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Old November 7th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #141
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Old November 8th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #142
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First 150, Then 450, and Now 1,087 New Buildings

Thursday, August 28 2008 @ 03:16 PM EST
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Panama-Guide.com - One of the most read articles ever published on Panama-Guide was "155 High-Rises of 15 Stories or More Being Constructed". Published on 4 January 2006, to date 13,747 people have read that article. At the start of 2006, people simply could not believe that there were going to be more than 150 new high-rise built in Panama City. Really - no one thought this article was for real. Then on 9 July 2007 I published "Boom, Burst, or Bingo - The Panamanian Real Estate Miracle", in which ACOBIR President Lic. Iván Carlucci told me that there were more than 400 projects being built in Panama at that time. And now, a year later, and the number has jumped from 150 to 400 and now 1,087. Prices continue to rise, demand remains solid, and foreign investors continue to buy property in Panama. The question remains - how long can this last? (more)



Only 40,000 Units:

Last year when the 400 number came out I learned that there were more than 40,000 units in the pipeline. The general commentary then was "who is going to buy all of those apartments." Newsflash - they have been sold. What's going on now is that the builders are finishing off what they have started, will work on fit and finish, obtain their occupancy permits, deliver the inventory to the happy new owners, and then immediately plow their profits into the next project. Except now they are not building one or two towers, but four or six. Every developer I talk to has several or more buildings under construction simultaneously. They are not sitting back on their laurels - in a market this hot there's no one asleep at the wheel.

So Would That Be An Additional 100,000 Units?

If there were 40,000 units being delivered when there were 400 buildings in the works, does that mean with now 1,087 new construction permits that an additional 100,000 units are heading to the market? It would seem so. And this is the part where the same guys who said "who's going to buy them all?" back in mid-2007 will again say "who's going to buy them all?" in the latter part of 2008. The answer - anyone from anywhere in the world. England is waking up to Panama. The Russians are coming. Most of the Venezuelans are here already. Pretty soon the US economy is going to turn the corner and the Americans will be coming back in force. Remember this - in the next ten years more than 175 million people will be reaching retirement age worldwide. If only 0.0005% of those people come to Panama, then all 100,000 apartments get sold to foreigners.

More Financing Options

People are starting to realize that sometimes its hard for people to obtain a mortgage with a Panamanian bank - so now there are more creative ways being created. Orange Tree Mortgage Partners provides loans from US banks, no life insurance requirement, title insurance from the US, for example.

Condo For Rent

Another mega-trend in the Panamanian real estate market will be an increase in availability of individual properties for rent, and property management companies to handle them. There are an incredible number of hotel rooms under construction right now - but none of them are close to coming on line. All of the hotel rooms are full, and rental prices are out of this world. Owners who are taking delivery of new properties are going to be putting more of them into the rental pool to generate some cash and to have their property pay for itself. And, there will be more property management companies coming along to meet that demand for service.

The Chicken Little's

Of course, all during this ongoing boom there will be scared people crying "the sky is about to fall" at every turn. I've been saying for more than two years that so far I have seen nothing indicating a downward trend. I thought for awhile that the tightening of the US economy might negatively reflect on the Panamanian economy, but (for the first time) the Panamanian economy was able to demonstrate that it has truly shed its 1 to 1 ties to the United States - as European investors bogged down with wheel barrows full of Euros picked up the slack. And the Spaniards. And the Colombians. And the Venezuelans. Now, it's the Russians and the Brits. Within a year or so the Americans will be coming back as well. So, as far as I can see, the "chicken little's" out there were wrong then, and today they are still wrong. If anything truly worrisome turns up, I'll let you know. But, you'll only get that if you keep reading Panama-Guide. This might be a good time to tell your friends...
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Old November 8th, 2008, 07:18 AM   #143
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Costa del Este

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Two 50-story towers with a total of 165 units will bring excitement to a completely new-gated community. With a spectacular building designed by Arquitectonica and classically elegant interiors by Yabu Pushelberg, this development at Avenida Paseo del Mar and calle Mar del Sur is already attracting attention. In a soughtafter location next to Motta Park, the large 1- and 2-room suites will offer unobstructed water views. Designed to please both local residents who are ready to move up, and those coming for the first time to this growing area, Costa del Este will feature a lush pool area, a spa, tennis courts, and a fully equipped fitness center.

Avenida Balboa

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Related International's sleek tower designed by Arquitectonica will rise 53 floors above Avenida Balboa, Panama City's fashionable epicenter of restaurants and luxury shops, to become the crown jewel of the city's fast-growing skyline. The residences will enjoy the unwavering luxury and anticipatory service that are signatures of Related International and will feature only four units per level with all residences having breathtaking ocean views and luxurious finishes throughout. In the nearby Punta Paitilla district, one of Panama City's wealthiest areas is Multicentro Mall. This immense complex is the largest shopping mall in Central America and also includes a movie theater, casino, arcade, internet cafe, and library.
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Old November 8th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #144
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To Stunning to take this impressive amount of buildings under the right words!!!!!

Do you have any info about the Panama canal? The progress...


Many, many thanks for the updates,
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Old November 9th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #145
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Damn. great new projects. Thanks for posting VIP.
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Costa Del Este : Breeze



Breeze tower condominiums:

2,152 sq. feet condominiums
2,475 sq. feet condominiums
Penthouses
3 bedrooms with walk in closets
3 bathrooms
Den option
visitor bathroom
Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Balcony
Laundry room
Service quarters
Internet ready

Breeze tower amenities:

Three high speed elevators
Swimming pools
Sauna
Gym
Spa
Wireless internet in social areas
Concierge
Party room

Height: 100 - 200m
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[2017] > Düsseldorf, Mallorca, Geneva, Annecy, Montafon, Vorarlberg, Barcelona, Zürich, Crete, Lisbon, Cascais, Málaga, Ronda, Dolomiti, Sistiana, Kitzbühel
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Colores de Bellavista {35fl}

Bella Vista is at the heart of the capital of Panama, with an impressive view to the Balboa Avenue, just in front of Park Urraca. I this privilege location Colores de Bella Vista is emerging as the perfect ambience for success and glamorous business and living.

The project is a tower of 35 stories, designed by the world wide famous architect Ignacio Mallol. It has a lounge cafeteria, 24 hours security, 4 high speed elevators, more than 3000 parking spaces and a business center. Fifteen of the floors are for offices and the rest for living units or apartments.

Designed with the perfect combination of offices and apartments, its options are based on modular offices of 45 square meters and 90 square meters for some of the floors, and offices of 45 square meters and 135 square meters as well.. Other floors have offices of 180 square meters and 225 square meters that offers a new concept of modular offices that can grow even to 405 square meters.

The building is equipped with the state of the art technology, a complete gym and social area. The finishes are of granite and imported ceramic tiles, the best and marble floor in the terraces.

The living units start with studios of 90 square meters and go up to 135 square meters and even 405 square meters. The finishes in the living units are porcelain in the floor, a social area with meeting rooms, swimming pool and dressers, as well as marble floor at the terraces. In the halls the walls are covered with marble, the studios have security doors, granite floor in the lobby and in the ground floor, granite counters.

As a trade mark of Mallol, the design is a melting of modernism with high tech surfaces





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Riverside Costa Del Este { 42fl }

Riverside

Empresas Bern are proud to present the launch of the most recent project “Riverside” located on the modern area of Costa del Este. Riverside with a modern design will have in its aluminum structures, large bluish windows from floor to ceiling.
The strategic location of this novel project offers different views alternatives in which you can enjoy the green ecological park, river view, boulevard view or ocean view.


The Design

• 42 levels
• Large windows from floor to ceiling
• Social Area on the last level
• 1 or 2 parking spaces depending on the apartment size.
• Full auxiliary power plant
• Water reserve tank with pumping system
• 24 hours security

The Apartments

• Master bedroom with full bath and walk-in closet
• Living room
• Dining room
• Guest bathroom
• Balcony
• Open layout kitchen with granite countertop
• Laundry
• Floor to ceiling height of 2.80m (9 feet plus)

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What is driving the Panama economy development?
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Old November 9th, 2008, 10:44 AM   #150
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What is driving the Panama economy development?
The canal and toerism.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 07:16 PM   #151
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thats right, a lot of ships are coming through panama, and there is only one way. Also the climate makes it nice to visit Panama.
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Impact of global financial crisis not emerges in Panama

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Special Report: Global Financial Crisis

PANAMA CITY, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The impact of the ongoing global financial crisis has not emerged in Panama, said Carmen Gisela Vergara, Panamanian minister of commerce and industry, on Friday.

Panama, one of the biggest financial centers in Latin America, has suffered less losses in the worldwide financial crisis due to its sufficient liquidity in the banking system, Vergara said in a trade forum held in Tokyo.

Panama's economy is based on regional financial services, which is different from any other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region, the minister added.

The country's banking system becomes even more stable with the growth of local and foreign savings after the crisis broke out in the United States. However, Vergara also noted that the impact of the financial downturn is not clear yet as the country's economy is largely dependent on the United States.

Panamanian President Martin Torrijos said earlier that his country's banking system was ready to face the global financial crisis. The extension project of the Panama Canal was provided with a loan of 2.3billion U.S. dollars, showing the confidence of the international community in his country.

Panama has no central bank. The absence of foreign exchange risks and foreign currency control, tax-free bank savings, the free flow of remittance and low interests on bank loans have made this Latin American country one of the most important financial centers for international banking and commerce in the region.

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All info about Panama Canal Expansion coming soon: next page...
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Fantastic work!
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Panama banks liquid as global crisis rages

PANAMA CITY, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Panama's banks are flush with liquidity and well placed to weather the widening international credit crisis, the country's banking superintendent told Reuters on Monday.

Olegario Barrelier said liquidity in Panama's banking sector stands at around 58 percent of deposits, with manageable exposure to international markets pummeled by the U.S. credit crisis.

"At the moment our banks are good, very good. They are healthy, they are liquid, capital is nearly double what is required. They are being financed by local deposits and are not dependent on external financial markets," he said.

Long a center for offshore banking, dollarized Panama is home to almost 90 international banks, making it one of Latin America's largest banking centers.

HSBC (HSBA.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Citigroup (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and BBVA (BBVA.MC: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are among Panama's biggest banking players.

With no central bank or lender of last resort, Panama's banks have been encouraged to stay highly liquid.

Barrelier said the global crisis would eventually hit Panama, but that the effect would likely be a slower economy rather than damage to the financial system.

Since January banks in Panama have been encouraged to tighten credit to cool spiraling annual inflation, which is near 10 percent.

The economy is expected to post a growth of 9.5 percent this year.

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[2017] > Düsseldorf, Mallorca, Geneva, Annecy, Montafon, Vorarlberg, Barcelona, Zürich, Crete, Lisbon, Cascais, Málaga, Ronda, Dolomiti, Sistiana, Kitzbühel
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Boom continue!!!
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I cannot belive that this huge construction boom is only about the Panama's Canal.
My question is: How can Panama support this kind of projects if this country has a very little economy? How can Panama has the enough demand for all this new buildings?
Explain me please.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 11:58 AM   #160
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Everybody has done a very nice job here for 2008!

I wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

And i see you back in 2009 another stunning year and greatfull posts!!!
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