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Benefits of Investing in the Panama Real Estate Market

Jun 24, 2008
Panama has become popular because of the famous Panama real estate market that's booming in the country. There have been several seminars and workshops on how to go about buying properties in Panama. In fact, if you currently visit the country, there are lots of ongoing building developments and resort projects that can be used for residential and commercial purposes, an indication that the Panama real estate market is busily at work today.

Panama is a country located in Central America as an isthmus, a transcontinental location that connects the south and north of America. The northern side of Panama is the Caribbean Sea while the southern part is the Pacific Ocean. It lies on the borders of Costa Rica at the north western part and Colombia at the south eastern part. In Central America, Panama is considered to have the 3rd largest economy after Costa Rica and Guatemala but is the most industrialized one. Its economy is mostly service-based such as banking, tourism, trading and commerce.

Because of the recent developments in the Panama real estate market, competition for affordability and beautiful construction and location of buildings is rising. You will see properties near its beautiful beaches or within cities and areas, all having conducive and attractive building features because of rising demands. Investors, retirees, and individuals seeking a good deal on properties are the driving forces behind the Panama real estate market.

Panama has abundant beautiful beaches, its popular Panama Canal and interesting cultures. People go to Panama to buy properties because of the lifestyle offered and affordable real estate prices. Although the prices of properties have risen in the recent years, it is still affordable to locals and foreigners alike compared to other industrialized countries. Within the city, studio type properties starts at less than $55,000 USD, condominiums by the bay at $140,000 USD and apartments with two bedrooms located in the high-end district at $160,000 USD. Rentals are at $800 minimum for monthly long-term stay and $500 weekly for short-term stay.

One of the advantages of investing in Panama real estate, aside from affordability of properties, is that it is an incredibly sound business investment. Considering Panama's steady growth due to numerous economic factors, and because properties in Panama easily appreciate, you can sell the property a few months after buying at a higher selling price than the purchase price, which would give you a considerable amount of profit. Another is that because of the rising popularity of the Panama real estate market, you can develop your property into something that would generate passive from surging rentals. One of the most important aspects of the Panama real estate market is that Panama has a favorable tax incentive on properties. There are plenty of tax breaks when buying properties in Panama, which really make investing in Panama real estate attractive to foreign buyers

If you are interested in the Panama real estate market, you need to get hold of a local real estate agent who can give you the best service and value for your investment. Your broker should also be familiar to Panama enough to assist you in touring properties, which you can choose for your investment needs, and assist in legal and banking procedures.
About the Author
Laurie Cooper, of Cpanama Real Estate Corp., is an expert on Panama real estate. For more information, please visit www.cpanama.com.
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