I recently had the pleasure of selling my home in Kobe with Rica and her team at Core 8. I could not give a more heartfelt and sincere recommendation. My situation was full of all sorts of idiosyncratic details, buyer complications, doing business across international borders, and everything possible that would bog down a real estate sale. Other real estate companies, even ones I had a long relationship with, did not have the time nor the bother to assist me. Rica at CORE 8 immediately had a can-do approach, and broke down what was a very complicated transaction into simple, manageable steps for both me and the buyer. In my 15 years in Japan, through both home ownership and the rental for my small business, I have dealt with a large amount of real estate companies and their agents. Rica has them all beat, in every aspect. She was friendly, prompt, capable, and always available. Their service is just not seen in the Japanese real estate world and I would have been happy to have paid double for what was such a smooth and pleasant experience. 5/5 stars!
Naomi and the entire Core Eight team are an absolute pleasure to work with, and made the moving process so much less complicated! They are extremely responsive to any questions and concerns one may have. Naomi helped me find a wonderful apartment that fit my needs, and was very patient with all my requests along the way! If anyone I knew was looking for a new housing arrangement, I’d definitely recommend Core Eight without any hesitation!
Core Eight was incredibly helpful to me in arranging an apartment in Hyogo before I arrived in Japan. Naomi-san has been wonderful, exceeding expectations at every stage of the process. Service, fees, communication – Naomi is fantastic and Core Eight are one of the best companies I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
Julian & Akiko
We wanted to pass our thanks onto you for not only finding such a amazing home for us, but being able to make the whole process so smooth. I was envisioning it being a difficult and time consuming time exercise, and I am amazed how simple and easy you made it for us.
To say the house is wonderful is an understatement, Yuki san has created a warm and welcoming home that we are looking forward to be able to move in and enjoy. Please pass on my thanks to her for such a good job and for agreeing to part with it!
Rica was incredibly helpful, patient and professional when I first arrived in Japan. She understood what kind of accommodation I was looking for and not only found me the perfect apartment but also gave helpful tipps around life in Kobe. If you move to Kobe, I highly recommend Rica and ffeilden to look for an apartment. The service simply could not be better!
Prior to moving to the Kobe area in March of this year to assume a new position at Kansai International Airport, I was very fortunate to have two former colleagues highly recommend Rica Bradshaw at ffeilden based on their individual experiences. I shared the same experience in taking advantage of her knowledge of the real estate market in the Kobe area and willingness to persevere when dealing with apartment rental contract negotiations to assist me in securing both an initial service apartment and my present residence in the Kitano area.
I would highly recommend Rica’s services without reservation.
I have been looking for an apartment in Kobe during weeks… Because many Japanese real estate don’t accept foreigners it was difficult. I contacted Core Eight via their website and within few days, my leased contract was signed for a beautiful apartment in Kobe.
All the paperwork has been taken care of in Japanese for me right in my office! Few days after I moved in, there were a problem in the bathroom that has been fixed immediately. This is what one needs when looking for a new place, a real estate that effectively doing the job and help us find a place we call “home”. I love the apartment I’m living in and enjoy the good location.
I have been impressed with the quality of personalized service and support, and would highly recommend Core Eight.
Very smooth experience.
Rica and her staff at Core Eight have been a delight to do business with! They helped me find an apartment that I absolutely
When I moved to Kobe in 2015, I used Rica Bradshaw’s agency to secure my own apartment as I knew it would be a major challenge in a new city where many factors come into play in finding the right environment. The level of service provided by Rica’s team has been invaluable in ensuring the entire process was thorough and complete, including the connection of all necessary services. I highly recommend Rica’s agency for their service, professionalism and continued support.
David & Nicole
We come to Japan frequently on two to six month visits and always use the services of FFielden. We have always found Rica (the company manager) to be extremely professional, friendly and very helpful in finding accommodations that suit our needs in the Kobe area. It is very difficult and often stressful for foreigners to rent apartments in Japan by themselves, but through FFielden and Rica we have always felt confident because of the great service they provide. We definitely recommend this company as one that is trustworthy and very easy to deal with.
Paul & Yuko
When looking for a place in Japan a lot of times it can feel like your going around in circles being shown places you don’t like and being pressured into signing on the dotted line. When I met Rica at Ffielden it was like a breath of fresh air. Not only does she speak perfect English but was knowledgeable, fully understood the expectations a westerner brings with them when finding a place, very friendly and knew exactly what I was looking. For my 18 years here in Japan she has helped us find great rental places, even walking us through our first home purchase here in Kobe! She has not only become our no# 1 place to go when looking for a place to live but she has become a very good friend as well.