The owner of an apartment in Tokyo who had been illegally letting it out for short-term ‘minpaku’ accommodation has been successfully sued by the building’s owners association. The Tokyo District Court ruled that the owner had violated the building’s bylaws and ordered the man to pay 970,000 Yen (approx. 8,700 USD) to cover the owners association’s legal fees.
On August 13, discount retail giant Don Quijote Holdings announced plans for a high-rise retail, office and hotel building to replace their former Shibuya Store in downtown Tokyo. Land readjustment work is scheduled to start next month with the new building scheduled for completion in April 2022.
According to the Real Estate Economic Institute, 2,986 brand new apartments were released for sale across greater Tokyo in July, up 12.3% from the previous month but down 12.8% from last year. This is the first time that the supply for the month of July has fallen below 3,000 units since 1992.
The average sale price was 61,910,000 Yen, down 0.8% from the previous month and down 5.7% from last year. The average price per square meter was 917,000 Yen, down 1.2% from the previous month and down 3.7% from last year.
A house and land in Tokyo’s Motoazabu address sold for 1.16 billion Yen (approx. 10.5 million USD) at a public auction last month. The sale, conducted by Osaka City, attracted seven bidders, including one well-known developer. The City had set a reserve price of 673,261,700 Yen.
According to REINS, 3,139 second-hand apartments were sold across greater Tokyo in July, down 5.4% from the previous month and down 5.0% from last year. The average sale price was 33,620,000 Yen, up 1.3% from the previous month and up 6.4% from last year. The average price per square meter was 521,300 Yen, up 0.4% from the previous month and up 5.4% from last year. This is the 67th month in a row to record a year-on-year increase in prices.
Last month, Tokyo Kantei released their annual report on resale values of apartments across greater Tokyo. The resale values, ranked by train station, represent the change in the value of an apartment in the 10 years following its construction.
It is important to note that 2007 was during the lead up to the last mini-bubble, which peaked in 2008. Areas that have seen an increase in resale values over the past 10 years tend to be in central Tokyo, particularly within the Yamanote Loop line, and in surrounding areas such as the bayside islands, Kawasaki and Yokohama. Meanwhile, Western Tokyo and surrounding prefectures performed poorly in the rankings.
A 225-meter tall, 40-storey tower is planned for the site of the former Shinjuku Tokyu Milano movie theatre in Kabukicho. Construction is expected to start in July 2019 with completion tentatively scheduled for 2022.
The following is a selection of apartments that were reported to have sold in central Tokyo during the month of July 2018:
On July 25, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) released the Japan Property Price indexes for April and for the first quarter of 2018. Japan’s Residential Property Price Index in April was up 2.3% from the previous year, while residential land was down 0.6%. Detached homes were up 0.9%, while apartments were up 4.4%.
According to Tokyo Kantei, the average asking price of a 70 sqm (753 sq.ft) second-hand apartment across greater Tokyo was 36,230,000 Yen in June, down 0.2% from the previous month but up 1.7% from last year. The average building age was 23.9 years.