Central Tokyo apartment sale prices up 21% y-o-y

According to REINS, the average sale price of a second-hand apartment in Tokyo’s central three wards of Chiyoda, Chuo, and Minato, reached 1,574,500 Yen/sqm in October. This is a 21.1% increase from last year, and a record high. Apartment prices have seen double-digit year-on-year growth for 8 of the 10 months so far in 2022. Sale prices are up 30% since the start of 2020 and have increased by 51% over the past five years.

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Apartments continue to become less affordable in 2021

The average price of a 10-year old, 70 sqm second-hand apartment nationwide was 6.54-times times the average annual income in 2021, according to a report by Tokyo Kantei. This is the first time the multiple has exceeded 6 since the research company began recording data in 2008. It is due to the average apartment price increasing by 8.8% to 29.77 million Yen, while the average annual income dropped by 1.5% to 4.55 million Yen.

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New apartment price drops 5.5% in first half of 2022

According to the Real Estate Economic Institute, the average price of a brand-new apartment released for sale across greater Tokyo in the first half of 2022 (April – September) was 63,330,000 Yen, down 5.5% from the first half of 2021 and the first decrease in four years. This is due to fewer high-priced luxury condos being supplied compared to this time last year.

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Tokyo apartment asking prices increase for 26th month

Apartment prices continue to rise in Tokyo’s 23 wards, with Tokyo Kantei reporting that the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sq.ft) second-hand apartment reached 68,840,000 Yen in August. This is a 0.6% increase from the previous month and a 7.1% increase from last year. It’s also the 26th month to see an increase. This may be partly due to the upcoming Autumn sales season – typically the second busiest time of the year for home sales.

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