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Bridging Cultures in Property: Insights for Foreign Investors in Tokyo

 

1. Introduction

This article delves into a critical case study that surfaced in the real estate sector, highlighting not only the complexities inherent in property transactions

but also underscoring the indispensable role of diligent research and ethical practices in this field.

At the heart of our discussion is a real estate transaction that unraveled into a legal and ethical quagmire, involving a buyer, a broker, and a seller.

 

This case, which led to the administrative sanction of a broker for failing to return a deposit after a deal’s cancellation,

serves as a quintessential example of the pitfalls that can occur in real estate dealings.

 

The importance of this case extends beyond the specifics of its narrative.

It sheds light on a wider issue in the real estate industry: the necessity for transparency, legal compliance, and ethical conduct.

For potential buyers, sellers, and even real estate professionals, this case underscores the crucial need for thorough research and due diligence.

 

In an industry where transactions involve significant financial and emotional investments,

the consequences of neglecting proper checks and balances can be dire.

Our exploration of this case begins by setting the scene — outlining the key events as they unfolded,

and the roles and responsibilities of the involved parties.

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Beyond the Price Tag: Understanding Agent Responsibilities in Tokyo’s Property Market

Case Study: The Imperative of Reporting All Purchase Offers

in Real Estate Transactions

 

In the Tokyo real estate market, the ethical and legal responsibilities of real estate agents are often tested in complex transactions.

A compelling example is a case involving the duty to report all purchase offers to a seller, even when these offers fall below the seller’s specified minimum price.

This case study provides vital insights into the professional obligations of real estate agents and the nuances of navigating client relationships.

This case study was created using an example published by the Real Estate Distribution Promotion Center, a public interest incorporated foundation.

 

Scenario: A Dilemma in Reporting Offers

Our real estate firm faced a challenging situation with a property listed for sale.

The seller, preparing for retirement, set a minimum sale price of 35 million yen for their 10-year-old single-family home, even though the asking price was slightly higher at 36 million yen.

The rationale was straightforward: the seller wanted to use the proceeds to partially repay the mortgage on their newly purchased condo.

The complexity arose when an offer came in at 34 million yen, facilitated by another agent.

In line with the seller’s initial instruction, we (agent) chose not to report this lower offer immediately.

This decision, made from a place of respect for the seller’s wishes, soon revealed itself to be a pivotal learning point.

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Investing in Japanese Real Estate through Mortgage Property Auctions: What Foreign Investors Need to Know

Investing in Japanese Real Estate: What Foreign Investors Need to Know

Japan is a country with a rich history and culture, and its real estate market is no exception.

With its unique blend of modernity and tradition,

Japan offers a wide range of investment opportunities for foreign investors.

However, investing in Japanese real estate can be a complex process,

and it is important to understand the legal and

cultural nuances before making an investment.

As a real estate agent based in Tokyo serving foreign investors,

I have seen first-hand the potential for growth and success

in the Japanese real estate market.

In this article, I will share some key information t

hat foreign investors should know before investing in Japanese real estate.

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Safeguard Your Investment: Understanding Bait Listings in the Japanese Real Estate Market

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know ‘Otori-bukken’ ?

 

Truth be told,

 

We have to admit there are a number of

 

shady and dishonest real estate agents in Japan.

 

 

As a foreign investor considering investment opportunities

 

in the Japanese real estate market,

 

it’s crucial to be aware of the tactics some unscrupulous agents

 

 

employ to lure potential clients.

 

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Japanese real estate essentials: What is the Building Standards Law?

What is the purpose of the mission of the Building Standards Law?

The Building Standards Law (建築基準法)was created for the MLIT to provide basic rules for construction during a building and the stipulates minimum engineering safety requirements concerning fire earthquake and other natural disasters.

It also stipulates the types of buildings we can build according to each zoning district(用途地域)

under the city planning law.

A building not contracted to meet this requirement is regarded as an illegal building however a building previously constructed in compliance with a standard existing at the time of the construction but which no longer meet current construction standards is not considered as an illegal building but rather called non-conforming building. (既存不適格)

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When you find the cheap property, please make sure if it is a non-conforming building or not. It is not a fatal mistake to buy such a property, but you have to understand what you are running into beforehand. 

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Japanese real estate essentials: The city planning law : You need to understand before you buy a property in Japan

What is the purpose of the city planning law ?

The city planning law which is set by the Ministry of land infrastructure transport and tourism (MLIT)

exists to regulate urban development.

The law divide Japan into mainly two parts :

1.The city planning area which is regulated by the city planning law

2. The non-city planning area which is not regulated by this law

City planning area is mainly divided into urbanization promotion areas where development is promoted and urbanization restricted areas where the development is restricted.

Urbanization restricted areas consist of agricultural, forestry and fishery projects.

Urbanization restricted areas are not allowed to build residential, office and retail properties.

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For example, if you want buy a land in the agricultural areas, you may not able to build your own house.

Don’t forget to check the relevant law and regulation before you purchase such land.

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Essentials : How is the real estate ownership registered in Japan ?

Just the basics.

Today I am going to share some basic laws and regulations on the real estate in Japan.

1 How does the real estate registration work in Japan ?

The real estate registration system is governed by the real estate registration law (不動産登記法)

Properties are registered in the real estate register which gives the basic information of the property and its

rights/titles.

The registration record can be reviewed at the legal affairs bureau. (法務局)

The registration information can be accessed by the internet by paying a small fee (you can also

get a copy of registration at local legal affairs bureau.

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