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Sri Lanka was ranked 69th out of 109 international markets in terms of transparency, pertaining to the real estate sector in a recent report by global real estate firm JLL.
The report  titled ‘Sri Lanka – Land of Real Estate Opportunities’ said that this ranking was arrived at based on 139 variables relating to transaction processes, regulatory and legal frameworks, corporate governance, performance measurement and data availability, with higher real estate transparency being associated with stronger investor and corporate real estate activity.

The publication addresses a strong demand for accessible, in-depth analysis into the domestic property market. Through the new report, JLL aims to create a dialogue on the varied challenges which local and international investors face when engaging in real estate transactions in Sri Lanka, in addition to enumerating on the unprecedented scope of opportunity for valuable investments in the country’s rapidly developing property sector.
Based on comprehensive in-house market analysis, surveys and related data and trend analyses complied over the past five years, JLL anticipates strong, broad-based, double-digit growth spanning all sectors of the domestic real estate sector. The Firm expects this growth to be driven by the surging demand for residential and retail spaces over the coming years.

The report further notes that Sri Lanka continues to outperform neighbouring markets in terms of the ease of approvals required to obtain building permits and register real estate projects. This is indicative of an ongoing concerted effort towards improving the country’s platform to begin truly competing on the international stage.

“The launch of our report coincides with Sri Lanka’s first wave of high-end real estate development projects in both the residential and commercial segments,” said Steven Mayes, Managing Director, JLL Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. “This marks a significant milestone for the domestic market, which we believe holds the potential to become one of the South Asian region’s most promising success stories.”

He added, “There are challenges that need to be addressed, of course; Sri Lanka is prone to limited but notable downside risks, largely arising out of the currently subdued levels of Foreign Direct Investment and a high fiscal deficit. Nevertheless, we see strong demand for Grade A commercial office spaces. Coupled with the major growth potential over the medium-long term catalyzed by major infrastructure development projects like the Colombo International Financial City and the Western Region Megapolis, we believe that the overall outlook for the Sri Lankan real estate sector is strong.”