Investment properties across Japan see jump in prices

According to First Logic, the average price of investment properties listed on their Rakumachi site in September have seen a jump in prices while corresponding yields have fallen.

Both ‘apaato’ buildings and individual apartments nationwide have seen their advertised prices increase by 10% ~ 16% from last month. Meanwhile ‘mansion’-type buildings have seen prices fall 2.36% from August, although they are still higher than last year. 

Studio apartment sale listings reach all-time high

The number of secondhand ‘one-room’ or studio apartments listed for sale in greater Tokyo has reached an all-time high. According to Tokyo Kantei, as many as 70,000 units were listed in 2012, an increase of almost 10% from 2011.

Many of the studios were built during the bubble period from the late 1980s to 1990 and are hitting the market as investors show a trend towards reducing their asset holding time.

Tas Corp’s rental market data for August

TAS Corp, the company behind the “Tas-Map” real estate valuation site, released their latest data on the rental market for both the greater Tokyo and Kansai area for August 2012.

The data includes a vacancy rate index, average time an apartment is advertised before a tenant is found, average rate of lease renewals, rate of mid-way cancellations and a rent index.

This month’s report on the greater Tokyo area focused on the aging population in Saitama and the consequences this will have for landlords in the future.

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