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How To Turn Listings Of Foreclosed Properties Into Opportunities Just Like In Cashflow 101

Have you ever played Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow 101 game and wondered how you can get out of the rat race with real estate, for real? Look no further, I’ll show you how to do it in real life, below.

“If only it were this easy in real life!” , a Think Rich Pinoy Seminar attendee exclaimed after buying his fifth property while playing Robert Kiyosaki’s Cashflow 101 game. I heard him say this as I helped facilitate the Cashflow 101 game at their table during the afternoon session of the Think Rich Pinoy seminar last February 27, 2010.

If you have played Cashflow 101, you would know that finding opportunities is as easy as picking an opportunity card during your turn. (Haven’t played Cashflow 101 yet? Learn more about the Cashflow 101 game by reading this article: Top 7 lessons learned from playing Rich Dad’s Cashflow 101 game)

In real life however, how do you find those “opportunities”?

It’s obvious that I get my opportunities from listings of foreclosed properties.

But how does one convert listings of foreclosed properties like this:


Into opportunities like these:

Let us first dissect an opportunity card.

If you will look closely at the opportunity cards above, aside from a brief description of the property, the projected ROI, Cost, Mortgage, Downpayment, and Cash flow are already given.

In real life, the only numbers you will often find on listings of foreclosed properties are the Cost (or the selling price or minimum bid price), Downpayment, Interest Rates, and the maximum loan term.

The mortgage amount is usually the Cost less the Downpayment (which is also equal to the loan amount).

You will have to come up with estimates or calculate for the projected ROI, and Cash flow. Without these numbers, you will have no objective way of telling if a foreclosed property has a good potential to be an income generating asset.

Return On Investment or ROI

According to the Cashflow 101 game rules, The ROI or Return On Investment on the opportunity cards can be calculated as follows

monthly cashflow x 12 months

ROI = ——————————————————


In real life, we can also get the ROI using the same formula above but we must first determine the projected monthly cashflow.

Determining Cash flow

An overly simplified way of determining  the monthly cash flow would be to subtract the monthly amortizations from the monthly rental income. We therefore need to determine these two numbers first.

Note: In real life, you have to consider other things like vacancy rates, collection losses, property management, maintenance reserves, taxes and insurance, etc.

How to determine the monthly rentals

You can get the monthly rental income by asking around the same location of the target property and get rental rates for comparable or very similar properties. This would even be easier for condo units as you just have to check for the rental rates for units in the same building.

This can also be done online by checking advertisements of rental properties in the same building or area, but you have to remember that these are asking prices that have room for negotiations (most of the time).

For more information on how to check for rental rates, read this article: How I estimate market values of foreclosed properties

How to determine monthly amortizations

Monthly amortizations can be easily calculated using amortization calculators since we know the loan amount, interest rate, and loan term. You can use our very own amortization calculator which can be found here.

Putting it all together

Let’s use the following foreclosed property from the sample listing above and see if we can turn it into a real “opportunity”.

Let us also use the following assumptions*:

  • Minimum downpayment required is 20%
  • Balance is payable up to 15 years
  • Interest rate is 12% interest p.a.

*Remember that these are just assumptions and are for illustrative purposes only. One should get the actual values by calling the bank.

Step 1: Determine rental rates

For the location of sample property above, I saw an ad for a smaller sized condo in the same building with an advertised rent at Php25,000 per month. I’m not entirely sure if the rental rate on the ad I saw was  not overpriced  but it will have to do for now. It  would really be a big help if you focused in a particular area and became very familiar with rental rates, etc.

Step 2: Determine the monthly amortization

Using our mortgage calculator, the monthly amortization for a property with a minimum bid price of Php2,208,800.00 with a downpayment of 20% or Php441,760.00, and with the balance payable in 15 years at 12% interest p.a would be Php21,207.45 per month, as seen below.


Monthly amortization computed using our very own mortgage calculator

Step 3: Determine the monthly cash flow

The monthly cash flow would be equal to the monthly rent less the monthly amortization.

Monthly Cash flow = Php25,000 – Php21,207.45

= Php3,792.55/month

Step 4: Determine the ROI

Let us use the formula above for ROI:

Monthly Cashflow x 12 months

ROI = ——————————————————-


Php3,792.55/month x 12 months

=  ——————————————————-


= 0.10302   or  10.302%

An investment “opportunity” for real

Based on the resulting numbers above, our opportunity card for our sample foreclosed property should look something like this:

You found a bank foreclosed condominium unit in Makati!


10.30% ROI, may sell for ????

Cost: Php2,208,800   Mortgage: Php1,767,040

Downpayment: 20%     Cash flow: Php3,792.56

Points to remember

It really is possible to get opportunities in real life, just like the opportunity cards in Cashflow 101. All you need is just a little know-how in “doing the numbers“.

The “opportunity” we got above is an overly simplified example as we also need to consider property management, maintenance reserves, real property taxes, and other expenses when calculating for cashflow.

As to whether the “opportunity” we got above is a good deal or not still depends on each individual real estate investor’s preference or target ROI. Is 10% a good enough ROI for you?

The ROI can still drastically change when some numbers change and this can turn a mediocre deal into a great deal or  it can also transform a good deal into a bad one.

What if the exit strategy was changed to  rent-to-own  instead of rental and  the monthly  rent-to-own income was Php28,000/month? Or what if the monthly dues plus other incidental expenses turned out to be Php5,000 per month and may thus result in a negative cash flow?

I suggest you run the numbers and check the results.

Remember, the numbers don’t lie.

So the next time you come across a listing of foreclosed properties, just do the numbers!

The more  consistent you are with doing the numbers, the greater the chances that you may just find that “opportunity” you have been looking for!

Happy investing!

To our financial freedom!

Jay Castillo
Real Estate Investor
Real Estate Broker License #: 3194
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34 thoughts on “How To Turn Listings Of Foreclosed Properties Into Opportunities Just Like In Cashflow 101”

  1. hi sir, im cathy, 21. at a very young age (16) i started a business (virtual and by contracts) and by the age of 20 have had a physical shop of my own. my family though has not been entirely supportive (with reason) of my unconventional venture. 2 months after i turned 18 i got my own pagibig contribution running but paid for only 2 months then stopped. 6 months ago i finally started a “more stable” way of earning by getting into the call center industry as an agent. for the fear of getting stuck in the rat race however i always see to it that i save atleast 40% of my salary monthly. at the age of 19 i had sub contracted a 4 bedroom apartment renting out 3 bedrooms having an ROI of about 300% (it was a very good deal id like to think, or my calculation is just really inaccurate)

    by now i am looking into investing in real estate. this being said, i would really love to learn from you (and i have learned a lot by reading your blog this week) my main question now is, would you have an article for young people like me who basically have only about 5% knowledge on how the business works but would do a lot to learn? hopefully youd have an article about the basics of getting a loan for property, difference of pagibig and bank foreclosed property (if any) how to find a good 1st deal, how to start, articles for those real beginners like me starting from scratch not knowing basically anything.

    thank you so much, looking forward to reading more of your articles

  2. This is really useful. I used to play cashflow before and I find it easy because everything is laid out in the table, but in real life opportunities don’t present themselves as cards that are already calculated for you. Thanks for this!

  3. hi jay, got another situation here with a prospect and i need your advise. i like to purchase a foreclosed prop from bank A and would like it financed by bank B, since bank B is separate from bank A, bank B will still have to assess the property. if bank B assesses the property higher than bank A’s asking price, how will the loan proceed? bank B would still require equity share but since bank B’s loan is more than enough to cover the purchase price, should i still pay downpayment? or is this one example of no money down deals? thanks.

  4. Hi Jay!

    Thanx for your unconditional sharing of this articles. Your such a nice person. It really help us to learn more and appreciate how to turn listings of foreclosed properties into opportunities. I SALUTE you for your contributions in real estate investing.
    God bless you always and more good deals to come!

    • Hi Benjie, thank you so much for the kind words, always glad to help. A lot of people have helped me as well and I believe it’s just right for me to pay it forward. May God bless you and your family also!


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