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Buying A House In Japan? 5 Foreigner-Friendly Real Estate Companies

Buying A House In Japan? 5 Foreigner-Friendly Real Estate Companies

Translated by Ken

Written by Chu

2020.09.04 Bookmark

To buy a house and property in Japan, you have to communicate with a real estate agent, sign documents in Japanese, and follow Japanese procedures. This can be a stressful process, especially for overseas nationals. This article introduces real estate companies with language support in English.

5 Real Estate Companies in Japan to Consult When Buying a House or Property

If you are a non-Japanese resident looking for a house or property in Japan, it is essential to find a trustworthy real estate agent. Find an agency that can offer English support, too, since you typically have to review and sign documents in Japanese, following Japan standards every step of the way.

This article introduces five real estate companies in Japan that will assist you in making this transformative life decision with multilingual support, including English. Below is a brief overview of each company.

Company Features Property Types
Shingi Fusaya Real Estate (Japanese) Many properties in Tokyo. Website is easy to understand. Seminars held in Taiwan, Tokyo, and Osaka. Residential, investment property
Tokyu Livable (Japanese) Buildings and large property listings along Tokyu train lines. Investment property
Mitsui Fudosan Realty Co., Ltd. Many property listings in the Chiyoda, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Minato, and Chuo wards of Tokyo. Residential, investment property
Real Estate Japan Residential properties in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. Seminars offered. Residential
Sumitomo Real Estate Sales Details on property listings are searchable on the website. Residential, investment property

1. Shingi Fusaya Real Estate

Looking For A House In Japan? Consult These 5 Real Estate Companies

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Shingi Fusaya Real Estate is the Japanese branch for the Taiwan-based real estate company, Sinyi. In addition to finding property information on their website, the staff are very knowledgeable, and English support is available.

You can also read their article that covers the process of buying a home in Japan. Most of their listings are located in Tokyo, followed by Osaka, Kanagawa, and Kyoto. Additionally, they offer special seminars in Chinese in Taiwan, Tokyo, and Osaka.

We recommend Shingi Fusaya to both residents of Japan and Taiwan who are interested in Japanese real estate.

2. Tokyu Livable

Looking For A House In Japan? Consult These 5 Real Estate Companies

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Tokyu Livable is a real estate agency owned by the Tokyu Group, which operates a major railway in Tokyo and its surroundings. They specialize in investment properties and buildings located along the Tokyu train lines.

In addition to offices in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, they have overseas branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The website is also available in English, Chinese, and simplified Chinese. Some store locations, however, may not have staff that can speak these languages.

If you need multi-language assistance, we recommend contacting one of their overseas branches.

3. Mitsui Fudosan Realty Co., Ltd.

Looking For A House In Japan? Consult These 5 Real Estate Companies

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Mitsui Fudosan is behind the large commercial complexes in Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, DiverCity in Odaiba, and Mitsui Outlet Park, with locations throughout the country.

Owned by Mitsui Fudosan, Mitsui Fudosan Realty Co., Ltd. is an agency for individual clients. For 34 consecutive years, they have boasted the highest number of brokerages. Their property listings are centered around the Tokyo wards of Minato, Chiyoda, Chuo, Shinjuku, and Shibuya.

On their website, you can check home layouts, appearances, and brokerage costs, among other details. The website is also available in English, Chinese, and simplified Chinese.

The office locations do not normally have employees who can speak foreign languages. If you require multi-language assistance, we recommend contacting an overseas office.

4. Real Estate Japan

Looking For A House In Japan? Consult These 5 Real Estate Companies

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Real Estate Japan specializes in properties listed in six locations: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Hokkaido, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.

Unlike other foreigner-friendly real estate agencies, Real Estate Japan specifically assists overseas nationals living in Japan. Their website is accessible in English, Chinese, and simplified Chinese.

The company periodically hold seminars for foreign nationals in Tokyo. The main topics covered are how to purchase a home in Japan and to apply for permanent residency.

5. Sumitomo Real Estate Sales

Looking For A House In Japan? Consult These 5 Real Estate Companies

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Sumitomo Real Estate Sales negotiates properties for both individual customers and businesses and is part of the Sumitomo Group conglomerate.

They primarily offer their services to customers from the Greater Chinese region—namely, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. Additionally, there is a consultation office for international customers in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo.

You can search for listings based on property type (i.e. condominiums, houses, or land) and purpose (i.e. residential or investment property). If you purchase for investment purposes, the real estate agency will also take care of the maintenance, so you won't have to worry about managing rental property yourself.

Find the Right Place in Japan

Purchasing a house in Japan or any country in the world is a major life decision. The real estate companies introduced in this article offer different property types and specialize in varying services. Compare listings from these five real estate agencies to find the right home for you and support that makes you feel ready for making Japan more of your home.

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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