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Real Estate Transactions Just Got Easier With Online Credit Card Payments

We obviously love real estate, but one thing we don’t like about it is the legwork involved, especially with tasks that force us to go out and spend precious hours on the road. An example would be payments for real estate transactions like taxes and fees. Thankfully, real estate transactions just got easier with online credit card payments. Learn more about this below.

Ecommerce-credit-card-processing-for-real-estate-transactions-is-hereEcommerce: Online credit card payments for real estate transactions (Image from Garfield Anderssen via Flickr)

The “Old School” way of doing it

Before we get into the “new way” of making payments for real estate transactions, let me share how this is usually done, the “old school” way.

For our own real estate transactions, we normally make the payments ourselves, and spend a lot of time driving through traffic. To give you an idea, going to Makati from Las Pinas one-way would take about an hour, or even longer during rush-hour. Then we would have to find parking, or we will just park at the nearest mall and walk. Not exactly our highest and best use.

Of course, we can ask our service provider to pickup our payment, but carrying a significant amount of cash is quite risky nowadays. We still have to go to the bank/ATM to withdraw money, meet the person who will pick-up our payment, and then he will have to transport that money back to the office. This exposes us all to “bad elements” out there.

Check payments would be a good option for us, but not everyone has a checking account. I know, it’s hard to believe, but we’ve met a lot of people who have bought properties who don’t have a checking account.

How about payment through bank deposit? Well, it is possible, but then you have to scan the deposit slip, send it through email, and the other party will have to cross-check and verify the deposit you have made, which can take time. It’s pretty tedious if you ask me.

There must be a better way, and I believe it is through online credit card payments, which can also help property buyers avoid a common scenario that happens when the transfer of a title is delayed.

Why are title transfers delayed, what problems can arise, and how can this be avoided?

Here’s a common scenario that we often encounter:

Someone buys a property, they are happy with the purchase, but somehow, the transfer of the title gets delayed. A common reason is due to lack of funds. After many years have passed, and when the need to transfer the title arises (ex. they need to sell the property), they are shocked to find out they have to pay back-taxes with penalties and surcharges.

What’s worse is it can even get more complicated if a party in the transaction has already passed away, and now estate taxes also have to be paid, etc.

Now, I believe the scenario above can be avoided. Even if one lacks funds to cover all transfer costs in one go, I believe most can manage to pay this through installment. By paying through a credit card, and availing installment terms, the transfer of the title can proceed, and it will come with smaller and more manageable monthly payments.

Sorry, I didn’t want to scare anyone out there who might have deferred the transfer of a title for a property they own, but the scenario above does happen, and is quite common, yet it is a perfect example of how credit card payments can be utilized for real estate transactions.

Anyway, there are certainly more examples where having an online payment facility that accepts credit cards is a huge advantage, and we’ll tackle these below.

The advantages of making online credit card payments

Nowadays, making online payments for our everyday needs has become a way of life, we are now able to pay for practically everything… mortgages, tuition fees, utilities, loan payments, etc. Although there are people who still have a hard time accepting this form of payment, the advantages are hard to ignore.

So what are the advantages?

To begin with, it’s convenient. Imagine making a payment from the safety and comfort of home (or where ever you may be, as long as you have a reliable internet connection).

Secondly, you will definitely save time. There’s no need to go out of your way to make a payment, especially if you already have other more important things to do. Quoting a favorite bank’s tagline “There are no lines online”, which I believe is true. No more wasted time falling in line, you can do online payments anytime!

You also save money. You don’t have to spend for fuel or transportation, not to mention the time and effort you will save. As they say, time is money.

Another advantage is safety. You don’t have to carry a big amount of cash which could attract thieves and put your life at risk. You also avoid those ATM skimming devices as you don’t have to get money from ATM’s.

One more advantage of paying bills through your credit card is it will be easier for you to keep track and manage your expenses. Once you receive your credit card statement, you will know exactly where your money went. (Related Post: How I Track My Expenses And Manage My Money)

Also, most credit cards offer a way for you to pay through installments, through flexible payment terms, and with low add-on interest rates (Note: this is different from just paying the minimum amount due, which is something I would not recommend!).

Of course, by using your favorite credit card, you can also earn travel miles, points, rewards, freebies, rebates, and discounts! It’s like getting perks out of something that you will be spending money for anyway.

Question is, which service provider for real estate transactions is capable of accepting online credit card payments?

Introducing the OMI-LTS Online Payment System (OMI-OPS)

OMI Land Title Services (OMI-LTS), our trusted real estate service provider, understands our needs and has made it easier for us to pay for our real estate transactions, through the OMI-LTS Online Payment System (OMI-OPS)

Yes, we can now start paying for our real estate transactions online using our credit cards!

With this online payment facility, we can use our credit card to pay for almost any fees connected with real estate transactions such as Capital Gains Tax, Documentary Stamps Tax, and Transfer Tax, etc. We can even pay for Real Property Taxes online!

Is it secure?

We recently had a chat with Ms. Rose Cruz of OMI Land Title Services and she mentioned that the online credit card payment facility was made possible through a partnership with IPay88, the leading online Payment Service Provider in Southeast Asia, and Maybank, one of the world’s strongest banks. We can be assured of OMI’s Online Payment Facility.

OMI Land Title Services now offers security, convenience and peace of mind, not only through its excellent services, but also through a secure and reliable online payment facility.

How does it work?

Here are the steps to make online payments:

  1. Sign proposal / contract
  2. Indicate on the proposal if you want to pay through credit card
  3. An email coming from iPay88 would be sent to you containing all the necessary details such as amount, payee, type of service you are paying for and a link to the iPay88 virtual terminal
  4. Click on the link and you will be directed to the iPay88 Virtual Terminal
  5. Once in the Virtual Terminal, you can now securely encode your credit card details
  6. You will immediately receive an Acknowledgement Receipt through email once payment has been successful
  7. The O.R. will be issued within 3 days after paying successfully.

Inform OMI Land Title Services of payment so that they could issue an Official Receipt immediately.

Please take note that although you choose to pay through credit card, it would still be on progress billing. This means that your billing and the amount to be paid will depend on the percentage of work or stages of the project. Remaining balance will only be billed once the project or the job has been completed and will correspond with the final result or issuance of the documentary deliverables to the client.

This will revolutionize real estate transactions!

In my opinion, this is truly a welcome development that will revolutionize the way we handle real estate transactions.

It’s convenient, safe and secure. OMI Land Title Services’ online payment facility will definitely make real estate transactions a more pleasant experience.

For more information on their e-payment facility, please call OMI Land Title Services at 884-1106 or visit their website at http://www.omilandtitle.com.

Full Disclosure: OMI Land Title Services is a trusted business partner for our land title service needs.

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2 thoughts on “Real Estate Transactions Just Got Easier With Online Credit Card Payments”

  1. Hi Jay,

    Thanks for the great job. I try to read your page regularly and found lots of good information.

    I just finished your article on credit card real estate transactions. Now I ‘ve been in banking for almost 30 years so there’s need to sell the idea of electronic payments to me but perhaps you can clarify some things for me on OMI. Now I am making the presumption that OMI handles not just the real estate payments to complete a sale but also the regular annual real estate taxes.

    My first concern is the OR issued by OMI. If I understand your process correctly this signifies OMI received the payment. However, as most of your readers probably know, the OR from the municipality, title company, or other real estate agency is very important in the local legal structure. Has it been proven that the OMI OR is legally sufficient as evidence that the payments have been remitted/accepted by the payee? Or could we still face the possibility the municipality records are faulty, or delayed, and face foreclosure despite having the OMI OR in hand. Have all, if not most, municipalities accepted this method of receiving payments? If the OR from the municipality is still to be issued who would receive it? OMI? or the owner?

    Secondly, it seems each of the payments to be made are separate contracts? It is not a general contract wherein you just specify the property details, amount, payee, and paydate on each transaction?

    Third, How does the owner find out how much RE taxes are due? The old school process you described includes having to obtain the the current year assessment before a payment is made. Most of the time the payment will occur on the same day unless there is some dispute. Does OMI provide, or has offered to provide municipalities, invoicing services wherein the municipality provides OMI provides subscribed property owners the amount of RE taxes due on an annual basis, and thereafter to be paid via OMI as well?

    Lastly, from your last two paragraphs, I’m not sure how why OMI has to be notified of the payment that would have been made on their portal, or where progress billings come in? Are you referring to real estate payments during the construction project?

    Reply
    • Hi Mr. Ramon,

      Thank you for showing interest in the article. Kindly allow me to answer your questions on behalf of Jay.

      I would just like to clarify first that we only handle the documentation part of real estate transactions such as Title Verification, Title Transfer, Real Property Tax payments, Reconstitution, etc. Closing a sale or assisting in the completion of a sale is not part of our scope of work as we are not a realty firm, hence, we don’t accept payments for a bought property.

      The OMI payment system was designed to accept payments only for services that are availed from OMI Land Title Services such as payments for our service fees and payments for taxes that need to be paid. These include Real Property Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Transfer Tax, among others.

      We issue Official Receipts for payments made for our service fees and an Official Acknowledgement Receipt for the payments that are meant for the taxes to be paid. The O.R. for the paid taxes will come from the government agency who received the payment. These government issued O.Rs are received by OMI and transmitted to the client as his proof of payment.

      For example, a client avails our Real Property Tax (RPT) Payment service and choose to pay through credit card. We will bill him for the 50% down payment of our service fee. In turn, he will receive an OR for the service fee. We will then have his RPT assessed and will inform him of the assessment and provide the official assessment form issued by the Government Assessor as proof. He pays for the amount of the tax, again through credit card. For this, he will receive an Official Acknowledgement Receipt (from OMI) acknowledging receipt of the amount pertaining to the Real Property Tax (RPT). When the RPT has already been paid, he will also receive the O.R. for the RPT issued by the Government Assessor.

      The RPT transaction, although more than one payment to OMI have been made, is covered by
      only one contract. The client is protected by this contract and the O.Rs and OARs that he receives from OMI.

      As for your last concern, we encourage our clients to notify us but we are also notified by the system that a payment has been made. Most of our services are in stages as most of those familiar with real estate transactions would know. Progress billing (billing in stages) will also make sure that the client will pay for the work that has been done already. He will not be required to pay in advance for work that has not been done yet except for the down payment, which is a standard for most service providing companies. Lastly, real estate payments during the construction project is not part of our scope of work while Title Transfer, for transfer of ownership to the buyer is.

      Hope this clarifies your concerns Mr. Ramon. Please do let us know should you have additional questions. You may also call us directly if you would need our assistance.

      Again thank you and we hope to hear from you for your real estate documentation requirements.

      Sincerely,
      Rose Cruz

      Reply

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