Case 1: Moving to Kyoto
Today, we are going to talk about the case of a client who moved to Kyoto instead of investing in it.
It's about the story when I was working at former job, they were a couple living in the United States who were looking for a second house to stay in when they came to Kyoto.
They have two large dogs and were looking for a villa with a garden so that they could come to Kyoto with their dogs and run around. They wanted a good environment, a place where they could walk back to the station, and a relatively large house.
It may have been a few months since I first received the inquiry, but at the end of the year there was a very good property. Within walking distance from the subway Karasuma line station, there was a garden that could go around the house, and it was a property with a natural environment. I immediately gave the information to the customer, and because of the year-end and New Year's holidays, I received an application to purchase the property before actually viewing it, and concluded the contract through an agent in the middle of January. At the end of the same month, we finished the handover of the property and the customer successfully purchased a house in Kyoto.
After that, it was used as a second home, and during the vacancy period, it was rented out. Then, a full-scale plan to move to Kyoto came out earlier than originally planned.
First, we renovated the room together with a construction company in Kyoto, and changed the floor plan to make it easier for the owner to live in. The gardener also took care of the garden, and the building was ready.
In parallel, the administrative scrivener established a foundation for them, and applied for a visa to reside in Japan. The administrative scrivener I knew was fluent in English and took care of all the paperwork involved in the application. The reason why they formed an incorporated association instead of a corporation is because of their own work.
It was not long before the wife's visa was approved and the husband's visa was also issued. This couple is still working and practicing medicine in the United States. And even though they are in Kyoto, as doctors specializing in psychiatry, they are working in an American clinic and working with American patients.
A few years ago now, they practiced remote work and started working from home in Kyoto, regardless of where they live, in a country on the other side of the globe.
After getting over the Corona pandemic, I think more people will be able to work without being affected by their location in the future. Why don't you work in a villa in Kyoto as if you were in an office, making your travel destination look like an office?
WFH in Kyoto
If your remote work is a success, it may be a new opportunity and a step forward into a way to enrich your life.
I started my own business in the fall of 2018, and the environment has changed drastically since I have been working for the company.I quit paper work, which I felt was unreasonable, as much as possible, and changed all necessary documents to electronic data as long as they could be digitized. I got a phone number for a new company, only to have a phone in the office and it all gets transferred to my cell phone.The only reason I needed to put the phone down was to get a license under the Real Estate Business Act. Also, in some cases, the Japanese real estate industry still has to provide information by fax. Of course, I can also use the electronic fax service to obtain a number and confirm the contents by email or by logging in to a dedicated page.
And then, what used to be the need to work in an office or company became an environment where I could work anywhere, online, at home, or in the park.
I'm in the real estate business, so my job is to guide people through real estate. However, I can meet with my clients at the nearest train station, hotel or cafe. Sales contracts and purchase agreements are paper, but of course, documents making is sufficient until printing. Even if I don't have a printer at home or elsewhere, I can now print data at the nearest convenience store. Therefore, if I really need paper printing, I can go to a convenience store. There are convenience stores everywhere within 5 minutes' walk, so it's not a problem at all.
Internet connection? I use my phone's tethering when I'm out and use Wi-Fi when I'm at home, I don't have any problems at all. I have a Portable Monitor that I can take with me, so I can get my work done with a two-sided monitor.
Now we have an environment where we can work and play more freely than ever before, without being confined to a place.
Three months in Kyoto? Working in Shiga Prefecture with a view of Lake Biwa? Load up your car with portable power and camping gear, enjoy a new world together.
Arrows International Realty Corp.