Apartment transactions and sale prices recover in June

Buying activity in the greater Tokyo area is starting to resume, with monthly transactions starting to recover from levels seen during the shut down in April and May. In June, a total of 3,107 second-hand apartments were reported to have sold across greater Tokyo, up 83.6% from May. This number is still 11% below the transactions seen in June 2019, but an improvement from the 52.6% year-on-year drop seen in April and the 38.5% drop seen in May.

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First LOOK at land prices since pandemic

On June 19, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) published their latest quarterly LOOK Report and land prices in Japan’s major cities. With a survey point of April 1, this is the first look at land prices since COVID. Overall, 73% of the surveyed locations nationwide saw an increase in land prices, down from a 97% share in the previous quarter.

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New apartment sales drop 82.2% in May

The number of new apartments released for sale across greater Tokyo in May dropped 82.2% from last year to just 393 units. This is the lowest volume since the Real Estate Economic Institute began reporting data in 1973. Showrooms remained closed for most of the month due to the nationwide state of emergency. The contract ratio was 72.3%, up 12.3 points from last year but down 6.6 points from April.

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Tokyo apartment transactions drop 38% in May

The number of second-hand apartments reported to have sold across greater Tokyo in May dropped 38.5% from last year to 1,692 units. With the state of emergency continuing into May, the temporary closure of real estate brokerages and general restraint from consumers saw a slowdown in activity. The drop is less severe than it was in April, which recorded a 52.6% year-on-year drop in transactions.

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