Japan Foreclosed Property 2015-2016 - Buy this 5th edition report!

Over the years, this ebook has been enhanced with additional research to offer a comprehensive appraisal of the Japanese foreclosed property market, as well as offering economic and industry analysis. The author travels to Japan regularly to keep abreast of the local market conditions, and has purchased several foreclosed properties, as well as bidding on others. Japan is one of the few markets offering high-yielding property investment opportunities. Contrary to the 'rural depopulation' scepticism, the urban centres are growing, and they have always been a magnet for expatriates in Asia. Japan is a place where expats, investors (big or small) can make highly profitable real estate investments. Japan is a large market, with a plethora of cheap properties up for tender by the courts. Few other Western nations offer such cheap property so close to major infrastructure. Japan is unique in this respect, and it offers such a different life experience, which also makes it special. There is a plethora of property is depopulating rural areas, however there are fortnightly tenders offering plenty of property in Japan's cities as well. I bought a dormitory 1hr from Tokyo for just $US30,000.
You can view foreclosed properties listed for as little as $US10,000 in Japan thanks to depopulation and a culture that is geared towards working for the state. I bought foreclosed properties in Japan and now I reveal all in our expanded 350+page report. The information you need to know, strategies to apply, where to get help, and the tools to use. We even help you avoid the tsunami and nuclear risks since I was a geologist/mining finance analyst in a past life. Check out the "feedback" in our blog for stories of success by customers of our previous reports.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tax benefits for foreign investors in NZ

In 2006 the NZ government made changes to the New Zealand’s income tax code which make immigrating or resettling in NZ particularly attractive for foreigners. New residents will be able to have an exemption on all foreign earnings for four years. This does not strike me as a particularly sensible law because the recession will last 4 years, so people might be prone to just leave the country in 4 years. But hell - who doesn't love a tax break!

New immigrants to New Zealand qualify for the automatic tax exemption on their individual overseas income under the Taxation Act 2006. The tax exemption is targeted to encourage prospective migrants to consider New Zealand as a viable and competitive place to live and work. The exemption also applies to returning New Zealanders who have not been resident for tax purposes for at least 10 years before their arrival.

It operates to exempt all “transitional residents” from New Zealand tax on their foreign-sourced income by treating it as being derived by a non-resident. A person will be deemed a transitional resident if on or after April 1, 2006:
1. They have a permanent abode in New Zealand, and
2. Immediately before acquiring that permanent abode, they were continuously non-resident for at least 10 years, and
3. They have not previously been a transitional resident.

It is possible for a person who has visited New Zealand before acquiring a permanent abode – for example, to attend interviews or to look for housing – and who would otherwise be deemed resident in New Zealand (because they had been in the country for more than a total of 183 days in any 12-month period) to benefit from the exemption.

The transitional resident status will last for four years, ending on the last day of the 48th month after the month in which the person acquired a permanent abode in New Zealand; or the day the person ceases to reside in New Zealand. After expiry of this period, the person is treated as a resident, and their foreign-sourced income becomes liable to income tax in New Zealand.

The only types of foreign income not tax exempt in New Zealand are those derived from overseas employment performed while receiving the exemption, and business income relating to services performed offshore. All other foreign-sourced amounts (including interest, dividends, and employment and bonus income from previous employment) derived by the transitional resident are exempt.

The new legislation also provides that, where a settlor of a foreign trust becomes a transitional resident in New Zealand, they or any beneficiary or trustee of the trust will now have up to five years to elect for the foreign trust to become a qualifying trust. A foreign trust means that no settlor is resident in New Zealand from when the trust is settled until a distribution is made. A foreign trust is not required to pay New Zealand tax on its foreign-sourced income. If the election is not made, the foreign trust becomes a non-qualifying trust, with distributions of accumulated income or capital derived taxed at a penal rate of 45 percent. Previously, if a settlor of a foreign trust became resident in New Zealand, any of the settlor, trustee or beneficiary had only one year to elect to convert the foreign trust into a qualifying trust.

This tax concession makes 'sleepy NZ' a great place to hang out for the next 4 years of the recession. For more information refer to our property report.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Australian Currency update for foreclosed property

A reader recentlyasked me some questions on the foreclosed property market in Japan.
I want to ask questions – but first I want people to buy the book. There are several reasons:
1. I invested 3-4 months into each book, so it would be nice to get some reward/return for my efforts
2. People have a habit of asking questions which are answered in the book – if only they bought it and read it before asking me.

This particular reader did however ask a question which I would like to offer an update. He is an Australian, so it relates to the strength of the $A against the Yen.

I would suggest that my forecast in the book remains basically the same, though there is one factor which will have an impact since I revised the book (2nd edition) in November 2008. That issue is the recent decision by the Chinese government to buy and stockpile commodities. Relatively stronger commodity prices, plus capital developments like LNG terminals (Gladstone & Far North) will likely result in stronger than otherwise capital inflows into Australia. I discussed this in my forex blog, however the decision by the Chinese government to buy and stockpile commodities is new, and unprecedented for the Chinese.
Understand that the Japanese government actually stockpiles strategic commodities for emergency provisions, but in the case of the Chinese, they are doing it because they fear an erosion of the USD which they were inclined to hold by way of US treasuries before. I did expect them to buy gold, but in hindsight, commodities makes more sense. The implication is that commodity price cycle will be shallower and longer. By implication we can expect the AUD currency against the USD to be stronger than otherwise, but the trough to be wider; though of course that depends on how China manages the commodities inventory. The implications for the AUD-JPY are basically the same, as the AUD is closely linked to global economic growth.
You might ask – will other governments follow the Chinese action and buy commodities? I could envisage some countries following suit, e.g. Vietnam, but not so many because of the costs associated with doing it. It’s cheaper to hold treasuries for most countries. China is different because it probably has a lot of spare warehousing, not to mention cheap land in rural areas. I would expect some govt officials to pilfer some of these reserves. Great recipe for corruption.

Japan remains a great place to buy foreclosed property. Some readers are buying inner city properties. I personally would wait a little longer before buying in central city areas. It makes more sense to buy in rural or suburban areas since these areas never had the price rises experienced in the city. Some of you wouldn't lower yourself to live outside Tokyo-23, in which case it makes more sense to buy an investment property in outer areas, and rent it or live in it another 6-12 months. The Japanese economy is contracting faster than most, so incomes are going to fall. In the city asset prices will as well. Some of you are excited...I know the feeling. But good judgement demands buying when things are worst. People are not feeling any pain yet, in part because of the lagging effects, and in part because of the central bank stimulus. The lower interest rates will mean nothing for years. That is because in the short term banks won't be lending, and in the long term because there will be inflation keeping interest rates higher.
Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com

Friday, April 10, 2009

Treading where others fear - risks with foreclosed property

This is my response to a forum post I found on foreclosed property. The argument is basically...if foreclosed property is so good, why isn't everyone doing it.

[QUOTE=Base]The keibaiyasan (foreclosure "helpers") charge high because auctioned places are full of properties with easements and other problems. You can get burned easily if you don't know what you're doing, which is why regular Japanese don't participate.[/QUOTE]

Problems, problems, problems. Risks are not avoided, they are managed. There is so much 'scary risk' priced into foreclosed property in Japan, only an absolute idiot would lose money. Now, when I think of risk management, I don't consider the Japanese to be among the most prudent in the world. Why? They are risk evaders rather than risk managers. Of course we can all huddle in our parents home until they die, or we can step out in the real world and build/buy our own home. Its hard to finance a property anywhere in the world. Japan offers the promise of buying a very cheap place for cash, and you can actually profit just on the purchase.

This guy talks about the risk of the property having easements. If you think about the actual risk involved, quantify/qualify it, it really is a small risk, and easily managed. For instance:
1. I would not expect new subdivisions to have land boundary problems because they are surveyed from fresh development title. Old farms in rural areas could have problems like these because they have multiple houses owned by family, then family members sell to strangers.
2. I would only expect easements to be a problem if you are building a new place. If you are happy with the existing home, again, so problem exists. If you intend to demolish and rebuild (which you shouldn't do), then you build within the context of the constraints.

You will come across farm houses which will have unlicensed buildings, underwater water storage banks, septic systems, etc. Do you need to fear? Japan has only been a highly organised society for the last 30 years. Before that it was the 'Wild West', people doing as they pleased. This is the culture in the rural areas. Now Japan has cities because its no longer an agrarian society. Do you think the local govt is going to come in and ask you to change something done 30 years ago. Particularly after the court documents (i.e. the govt) did not say it was there. The answer is no because there are many such instances of illegality in the old days.

Foreclosed properties are one of the best kept secrets in Japan, and thinking people are engaging in the market. Japan is full of 'safe' people, but given the number of people, the country still manages to pack a city office on bidding day. But it has many more foreclosed houses , so its quite an opportunity. You don't have to pay thousands for a broker to guide you through the process, you choose to. There is a book on this website for those who tread where others fear. Japan is not the only oppportunity, but its a hell of a nice place to live, and it is the cheapest. I couldn't find a cheaper place in the Philippines at the same standards of housing. And far better facilities.

PS: Risk is managed, not avoided. One persons perception of risk is another man's opportunity.
Andrew Sheldon www.sheldonthinks.com

Major cities of Japan

資料:各都市の推計人口(ホームページ) Japan's major cities:
札幌市 Sapporo 仙台市 Sendai さいたま市 Saitama 千葉市 Chiba
東京都区部 Tokyo-23 横浜市 Yokohama 川崎市 Kawasaki 新潟市 Niigata 静岡市 Shizuoka 浜松市 Hamamatsu 名古屋市 Nagoya 京都市 Kyoto 大阪市 Osaka 堺市 Sakai 神戸市 Kobe 広島市 Hiroshima 北九州市 Kitakyushu 福岡市 Fukuoka

Cities and towns of Tokyo

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 千代田区 Chiyoda-ku 八王子市 Hachioji-shi 羽村市 Hamura-shi 中央区 Chuo-ku 立川市 Tachikawa-shi あきる野市 Akiruno-shi 港区 Minato-ku 武蔵野市 Musashino-shi 西東京市 Nishitokyo-shi 新宿区 Shinjuku-ku 三鷹市 Mitaka-shi 文京区 Bunkyo-ku 青梅市 Ome-shi 郡部 Towns and villages 台東区 Taito-ku 府中市 Fuchu-shi 瑞穂町 Mizuho-machi
墨田区 Sumida-ku 昭島市 Akishima-shi 日の出町 Hinode-machi 江東区 Koto-ku 調布市 Chofu-shi 檜原村 Hinohara-mura 品川区 Shinagawa-ku 町田市 Machida-shi 奥多摩町 Okutama-machi 目黒区 Meguro-ku 小金井市 Koganei-shi 大田区 Ota-ku 小平市 Kodaira-shi 島部 Islands 世田谷区 Setagaya-ku 日野市 Hino-shi 大島町 Oshima-machi 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku 東村山市 Higashimurayama-shi 利島村 Toshima-mura
中野区 Nakano-ku 国分寺市 Kokubunji-shi 新島村 Niijima-mura 杉並区 Suginami-ku 国立市 Kunitachi-shi 神津島村 Kouzushima-mura 豊島区 Toshima-ku 福生市 Fussa-shi 三宅村 Miyake-mura 北区 Kita-ku 狛江市 Komae-shi 御蔵島村 Mikurajima-mura 荒川区 Arakawa-ku 東大和市 Higashiyamato-shi 八丈町 Hachijo-machi 板橋区 Itabashi-ku 清瀬市 Kiyose-shi 青ケ島村 Aogashima-mura 練馬区 Nerima-ku 東久留米市 Higashikurume-shi 小笠原村 Ogasawara-mura 足立区 Adachi-ku 武蔵村山市 Musashimurayama-shi 葛飾区 Katsushika-ku 多摩市 Tama-shi 江戸川区 Edogawa-ku 稲城市 Inagi-shi

Cities & Towns of Saitama

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 西区 Nishi-ku 北区 Kita-ku 大宮区 Omiya-ku 見沼区 Minuma-ku 中央区 Chuo-ku 桜区 Sakura-ku 浦和区 Urawa-ku 南区 Minami-ku 緑区 Midori-ku Cities (-shi) さいたま市 Saitama-shi 川越市 Kawagoe-shi 熊谷市 Kumagaya-shi 川口市 Kawaguchi-shi 行田市 Gyoda-shi 秩父市 Chichibu-shi 所沢市 Tokorozawa-shi 飯能市 Hanno-shi 加須市 Kazo-shi 本庄市 Honjo-shi 東松山市 Higashi-Matsuyama-shi 岩槻市 Iwatski-shi 春日部市 Kasukabe-shi 狭山市 Sayama-shi 羽生市 Hanyu-shi 鴻巣市 Kounosu-shi 深谷市 Fukaya-shi 上尾市 Ageo-shi 草加市 Souka-shi 越谷市 Koshigaya-shi 蕨 市 Warabi-shi 戸田市 Toda-shi 入間市 Iruma-shi 鳩ケ谷市 Hatogaya-shi 朝霞市 Asaka-shi 志木市 Shiki-shi 和光市 Wako-shi 新座市 Niiza-shi 桶川市 Okegawa-shi 久喜市 Kuki-shi 北本市 Kitamoto-shi 八潮市 Yasio-shi 富士見市 Fujimi-shi 上福岡市 Kami-fukuoka-shi 三郷市 Misato-shi 蓮田市 Hasuda-shi 坂戸市 Sakado-shi 幸手市 Satte-shi 鶴ケ島市 Tsurogashima-shi 日高市 Hidaka-shi 吉川市 Yoshikawa-shi 北足立郡 Districts (-gun) 伊奈町 Ina-machi or ko 吹上町 Fukiage-machi 大井町 Oi-machi 三芳町 Miyoshi-machi 毛呂山町 Moroyama-machi 越生町 Ogose-machi 名栗村 Naguri-mura

Cities &Towns of Kanagawa

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 県計 市部計 郡部計 横浜市 鶴見区 神奈川区 西区 中区 南区 港南区 保土ヶ谷区 旭区 磯子区 金沢区 港北区 緑区 青葉区 都筑区 戸塚区 栄区 泉区 瀬谷区 川崎市 川崎区 幸区 中原区 高津区 宮前区 多摩区 麻生区 横須賀市 平塚市 鎌倉市 藤沢市 小田原市 茅ヶ崎市 逗子市 相模原市 三浦市 秦野市 厚木市 大和市 伊勢原市 海老名市 座間市 南足柄市 綾瀬市 三浦郡葉山町 高座郡寒川町 中郡 大磯町 二宮町 足柄上郡 中井町 大井町 松田町 山北町 開成町 足柄下郡 箱根町 真鶴町 湯河原町 愛甲郡 愛川町 清川村

Cities & Towns of Chiba

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 県計 市計 郡計 千葉市 中央区 花見川区 稲毛区 若葉区 緑区 美浜区 銚子市 市川市 船橋市 館山市 木更津市 松戸市 野田市 佐原市 茂原市 成田市 佐倉市 東金市 八日市場市 旭市 習志野市 柏市 勝浦市 市原市 流山市 八千代市 我孫子市 鴨川市 鎌ヶ谷市 君津市 富津市 浦安市 四街道市 袖ケ浦市 八街市 印西市 白井市 富里市

Cities & Towns of Osaka

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 総 数 府 保 健 所 計 池 田 池田市 豊能町  箕面市  能勢町  豊中豊中市  吹 田 吹田市 茨木摂津市  茨木市 島本町 枚方枚方市  寝屋川 寝屋川市 守口 守口市  門真市 四條畷 四條畷市 交野市  大東市 八 尾 八尾市  柏原市  藤井寺 松原市  羽曳野市 藤井寺市 富田林 大阪狭山市 富田林市 河内長野市 河南町  太子町  千早赤阪村 和泉和泉市  泉大津市 高石市  忠岡町  岸和田 岸和田市 貝塚市  泉佐野 泉佐野市 熊取町 田尻町  泉南市  阪南市  岬町 大 阪 市 堺市 高槻市 東大阪市  

Cities & Towns of Hiroshima

競売物件購入 keibai buttsuken kounyu 県計 広島市 広島市中区 広島市東区 広島市南区 広島市西区 広島市安佐南区 広島市安佐北区 広島市安芸区 広島市佐伯区 呉市 竹原市 三原市 尾道市 福山市 府中市 三次市 庄原市 大竹市 東広島市 廿日市市 安芸高田市 江田島市 府中町 海田町 熊野町 坂町 安芸太田町 北広島町 大崎上島町 世羅町 神石高原町