There are a lot of Real Estate Agents in Tokyo. You can visit a small office near where you are staying. You can check online for a large number of English Speaking Agents. The choice is yours. All Agents offer a different level of service so you should ask what extra help is available.
How the Agents choose which properties to list
Most importantly, all Agents access the same National database for properties across Japan. There are 2 databases currently in use. Just contact any Agent and give them your budget and location requirements and they will do the search for you. Don’t waste time walking around town visiting a lot of offices! The Agent will get the key for you. They will show you through the apartment – after you choose from the listings.
How to choose your Agent
Ask the Agent what kind of extra services they offer. Do they provide an English translation of the contract? Can they connect your utilities? Will they help with advice about internet and furniture etc? What kind of After move-in care do they offer? Can they translate things like the remote control or hot water unit? Will they help with your move-out? Here at Tokyo Apartments, we do all of that for you! If you need more information about the total cost of renting, please contact us at Tokyo Apartments
Don’t be fooled by websites!
When you check online for an apartment, the website will usually be out of date, so the property you are looking at will probably be gone. Many companies keep old listings on their websites. They do this because a property name could be very popular and they need to direct traffic to their site. Properties such as Roppongi Hills bring a lot of traffic as the area is highly desired by foreigners heading to Tokyo.
Additonal Extra costs
In addition, many websites do not list the extra costs of renting. Be ready to pay up to 5 months rent to move in. You may need to pay Compulsory insurance and lock changing fee. Many apartments may not have light fittings or air conditioning. This can be extra. Your Agent can help with this information. Additional costs include car parking. Because your Agent will work for you to help you move into your new apartment, they will receive 1 month rent (or less) in commission. This is the only payment the Agent receives because Agents are not paid by property owners.
How we are different
Tokyo Apartments Staff will translate your contract into English and help you understand it. We connect your water, gas and electricity for you. Our staff also disconnect those when you move out. We can help you connect your internet. If you are moving around Tokyo, we can help you transfer utilities from your old address. We will support you for the duration of your stay. Our staff of Expats know exactly how you feel when you first arrive.