Discovering Lucrative Opportunities in Japanese Real Estate
for High-Net-Worth Investors
Japan has long been an attractive destination for high-net-worth individuals
who appreciate its rich culture, modern cities, and stunning landscapes.
As the yen continues to depreciate and real estate prices remain relatively low compared to other global cities,
now is the perfect time for investors with a net worth of 1-2 million
US dollars to explore opportunities in the Japanese property market.
While Tokyo is the most popular choice for foreign investors,
other metropolitan areas such as Osaka and Nagoya also offer attractive investment prospects.
For those interested in resort properties, Hokkaido and Okinawa are becoming increasingly popular choices.
Example Properties in Tokyo:
Minato-ku, Tokyo: A luxurious 2-bedroom apartment in the upscale Minato-ku district offers
investors a taste of cosmopolitan living. With a price tag of around $1 million,
the apartment offers a potential rental yield of 4-5%.
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo: A modern one-bedroom apartment in the vibrant Shibuya-ku area offers
a more affordable investment option at around $500,000.
The potential rental yield for this property is approximately 3-4%.
Rakumachi, a real estate website in Japan, conducted market research for the first quarter of 2023
and found that the prices of all types of investment properties in Japan have increased.
(Not property for living)
The average price of one-room apartments increased to 74.95 million yen,
the average price of one-building apartments rose to 277.9 million yen,
and the average price of condominiums rose to 18.81 million yen.
One-room apartments had a yield of 8.98%（gross yield), while one-building apartments had a yield of 7.52%(gross yield),
and condominiums had a yield of 6.87% (gross yield).
Let’s face it.
Kenbiya (One of Japan’s major internet web sites on the real estate property for the investment) recently announced the latest market update
for the first quarter of 2019. I am quickly sharing the summary of the report today.
Price: The average asking price
Yield :Gross yield. It is calculated as a percentage based on the property’s market value divided by the income generated by the property
(before finance cost/management cost/tax)
Condominiums (one unit)
Yield 7.36% (-0.45 points compared to the previous quarter)
Ave Price 15.51 million yen (+ 10.79 point )
（China town in Yokohama)
New offer !
Introducing an unlisted property in Yokohama today.
It is a very good opportunity for someone looking for a small size investment in Yokohama.
The yield is attractive and it comes with the full financing.
2-storey residential apartment building.
Location : Konan-ku, Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture
10 mins walk to the nearest station（Keikyu line)
Gross yield (gross return on investment) before the cost : 8.65 % basis 100% occupied
and currently 100% occupied
(Nagoya station, Meitetsu line)
Just a snap entry about a property in Nagoya.
It is a VERY good opportunity for someone looking for a good investment in Nagoya area.
The yield is very high and it comes with the awesome financing.
5-storey residential building in Nagoya city
Location : Minami-ku, Nagoya city, Aichi prefecture
10 min walk to the nearest station（Meitetsu line)
and it is only 11 mins to Nagoya station. Excellent location.
Gross yield (return) before the cost : 9.5 % basis 100% occupied
Pressure mounts to enact inquiry by FSA on other banks ?
Recently the Financial Services Agency (FSA) ordered Suruga Bank to stop extending fresh loans for real estate investment for six months, over its improper practices related to such financing.
In recent years, the FSA has strengthened its oversight of surveillance over building financing for rental houses that have spread as tax saving measures for inheritance tax. There are an increasing number of examples of building properties in areas with low rental demand and inability to obtain enough rent income assumed by increasing vacancy.
There are cases in which loans can not be repaid and leading to the foreclosures.Those who are affluent with the upscale property have been targeted by the developers of new apartment buildings and the real estate companies.
Since around 2010, these developers and real estate companies have focused not only on loans involved in landowner’s tax saving measures but also on loans to individuals who do not own the land with limited self-funding. Then shared house scandal involving Suruga bank and Smart days (operator of shared house) exposed to the light in early 2018.Read more
(Night life Susukino in Sapporo) （Odoori koen)
No down payment is needed.
Remarkable opportunity in Sapporo is up for sale in Sapporo.
One of my business partners has come across a pretty good property in Sapporo in northern Japan.We don’t usually deal with a property in Sapporo.
However, as the project already has passed the provisional review by a premier Japanese bank, I am introducing it on his behalf.
Let’s find out how viable it is.
Oh, by the way, If you seek investment that can expect the appreciation of 20% over next 3 years,
Japan is not your destination. Please go and find a property in countries like Thailand or Vietnam.
(Yokohama city center)
Evaluating Real Estate as an investment
According to an article in USA today, single-family homes in large U.S. cities have generated returns of about 9% annually on average,
according to the study, which examined results from 1986 to 2014. Yes, there are risks in real estate investment.
Becoming a landlord isn’t without its risks — from bad tenants and periodic market slumps to changing tax laws and natural disasters
such as tsunami and earthquake.
The principle and the mechanism of the real estate investment in Japan is exactly the same
as other countries.In theory, you borrow the money at 3% from a bank and buy the real estate that generates 8% yield.
The spread (in this case 5%) is your profit.
You don’t need the rocket science. But really ? Let’s find out how viable it is.
In financial parlance, it is called ‘leveraging’.
Leveraging does not necessarily mean success.
Skeptics about the real estate investment in Japan where the population is
declining and rapidly ageing have lots of ammunition.
Leverage magnifies all of your returns and those returns aren’t always positive!
If you want to make investments where you can expect the appreciation of 20% over next 3 years,
Japan is not your destination.