Predictions are that the office vacancy rate in Panama City, currently 33%, could reach 45% in 2016.
Following that under usage prevailing in the office market rental rates have dropped by up to 30%. In the case of hotels, they are also experiencing this phenomenon, the vacancy rate has fallen by 50% and in turn nightly rates have decreased by 28%.
In Panama, the district of Chitre, in the province of Herrera, is becoming a boutique metropolis for trade and tourism.
According to the architect Jose del Carmen Perez, a new zoning plan for Chitre by the Ministry of Housing is on the point of being adopted, which allow the construction of buildings over 10 storeys, something that is not allowed under the current plan.
The high prices of properties being recorded in parts of the country are scaring away foreign investment and limiting the recovery of those most affected by the 2008 crisis.
The question posed by foreign investors to Realtors: "'Why invest in Costa Rica when the price of the property is the same or higher as in New York but with less quality services?", is proof that the real estate bubble remains as active as before the crisis of 2008.
A further drop in Panama real estate prices along Balboa Avenue has not materialized in 2012 and there are strong indications that a major correction in residential real estate prices in Panama will not arrive anytime soon. Over 90% of the new residential towers along Balboa Avenue are now complete, with almost 30% of that new inventory coming on line in the last 12 months, yet prices have come down by less than 2%.
The economic and tourism boom has created an inordinate amount of investment in hotels, which is threatening to lower the occupancy rate to unsustainable levels.
The opening of more than 20 hotels has been announced for 2012, adding 6,000 rooms to the inventory offered by Panama, and representing an annual increase of 300% in the hotel supply, while the increase in the number of visitors to the country during 2011 grew by - 13%, which although significant, is far below what would be needed to keep up the hotel occupancy rate, which currently stands at 66%.
The opening of the Desing Center corporate office buildings whose investment is $26 million, adds to the growing collection of new office centers in Zone 10 in Guatemala City.
The new center joins the 30 existing buildings and with them others whose construction is nearing completion, as is the case of the Sixtino II Building, the Interamerican Business Center, the Dubai Center and the Banco Industrial’s Tower 3 in Zone 4.
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