enomoto, in which she gives detailed answers to frequently asked questions about buying property in Tokyo as a foreigner. Ms. Enomoto is an agent with Tokyo-based EM Labo Co.... More

Word of the Day - February 1, 2019

What is an owner change property? – Real Estate Japan’s Word of the Day

Owner Change オーナーチェンジ English definition: An owner change property is an investment property that is currently tenanted. From a buyer’s perspective, vacancy risk is reduced when buying an owner change property because the new owner can continue leasing the property... More

Word of the Day - January 30, 2018

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... More