Focus on Japan

Focus on Japan

investment opportunities aplenty

Sim and I have been invested in Japan for a combined 20 years and some. We know how great this country is for simple, honest and lucrative real estate investment.

Recently we have witnessed first hand more and more foreigners jumping into the market and profiting. It isn’t rocket science. If your an established investor living overseas you already know, if the numbers stack up – invest. If you are new to real estate investing and starting out, follow Japan Property Investments on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and find out what it takes to be a successful property investor.

Last month a short article published on caught my eye. Clearly more and more people are hearing about Japan and the opportunities over here. The article mirrored our own JPI ebook “Discover The Secrets To Generating MASSIVE RETURNS From Japanese Property” this article pointed out the current focus on Japan. The world’s media is here right now covering the Rugby World cup, until early November.

Next year Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics for the second time, previously they were here in 1964.

These events will come and go, leaving a sustainable legacy in terms of infrastructure across Japan. Paving the way for even more overseas tourists and overseas workers that the Japanese government has agreed to let in. The country is changing, the opportunities are expanding and ver opportunities exist, investment opportunities are bound to follow.

But they are already here so join JPI today and see where you can “invest together, grow together” with us in Japanese Residential Real Estate!

11% return anyone?

11% return anyone?

It’s been a while since we did a deal analysis but this one was too good to miss.

Just 5 minutes from Shin Osaka station, where the bullet train stops! A major transport hub. This 1 room, 27 square meter apartment was built in 1977 and is on the 13th floor of 14.

The building and common areas are well maintained and the building is in a popular area with shops, parks, and schools very close by. Monthly maintenance and management fees are 11,020 yen and monthly rent is 48,000 yen. Annual taxes of under 30,000 yen, (actual price to be confirmed before purchasing).

This all adds up to an 11% gross return which is 8.5% net of taxes.

This is an exceptional yield for the area and will be sold very quickly. Get in touch with Japan Property Investments as soon as you can.

Property and regulations

Property and regulations

Here at JPI we are always open to new ideas. This week we came across an article on Korean property investments. Being so close to Korea here in Japan, this is the first time to read about the Korean market. Of course, there must be good investments available in Korea, we’ve just never thought about it before!

Of course, investors in Korean property look for the same thing we all do, great prices, good returns and the possibility of capital gains. We don’t know if all of those factors are in the Korean market but encouraging to learn that foreigners can buy, own and profit from Korean property.

Certain regulations seem to exist in the market but they are not too onerous and can be overcome. This is the same in any marketplace. The reason we won’t be looking seriously at the Korean market simply comes down to local knowledge and expertise. We would need to find a trusted Korean partner to help us access the market.

And of course that is what we do here in Japan, use our extensive knowledge of the local market and extensive network of contacts to help you benefit from Japanese property. We know the market, know the prices and how best to profit here in Japan. Contact us today to find out more, [email protected] or [email protected]

Read the full article here;

Global Funds Following JPI!

Global Funds Following JPI!

When we started JPI in 2016, we knew we were onto a good thing and ahead of our time.

Global funds following JPI!

Before starting JPI we were invested in Japanese real estate as individuals. And our experience in the market for almost 16 years gave us plenty of insights. We knew Japanese Real Estate was a great opportunity and we were right.

We have seen more and more individuals coming to us for advice and to purchase property. Throughout Japan, we have seen small investor groups popping up and a real buzz about Japanese real estate growth.

Now we see overseas investors flying into Japan to purchase great, modern, well-located property at amazing prices.

We also read about more and more companies buying up office blocks, residential towers and other different types of real estate to invest and benefit from.

So not surprisingly this week in the Nikkei Asian Review more news of foreign funds snapping up awesome deals in Japan. Major British and American funds have recently either set up funds or purchased properties some going as far as to purchase existing investment companies here in Japan, no easy task!

Indeed the Norwegian Government Pension Fund purchased five commercial properties since 2017 and intends to purchase more. This highlights exactly how safe, stable and attractive an investment Japanese real estate is.

Join us on Facebook, our website or drop us an email to find out more.

Building your Property Portfolio

Building your Property Portfolio

We are in celebratory mood here at JPI after purchasing our 6th property in just 3 years.

Also somewhat reflective… feeling thankful for how we got here.

Before starting JPI both Sim and I had built our own property portfolio. Small portfolios but enough to get us started and to learn from. Now together in JPI we are building something much larger than we could alone. And at the same time helping others with our knowledge and action to start their portfolios.

But this week it got me thinking, … just what does it take to build your own portfolio. Here are six points to take into consideration if you want to join those that are completely free of their day jobs and in charge of their destiny, read on!

Get started! – easier said than done, right? But you have to move forward and get going. Sim has published about FEAR and the negative effects it has on investors. Do the due diligence but if the numbers stack up, move forward!

Leverage yourself. If you have no access to loans, look for other opportunities to get on the property ladder. Talk to friends and family, see if they will loan you money to get started. Can you find vendor finance for your first property? Or is a service like JPI best for you? We offer low buy-in and great returns to help you save for additional deposits.

Maximise your cash flow. The only way to get to property number 2, number 3… number 10 is to ensure you have positive cash flow from your first and consequent properties. Do the numbers, do they add up now? today? Don’t hope for increased rents, don’t wish for capital appreciation you are looking for growth and that only comes from cash flow.

Increase rents? If or when your tenant moves out can you make low-cost improvements that allow you to raise the rent. A great example, if it costs us ¥30,000 to replace wallpaper but we can raise the rent by ¥5,000, that would pay back in 6 months and from month 7 be all profit, well worth doing.

Manage your properties. Not necessarily fully hands on but ensure your agent is doing their job. If a tenant moves out, turn the place around quickly, start marketing the property as soon as the tenant gives their 30-day notice, ensure the minimum possible void on rental income.

Know when to get out. Not all great properties stay great forever. Situations change, yields can go up or down. So manage your properties. And be brave to sell an apartment that is not producing as well as the rest of your portfolio. Don’t let one property slow your portfolio down.

So just six points to be thinking about as you build your portfolio.

To find out about our low-cost entry high return investments, contact Sim or me via the JPI website at


Japanese versus Chinese Property

Japanese versus Chinese Property

A great article this week in ReThinkTokyo by Mareike Dornhege, well worth your time and I will post the link to the full article at the end of this post.

The article compares housing stock in Japan and China. I learnt there is an astonishing 65 million empty units across China, just phenomenal. By comparison Japan has an estimated 8.5 million as of October 1st 2018. A major difference is of course that the majority of Japan’s empty buildings are old houses in places were few people want to live. In some cases you can pick up a large 3 or 4 bedroom empty house for less than US$20,000. That is great if you are looking for a slower life away from the busy city. However not that many people are.

The continued urbanisation of Japan is exactly why JPI buys apartments where we do in the locations we do. More and more people moving to the city looking for good, clean, affordable accommodation close to the city centre.

It is well know that in the 80s and 90s Japanese economy was the envy of the World, that is until the unsustainable asset property bubble burst so dramatically. Looking at China and real estate investment, it would appear the same is happening there. Young people are buying more and more expensive first apartments. Investors have fueled the bubble by buying property above the actual value. Only time will tell how this ends up.

Back in Japan, land and house prices are rising, slowly, steadily, dare I even say sustainably. Young Japanese and foreigners have access to affordable loans to help them purchase their first home. The results of the Olympic effect will be known in a few years but the upturn is not being attributed to the Olympics as it has in past host cities.

In short, obviously I am biased, Japan is THE place to invest right now. But we investors should remain vigilant and always question opportunities, if they look too good, perhaps they are too good!

Here’s the article for further reading;

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