Tokyo apartment sale prices increase for 64th month

According to REINS, 2,641 second-hand apartments were reported to have sold across greater Tokyo in January 2018, down 12.3% from the previous month and down 7.7% from last year. The average sale price was 33,590,000 Yen, up 1.2% from the previous month and up 7.0% from last year. The average price per square meter was 516,000 Yen, down 0.6% from the previous month but up 4.6% from last year. This is the 61st month in a row to see a year-on-year increase in sale prices.

Tokyo apartment asking prices reach highest level since 1994

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sq.ft) second-hand apartment across greater Tokyo was 35,770,000 Yen in 2017, up 2.9% from 2016 and the fourth year in a row to record a year-on-year increase.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area the average asking price was 48,250,000 Yen, up 1.3% from 2016. This is the highest level seen since 1994. This is being supported by a number of investors buying apartments off-the-plan and then listing them for resale at prices higher than what they paid for them.

Apartment prices along Tokyo’s Ginza Line in 2017

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a second-hand apartment along the Ginza subway line in 2017 was 1,047,000 Yen/sqm, down 0.8% from the previous year. The average building age was 22.4 years and the average apartment size was 56.19 sqm (605 sq.ft).

Ginza in top spot

The most expensive station was Ginza with an average asking price of 1,646,000 Yen/sqm, an increase of 17.2% from 2016. The average building age was just 5.8 years which can be attributed to the high average price, while the average apartment size was 44.9 sqm (483 sq.ft).

Apartment asking prices in Tokyo in December 2017

According to Tokyo Kantei the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sq ft) apartment across greater Tokyo was 36,150,000 Yen in December 2017, down 0.2% from the previous month but up 1.3% from 2016. The average building age was 23.1 years.

In Tokyo’s 23 wards the average asking price was 53,400,000 Yen, up 0.2% from the previous month and up 0.2% from 2016. The average building age was 22.7 years.

Price of investment-grade studio apartments reaches record high in 2017

According to Kenbiya, a multi-listing site that specializes in investment properties across Japan, the average asking price of a studio apartment in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017 reached the highest level since record-keeping began in 2006.

The average asking price of a studio apartment in Tokyo’s 23 wards in 2017 was 19,610,000 Yen, up 9% from 2016 and exceeding a previous peak of 18,280,000 Yen recorded in 2015. In Osaka City, the average asking price was 13,810,000 Yen, up 20% from 2016.

Rent in Tokyo jumps 4.2% thanks to supply of new construction

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average monthly rent of a condominium in Tokyo’s 23 wards was 3,474 Yen/sqm in December 2017, up 4.2% from the previous month and up 3.6% from 2016. The increase was caused by a larger share of relatively new buildings which typically command higher rents, along with the release of a large number of brand new high-rise apartment towers in Shinjuku and Shinagawa.

Tokyo apartment sale prices increase for 63rd month

According to REINS 3,011 second-hand apartments were sold across Greater Tokyo in December 2017, up 3.7% from the previous month and up 0.6% from the previous year. The average sale price was 33,200,000 Yen, up 3.7% from the previous month and up 6.3% from 2016. The average price per square meter was 519,400 Yen, up 3.5% from the previous month and up 4.3% from 2016. This is the 60th month in a row to see a year-on-year increase in sale prices. The average building age was 20.85 years.

Our Japan Property Market Report for 2017

Our annual property market report for the past year can be downloaded in PDF format below.

We continued to see property prices rise in 2017, while transactions hit new highs. The luxury residential market in Tokyo has been a star performer and developers are starting to increase their offerings of high-end apartments to cater to demand.

Supporting the real estate market this year were record high foreign tourist numbers, record low office vacancy rates, a surging share market, improving economic conditions and low unemployment figures.

We have compiled our market insights into the following report: