Jobutsu Fudosan

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  • Jobutsu Fudosan lists houses in Japan that are known as ‘accident properties’ 
  • On each listing, Jobutsu describes the tragic incident that took place there  
  • The company’s mission is to ‘improve the image of the accident property’

There’s an estate agency in Japan selling houses that are up to 50 per cent cheaper than their market value, but there’s a catch – they all have a very dark history.

Jobutsu Fudosan specialises in houses known as ‘accident properties’, where tragic incidents have occurred. In Japan, sellers of such properties are obligated by law to declare the occurrence of these incidents, and it often results in the value of the property falling significantly.

The company estimates that houses where ‘natural deaths’ occur are reduced in price by up to 20 per cent, whereas if a murder takes place in the property, the sale price is as much as halved.

The landing page for Jobutsu Fudosan (pictured) looks like any other estate agency - bright and slick

The landing page for Jobutsu Fudosan (pictured) looks like any other estate agency – bright and slick

The property listings on the website. Jobutsu Fudosan lists houses known as ¿accident properties¿, where tragic incidents have occurred

The property listings on the website. Jobutsu Fudosan lists houses known as ‘accident properties’, where tragic incidents have occurred

The landing page for the estate agency looks like any other – bright and slick – but delve into the listings and matters get darker.

On each property listing, Jobutsu describes the incident that took place, sometimes in morbid detail.

Customers can search for properties based on a star rating system, which ranks the types of incident that occurred in order of severity. For instance, properties where ‘incidents or accidents’ transpired have just two stars, whereas the sites where a murder has been committed receive seven stars.

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