Detecting real estate BS artists

May 9, 2011 — Detecting real estate BS artists is one of the most valuable and useful skills that you can acquire as a property investor. John Reed, a U.S.-based  author and property investor, has assembled a Real Estate B.S. Artist Detection Checklist that is great place to start. While Reed’s checklist focuses on people […]

Fukushima four weeks later

The following is a transcript of a presentation that was delivered at a seminar organized by Platinum Real Estate at Suji’s Deli in Azabudai, Tokyo, on April 7, 2011, less than a month after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Video of the presentation is available here. […]

Japanese earthquake insurance explained

March 14, 2011 — Japanese earthquake insurance is sold, packaged and priced in a unique regulatory environment. The following information is from the book Landed  Japan, which was published in 2010. Earthquake insurance Despite Japan’s reputation as a seismic hotspot, earthquake insurance for residential dwellings is readily available. In fiscal 2007, Japanese households had over […]

Japanese real estate: Time to buy?

  The following is a transcript of a presentation entitled Japanese real estate: Time to buy? that was delivered at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong on November 17, 2010. Video of the presentation is available here. The presentation introduces the basics of investing in Japanese real estate, including: Demographic trends that shape […]

Foreclosed homes in Japan

May 28, 2010 — The economic downturn that began with the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 created a spike in Japan’s unemployment rate. That, in turn, saw a growing number of foreclosed homes for sale.   Where to find foreclosed homes Today, you can find listings of foreclosed homes—including condominiums, detached houses and […]

Japanese addresses explained

April 2, 2010 — Japanese addresses can be confusing even for locals. Here’s an explanation from the book Landed  Japan. Japan is divided into 47 prefectures, 43 of which carry the suffix ken. The remainder use different suffixes. Hokkaido is a do, Osaka and Kyoto are fu, while Tokyo is a metropolis (to). Prefectures are […]