An Austin-based real estate investor and real estate broker, Dan O’Sullivan, has a new take on real estate investing.
“In my opinion, the Panama real estate market is the worst in the world,” O’Sullivans told The JerusalemPost in an interview.
Because Panama is a closed economy, which means that there are no foreign investors or real estate brokers.
Real estate investment companies (REITs) are a relatively new phenomenon in the Panama City market, but they are still very popular in the country.
In 2017, real estate REITs in Panama surpassed all other REIT market segments, according to real estate firm Nacional Capital Partners.
O’ Sullivan is not an expert in the field of real estate investments, but he did offer a few tips for those seeking to learn more about the subject.
“There are a lot of different types of REIT companies and the way they do business,” O’sullivan said.
“So if you want to know about real estate investment in Panama, you need to look at the REIT business model.”
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What are REIT?
REIT stands for Real Estate Investment Trust.
The name comes from the Panama Canal Treaty of 1876, which states that all canal ships are to be held by an “Independent National Corporation” (IND).
The company is called the “Independent Real Estate Corporation” or “IREC.”
In other words, an REIT is a company that is legally separate from the real estate companies, and is not owned by anyone in Panama.
“It is not a subsidiary of the real property companies, but a wholly owned subsidiary of them,” O´Sulliver said.
Are there any restrictions on REIT investments?
REITS are required to abide by strict guidelines regarding foreign ownership and financial controls.
“You have to be a citizen of the U.S. and have a passport to operate in Panama,” O`Sullivan explained.
And the IREC also must adhere to stringent financial rules.
The IREC must have at least $3.5 million in assets in the U!
States, O’Shea added.
This number can be increased or lowered depending on the IRES’ financial health and operational needs.
O`Sullivan also explained that the IREXs are not allowed to buy and sell real estate directly, but instead must take a commission from the sale.
“The IRECs will buy from a company who has a contract with a REIT company, so they will be in the loop,” O”Sullivan said.
What is the most expensive real estate in Panama?
O’Sliviano said that the most sought after real estate is located in Panama’s capital city, Panama City.
He added that real estate prices are more than twice the countrys average annual income.
“Panama is not only the second most expensive city in the hemisphere, but it is also the most unaffordable,” O�Sullivan said, noting that it costs as much as $50,000 per square meter to rent an apartment in the city.
“And then, if you are lucky, you can get a 10-story apartment in a very nice neighborhood in Panama city for $5,000 a month,” O””viano said.
In some parts of the country, O””sullivan has seen apartments selling for as much $30,000.
What should I do if I think I might want to invest in real estate?
“If you are serious about investing in real property you need a good lawyer, who knows what is going on, and a good real estate agent,” O ”Sliviani said.
O”Slivio also advised that the proper way to start investing in Panama real property is to have a real estate brokerage in your area.
“If your real estate agency can give you good guidance on the market, it is a great way to get involved,” O sullivan said, adding that the realtors need to be knowledgeable in the area and can provide you with an appraisal.
“Also, they must have a good reputation and a great relationship with the real owners, so you won’t have problems if you need something,” Osullivians advice for those looking to invest.
O””Viola, a senior real estate officer with the Central Bank of Panama, said that a good broker can help with your questions about property and help you choose the right investment.
“An experienced real estate professional can also provide you a list of potential real estate properties that are under development and help with the valuation of your properties,” OViola said.