It is the Japanese property market’s impressive performance has drawn opportunistic investors recently. With its strong and durable foundations, Japan’s property market is a magnet for foreign investors looking to invest in top commercial and residential assets.
However, a lack of understanding of the complexity of the local market may be a hindrance for some individuals who are investing on their own. Many may require assistance in finding the appropriate assets that match their investment strategy, and budget.
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It is crucial that you join forces with a reputable real estate investment firm like FMI Japan which specialises in making the investment process easier for investors, developers, and fund managers.
FMI Japan is an affiliate that is part of FM Investment (FMI), an international consultancy and real estate company that specializes in delivering specialized end-to-end solutions. Since its establishment in the year 2015, the business has grown to property development, investment in projects and management of real estate.
FMI was established by a couple in Singapore and is headed by co-founders the CEO Amous Lee and the company’s chief operating officer Nicky So. Both have a wealth of experience in the industry and collective experience of thirty years of of navigating different international real property markets.
Japan was among the countries where FMI began to establish itself around nine years back. FMI is now an established partner to many foreign clients who want to acquire or sell Japanese properties.
In the course of its property knowledge, FMI Japan has developed an expertise in identifying emerging investments in real estate in important Japanese cities, and in finding assets that have potential for appreciation.
The strength lies in its staff on the ground that keep their clients informed with the most recent developments that affect those in Japanese market. It has developed a solid and long-lasting connection with buying agencies, developers, and local asset managers from all over the world.
The firm’s history of successful projects include Garden Terrace Ginza East, the project for nine apartments located in Tokyo’s Ginza East neighborhood and an apartment building of 36 units in Osaka known as The Peak Tengachaya. The firm has concluded investments for its clients including those of the Gracia Hotel Shinsaibashi which is an eight-key hotel in Osaka.
Firm real estate fundamentals
These Osaka projects are noteworthy because the interest in investing for the area has grown over the last few months. This is a result of significant development projects that are on the horizon like Japan’s first casino that will be open in the city in 2029.
There are plans to build an upcoming mega-resort situated on Yumeshima which is a reclaimed island located in Osaka Bay. The project will include conference centers, hotels museums, shopping malls, shopping malls and a brand newly constructed ferry terminal. This project that is transformative will accelerate the city’s potential growth in the next few years.
According to a report on Japan from JLL foreign investors have been actively seeking to get into Japan because of its favorable interest rate differentials compared to other important international markets. Investors poured over US$8.9 billion ($11.7 billion) into Japan’s commercial real estate industry in the first quarter of FY2023, an increase of 43% over the previous year.
An investment report released by CBRE found that investment activity within the housing sector whose transactions were up 24% year-over-year in the 1Q2023 was fueled by foreign investors’ acquisition of several portfolios. The report further states that the hotel industry posted growth of 962% per year to reach the tune of JPY145 billion ($1.3 billion) which was aided by a number of significant acquisitions from foreign investment.
On the front of residential leasing important cities like Tokyo and Osaka have returned to normalcy following a rent reduction after a large amount of projects that have been completed. In turn, rents will increase due to the return of foreign residents to these cities.
Interest on foreign buying
The most savvy investors may want to think about adding a top apartment to their portfolio because the surge in demand is likely to be matched by a lower than average number of residential units available for rent in the coming months according to the Savills report says. These trends point to a steady interest in investment in Japan from foreign investors.
FMI Japan is a partner with a number of family funds as well as local Singaporean developers who are keen to capitalize on the potential growth that is the Japanese real property market. Although they are aware of the potential of investing but they typically require more resources and a local network to be able to navigate the market. This is the point where FMI Japan can step in to help their efforts.
The firm has assisted clients throughout their journey to invest. For people, this might be the purchasing process, such as taking out a mortgage, knowing the rental market, as well as advice on tax consequences.
Through partnerships in partnership with Japanese developers, FMI has expanded its services, including consultancy services for project design construction, development and asset disposal to investment funds as well as developers. One example of FMI’s successful project management and development capabilities was the co-development of 25-unit freehold project for apartments called Shibuya Hilltop in Tokyo. FMI introduced this project into Hong Kong, where it was sold out within a day of its announcement.
The company is well-established on the Japanese market and has a large network of agents in the country and developers. It has successfully concluded transactions that range including single condo investment units to multimillion-dollar investment properties. It is supported by many of the nation’s developers and an ever-growing base of investors and long-term customers.