Tag:Luxury Real Estate
Altair completed outer structure light up for the holiday season. While the painting of the Altair continues the roof top sky garden and infinity pool is also taking shape .
October 9, 2018
While the painting of the Altair structure continues the roof top sky garden and infinity pool is also taking shape .
June 1, 2018
Altair Director Pradeep Moraes was interviewed by Oxford Business Group, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Condominium Developers Association of Sri Lanka on how the real estate market is adapting to market changes.
In what ways do you see the capital gains tax impacting the local real estate market?
Moraes: Seeing as 10% is a modest tax, the impact would be minimal. A number of other markets have much higher levels of taxation and still experience vibrant real estate growth. The tax has been implemented in a clear and open way, the figure has been made public, and now the market can factor it in and go about its business.
Is there enough purchasing power in Sri Lanka to support further developments in the luxury residential segment?
Moraes: According to global real estate consultancy Knight Frank, Sri Lanka recorded the second-highest growth rate internationally in the ultra-rich community in 2016. In our experience, luxury condominiums continue to be purchased with over 90% equity and without borrowing. Over 90% of such developments are in the relatively affluent Western Province, predominantly in Colombo. Additionally, 99% of luxury and ultra-luxury apartments in completed projects and around 51% of those under construction have been sold, according to investment management company JLL, with over 60% of both sold to resident Sri Lankans. Most of the larger projects have been undertaken by reputable international developers who do not borrow locally and have certainly done their due diligence.
Like many countries, Sri Lanka has a hugely inequitable distribution of wealth. This, combined with the previously relaxed tax regime, has led to a gross underassessment of wealth, some of which is sent overseas. Luxury real estate offers a desirable and commercially sound option for attracting these funds into the local economy. There is certainly enough purchasing power to justify further luxury developments.
How the profile of luxury residential property owners changing?
Moraes: The current profile is 60-65% resident Sri Lankan, 25-30% expatriate Sri Lankan and less than 10% foreign. The low foreigner count is because the purchase of residential property in Sri Lanka is not linked to residency privileges, unlike several countries in the Caribbean, South-east Asia, and the Middle East, as well as certain Mediterranean countries in the EU. However, this is now being remedied with a proposal to grant residency visas connected to investment.
The recently inked comprehensive free trade agreement with Singapore, together with the enhancement of the existing agreement with India and those being negotiated with China and Pakistan are expected to encourage business relocation to Sri Lanka, which should have positive effects on rental markets.
How has the market reacted to calls to restrict lending to the real estate sector?
Moraes: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has engaged with all stakeholders and is satisfied that the real estate industry is not a cause for concern. It has broadcast this view, going on, in fact, to say that the luxury segment was the least vulnerable.
As with markets everywhere, mindset and speculative concern can and will affect performance, as was seen in Colombo with the six-month slowdown in sales in 2017. Thankfully, this has now corrected, and sales are proceeding satisfactorily once again.
What impact would the introduction of real estate investment trusts (REITs) have on the Sri Lankan market?
Moraes: The benefits of REITs would be phenomenal for both the industry and the economy as a whole. Investments could increase exponentially, as REITs facilitate the entry of small local investors who otherwise lack the means to purchase as an individual. They also reassure foreign investors that their purchase benefits from professional guidance and market knowledge.
The stumbling block to the implementation of REITs is the issue of the 4% stamp duty payable to the provincial councils. REITs by their very nature propagate multiple transactions and it was feared that the business model could not sustain repetitive taxation. However, evaluation undertaken by industry players, the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission points to the aggregate of capital gains and rentals providing a cumulative return that remains attractive.
Therefore, steps are now being taken to revive the formulation and implementation of REITs, based on this belief in their viability and the scope for their productive participation in the Sri Lankan capital market.
Originally published on Oxford Business Group Website
April 25, 2016
Colombo’s skyline is rapidly changing. Altair is set to be one of the city’s tallest structures, standing at 240 meters high. Towards the North-East side of the Altair apartments is the new Lotus Tower now under construction. Standing 350 meters high it’s billed to be the tallest structure in South Asia.
The Lotus Tower will primarily function as a transmission tower but will also include shopping centres, food courts, banquet halls and a revolving restaurant. There will be an observation deck and high speed elevators, which can reach the observation deck in less than a minute. The facility is complete with an underground car park for 2,000 vehicles and is expected to be a hub of activity with sports, shopping arcade and entertainment facilities to be built in and around the tower.
During national festivities, the Lotus tower will have special displays which will be a special treat for the residents of Altair. Due to the unique locational positioning and and vistas afforded by Altair , the Tower will be visible from no fewer than 5 different types of Altair flats i.e A, D, E, G and H. These flats have a great view of the Lotus tower in all its glory.
To catch a glimpse of how the lotus tower may view from these apartments, see the videos in our views section.
Both iconic landmarks in Sri Lanka, the Lotus Tower and the Altair Apartments in Colombo are to be completed by the end of 2017.April 25, 2016
The latest images of Altair, soon to grace Colombo’s skyline with luxurious living. Scheduled to open in 2018.
March 26, 2016
Pradeep Moraes, Director Sales & Marketing of Indocean Developers, the makers of Altair flats in Colombo spoke on the topic titled “The Real Estate Growth Phenomenon” at the recently concluded Capital Market Conference (CAPM) In Colombo.
Speaking in-depth about the luxury real estate market, Mr Moraes said that the sector plays an integral role in transforming the capital markets in Sri Lanka.
Indocean developers, the company behind the Altair apartments in Sri Lanka, was a sponsor at the event.
March 24, 2016
The latest images of Altair, soon to grace Colombo’s skyline with luxurious living. Offering unique experiences filled flats in Sri Lanka. Scheduled to open in 2018.