If you are coming to Japan, are you already set up with a nice living space? Or are you already living in Japan, and have you ever searched for an apartment on your own? What kinds of challenges did you face? Were you treated differently because you were a foreigner?
Our podcasters have lived in multiple apartments over their combined 28 years of being in Japan - convenient spots arranged through their companies, apartments haunted by fatalities in the past (a.k.a. jiko bukken), and Burke has recently gone through the process of purchasing his own place. Apartment hunting is one of the most daunting tasks for life in Japan but probably unavoidable if you plan on being here for more than one or two years. Listen now to learn about some of the pitfalls and mistakes that are often made by foreigners during the process, and also the requirements for securing a loan in an environment that some are worried might be heading towards a real estate bubble.
Real estate is booming these days in Japan, especially in major cities such as Sapporo. Extremely low mortgage rates have created a red hot buyers market, but is the country headed towards a bubble? How easy is it for foreigners to get a loan, and what are the requirements? Find out that information and more in this episode of the podcast!
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