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The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing

Now is the best time to invest in real estate. With motivated sellers, prices are reasonable, lenders are willing to lend and interest rates are low. With lower interest income, savers are in search of a better investment alternative of which, real estate is the answer.

With the upswing mode of real estate, there is a strong need to guide incoming beginners and prospective real estate investors, dealers and developers away from the sad misfortunes of loss-making investments. Although real estate investing is one investment area that yields many opportunities and long financial security, this is realized only by knowledgeable investors.

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However, because of the broad, diverse and changing intricacies and techniques of real estate, there is an urgent need to first acquire better and new knowledge in real estate on the part of prospective real estate investors, lessors, dealers and developers to save them from sad misfortunes, and also learn from the past mistakes of others.

In this regard, a series of lectures on the different how to’s of Real Estate Investing are continuously conducted by Urban Institute of Real Estate for prospective investors, developers, landowners and realty professionals for them to gain sufficient insights and confidence to finally implement proposed real estate investments.

Participants can learn the ABC’s of real estate principles and avoid costly mistakes that were normally suffered by inexperienced investors, and thus be guided to a pleasant and successful real estate business.

Numerous issues concerning real estate investment would be discussed in this new series of seminars which would be conducted Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting May 10 to May 31, 1:30 to 6:00 PM at the Don Jose Yulo Caseroom, AIM-ACCEED, Benavides St., Corner Trassiera St., Makati City.

The topics, which may be attended separately, and are all stand alone, are as follows:

  • May 10, 2011 – Investing in Real Estate: Opportunities, Techniques & What are Needed to Learn before Investing;
  • May 12, 2011 – Real Estate Economics and the Ups and Downs of Real Estate Values;
  • May 14, 2011 – How to Manage and Maximize Income of Rental Properties;
  • May 17, 2011 – How To’s of Property Development with HLURB Rules;
  • May 21, 2011 – Joint Ventures and Syndications for Real Estate Projects;
  • May 24, 2011 – Legal Aspects of Real Estate Sales;
  • May 26, 2011 – Taxation of Real Estate Sales and Leases;
  • May 28, 2011 – Property Valuation: How to do it Yourself;
  • May 31, 2011 – Making Big Money in Distressed Properties.

This Lecture Series will have as lecturer Engr. Enrico S. Cruz, who has more than 40 years in real estate, engineering, construction, management and education, together with Professor Atty. Rex Enrico V. Cruz III. Engr. Cruz is also a licensed real estate consultant and 1st and 8th placer in the real estate appraiser’s and broker’s board examinations respectively, and was invested as a “Real Estate Fellow” by the Philippine Council of Real Estate Educators.

For other details or advance registration, Urban Institute may be reached at 509-7402 or Globe CP# 0915-457-3596 or Smart CP No. 0939-137-9242 or by email at or visit


This is exactly the same seminar series I attended way back in the early part of 2008 when I was still learning how to do real estate investing in the Philippine setting.

Happy learning!

To our success and financial freedom!

Jay Castillo

Real Estate Investor

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Text by Jay Castillo and Cherry Castillo. Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved.

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Full disclosure: Nothing to disclose, I am not an affiliate of this seminar series from Urban Institute which means I won’t earn anything from this. A lot of people have been asking through the comments section when the next seminar series will be, and this is the answer to those comments. I consider Engr. Enrico Cruz as one of my mentors when it comes to real estate investing.


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9 thoughts on “The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing”

  1. hi do you conduct seminar in cebu? So it would be convenient to me as im in bohol..
    I really want to attend a seminar in real estate investing. Tnx

  2. Tuwing kelan po ang real estate seminars na to? Meron po kaya sa Dec 2012? Yun lang po kasi ang panahon na nasa Pilipinas ako. 


  3. We all know real estate is a field which is growing very fast.Lot of people want to invest in real estate.But there are so many basic rules or terms which should be clear before do any investment.So this kind of guides or experts can help people to make their investment more better.
    Thanks a lot for great knowledge sharing article.

  4. I’m am not a real estate broker but I work as a virtual assistant for a real estate company. It has been hard for me to come up with a lot of ideas about real estate for the reason that I don’t have enough background in it. All that I’ve been doing was to read and learn by my own. I hope that seminars like this would not be only open to real estate brokers, realtors and investors but also to those who are willing to learn and those who have works that have something to do with real estates. Thanks for the update. More power and God bless.

  5. sir jay,
    how long will i hold my property before i can sell it so that i will not be taxed as a real estate dealer?and how many sales in a year?

    • Hands down it is definitely real estate investing, although I hope blogging income would become as big, if not even bigger. 😉


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