Like so many visitors that go to Sri Lanka, we fell in love with the south coast. Not satisfied with just being tourists we figured there were a lot of untapped opportunities and wanted to see if there was a way for us to buy a place as an investment or potential business.
We came across Lanka Island Properties via a web search as they had a couple of interesting looking listings. Helena was super responsive and was happy to set up an appointment for us. She and Chami came to our hotel to pick us up and we were immediately at ease. They really took the time to understand what we were looking for and ultimately invested quite a lot of time to take us around a wide range of interesting properties on the South Coast. They were extremely knowledgeable and we had great energy from them, so we really couldn’t have been in better hands. We had met a couple of other agents but realized very quickly that Lanka Island Properties was the way to go!
Despite doing a ton of viewings with Helena and Chami we had started to give up on finding our dream place, they encouraged us to have a think about what we were really after and once we’d listed out the must have’s they suggested we take a closer look at a place we hadn’t been too interested in and sure enough, they were right, it ticked most of our boxes and had loads of potential.
Barry was an absolute star, he helped us understand the purchase options and implications and even put us in touch with some lawyers, suggestions of banks so that we had everything we needed if we were going to move ahead.
We went back to NYC and after a lot of consideration decided to take the leap. From there on in Barry and the team did all the work for us, they negotiated an offer and once it was accepted helped everything move along. They kept us up to date with regular emails and calls and in the end, it really was down to Barry’s persistence chasing down the seller and lawyers that we were able to get to a position to finalize the sale. They really did take the stress out of the equation. Aside from having to open bank accounts (which we really should have done whilst we were still in Sri Lanka) the only other thing we needed to do was go back to Sri Lanka a few months later to sign the papers. We also ended up using their company partnership option which ended up being by far the easiest and least risky option.
Barry and Helena went out of their way to help us not just with buying the place but also in putting us in touch with lots of helpful contacts. We were really happy with our experience with Lanka Island properties and would absolutely recommend them to anyone looking to buy something in Sri Lanka!