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An “expat” is the nickname for an expatriate or someone who has moved from their home country to a foreign country. In Panama, we have a lot of expats from many different countries. Some make a smooth transition to living in Panama but unfortunately some do not.
I’d like to tell you the true story of two different expat couples to illustrate how to make the transition to living in Panama easier and how to avoid some pitfalls too.
Expat Couple #1 came on a Panama Relocation Tour. They spent 6-days touring Panama during an all-inclusive tour all while learning:
♦ which reliable and affordable attorney to use to get your Visa in a week
♦ what their Visa options are, which one is the best fit, and why they need a Visa
♦ how to find a rental & what not to do when renting
♦ which questions to ask and what to check out before renting
♦ how to bring their pets in to Panama (and get them out of other countries)
♦ how to save 30%-50% on health insurance
♦ how to get a Panama driver’s license
♦ what to do if you get pulled over by the police in Panama
♦ how to bring precious metals in to Panama
♦ the unique micro climates in Panama
♦ which towns/elevation have their ideal temperature
♦ which towns are the most affordable yet still offer the amenities you need
♦ what NOT TO DO and what to AVOID
♦ and much more!
Because they took a Panama Relocation Tour, they were completely prepared when they moved to Panama. They know what to do, when to do it, and how to relocate to Panama so the whole transition was smooth and easy.
Instead of renting a car then driving around Panama, those who take a Panama Relocation Tour get to sit back and relax in a very comfortable bus while our professional driver takes care of the driving.
Expat Couple #2 did not have such a pleasant experience. They did not go on a Panama Relocation Tour. Before moving to Panama, they did spend a week driving around Panama to decide where they wanted to live and talking to as many expats as they could find. But they had no clue how to get things done once they moved to Panama. They purchased a used car in Panama City when they arrived in Panama the second time. Little did they know that it is better to buy a car close to where you want to live because they will have to go back to Panama City every year to get their annual registration OR pay a lot of money to get their registration moved to the city where they live.
Next, they drove to Boquete where they rented a house after seeing an ad online. They signed a one-year lease by email, paid a $1000 security deposit through paypal, then paid the first month’s rent when they arrived. After a month of living in the house, they realized they made a big mistake. The metal roof is extremely noisy when it rains. To make matters worse, their neighbors have 6 dogs who bark all the time and roosters too. So, after a month, they moved to a different house (losing their $1000 security deposit because they broke their lease).
They paid $2000 to an attorney in David to get their Pensionado (retiree) Visa. But, unlike Expat Couple #1, instead of getting their Visa in a week, it has been 2 months and they still don’t have their temporary Visa let alone their permanent Visa. It is very possible that the attorney just took their money but they will never get a Visa. Yes, that can happen in Panama.
Expat Couple #2 went to one of the most expensive insurance brokers in Panama to get their car insurance and their health insurance. They paid WAY too much for both. This alone cost them an additional $3000! It is so sad. By the way, it is better not to use an insurance broker when buying health insurance in Panama.
After another month in Panama, Expat Couple #2 does not like the second house they rented either. They decided the weather is too cold and windy in that area even though they love the house and the views. They paid $800 for the security deposit and signed a one-year lease. They will lose another $800 if they move out early.
Now, in total frustration, Expat Couple #2 is moving back to the United States after being in Panama just a few months. They lost $1000 on their first rental, they will not get their $800 security deposit back on the second rental, they lost $2000 paying the wrong attorney to get a Visa, and they will likely lose $3,000 to $5000 when they sell their car. They will not be able to get a refund on the extremely expensive health insurance they purchased.
Luckily, they did not rush in to buying real estate. They would have lost even more money if they tried to sell the house quickly. And they did not ship down their household goods to Panama since the houses they rented were completely furnished.
It’s too bad they did not take a Panama Relocation Tour because they could have saved all the frustration and avoided losing all that money too. During a Tour, we educate people about how to avoid all these costly mistakes and how to get everything done an easier and more affordable way.
You don’t know what you don’t know! Mistakes can be expensive.
A Panama Relocation Tour is not an expense, it is a WISE INVESTMENT in your future life in Panama. If you’re considering relocating to or retiring in Panama, you should consider taking a Panama Relocation Tours to avoid ending up like Expat Couple #2. We still have a few spaces available for 2018 Tours.
To Life in Paradise,
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It’s a big decision to move to a foreign country like Panama. I know it helps to talk to someone who lives in Panama so you can get answers to your questions. So, every once in awhile I host a free conference call to answer your questions. Of course, I can’t cover all the questions you have during a one hour conference call but I do cover a lot of topics.
Hopefully the information on this call will give you enough information to determine if Panama is “on the list”. If it is, and it should be, then the next step is to take a 6-day, all-inclusive Panama Relocation Tour. During the tour you’ll get a lot more details about everything you need to know to relocate to Panama, see a lot of towns/communities in Panama and meet expats who live in each area we visit. By the end of a Panama Relocation Tour, you’ll know exactly where you want to live in Panama and you’ll know how to make the relocation with ease!
Listen to the replay of the February 19th, 2018 conference call below…
During a Panama Relocation Tour we visit beach towns, mountain towns, and metropolitan areas. We also visit with expats and Panamanians who live in each of these areas so you can get the first-hand scoop about what it’s like to live in each area. You won’t hear any “rose colored” glasses stories during a Panama Relocation Tour. You’ll get to see and learn about the REAL Panama up close and personal.
About half the people on our tours are “beach people” and half are “mountain people”. Both are usually looking for a more affordable place to live. So, starting with the February 2018 tour, we’re adding an optional tour to Puerto Armuelles to the itinerary. Puerto is on the far western side of Panama, close to the Costa Rica border, and one of the most affordable beach towns in Panama. Puerto is also one of the few beach towns where the town is actually right next to the beach. The population is about 25,000 including surrounding communities.
About 10 years ago, Puerto was a vibrant town which was primarily built by the United Fruit Company (Chiquita Banana). But when Chiquita left Puerto Armuelles, unemployment was high and the town fell in to disrepair.
Today, Puerto is still rough around the edges but it does have a hospital, grocery stores, restaurants and amazing ocean views. But that’s about to change. In 2017, Del Monte signed a multi-million dollar contract to come in to Puerto Armuelles to start banana production again. This will be a huge boost to the Puerto economy.
I’ve been a real estate investor for 25 years. I can tell you that the best time to get in to any market is when there is an “upside potential”! With the Del Monte deal, I think Puerto will make a big come back over the next couple of years. The time to get in is now! Once Del Monte improves the town, prices will likely go up.
Rentals in Puerto are much more affordable than other beach communities. You can get a nice 3 bedroom 2 bath house for under $600 a month. I’ve even seen rentals for as little as $300 a month. See the photo of the pink house on the right, it is advertised for $375 a month, furnished.
Puerto home prices are much more affordable too. A friend bought a 3 bedroom 2 bath A-frame house (fixer upper) for only $15,000 in Puerto. A few months ago, a Canadian couple from my tour purchased a 3 bedroom 2 bath ocean front house for only $135,000. And another couple from my tour purchased a 3/2 for $75,000 in the neighborhood that was for Chiquita executives. These prices are unheard of in most other beach communities in Panama.
On the last day of Panama Relocation Tours, day 6, we will go to Puerto Armuelles. It’s an optional tour but only costs $20 per person which includes transportation to Puerto, lunch in Puerto, and a stop by another affordable community, then transportation back to Boquete.
While we’re in Puerto, you’ll see affordable rentals, during lunch you’ll meet people who live in Puerto, get to walk around town and on the beach so you can get a general feel for what life would be like living in Puerto Armuelles.
IT GETS BETTER….
When we leave Puerto Armuelles, we will visit a community that has 2 bedroom 2 bath 1400sf furnished rentals for under $500 a month, including all utilities. These same units sell for only $50,000 completely furnished. There is a fantastic pool at the community too. These homes are about half way between David, the second largest city in Panama, and the Costa Rica boarder.
The optional tour to Puerto Armuelles will be an all day excursion which includes round trip transportation plus lunch in Puerto… for only $20 per person!
Yes, there are still affordable places to live in Panama. Come join us for a Panama Relocation Tour so we can show you how you can live BETTER for LESS in Panama. Click on the TOURS button above to learn more about all the things you will learn during a Panama Relocation Tour.
Here’s a VIDEO overview of Puerto Armuelles and the Big Daddy Beach Club and Hotel. Let’s do this!