Feedback from past customers of Core Eight

Gilmina Perretti

Being ex-luxury properties agent myself in the Hamptons, New York and Los Angeles, California, I was extremely impressed with Rica’s in-depth knowledge of market trends and luxury inventory. Initially, I started working with Rica because she is both nationally and internationally recognized for her sales achievements and has a reputation as one of the most trusted and admired agents in Kobe real estate market. As her client now on numerous projects, when working with Rica, I can count on nothing less than a professional with an intimate knowledge of Kansai real estate who is devoted to serving all of her clients needs around the clock. With her astute problem-solving and hands-on approach, Rica is always looking for new ways to streamline the real estate experience for her clients. She has ability to thrive in one of the most technically and socially demanding markets in Japan.
Paired with Rica’s energetic and confident disposition, extensive real estate knowledge makes her a one-stop shop when it comes to buying, selling, renting, leasing, building, managing and flipping real estate.

Luke Schleppe

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!

Jahan Shah

Jahan Shah is an owner of an apartment just west of Kobe. He is from Vancouver on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. He took a big step in life, and crossed over the ocean. He now enjoys stunning ocean views from his newly purchased apartment.
His testimonial below:
As a foreign resident living in Japan, I was looking for a real-estate agency that could easily communicate in English and understand my business requirements for property investment. The Core Eight 8 real-estate agency based in Kobe provided exactly what I was looking for, and in fact, exceeded my expectations. From the initial contact, to being picked-up by taxi or car to view properties, to making the offer to purchase, signing the contract, and arranging for final delivery of the property (on my requested date) – the whole process was exceptionally well-organized and professionally executed! Rica Bradshaw and her team at Core Eight exemplify high standards in customer service, organization, and property search and acquisition. I highly recommend Core Eight to any overseas investors looking for a professional and reliable real-estate agency in Japan.

Marissa Spennato

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!

Daniel Green

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.

Ms. Yasuda


Daniel Rudolph

Rica and her staff at Core Eight have been a delight to do business with! They helped me find an apartment that I absolutely love. They will walk you through the complicated aspects of renting an apartment in Japan. I thought that all real estate agencies would be the same because they all charge about the same fee, but Core Eight, I honestly feel has gone beyond what is required of them. I don’t think I would get the same amount of service and help from a big real estate agency company. Even if you speak fluent Japanese, I think Core Eight has more to offer you and I can’t recommend them enough.


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.