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Comprehensive Cost Analysis: What to Expect When Purchasing Japanese Property

Introduction

The Japanese real estate market offers unique opportunities and challenges for investors and homebuyers alike.

This article delves into the myriad costs associated with property transactions beyond the listing price,

helping you to budget effectively and navigate the market with confidence.

Understanding Purchase Costs

When buying property in Japan, costs extend far beyond the advertised price.

These vary based on the property’s location, type, and the transaction’s specifics.

Brokerage Fees: (Shiho-shoshi, 司法書士)

In Japan, brokerage fees for real estate transactions typically consist of 3% of the property’s sale price, an additional fixed fee of 60,000 yen,

and a consumption tax, which is currently at 10%.

These fees are payable to real estate agents (buying agents).

 

Similarly, when you decide to sell your property through agents, the same fee structure applies.

You will need to pay 3% of the property’s sale price, plus a fixed fee of 60,000 yen,

along with the 10% consumption tax currently applicable.

These fees are payable to your selling agents.

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Understanding Key Clauses in Japanese Real Estate: A Guide for Foreign Investors

 

Hello, dear readers and investors!

 

As a real estate agent based in Tokyo, I have the privilege of assisting numerous foreign investors

in navigating the intricacies of the Japanese property market.

Today, I’d like to share some insights on a critical aspect of real estate transactions in Japan

– the extension of settlement dates and loan cancellation dates in sales contracts.

 

This topic is particularly relevant for those planning to finance their property purchase through a housing loan.

 

In the realm of real estate transactions, it’s common for buyers to finance their purchases through housing loans. In Japan,

when a buyer opts for a housing loan, a specific clause, known as the housing loan clause (or loan cancellation clause),

is typically included in the sales contract.

This clause provides a safety net for buyers,

allowing them to cancel the contract if they fail to secure loan approval from their financial institution.

Now, let’s consider a scenario where the buyer’s financial arrangements are delayed,

leading to an agreed extension of the settlement date (the payment date) with the seller.

A question that often arises in such situations is – does the extension of the settlement date also imply an extension of the loan cancellation date?

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Do you need an inkan (seal, name stamp) to buy a property in Japan ?

(How to use inkan)

What kind of documents do you need to have for the registration of your property ?

After you acquire your property, you want to register your ownership with the officials here, right ?

If you don’t register your ownership(title), you can not legally argue that your property is yours.

You need the officially backing from the government.

Japan has the system called ‘Real estate registration’ (FUDOSAN-TOUKI 不動産登記)

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