Australian Cities Among the World's Most Transparent Real Estate Markets


Three Australian cities have emerged as some of the most transparent real estate markets in the world, according to a new report analysing 158 cities.

Sydney is ranked third in the world, followed by Melbourne in 7th place along with Brisbane rounding out 15th position, according to the latest JLL and LaSalle’s Global Real Estate Transparency Index.

JLL Australian chief executive officer Stephen Conry said there was a strong correlation between transparency and cross-border investment activity.

“New investment mandates into Australia from cross-border investors typically specify Sydney and Melbourne as their preferred destination with Brisbane increasingly identified as a market on the cusp of a cyclical recovery,” Conry said.

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Investor interest piqued

Given Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane featuring near the top of global rankings, Conry says the cross-border investment figures for 2018 “demonstrate investor interest”.

“JLL figures show that 89 per cent of all offshore investment in the first nine months of 2018 has been concentrated in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland,” Conry said.

“Between the three states, offshore investment into office, retail and industrial has totaled $5.1 billion in the first nine months, compared to $5.73 billion across all of Australia.”

“For Queensland, the offshore proportion of total investment has been high at 46.3 per cent and New South Wales and Victoria are both at about 25 per cent.”

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Global Real Estate Transparency Index: Global Top 15 Cities

Global RankCityScore
2Los Angeles1.28
4San Francisco1.34
6New York1.37
8Washington DC1.38
13San Diego1.40

JLL’s Head of Research Andrew Ballantyne says a number of pan-Asian funds have high allocations to Australia.

“However, investment opportunities are limited in Sydney and Melbourne and investors want a deeper understanding of markets like Brisbane,” Ballantyne said.

“We believe that an increasing number of investors will also explore opportunities in Perth, Adelaide and Canberra over 2019.”

By country rankings, Australia has consistently ranked in the top two globally.

Conry said Australia shows among the lowest differences in transparency levels between cities compared to other leading investment destinations such as the US, France, and Japan.

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