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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Kajima eyes potential in Japan’s luxury real estate sector

Last month, construction giant Kajima Corporation announced plans to enter the luxury sector of the real estate market, and has already kicked things off with the acquisition of two properties from British developer Grosvenor. Within the year, the company is also expected to complete the purchase of luxury housing to lease to wealthy domestic and foreign tenants.

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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 rent hits 2.5 year low

In September, the average monthly rent of a condominium-type apartment in the Tokyo metropolitan area was 3,712 Yen/sqm, down 0.3% from the previous month and last year, and the lowest level seen in 12 months. Neighboring Saitama and Chiba both saw rents fall by 1.0% and 1.7% from the previous month, although they are still higher than they were 12 months ago.

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What do Tokyo’s most aging neighborhoods have in common

Tokyo’s 23 wards have as many as 15 city blocks that would be classed as ‘marginal villages’ due to their aging demographics. A marginal village is one where over 50% of the residents are over the age of 65. 

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper used census data from 2020 to create a list of the oldest neighborhoods in Tokyo. Of the approximately 3,000 city blocks in the 23 wards, 15 are marginal villages.

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