Your new house or condo is an important investment that you’re looking to protect. A homeowners insurance policy can help you get that peace of mind. Whether you are considering purchasing a home in Panama, or already own one, there are several possibilities to insure your home.
Let’s explore the homeowner insurance options available in Panama.
How does homeowners insurance work?
In Panama, insurance companies insure the building (structure) and the contents under separate policies.
The home insurance options range from a standard fire insurance coverage to a multi risk insurance.
The standard Panama fire insurance structure policy includes coverage for fire, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, flood and common water damages. Note that this coverage is required for every mortgage issued from a Panama bank.
If you want to expand your insurance you can do so with a multi risk insurance package. This package consists of separate policies including additional protection against theft and personal / general liability.
Theft coverage is for break in with forced entry, as well as, assault inside and outside the residence. The damage caused to the structure in case of break in with forced entry is covered under this theft provision. Theft and damage to electronic equipment is also part of the package.
Liability coverage extends to damage you may cause to your neighbors property from a fire or water leak initiating in your residence. If a third party is injured on your premises, there is medical payments coverage and legal assistance.
This multi risk residential homeowners package has added benefits including reimbursement for stolen credit cards, locksmith service, plumbing and electrical services in case of a domestic emergency. Some packages include ambulance service, free medical consultation and even coverage for accident or death of pets.
How much does it cost?
The average annual premium for the fire insurance on most structures is approximately 0.01% of the value of the property. For example, a condo or house valued at $200,000 will pay approx. $200/yr.
The average “contents” multi risk package for $20,000 Fire / Theft limit with $100,000 liability protection is less than $100/yr.
Source: (Kevin Bradley)
Good Morning Kent,
I am a Canadian, living in Vancouver BC, looking at a condo to purchasing. The one I am seriously considering is a 2-bathroom 2,-bedroom, condo in the Playa Caracol area, called the Gardens. It is pre-construction right now, but before purchasing it, I’m looking at all potential costs once the condo ownership is transferred to me.
You are probably aware, this area is designed to accommodate tourists who prefer to live in a home environment next to all “the action”. I will need insurance, obviously. The risk is high because people are going to live there for “fun” primarily. TO MITIGATE BOTH YOUR RISK AND MINE, IS IT LEGAL in PANAMA, TO CHARGE SHORT TERM TENANTS A REFUNDABLE DAMAGE DEPOSIT? HOW MUCH $ or % can be charged to the tenant? Please tell me about your comprehensive coverage for condominiums located in that area. The one I’m looking at is 93.5 square meters. In Panama, is it customary to provide outside or inside measurements? This is the size they are assigning for this one, although they say that it could change to a larger or smaller size. I have a website. It’s down, due to the pandemic.
Hi Carol, thanks for taking the time to reach out regarding homeowner’s insurance in Panama, specifically for the Playa Caracol unit you are thinking about purchasing. I’ve sent you a private message, the gist of which is: Yes, you can absolutely charge tenants a deposit and there is no regulated amount. Customary is the first months’ rent, however on a vacation rental you may consider a rate based on the number of people, value of the contents, etc. Airbnb has a feature for that purpose. Cheers, Kent.
CONDO Coverage, 93.05 meters squared. The GARDENS at Playa Caracol. 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom including furniture and fittings. COST of INSURANCE. and legal amount to charge the tenant as a damage deposit.
Kent, do you have the names of any insurance companies or recommendations for getting a policy? I can’t find much via google.
Matthew Marx (PJ-0752-09)
Hi Matt, The company that I work most closely with is Assa. I’ll get you intro’d privately to the person I’ve been using for quite some time
Hello Kent, I am interested in obtaining condo insurance for my condo at the Royal Palm. Is there anyone you can connect me with to start the process. Thanks
Hi Ramona, absolutely. Stand by! Have sent you that info privately.