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December 2nd, 2010
This is the second part of an interview that we held with Chris Dillon, author of Landed: The guide to buying property in Japan. Part 1 is available here. You can talk to Chris directly when he shares his expertise on buying and selling real estate in Japan during our free, online webinar.
How well received have your two “Landed” books been? Which one sold the most copies: Hong Kong or Japan?
Reviews for both books have been positive, and the first book was on the Hong Kong bestseller list for several weeks. But what I’ve really enjoyed has been the feedback from people who used the book to buy a home. One of my neighbors, who stopped renting and bought an apartment, told me, “I think of 52,000 ways that I love you every month,” referring to the difference between her rent and mortgage payment. That was a very pleasant surprise.
The Hong Kong book has been on the market for nearly three years, so it has sold more copies. But the Japan book is catching up.
Are you thinking of writing another “Landed” book?
I’m looking at several markets that might benefit from a Landed book. Ultimately, I’d like to create a franchise similar to the Lonely Planet guides.
How is Dillon Communications doing? Has 2010 been a good year for you?
It has been a good year. Hong Kong’s economy is booming and there is a sense of optimism in the air, largely due to China’s rapid economic expansion.
Do you enjoy speaking at events and conferences? What do you learn or take away from such events?
Speaking at conferences makes up for the time you spend alone writing. While it’s great to hear that someone enjoyed the book, I also appreciate the critical remarks. There is always something that can be improved, an issue that you haven’t addressed or an idea that can be incorporated into the next edition. If you listen closely, there is always something you can learn.
How do you like to relax when you are not working? Any hobbies or sports?
I relax by spending time with my family. My kids play rugby, which is hugely popular in Hong Kong, and weekends are often spent cheering them on. I’m also active in the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care and the local TED conferences.
Don’t forget that Chris Dillon will be leading an online webinar in which he will share his insight and experience on the Japanese property market. Find out about Landed: The guide to buying property in Japan.
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