Contributed by: Don WinnerBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "Don, Your article today on buying land in Bocas reminded me of an article you wrote last month saying ANATI was going to process 350K property titles. Iíve been waiting on one of these since 2007, needless to say Iím the eternal optimist. However, on the other hand you stated ďIf you own titled property you damn well better know how to check the public registry online to make sure there's no funny business going on." Do you have a web site to check this out for property in Panama if the Province makes a difference Iím interested in Los Santos. Thanks I really appreciate your site. H."
Editor's Comment: You can check on your property on-line by going to the website of the Public Registry - www.registro-publico.gob.pa. From the home page, click on "Consulta Registral" and then "Consulta de Informacion Registral." If you don't already have an account you will have to register by providing some basic information such as your name, email address, cell phone number, etc. Once you log in you can enter the data on your property to check. Notice there's one section for "Property" and another for "Horizontal Property" which means apartments. Once you find your property registered in the system, you can go back and check on it about once a month or so. Any changes will be registered - and normally if you see something unusual happening (like, someone trying to steal or sell your land) you have a much better chance of putting a stop to it if you start screaming bloody murder, immediately. The guys who get really screwed are the ones who wake up one day and discover their land was stolen three years ago, and it's been sold five times since then.
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