Nationwide average apartment price drops for first time since 2012

According to the Real Estate Transaction Promotion Center, the average sale price of an existing apartment sold across Japan in April was 25,400,000 Yen, down 9.03% from last year. The average sale price per square meter was 385,200 Yen, down 8.76% from 2019. This is the first time since September 2012 to see a year-on-year drop in prices.

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Secondhand apartment prices in September – Tokyo Kantei

According to the latest report from Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sqft) secondhand apartment in Tokyo’s 23-ku was 40,420,000 Yen in September, up 0.2% from the previous month and up 2.5% from September 2012. This is the sixth month in a row where prices have seen a month-on-month increase. The average price across Tokyo City was 36,930,000 Yen, up 0.3% from last month and up 1.0% from last year.

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Japan’s apartment market over the last 40 years

Villa Gloria Harajuku 1972The Real Estate Economic Institute recently published a report on the condominium market in Japan over the last 40 years. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Apartment prices are now 3.5 times higher.  The average apartment price nationwide in 1973 was 10,860,000 Yen. In 2012 it was 38,340,000 Yen. In greater Tokyo the average price was 11,710,000 Yen in 1973. In 2012 it was 45,400,000 Yen. 

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Secondhand apartment prices in July – Tokyo Kantei

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sqft) secondhand apartment in Tokyo’s 23-ku was 39,850,000 Yen in July – up 0.3% from last month and up 1.6% from July 2012. The average apartment age was 20.7 years.

In Tokyo’s central 6 wards (Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Bunkyo and Shibuya), the average price in July was 53,280,000 Yen, down 0.3% from last month but 3.4% higher than last year. The average apartment age was 20.9 years.

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Secondhand apartment prices in April – Tokyo Kantei

According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sqft) secondhand apartment in greater Tokyo in April was 27,700,000 Yen (272,000 USD), down 0.4% from last month and down 4.3% from April 2012. 

In Tokyo, the average asking price was 36,290,000 Yen (357,000 USD), up 0.1% from last month but down 2.2% from last year. Osaka City is one of the few places that has seen asking prices increase from 12 months ago, with the average price up 1.2% from April 2012. Prices in Osaka’s central 6 wards have increased by 6.8% over the year.

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Apartment price to income ratio worsens

According to research by Tokyo Kantei, the average new apartment price in Japan is 6.27 times the average annual income. This is an increase of 0.26 points from 2010, indicating an increased difficulty in purchasing homes.

The average price to income ratio for a secondhand apartment (10 years old)  was 4.32 (0.26 points higher than 2010).

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