Beautiful Houses at Incredible Prices
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When most people think of Panama, they may not immediately think of beautiful houses. The first thing that probably comes to mind is Panama’s unique beauty, the bustling capital city, and its two coastlines. Some may remember the interesting and rich historic culture, or the interior mountain range.
Anyone considering making a move to Panama, establishing a business in the country, or looking for an investment or vacation property, should first understand the current economic climate. Some people have stated that Panama, including the market governing houses, has experienced a “non-recession”, while the rest of the world suffered the most devastating economic times in more than fifty years. Even though the country did feel some effects of the economic downturn, their gross domestic product never lost more than three percent annually, from a high of eleven percent.
There was also a bit of a drop in traffic through the Canal, however the Panama Canal Authority reports revenues that are more than sufficient to sustain growth and expansion, as well as a return to previous shipping levels once the expansion program has been completed.
The Economy continues to grow
Individuals who are interested in Panama houses should also be aware that the country is considered to be a tourist center, trade center, insurance center, and banking center that, even with a bit of a slowdown, still meets levels that are considered “good” in the United States and Europe. Because Panama’s middle class continues to grow, the country expects only positive growth in other areas as well.
In fact, one of the main reasons for the drop in the housing market in Panama had nothing to do with the internal strength of the country at all. Many people from North American countries purchased property in in the country by taking out a second mortgage or line of credit from their home in North America. When the markets began to sour there, they had no choice but to sell their beautiful houses in order to cover the main expense of their first homes. This led to a reduction in the number of new purchases for many months, resulting in lower prices.
This is actually working to the advantage of anyone looking to get into the housing market. Today, there are plenty of options from large houses, to small bungalows, and even condos and apartments, all at very reasonable prices. The possibilities for smart investors are nearly endless.
Once the world begins to recover and trade once again begins to resume normal levels, houses are only expected to become more valuable, to the point where substantial returns could be realized. Those who take the chance and invest in property, which by all accounts appears to be at historically low prices, could see significant gains in the next few years. Those who have always dreamed of owning their very own personal piece of paradise will be quite pleased with their choice.