Housing inventory down 44% in Tokyo since start of pandemic

We have about twice as many people looking for houses than apartments, yet detached homes represent less than 15% of total housing inventory (houses and apartments) available for purchase across Tokyo. As a licensed brokerage, we have access to the entire market but cannot stress enough just how hard it is to source homes for clients.

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Land prices continue to rise in first quarter of 2022

According to the latest quarterly LOOK Report issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), land prices at 57% of the surveyed locations saw an increase in the first quarter of 2022. This is a vast improvement from a 28% share seen in the same quarter in 2021 and a 1% share seen in the second quarter of 2020 when the effects of the pandemic began to be known.

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Real estate investment appetite returns to pre-pandemic levels

Corporations in Japan are now taking a different approach to their real estate investment activities. Immediately following the initial shock of the pandemic there was a sudden move toward selling off key assets in order to prop up business sheets. Now that the pandemic is subsiding and business is returning to usual, corporations are back to seeking efficient real estate assets that provide stable revenue and allow for diversification out of traditional revenue streams.

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