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English Speaking Real Estate Agent

Post by dayunbao » Wed May 15, 2019 3:46 am

Does anyone have any recommendations? I spoke to one a little while ago, and all he did was list reasons why I didn't want to buy an akiya. I figure that in addition to just sharing the general Japanese attitudes on living in the countryside, there wasn't much in the way of commission for him. So, he wasn't very motivated to help. Right now I'm mostly looking for a way to get some questions answered without having to rely on my girlfriend.

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Re: English Speaking Real Estate Agent

Post by Ibaraki llama » Wed May 15, 2019 6:30 am

Sorry, can’t help you there. I’ve seen some who specialise in akiya on the net, but they seemed to charge high consultation fees.

Can understand not wanting to rely on your wife, especially if she talks to the “wrong” person. My wife talked to her company’s staff financial advisor about financing the purchase and renovations - apparently he couldn’t get his head around why we would want to do something like this, and almost talked my wife out of it.

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Re: English Speaking Real Estate Agent

Post by dayunbao » Wed May 15, 2019 6:55 am

Zaimondos wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 6:30 am
Can understand not wanting to rely on your wife, especially if she talks to the “wrong” person. My wife talked to her company’s staff financial advisor about financing the purchase and renovations - apparently he couldn’t get his head around why we would want to do something like this, and almost talked my wife out of it.
Yeah, I'm a bit worried about that. There also seems to be a possible cultural issue at play. I think it's never too early to gather information, even if you don't intend on buying for several months or even a year. However, my girlfriend seems to think it's ridiculous to start asking questions so far in advance. So I can't convince her to contact the listed real estate agency to do some data gathering. She did translate an email for me about a different akiya that I sent but never received a response to, but she was a bit reluctant to do even that.

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Re: English Speaking Real Estate Agent

Post by gonbechan » Wed May 15, 2019 10:01 am

I can understand her hesitation with contacting a real estate agent. They have to be the most tenacious and invasive sales people in all of Japan.
You will start to get daily emails, phone calls, direct mail and even knocks on your door.
They will hound you and bully you until you either move away overnight after throwing your phones in the microwave or buy a house.

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Re: English Speaking Real Estate Agent

Post by LeeB » Wed May 15, 2019 11:14 am

"They will hound you and bully you until you either move away overnight after throwing your phones in the microwave or buy a house."

Same here in Oz.

Wife arranged to have a value assessment done on our house a number of years ago after we got one of those flyers in the mail.

She made the appointment and the dolt never turned but, but called and emailed her over the next year or so...........

Also another reason we avoid going to open houses here. They kept calling for a year even after we told them we bought.

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Re: English Speaking Real Estate Agent

Post by dayunbao » Wed May 15, 2019 12:41 pm

gonbechan wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:01 am
I can understand her hesitation with contacting a real estate agent. They have to be the most tenacious and invasive sales people in all of Japan.
You will start to get daily emails, phone calls, direct mail and even knocks on your door.
They will hound you and bully you until you either move away overnight after throwing your phones in the microwave or buy a house.
Ah, good to know.