Looking for a rental in Panama?
Finding a rental from far away can be tricky.
For instance, many available rentals cannot be found online.
5 Tips To Help Your Rental Search
1. Search Websites For Rentals
The websites listed below can be a good resource when searching for rental properties. Check these sites often for new listings.
And don’t just search, follow up on any possible lead. For instance, if you see someone is selling a fully furnished home, ask if he would consider renting it to you.
Here are some sites to search
You will quickly see that people in Puerto Armuelles are still not using these sites as much as people in other places in Panama. Which is why the next idea might work well. Although, I am seeing more rentals advertised online.
2. Post A Housing Wanted Ad
In addition to searching the sites above, you can also try posting your own “rental wanted” ad on these sites.
- Make sure you describe the location you want as well as what kind of rental you are looking for
- Post the ad on all your social networking sites
Word of mouth can be the most effective way to find a place. Maybe your co-worker’s uncle’s sister-in-law’s cousin has just the rental property you are looking for.
3. Ask on Forums & Facebook Groups
There are many forums, yahoo groups, and Facebook groups in Panama. These are great resources to ask a variety of Panama-related questions. Including asking, “Do you know anyone with a rental?” Make sure to indicate what you want: location, size, amenities, timeframe, cost, etc..
Below are 5 groups or forums where you can ask about rentals.
The first focuses on Panama City and the other 4 focus on David, Puerto Armuelles, and Boquete, respectively.
- Expats in Panama Facebook Group
- Gringos-in-David Facebook Group
- Buy and Sell Chiriqui Facebook Group
- Puerto Armuelles Friends Facebook Group
- Boquete.ning Forum rental info
There are Facebook groups and other forums for most areas in Panama. More venues can be found via a Google or Facebook search. There is usually at least one for almost every destination in Panama.
4) On-the-Ground Search
As I said, many rentals are never listed on the Internet. You can get some leads by asking on the forums. But, the best way is too look around once you have arrived at your ideal rental destination.
Especially if you are looking for an affordable long-term rental, you will find the best deals and the biggest selection by unearthing the non-internet listed listings.
Go to the area that you want to live
- Walk around
- Look for rental signs
- Ask people if they know of any rentals
- Check local bulletin boards in grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses to see if any ads are posted
Asking everyone you meet if they know about any rentals is also a great way to meet people. It will also help you get a feel for the area before you decide where it is you want to rent – or even if you do want to rent.
5) Long-Term Hotel Stay
If an on-the-ground search is best, “Where can you stay while you are looking?”
You could opt to stay at a hotel for a few weeks, while you look for a house to rent. For instance, 2 of Puerto Armuelles hotels and its B & B offer long term rates. (Check out places to stay in Puerto Armuelles)
And maybe all you want is to relax and check out a place for 1-3 months. Then staying at a hotel or B&B could be enough time to discover if a location suits you are not.
Then, if it is your dream location, you can determine whether you want to rent or to own.
If the answer is a long-term rental, use the tips above to find your ideal rental.
If you decide you want to buy property in our town, you can explore our Puerto Armuelles real estate here.