Homeowner associations unprepared for foreign investors

The Nikkei Shimbun recently reported on issues faced by homeowner associations in buildings with a large number of foreign owners. 

A survey by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) in 2015 found that 85% of the surveyed real estate companies reported an increase in sales to foreign buyers over the past 10 years. Some reported that the cheaper, older buildings were providing popular, as long as they were in good locations.

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Median sale price of new apartments up 2.1%

According to the Real Estate Economic Institute, the median price (not the average) of a brand-new apartment released for sale across greater Tokyo in the first half of 2019 was 53,990,000 Yen, up 2.1% from the first half of 2018 and up 4.0% from 2017. The average price, meanwhile, was 61,370,000 Yen, up 2.9% from 2018 and up 4.3% from 2017.

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How long does it take to for an apartment to sell in central Tokyo?

We find many clients miss out on some great purchases because they assume they will have plenty of time before a property sells. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to enter a major market like Tokyo is to think that you are the only buyer out there. In reality, there are a lot of buyers circling the market, especially in central Tokyo. The vast majority are domestic buyers who know the market and are able to pounce quickly.

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