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How to Invest in Niseko?

Buying property in Niseko can be an exciting investment opportunity due to its popularity as a world-class ski destination and its growing tourism industry. Here are some key steps to consider when buying property in Niseko.

  1. Research: Begin by researching the Niseko real estate market. Understand the types of properties available, such as ski chalets, condominiums, or land for development. Consider factors like location, proximity to ski slopes, amenities, and potential rental income.

  2. Budget: Determine your budget for purchasing property in Niseko. Consider not only the purchase price but also additional costs such as taxes, maintenance fees, and property management fees.

  3. Find a Reliable Agent (DT Swift INC) : Work with a reputable real estate agent who has expertise in the Niseko area. They can help you navigate the local market, identify suitable properties, and facilitate the buying process.

  4. View Properties: Schedule viewings of properties that meet your criteria. Visit the properties in person if possible to get a feel for the location, surroundings, and condition of the property.

  5. Due Diligence: Conduct thorough due diligence on any property you are considering purchasing. This may include inspections, reviewing property documents, checking zoning regulations, and ensuring there are no outstanding issues or liabilities. DT Swift INC Also Provide Due Diligence Service. Please feel free to ask us details.

  6. Negotiate and Make an Offer: Once you find a property you're interested in, work with your real estate agent to negotiate the purchase price and terms with the seller. Make an offer contingent upon satisfactory results from due diligence.

  7. Preparing Documents The Sales Contract and the Statement of Important Matters are prepared by DT Swift and sent to the respective parties. All documents are in English/Chinese/Japanese. Estimated timeframe: one week.

  8. Financing Process:Work with us and legal representation to complete the necessary paperwork and finalize the purchase transaction. This may include signing the purchase agreement, transferring funds, and completing any required legal procedures.

  9. Transfer Ownership: After signing the contracts, the next steps typically involve preparing a Statutory Declaration and a Power of Attorney for the solicitor to facilitate the registration of the title change. Additionally, you'll need to ensure that all remaining funds required for settlement are transferred to the designated holding account at least one week prior to the scheduled settlement date.

  10. Property Management: Consider hiring a property management company to oversee your property, especially if you plan to rent it out when you're not using it. They can handle tasks such as maintenance, cleaning, and guest services.

  11. Enjoy Your Investment: Once the purchase is complete, you can start enjoying your property in Niseko. Whether you use it as a vacation home, rental property, or both, Niseko offers a beautiful and exciting destination for property owners.

Fees that better to know in advance

Agent Fees

Agent fees are 3% of the purchase price plus 60,000 yen. This fee is subject to 10% sales consumption tax.

Related taxes

After purchase, you will need to pay a one-time acquisition tax and there is a yearly fixed asset tax payment. These figures are based on the council’s evaluation of the property.

Other Costs

You will need to pay solicitor registration fees, pro-rata fixed asset tax for the year of purchase, based on the settlement date, and cover all international and domestic bank charges.


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