UK remains world’s most transparent property market

UK remains world’s most transparent property market

New research shows 75% of global real estate investment takes place in highly transparent markets, with the UK topping the 109 index of countries.

Summary:

  • Britain’s property market has once again been ranked as the most transparent in the world
  • 75% of all global property investment now takes place in highly transparent markets, with investors searching for the highest standards of legislation
  • A currency window of opportunity has seen increasing numbers of international investors looking to the UK market following the vote for Brexit

The UK continues to remain the most transparent market in the world to invest in.

Transparency scores across the world have increased by an average of 2.4% between 2014 and 2016, according to JLL’s latest global real estate transparency index.

Now 75% of investment takes place in highly transparent markets. JLL comments that a significant amount of work is being done to ensure more property markets have greater levels of legislation and availability of performance data.

Britain leads the 109 country index, ahead of Australia, Canada and the United States. Popular investment markets such as Singapore and Hong Kong fail to make the top 10, while South Africa’s property market was only ranked 25th.

Pointing to those countries at the top of the rankings, JLL commented: “They are setting a high bar for transparency and are showing the way for other markets to follow. The world is looking to these highly transparent markets to take the lead in introducing greater transparency on beneficial ownership disclosure and on tightening up anti-money laundering legislation and procedures.”

The UK’s vote for Brexit has prompted a number of international investors to add more British property to their portfolios, with an immediate currency window of opportunity making UK real estate the most affordable it’s been for a generation.

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