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Avenida Balboa Panama

Avenida Balboa Panama

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Avenida Balboa Panama is the oceanfront avenue in the heart of Panama City. For those of you that have been following our neighborhood reports, you will remember that we published findings of a pricing-trend study we commissioned for the Avenida Balboa district about 10 months ago.  This is a follow up to that report.

Avenida Balboa Panama developer’s published pricing on their yet-to-be-delivered condo units along Avenida Balboa have come down just under 5% over the last 10 months.   According to interviews with agents representing Habitats Realty, Bern, Btesh and Virzi, and Cityland,  buyers are still coming in from places like Russia, Europe, and of course Venezuela, but demand from the North American market has slowed down significantly.

View Avenida Balboa Panama real estate listings

Price lists for the following projects in construction:  Rivage, Waters, White, Arts Tower, Yoo, and Villa del Mar show anywhere from 60-95% of the units as marked “Sold or Reserved”.  The important question, which only time will tell, is how many of the buyers are prepared to close.

As a supplement to our data, gathered by canvassing buildings, interviewing developers, and compiling listing data online, we have also started what may be Panama’s first shared MLS, designed in-house to capture sales data from fellow brokers. Think of this as a compiled and shared sales history from Panama’s top-selling agencies.

Over 450 units on Avenida Balboa have been delivered in the last 12 months, which represents a 32% increase in total constructed inventory.

Avenida Balboa Real Estate Trends

We are hearing from residents along Avenida Balboa that the noise situation has improved significantly with the phase in of the new buses, however Panama is and will remain a very noisy city.

Temporary fire sales in buildings such as H2O, Element, and Sky lasted less than 45 days.  During that time, we were seeing sellers unload units for an average of $1,800 per square meter which usually represented a loss for them.  These types of deals are no longer available, as all of the desperate sellers have been flushed out.
Keep an eye out for potential deals in the next projects to get delivered, which are WHITE and WATERS, both due for completion between the 3rd and 4th quarter of this year.

Average price per square meter in a building less than five years old has seen a 9% price reduction in the last ten months, from $2,320 to $2,097 per square meter.

Rental demand for high end, fully furnished two bedroom units like Sky, Destiny, and H20 remains strong, with average days on market for a competitively priced unit($2,000/month or less) at less than 30 days.

Want to know more? Contact us or browse our Avenida Balboa real estate listings.

About The Author

Kent Davis, founder and Managing Director at Panama Equity real estate, has been widely quoted in publications such as Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Miami Herald and the Financial Times for his unabashed views on the Panama real estate market. Panama Equity is regarded as one of the most active real estate agencies in Panama and Kent’s articles, reports, and market research projects have been syndicated by press agencies including Bloomberg and the Associated Press.   Connect with the Author via: Email | LinkedIn | Facebook | Google+


  1. Sandra Vallimont says:

    Do you have any recent (2014) information on the status of Arts/Yoo project and the prices?

  2. […] of deals are no longer available, as all of the desperate sellers have been flushed out." Avenida Balboa Panama – Panama Real Estate Report Offers are not only there below $2000! Has the guy any clue about realities??? I think that just […]

  3. Mike says:

    I too appreciate this type of Data reporting. Sam was a good friend and great Conservative advocate for Panama. I miss our conversations and his blog.

  4. Kent Davis says:

    It is an honor to be in the same mention as the great Sam Talifero. He was an insightful man and will be sorely missed. Thanks for your kind words.

  5. CalPan says:

    Great info, thanks much for publishing this, Kent!

    Now that Sam Talifero has passed, I have even less of a line into day-to-day Panama, so your site is appreciated.

    Also, nice to hear your giving a crack at an MLS– seems an opportunity ripe for the picking.

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