New apartment supply in Tokyo drops to lowest level since 1992

The supply of new condo-type apartments across greater Tokyo in the first half of 2019 has reached the lowest level seen since 1992. As land prices and construction costs continue to remain at high levels, developers have been putting the brakes on residential supply as buyers shift their attention away from expensive new construction. Last-minute demand prior to the increase in consumption tax from October did not materialize as anticipated. 

New apartment prices, meanwhile, have reached the highest level since 1991.

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Flat 35 Home Loan Report for 2018

On July 12, the Japan Housing Finance Agency released its annual report on Flat 35 home loans. The report gives us a look at what type of homes people are buying and how much they are spending on them. Let’s take a look at some of the interesting changes in borrowing that have taken place over the past 10 years.

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Tokyo second-hand apartment sales up 8.5% in June

According to REINS, a total of 3,490 second-hand apartments were reported to have sold across greater Tokyo in June, up 27% from the previous month and up 5.2% from last year. The average sale price was 33,610,000 Yen, up 1.1% from the previous month and up 1.3% from last year. The average price per square meter was 527,500 Yen, up 1.8% from the previous month and up 1.6% from last year. This is the 5th month in a row to see a year-on-year increase. The average age of an apartment sold was 21.96 years.

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Rosenka land values increase for 4th year in a row

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The rosenka land values for 2019 were announced by the National Tax Agency on July 1. Nationwide, land values increased by 1.3%. This is the fourth year in a row to record a year-on-year increase. The rate of growth has also expanded, following 0.7% in 2018, 0.4% in 2017 and 0.2% in 2016. This is the first time to see four years of consecutive growth since 1992.

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