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As one of the most developed countries in APAC, Japan is one of the most popular investment destinations for international corporations and property buyers. Foreigners find Japan safe and ownership regulations transparent and favourable.

Not to forget, Japan is very liveable too. Many decide to settle here or to buy lifestyle property for vacation or rental purposes. Read this article to find out about the best time for homebuying in Japan.

Your first step should always be consulting an agent and outlining your preferred location, property requirements and budget. This will require signing a commission agency/broker agreement. Brokerage commission in Japan is 3%.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has a website to help you find comparable prices for property transactions. A local property agent can be an invaluable resource, or you can start by virtual viewing and comparing property listings on

If you are buying a pre-owned residence, you may like to submit a Letter of Intent (買付証明書, kaitsuke shoumeisho) to the seller. The purpose is to express your sincerity about purchasing the property and serve as the beginning point for negotiations.

Since 2009, the Malaysian property market has been booming. However, towards the end of 2016, it appeared that the steep rise in prices was slowing. The final quarter of 2016 saw prices rising 5.36% year on year (3.81% inflation-adjusted), compared to 7.35% year on year (4.61% inflation-adjusted) a year earlier.

Because the debate about whether renting or buying is best is raging on, there are lots of tools to help you figure out your own opinion. HSBC Malaysia for example, offers a rent versus buy calculator to help people work out whether renting or buying is the best option for them given the specific circumstances.

Foreigners wishing to buy property in Malaysia, can do so, as long as the property price is higher than a threshold set by each state. The exact number varies by area, but is between MYR 1 million (approximately $235,000) and MYR 2 million depending on the state. Some states have also implemented controls on the type of property that foreigners can buy, for example, specifying that foreign owned homes must be in gated communities.

The estate agent fees are likely to be between 2 and 3% of the price of the property. These can be paid by the seller, or split between the buyer and the seller, depending on what agreement you strike with the individual seller.

Buying a property is a big and exciting step, but navigating the system in a new country can be a challenge. Luckily, buying your dream home in Malaysia should be fairly straight forward if you follow these steps, and source the right local help if you need it.

Comparing to other tourist hubs in the world, this capital makes one of the most affordable cities, with surprisingly cheap property. Comparing living standards with property prices can make one amazed. Kuala Lumpur is, lo and behold, the second most prosperous city in Southeast Asia after Singapore with a GDP per capita of USD 23,900. was launched in 2017 to help property buyers better understand ownership rules, taxes and buying processes in Asia. We also provide information about projects, developers, real estate agencies and other relevant companies in Asia.

This article is not investment advice or a recommendation nor is it intended to sell investments or services or solicit purchases or subscriptions. This article should not be used as the basis for any decision on taxation, estate, trusts or legacy planning. You should not use or rely on this article in making any investment decision. HSBC is not responsible for such use or reliance by you. Any market information shown refers to the past and should not be seen as an indication of future market performance. You should always consider seeking professional advice when thinking about undertaking any form of prime residential or commercial property purchase


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