Panama: Construction Loans Up 32%

The balance of loans granted by the banking system to the construction sector increased from $2.598 billion in April 2012 to $3.830 billion in the same month this year.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Loans for infrastructure were the only ones which showed a reduction in the period in question, going from $593 million to $377 million. Loans for housing, businesses and other categories showed increases.

In addition to economic growth, the deficit of rooms in the country is one of the elements that is driving the growth of housing construction and, in the opinion of industry representatives, will keep lending for this activity high over the coming years.

"...Elisa Suarez, director of Convivienda , said that the promoters are expecting a 14% growth in housing construction in 2014; however, she said that "we are aware that we have problems with housing prices because of cost increases, not only of the materials used for building but also increases in wages paid to workers and collective agreements which have occurred lately ' ".

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In recent years the percentage of taxes paid by promoters compared to the final cost of a home rose from 1.3% to 2.7%.

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In the last three years loans for the construction sector increased by 427%.

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April 2013

In January 2013, banks granted the construction sector loans worth $2.92 billion, which is $89.6 million more than in January 2012, when the figure was $2.83 billion.

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