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Giveaway: The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing

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As a token of our appreciation, we are giving away one copy each of MoneySense’s Ultimate Guide to Property Investing to three (3) lucky subscribers of We’ll even ship it for free to Philippine residents. This is also  our way of celebrating our 4th anniversary which was last October, better late than never! 🙂 Joining is easy and fun, check it out below!

How to join “The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing” giveaway

If you want to get a free copy of the Ultimate Guide to Property Investing guidebook by MoneySense, you can join by submitting your entries starting today. The last day for submission of entries will be on January 4, 2013, at 12:00am (Philippine time). Winners will be announced here and notified directly through email within 48 hours after the contest ends.

Joining is easy, all you have to do is complete the tasks listed in the Rafflecopter widget below, while using either your email address you used to subscribe or your facebook account.

Important: This giveaway is open to all our subscribers and winners will be notified through the e-mail address used to subscribe to, so please make sure you have subscribed using a valid e-mail address so we can notify you if you win. By the way, those with invalid entries will be disqualified and another winner will be drawn randomly.

For each completed task, you will earn the corresponding number of raffle entries as shown below. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you earn, and you’ll have more chances of winning.

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Winners will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter (powered by at the end of the contest on January 4, 2013.

*Update: The complete list of winners can be found in the following post: 

  • Congratulations to the 3 winners for our Ultimate Guide to Property Investing Giveaway!

Goodluck and Merry Christmas to everyone!


To our success and financial freedom!

Cherry Vi M. Saldua-Castillo

Real Estate Broker, Lawyer, and CPA
PRC Real Estate Broker License No. 3187
PRC CPA License No. 0102054
Roll of Attorneys No. 55239

Text by Jay Castillo and Cherry Castillo. Copyright © 2008 – 2012 All rights reserved.

PS – My husband Jay says he will also give a “special surprise” to ALL email subscribers of who join, whether they win or not. 😉

Full disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We bought our own copies for this giveaway.

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About Atty. Cherry Vi Saldua Castillo
Atty. Cherry Vi Saldua Castillo is a Lawyer (Roll of Attorneys No. 55239), CPA (PRC CPA License No. 0102054), Real Estate Broker (PRC REB License No. 3187), and Real Estate Appraiser (PRC REA License No. 6918). She was also the 2013 Internal Education Head of REBAP-LMP and 2015 REBAP National Legal Counsel. She's the 2021-2022 chapter president of REBAP-LMP.
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51 thoughts on “Giveaway: The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing”

    • Hi Allan, you’re welcome! We already sent the guidebook through LBC yesterday (we sent it directly to your wife), and they said it will be delivered anytime today, January 7, 2013. Would appreciate your feedback on the book, thanks!

  1. Thank you Jay,
    It seems that I can’t reply with your original mail that was sent to me. Probably because I have a very slow connection from server as I am working onboard a ship.
    Is there any other way to go throuh?

    • Hi Allan, just wanted to let you know I got your message with details through another comment (I won’t publish it to protect your privacy). Anyway, I’ll just send the prize directly to your wife so she does not have to present an authorization letter from you. We’ll send the guidebook later today. I’ll let you know the estimated date/time of arrival by LBC through another comment here after we send it. Congrats and thanks again for joining!

  2. Yes, I won!!
    Thank you very much Jay and Cherry!
    I would also like to thank you for all the years that you’ve been sharing and providing us with so much knowledge and information. I am a fan of yours.

    • You’re welcome Allan, and thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin. Wishing you and your family all the best this 2013!

  3. I would like to know the hows of real estate investing. In addition, I would love to hear how could I invest in real estate with no or minimal money down,

  4. “What topics would you like to be included in a book about real estate investing in the Philippines?”

    I would like to be included about:
    *TRENDS in the Philippines Real Estates,
    *HOW to START in Real Estate Investing,
    *DO’s and DONT’s in REinvesting,
    *HOW to Become the BEST Real Estate Investing,
    *HOW to Find a Good RE dEAL,
    *HOW to Finance Your RE-investment,
    *HOW to Have a Passive Income thru RE-investing.

    Thanks you very much.
    God bless.

  5. I would like to know the step by step oh how to buy foreclosed properties for investment with proper documentation as well as where to go in every step with governmental requirements if there is any and where to check the authenticity to avoid any scam. Please include also the fees for every step that will go through and much better if there are any free services that offers out there.

    Oh by the way I’ve heard that the government is open for investors in building houses for OFW what do you call that type of investment? Please provide detailed information for this kind of topic.

    Thank you very much and more power.

    Thez Mendoza

  6. hi Jay,
    I would like to be updated on the latest ‘best buy” offers of properties in the Phil. and the mechanics to go about taking a step to acquire/buy, for those of us earning our keep from out-of-the country.
    good cheers and more blessings to you and your family…

  7. “What topics would you like to be included in a book about real estate investing in the Philippines?”

    Hi. Would you be able to explain in detail how to get started in real estate investing with no-money-down? Is it really possible to do that here in the Philippines?

    • Dear Stanley, congratulations! You are one of the winners, please reply to the email I sent just a few minutes ago. Thanks for joining and Happy New Year!

      We will also announce all the winners through a separate blogpost.

  8. Hi! I would like to know more about the processes involved in doing rent-to-own strategy on foreclosed properties. Thanks and more power!

  9. It would be great to see some actual samples of contracts for rentals and agree with those comments above.


  10. Happy Christmas to you Jay and Cherry!

    That’s an interesting contest you put there Jay! People are hyped about involving themselves in property investment. I, for one, would like to go back and learn the rudiments. I am bullish about 2013 and property investment would be the key to a profitable year. Of course, since this is a drastic forecast I am looking at, it is only fitting that a drastic action be done.

    I look forward to talking to you again and bringing myself into this fantastic line of work.

    More blessings to you and your family Jay and Cherry!

  11. “What topics would you like to be included in a book about real estate investing in the Philippines?”

    I would like to see a comprehensive (ala one-stop shop) discussion on taxes and other fees connected with buying, maintaining, and selling real estate properties in the Philippines. VAT, capital gains tax, real property tax, etc, etc, etc. Thanks! =P

  12. On behalf of Cherry, I would like to say thank you very much to everyone for the awesome comments! I also noted we have some questions answered by articles we have written in the past so I really have to improve the site’s navigation very soon. 🙂

    Keep ’em coming guys! Thanks again and good luck to everyone!

    • Thank you everyone for joining our contest and more importantly, thank you for your invaluable suggestions. They are really great! We hope to be able to discuss the suggested topics in the future. I can foresee that a lot of research and writing is in store for us. Sa mga di na pa sumasali, may panahon pa! Good luck!

  13. I would love to read about a guide on what to consider when choosing a property to invest on. Like potential commercial properties or large raw properties for future development etc..

  14. Hi Mr. Jay,

    Thanks for all the benefits I have received as a subscriber. All the best and More Power!

    God bless and Merry Christmas,


  15. Hi again, sir Jay. Thanks for all the help! I’ve been an avid follower since TRQ. I would love to learn more about real estate tax strategies in maximizing profits. Thank you. =)

  16. i want to see a sample letter of offer to purchase to the bank. what and what’s not to tell to the bank. how to write a perfect offer that they can’t say no to? and what’s the best way to counter offer or how to negotiate with them.

  17. It would be very helpful to see a comprehensive, fool-proof way on checking the veracity of a title and some legal/practical stpes can be taken when one determines his/her land title has been illegally manipulated.

    A comprehensive article on taxation of RE, like: properties with delinquent real estate taxes; taxes due when purchasing a property; taxes due when passing on a property to a child while still alive; local tax valuations as basis for real estate taxes; what to do when you lose a property when it is auctioned for delinquency; and more.

  18. I would like to know how to make proper due diligence on a foreclosed property and what are the legal documents needed for the transactions.

  19. I would like topics like “Success & Failure Stories” talking about how a person succeeded/failed more like lessons learned topics.

    • Dear Martin, congratulations! You are one of the winners, please reply to the email I sent just a few minutes ago. Thanks for joining and Happy New Year!

      We will also announce all the winners through a separate blogpost.

  20. I would like to know how and where to choose a team in RE in the “The ultimate Guide to Property Investing” and any recommendations. Thank you and God bless Foreclosure Philippines.

  21. A chapter on evaluating/appraising a foreclosed property would be very helpful. The evaluation should lead to a “go” or “no go” buy decision.

  22. Hi Jay and Cherry, I hope these are already included in the guide, or if not yet, in future editions:
    – Description of the usual bidding process used by banks and by Pag-ibig and NHMFC and tips for successful bidding
    – Good things about recommended residential developers in the Philippines
    – How can a part-time realtor succeed?
    Thank you very much!

  23. I would like cashflows and IRR topics be included in the ” The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing ” book. Thanks and more power to Foreclosure Philippines.

  24. I would like to see a chapter w/c would tackle about the legal process of transferring the property from the buyer to the seller once the deal is sealed. Also, it would be a plus if there are inspirational stories of real estate investors/brokers who experienced failures so that the reader may get something from their mistakes that they did and hopefully the aspiring readers can avoid it.

  25. Im interested in how to start real estate without any cash out…i know trace trajano talk about this more often but i just want to know more further about it in details..thanks

  26. Discussion on the following topics would help:
    1) Questions to ask the bank representative on a particular foreclosed property
    2) How to deal with banks that require the buyer to be the one to force the illegal occupants out of the property.
    3) How to deal with bank requirement of signature of spouse on application forms and the spouse doesn’t want to sign.

  27. Hi Sir Jay, It would be nice if you can include the topic of “what one needs to know or verify before buying a property especially from a private seller/person”.
    Thanks and more power!

  28. “What topics would you like to be included in a book about real estate investing in the Philippines?”

    I want to see a chapter about success stories of real estate investors.


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