Investing in Japanese Real Estate for Beginners with Low Money Down

The latest installment in our series of seminars for foreign residents of Japan who are interested in getting started in real estate investment. Learn how to leverage your residency status to get preferential financing terms. Doors open at 10:45AM. The seminar will be held from 11AM to Noon.

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    Real Estate Japan
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    11:00 am
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    4F Higashi-Azabu IS Bldg. 1-8-1 Higashi-Azabu Minato-ku, Tokyo
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Real Estate Japan Inc. is pleased to present the newest installment in our series of investment seminars for foreigners who are interested in taking the first step in Japanese real estate investment.

Low-money down, preferential treatment for Permanent Residents

If you have been living and working in Japan, you are likely aware of the various benefits of Permanent Residency (PR) status. For long-term wealth building, one of the key benefits is the preferential treatment you can receive for obtaining a property investment loan from a Japanese bank. Having Permanent Residency-status can significantly improve your financing terms and return on investment, compared to the terms available for the same investment done with a working visa-status.

Sample Investment Scenario

For example, in a scenario where a working visa-holder applies for a loan to buy a single-unit property with a price of ¥10 million, a Japanese bank will typically require a down payment of ¥3 million. The unit can then be leased out for estimated annual cash flow of ¥330,000 for cash-on-cash return of 11%.

A Permanent Residency-holder applying for financing for an even more expensive property (a ¥15 million single-unit apartment) will typically only be required to put down ¥200,000. Estimated annual cash flow in this case is ¥200,000, which means cash-on-cash return of 100%.

In this series, we will be presenting practical information about the market, purchase process, how to get started with low money down, and much more, in clear and simple terms.

We will be discussing the following topics and more:

  • How your residency status can significantly change the financing terms that Japanese banks will offer
  • Getting mid-risk, mid-level returns by targeting properties with specific criteria that have proven to perform.
  • Three big macro-economic and policy shifts that will cause the more properties to come online after 2020.
  • Historic price data and price projections showing how residential property prices are on a declining trend and what to do about it.
  • Upcoming changes to the earthquake-resistance building code and how this might affect your choice of property.
  • As an owner, why you should use a guarantor company to manage tenant-related risks
  • The importance of actually viewing a property (even when you can’t enter the property) and what to look for.
  • Which banks lend to non-Japanese borrowers in Japan.
  • And much more

Private consultations are available by appointment

For a private consultation, please indicate in the form below a few dates and times when you would be available for a meeting following the seminar.

Our partner agent, LINC Inc., is able to offer highly personalized consultation, including:

  • Property information from REINS (the Japanese version of the Multiple Listing Service) as well as additional information from local agents.
  • Consulting with banks to find out how much you can borrow.
  • Provide Income/Expenditure spreadsheets for properties you are interested in, including costs involved in finding tenants.


Who is this seminar meant for?

This seminar is designed exclusively for Permanent Residents of Japan who are new to Japanese real estate investment.

This is a unique opportunity to get objective information about investing in single-unit properties in the Tokyo metropolitan area.


The seminar will be held in the meeting rooms at Real Estate Japan Inc., which shares offices with GPlus Media Inc. We are located on the 4th floor of the IS Building in Higashi Azabu.

This seminar is brought to you by Real Estate Japan Inc. Our staff will be providing English-Japanese interpretation for speakers and attendees. We look forward to seeing you there!

GPlus Media Inc. Yasuhiro Kitagawa

Yasuhiro has been with Real Estate Japan for six years. He studied and worked in the U.S. for over ten years before returning to Japan to work in the Japanese real estate industry. He is passionate about improving transparency and access to the Japanese real estate market for Japanese and foreigners alike. Yasuhiro is head of Real Estate Japan's investment support services for foreigners.

LINC Inc., Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Kawamura

After years of managerial experience at one of the world's leading homebuilders in Japan, he received an MBA while working overseas. He specializes in providing consultation services in the real estate industry by partnering with professionals such lawyers, accountants, architects, and designers, etc. to find optimal solutions for clients.

LINC Inc., Chief Operating Officer Daishi Yasa

Ten years of brokerage experience for both residential and investment properties at a leading real estate company in Japan. More than 1,000 people have attended his seminars in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.


4F Higashi-Azabu IS Bldg. 1-8-1 Higashi-Azabu Minato-ku, Tokyo

Host Real Estate Japan