Tag Archive for risk

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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?

Read more

Transforming Akiya(unused house) into a Hotel?: Navigating the Legal Maze for a Successful Investment

 

Contemplating Purchasing

Akiya and Turning It into a Hotel?

Uncover the Legal Considerations

for Change of Use

 

If you’re mulling over the idea of buying an Akiya (unused house) in Japan

 

and converting it into a hotel, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself

 

with the legal considerations involved in modifying the property’s purpose.

 

In this blog post, we’ll highlight the primary aspects you need to

 

keep in mind before diving into this thrilling endeavor.

 

Stay up-to-date and optimize your investment by following our business

 

blog for more news and valuable insights.

Read more

Unlocking Wealth in Japan’s Property Market: An Investment Roadmap for Affluent Individuals

 

 

Discovering Lucrative Opportunities in Japanese Real Estate

 

for High-Net-Worth Investors

 

Introduction:

 

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.

 

Prime Locations:

 

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%.

Read more

Buying a very affordable condominium in Japan ?: Do the due diligence

Irresistible ?

I receive a number of inquiries about very affordable and yet old condominiums from foreign nationals.

They don’t know much about Japanese market.

Japan is facing serious social issues including ageing society and shrinking population.

And old condominiums are facing similar realities especially in the regional areas.

I am not saying all old condominiums are risky but please do not jump at the gun only because they are cheap.

You need to carefully investigate the property and check the potential risks.

Real estates are totally controlled by the market mechanism and they are cheap for a reason.

That said, if you carefully search, you could get a relatively good investment.

Read more

Controversial argument: Where are the places you don’t want to live in Tokyo ?

 

(Machida)

Moving into a new place can be an exciting yet expensive decision.

It is essential that you view the property in person as the photos may (or may not) do the property justice.

You may be able to identify issues that are not present in the photos, which may not be up to date.

Visiting the property gives you a feel for the location and the neighbourhood.

In any cities, there are some neighbourhoods where you don’t walk in the middle of night alone.

In fact, in Tokyo there is almost none.

Maybe you may feel weird if you walk on the street early in the morning in Shinjuku Kabukicho but you won’t feel

extreme insecurity.

I recently read a book written by a guy called ‘Masayoshi Osaka’. The book is called ‘Where are the places you don’t

want to live in greater Tokyo ?’  It is highly controversial and full of prejudice such as race, income and business.

He is a reasonably well-known blogger, originally from Osaka.

He is running a media company “Tokyo Deep Guide” , which is the extreme biased media.

The media shines light not on the positive side of the cities/towns in Tokyo but on the negative side.

Read more

What to Know About Defects Problems and Industry Issues in Japan Before You Buy a Condo

In Japan’s condominium industry, there are some serious issues.
In 2015,  there was a huge scandal involving the condo complex called
“Park city La La Yokohama” developed by Mitsui Fudosan.

Mitsui Fudosan is the top developer in Japan.

Construction based on false data was carried out in October 2015, and a scandal where the building was inclined was discovered because the plurality of piles did not reach the appropriate depth in the ground. Safety for earthquake resistance was suspected.Read more

Buying a house in Japan ? Here’s all-too common mistakes to avoid


We don’t need to tell you about the brilliance of Japan quality: detailed, good service and competitive price etc etc.  
But for how good Japan quality in general is, it’s equally easy to screw up. Badly.
Japan’s real estate industry and construction industry are full of fraudulent companies.
A number of them are rogue (of course, there are good and trustworthy companies, too.)
You need to be very careful to deal with them.
When you build your brand-new house in Japan, you must be extra mindful because it could be a disaster if it goes wrong.
It is widely known to the industry professionals that the laws are not necessarily protecting the consumers
(customers).
Why is the owner (consumer) in so disadvantageous position ?

There are five main reasons.
1.The industry is not seeking a repeat business so they don’t look after customers well
2. High overhead cost
3. The related laws have many loopholes
4. The owner(customer) trusts the contractor  (real estate agents and builders included) too much
5. Victim’s tragic stories are not widely reported in the media.

Read more