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Sue Gaylord’s Review of Casa Solution

“ Since I was making a transition from Greece to Panama, It was tricky getting the information to Casa Solutions as well as the deposits required.  The staff was very helpful and patient as we worked thru the difficulty of transferring American funds from Greece.   They negotiated holding the property for me for 5 months Read More

Bibi Kwa & Anna Kraaikamp’s Review of Casa Solution

“What we liked most about Casa Solution was The Personal Touch during the whole process along with the professionality, the friendliness and the accuracy of the whole staff. They most helped us through the combination of the above properties and the persistence to find the right land for us. Casa Solution staff are very professional, Read More

Review of Casa Solution, Boquete from Pam Olson & Mike Ronan

“If it were not for Casa Solutions, we would not own property in Boquete. The dizzying details made our heads spin. Casa Solution paved the path for us.  They connected us with all the right people, suggested financing alternatives, and helped us move forward on the purchase every step of the way. We cannot say Read More

Warren and Kim Doherty’s Review of Casa Solution

“From Maritza first finding the home that best fit our needs (which she assisted in negotiating the lease), to … helping us negotiate an agreement to purchase the home and helping to collect all the information and documentation needed for the purchase, to Janeth putting together all of the sale and closing documents needed, our Read More

Casa Solution Review – Manzar Lari & Terry Richmeier

“We found Casa Solution staff to be very friendly and responsive to our needs when we first visited Boquete several years ago. We felt like we were in the presence of good friends! They were really interested in finding out what kind of property we were looking for and they first researched many properties that Read More

Review of Casa Solution – Bruce y Nicole Laidlaw – Multiple Transactions

 “We just completed another transaction With Casa Solution, and we couldn’t be happier. The staff is reliable, professional, friendly, and had our best interest at heart all through the process. Casa Solution is number One in Boquete for a reason.” — Bruce y Nicole Laidlaw   Thank You Bruce and Nicole! We are deeply grateful for Read More

New Review of Casa Solution – Al Foschiatti (Now Panama Beachfront Estate Owner)

“What I liked most about working with Casa Solution was the great staff including Janeth Gomez Suarez, Jhanela Beitia, Ryan Braasch and others.  They are good people, very knowledgeable and prompt in replying in all matters.  Everything was done in a timely manner and the staff takes care of most everything.   I have to really Read More

$3.37 Million Dollars Just Approved for Quick Boquete, Panama Road Improvements

$3.37 million is quite a lot of money for road improvements in Boquete.    The town will shine after all of those upgrades and repaving. The last couple of years have seen many of the local roads affected by the extensive $22.5 million water system improvements currently underway.  That enormous investment in Boquete’s infrastructure is moving Read More

Casa Solution in the New York Times – House Hunting in Panama

Casa Solution was once again interviewed by the New York Times regarding real estate in Panama. We are grateful to the excellent writer, Alison Gregor, and are proud to have been chosen to provide information for the article. Casa Solution was also featured in this prior New York Times article about House Hunting in Boquete. Read More

Boquete “Real Estate & Retirement Hotspot” & Casa Solution featured in the Luxury Latin America Top Travel Site

We are proud to have contributed to this great article on Boquete from the top luxury travel website for Latin America.  Several Casa Solution listings were featured including: One of the Finest Estate Houses in Boquete, Panama Incredible Estate House with Glorious Gardens in Valle Escondido, Boquete Impressive Mountain Residence Near  The Quetzal Trail The Read More

“Panama just kind of has it all” – The Street & MSN Money

The Street loves Panama.  This article places Panama as the number one choice for retirees. There is simply no other country that offers Panama’s combination of proximity to the U.S., quality healthcare, modern amenities, quality infrastructure,  intense beauty, and opportunities for accessible adventure coupled with Panama’s low cost of living. However, the reality is that Read More

Major New Resort Announced for Bocas del Toro, Panama

Viceroy Hotels, a world-wide luxury travel brand known for distinctive hotel experiences, has announced they will build a major resort in Bocas del Toro, Panama.  Think Honeymoon Destination. This will be big for Bocas. The resort will have 186 guestrooms and residences and 42 private overwater villas on 457 acres. Bocas del Toro has become Read More

Progress Report – The New Baseball Stadium – David

The stadium construction project has begun.  Demolition of the old stadium is underway. In its place will be an impressive new sports arena which will become the most modern in Panama.  The location of this project is just over the bridge into David when coming from Boquete and close to the Pan American highway. It Read More

Condé Nast on Where to See the Atlantic & Pacific at The Same Time

A defining characteristic of Boquete is majestic Volcan Baru, Panama’s tallest peak at 11,397 feet. (3,474 meters). Thousands of tourists descend upon Boquete each year to reach the summit. They enjoy incredible views and, weather permitting, the site of both oceans from the peak. The trail is accessible to the novice hiker in good shape Read More

Thousands of Panamanians March to Fight Cancer

Panamanians are a charitable people.   Their commitment to others and the huge numbers who volunteer to help are inspiring. This annual event to fight cancer brought thousands of people to the streets in Panama City and ten other locations throughout the country.  The proceeds support efforts of the National Cancer Institute with a focus Read More

David Panama’s Huge New $180 Million “Federal Mall” is a Go – Update: Transport Center May Not Be Moved

Casa Solution has confirmed with the developer, Grupo Los Pueblos, that Federal Mall is a go.  Think Albrook Mall next to the bus station and Marcos A. Gelabert Airport in Panama City.  This project was to follow the same concept, a huge mall next to a key transportation center.  It’s no coincidence that the developer Read More

Now Istanbul to Panama City – Turkish Airlines Announces New Direct flight to Panama

Starting this February 2016, Panama will receive another new direct flight from the far side of the world – this time from Turkey.   Istabul is one of the world’s largest cities and the largest in Europe. This comes with the very recent additions of direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, Dubai in the UAE, and San Read More

World’s Longest Flight Announced – Dubai to Panama

With their iconic sailboat shaped buildings, man-made island projects, rapid real estate development, extensive tourism, tallest skyscrapers* and regional financial services dominance, Panama and Dubai share many defining characteristics.  One might call them sister cities between Latin America and the Middle East.  Now the two countries also share a direct flight, the longest in the Read More

Victoria Secret model Ambrosio’s Panama visit featured in UK

Panama is developing a sexy image.  This spicy feature just appeared in the UK’s Daily Mail. According to Wikipedia, the Daily Mail “first published in 1896 by Lord Northcliffe, it is the United Kingdom’s second biggest-selling daily newspaper after The Sun.”  A lot of people saw this.  Such articles (along with scenes of the beautiful Read More

President Varela in Boquete – Gives Order to Begin $22.5 Million Water Distribution / Treatment Project

It is really happening.  The enormous water distribution project for Boquete is now underway. You might recall our announcement of this project last January along with astonishment at the level of investment. While the number has been shaved a bit to $22.5 Million, it remains a huge amount. It is an exciting development to see Read More

Epic Tuna Frenzy in Panama

The Tuna go wild in this video presented by the Weather Channel on May 18, 2015.  Panama means “an abundance of fish” though the official version in school textbooks is an “abundance of fish, trees and butterflies.”  Panama sport fishing and scuba diving in the Pacific is considered the best in the world.  Panama’s Caribbean Read More

Summit of the Americas – Big Impact on Panama, US gains Popularity

The anticipated meeting between Obama and Castro occurred this week at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City. (Time article on the Summit below NYT article) The event shined a light on Panama, injected an estimated $80 – $100 million into Panama’s economy, brought in an estimated 50,000 influential visitors, and lifted Panama’s political, Read More

Biggest U.S. – Panama Commercial Transaction Ever – Copa buys 61 jets from Boeing

Copa is really on the move.  It seems every few months there is a big expansion announcement from the Panamanian airline. The purchase of billions in new planes is a huge move for the growing airline.  Expect to keep hearing more from Copa.  Most of the news will be in the form of direct flights Read More

Boquete, Panama featured in the New York Times

Boquete has long been a place of fascination consistently drawing international attention.  The beauty of the mountain location coupled with the exotic Panama environment is captivating.  That so many foreigners are drawn here is a source of curiosity and admiration to the millions of those who think about what life could be like if only Read More

The Panama – Nicaragua Canal Rivalry

  Panama’s Canal Authority has altered the rhetoric on the proposed Nicaragua Canal. The Nicaragua Canal plan with connections to China, has been mostly dismissed by Panama until now. A Canal V.P. is now saying they take the project seriously. Perhaps it was not politically palatable to be so dismissive of the project or perhaps Read More

Obama is coming to Panama – The Big Focus of the Summit? Cuba (& Venezuela)

The world’s attention will be turning to Panama next month as the Summit of the Americas takes place. Most of the heads of state for all of the democratic countries of the Western Hemisphere will be in attendance. But all eyes will be on President Barack Obama and Raul Castro. You can expect mucho press Read More

Lost in Paradise – Myles’ and Martina’s Parrot

On Monday, we received an email notice from News Boquete that Myles and Martina had lost their parrot.  They had raised it from near birth and now it was gone.  Here’s the notice: Lost Parrot  Area of Los Naranjos. If you see our parrot, please call Myles  We raised her from a baby. Thanks for Read More

David Panama’s Catholic Bishop Elevated To Cardinal – Learned the news by Whap’s Ap

“Pope Francis has put his stamp firmly on the Roman Catholic Church by naming 20 new cardinals from countries as diverse as Ethiopia, Vietnam and Panama” – UK Telegraph Another impressive step by the new Pope.  His warmth and progressive statements are making waves and winning hearts. For a small city like David to have Read More

Copa Update – The Flights To David Have Arrived

Now Two Flights Everyday – Wow! The first Copa flights arrived in David last week  … a milestone for Chiriqui area tourism and development. Thanks to a thoughtful reader R.T. who let us know that the Copa Panama City to David flight times actually vary a bit depending on the day of the week. And Read More

$142 million on two Boquete projects? What’s going on?

When I told my wife about the plan to invest $25 million into solving Boquete’s water issues, I asked her “Do you think they can really do that?” She’s Panamanian, born and raised in David with clear insights into the ways of Panama.  Her answer was “Well, if they can do the road, (meaning the Read More

Boquete Pride – Boquete Students Win Major National Band Competition Against Much Older Students

click here for the video on TVN We are proud to announce that El Buen Pastor, a Boquete school, has won the major national band competition, Sonando por la Patria. The win was even more impressive because it pitted the Boquete school of 6th to 10th graders against all the high schools of Panama with Read More

Copa Update – Flight Schedule, Pricing and Press Release

Panama City to David Flight Schedule Note: Please confirm flight times when booking.  Some days during the week are now being scheduled at slightly different times. Morning Flights Panama City (Tocumen) to David         departs 7:55 am    arrives 8:59 am David to Panama City (Tocumen) to David         departs 9:29 am    Read More

Consumer Prices Fall in Panama

October and November have seen lower month over month consumer prices in Panama.  November -.3% and October – .1%.   This is mostly due to lower fuel prices.  Another factor is the food price control program President Varela campaigned on to help keep food prices accessible for poorer Panamanians.  That program has just been extended another Read More

Wind is here…Panama needs $3 billion more in energy investments

Add another top ranking to Panama’s list.  Panama is about to have Latin America’s largest wind farm.  The World Bank will provide $300 million in financing for the project.  Expect lots more wind development projects in Panama once this one is established.  The country has the need for much more power.  According to this article Read More

Nicaragua Starts Construction of Canal to Compete with Panama

They have inaugurated the project and so it begins.  This article makes a strong case that the Nicaragua project which competes with the Panama Canal will never come to fruition. In summary: It is expected to cost $50,000,000,000 and would be a major economic benefit to a very poor country. There was no transparency in Read More

Prime Commercial Lot in David near Calle F Sur

This lot is in a great location for a commerical enterprise.  It is a flat lot on a high traffic street connecting to major thoroughfares.

Updated – It’s Happening – Schedule Announced – Big News: Copa Plans 14 flights a Week to David

Now announced – Copa will start the flights  between Panama City Tocumen and David, Panama on January 15, 2015.  Schedule is: Morning Flights Panama City (Tocumen) to David         departs 7:55  am   arrives 8:59 am David to Panama City (Tocumen) to David         departs 9:29 am   arrives 10:20 am Afternoon Flights Read More

October 9, 2014 Casa Solution Newsletter

Click here for the October 9, 2014 Casa Solution Real Estate Newsletter In this issue: Panama Canal Expansion Video Canal Big Deal for US Engineers Panama’s Credit Rating Lost in Paradise  Panama Relocating Animals    A New Free Trade Agreement Coffee Prices Hit 2 Year High Great Deals of the Month Over 80 Exclusive Listings Read More

September 24, 2014 Casa Solution Real Estate Newsletter – Boquete is the World’s Happiest Place

  Click here for the September 24, 2014 Casa Solution Real Estate Newsletter   In this edition: In this Issue: Gallup Video Explains …         “Panama Leads the World in Wellbeing” Is Boquete the World’s Happiest Place?   $35 Billion in Infrastructure Coming New Museum “Craziest Building Yet”    Rudy Giuliani vs. Noreiga – It’s Read More

September 15, 2014 Casa Solution Real Estate Newsletter

Click here for the September 15, 2014 Casa Solution Real Estate Newsletter   In this edition: The New Website    Starbucks is Coming Buyers opting for “more progressive” Panama Ride the first Subway in Latin America Panama Leads Latin American Growth Great Deals of the Month Over 80 Exclusive Listings Over 400 Boquete Area Listings 3D Read More

Panama Impressive #1 and Top Distinctions

It is impressive how often Panama comes in at #1.  Among the distinctions are: New: Only Hypergrowth Economy for Next Five Years in Entire Western Hemisphere per Havard Business Review Highest Economic Growth Rate in all of Central and South America First Monorail in Central America World’s Longest Airline Flight All 20 of the Tallest Read More

Panama News – Metro Video, Louisiana, Noreiga, Tocumen, Economy, and Jets

Some other recent news as of November 6, 2014: A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America’s First Subway The new Metro is getting great reviews.  35¢ a ride? Oh the simple pleasures…but it will go up soon. This feature shows it well from Latinflyer.com. South Louisiana and Panama bolster alliance An example of Read More

A Friendly Look at the new President of Panama – Georgia Tech Grad

 _ Curious about what Juan Carlos Varela is like? This short video of his recent visit to Georgia where he visited the CDC reveals a sociable side of our new Presidente. It also highlights the connections between Panama and the United States. President Varela is a graduate of and advisor to Georgia Tech. Of note Read More

High Fashion in Panama Mercedes Benz Style

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Panama Panamanians who have any means are very snazzy dressers and Panamanian women aspire to as well as understand high fashion. So, it makes sense that Panama become a destination for Latin American style. Last week was Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Panama. The event was a successful international fashion Read More

UK’s Biggest Financial Magazine Loves Panama

Moneyweek loves Panama. We can expect these kinds of investor raves about the country to keep coming. One of the main features of the article is mining. Just one new major mine in Panama is expected to add a $6.4 billion investment to the Panama economy.  That’s comparable to the amount being invested in the Read More

What Should I Expect in a Panama Real Estate Transaction?

This very good article from wealthmanagement.com succinctly explains what to expect when you proceed with a Panama property purchase. It refers to six hazards, but really outlines six characteristics of the typical transaction that are very useful to know. We are impressed by and would agree with most of the article with some caveats. The Read More

The Hotel Rooms Keep Coming – Hyatt Place and Grace Just Opened

– Thousands of new hotel rooms are coming on-line in Panama City and the Pacific beaches keeping the prices down. There was a notable spike in room prices from about 2006 to roughly 2010. But all the new hotels coming on line have subdued pricing in Panama City.  This month we have Hyatt Place and Read More

Wonderful Boquete Fairs, Parades and Events

Starting in the first week of November, we enter holiday season in Boquete and that means lots of parades and fairs from now through April of next year. November is about independence and patriotism. The streets of Boquete swell with cheerful people as proud citizens and students march, dance and play instruments in impressive formations.  Read More

Trump Ocean Club’s Casino Now Open

  An impressive feature of Panama’s skyline is the Trump Ocean Club.  Now you can play there.  The new Ocean Sun casino opened to the public on September 12, 2014.  The venue is on the first floor, but there is a premium casino on the 66th floor for high rollers.  Trump Ocean Club has had Read More

Panama and Colombia come to agreement

. Vice President of Panama, Isabel De Saint Malo and Colombia’s Foreign Minister, María Ángela Holguín photo and article in Spanish, Portfolio.co In the last newsletter, we mentioned that Colombia was jostling for more control over their citizens’ assets.  Depending on who’s reporting, Colombian citizens either tripled or quadrupled investments in Panama this past year. Read More

Coffee Bean Prices Hit 2 year high and headed higher

Boquete and Volcan are coffee country. These areas in Chiriqui produce most of the coffee grown in Panama.  When driving through the hills and hiking the trails of Boquete you see lots of the rich green leaves and, in the right time of year, the bursting red berries or flowering coffee bushes.  The coffee farms Read More

Panama relocating Monkeys, Sloths, Crocs, Snakes

Amazing. It comes as welcome news that so many animals displaced by the expansion are being relocated. A huge project like the canal expansion unfortunately equals habitat destruction. If this report is representative of what’s really happening, then there is an impressive good faith effort underway to mitigate that impact. Flora and fauna saved in Read More

Is Boquete the World’s Happiest Place?

Panama Wins Happiness Again in 2014! Gallup, the respected international polling organization, interviewed 1,000 people in each of 148 countries throughout the world to measure people’s happiness with the results released in December 2012. Panama incredibly earned the distinction of the number 1 happiest place in the world. Fast forward to 2014 and Panama does Read More

Standard and Poor’s and Fitch affirm Panama credit rating

            It was big news in 2010 when the three big rating agencies announced Panama as worthy of investment grade credit ratings. Since then, the ratings have improved a couple of notches. As of Oct. 8, 2014, there are new announcements of stable ratings from Fitch and S & P. S and P – ‘BBB/A-2’ Read More

Another Free Trade Agreement – This Time It’s Mexico!

The Panamanian government has steadily amassed successes on trade agreements over recent years. Here comes another one. Expect more to come with neighboring Colombia possibly up next and the Pacific Alliance membership likely to follow. Panama generally likes to cooperate and that’s good for business. There might be a short-term wrinkle in plans with Colombia Read More

Video of Panama Canal Expansion in Progress & Panama Canal Expansion Impact on US Engineers

This great 1 and a half minute video shows the incredible scope of the work being done to expand the canal and a gives a quick look at the Canal’s new leader Sr. Jorge Luis Quijano.    It comes as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Global Engineering Conference in Panama City that is Read More

Copa Airlines the Most Profitable in the World

Another reason for Panamanians to be Happy. The Panamanian airline is first in profitability among all major airlines worldwide.  Have you flown Copa lately?  It is a pleasure.  More meals, new planes, comfortable seats, friendly flight attendants…. and the most profit?  Expect this Panamanian airline  to Panama to keep growing and growing.  Also watch while Read More

Panama President Varela plans $35 billion in infrastructure projects

President Varela was recently on an official trip to Spain.  He announced plans for $35 billion in projects with specifics to come.  To start with is the major expansion of the Metro Subway project,  a second subway line which is going forward. The huge Panama Canal expansion is forging ahead with a new projected completion Read More

More Good Economic News

Two weeks ago we reported on how Panama is leading Latin American growth, this week comes good news on inflation and continued growth. Panama’s inflation rate has gone down to 2.1% on lower transportation, healthcare and clothing costs, the lowest since December 2009.  After averaging 4.87% between 2008 and 2014, the 2.1% rate is welcome Read More

More Worldwide Coverage on Panama’s #1 Happiness Ranking

There has been a lot of coverage on Panama’s ranking.  Here are a few of the articles. Forbes – “It Must Be The Inequality That Makes Panama The Happiest Country In The World” – Tim Worstall 9/18/14 (With) the slightly surprising news that Panama is actually the happiest country in the world, overtaking the former Read More

“This Might be Frank Gehry’s Craziest Building Yet” – Fast Company

This really wild-looking museum on the Amador Causeway in Panama City is another feather in Panama’s hat.  It’s due to open next week on October 2, 2014.  As a narrow land-bridge between North and South America Panama has been blessed with astonishing wildlife diversity.  This new attraction honors that distinction as well as provides another Read More

Forbes – “It Must Be The Inequality That Makes Panama The Happiest Country In The World”

The article below  from Tim Worstall at Forbes is pointing out that economic egalitarianism is not the only cause for well-being and happiness. What is it that makes people feel well if not money? Having more money than in the past and being optimistic about more on the way is important, but if that were Read More

“World’s happiest country: how did Panama overtake Denmark?” – The Guardian

There is something about the culture and setting of Latin America that makes people feel good.  Add to that balmy inclination a booming economy, increasing wealth, decent healthcare, essentially zero unemployment and gorgeous natural wonders all around and you get lots of smiles. This article says that “suddenly there is a new leader in the Read More

Gallup Video – “Panama Leads the World in Well-being”

Panama is number one in a measure of well-being of 135 countries. This video makes it clear – Panama’s people are “thriving.”  When considering where to spend your time, be around people who are happy and optimistic about the future. All of that joy is bound to rub off. The research measured five components of Read More

Do you really not need heating or air conditioning in Boquete?

It is said that there is no heating or air conditioning needed if you live in Boquete.  The reality is that this is mostly true and it greatly reduces the cost of maintaining a home.   However, the full answer is dependent on which microclimate in Boquete you live in and primarily at what altitude. Boquete’s Read More

The Best Large Property Deal in Boquete Right Now

This property has excellent investment potential.  If you are seeking a hotel site with lots of land and views or a desirable development site at a low price within 10 minutes of downtown Boquete, this is the best deal on the market right now. More information and photos  

New Panama Diamond Exchange

Panama is the business crossroads of the Americas. It’s geological position, political stability and pro-business orientation along with the strategic Panama Canal’s role in international commerce makes it the logical choice for exchanges like this one.  The new diamond exchange will be a new major gem and jewelry center. A reflection of Panama’s sparkling appeal Read More

Las Olas Towers – Oceanfront Condominiums for Sale in Chiriqui Province, Panama

Entering a new phase of development for this pristine region of Panama is this three building condominium landmark within the Las Olas resort area. This project begins what is sure to be a long-term trend on the highly desirable Pacific beaches of Chiriqui Panama.   Las Olas is the largest and most complete beach resort Read More

Boquete Country Club master planned gated community

  Boquete Country Club is a master planned gated community located just five minutes from the town of Boquete . The design of Boquete Country Club, promises a different and special lifestyle. Combining a myriad of leisure facilities and world-class infrastructure including a Club House with Gym & Spa (already completed) and a state-of-the-art Equestrian Center Read More

Los Nances Residential Development

Los Nances is a 14 lot development of large building sites within Boquete and a short ride from downtown. Located just over the river and up the hill a bit from the Caldera district of Boquete, the pretty home sites provide a slightly warmer alternative for those who find Boquete nights a bit chilly for Read More