Our Top 10 Real Estate Investing Blog Posts For 2013

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It’s official, we made it through 2013…whew! As we welcome and greet everyone a Happy New 2014, let’s take a look at just some of our most read and shared blog posts about real estate during the past year.


It has been a very challenging year for us, 2013 was the first time we could not find time to blog, and you can see this with less blog-posts compared to previous years. It was a time for healing for us, and it was also a time of tying-up loose ends… but we still made it through… yehey!

goodbye-2013-hello-20142013 was still a phenomenal year as we got more than 2.5 Million page-views in total. Not bad for a real estate blog run only by a husband and wife team (FYI, we will be building a team for the blog soon). Thanks again to all of you who have supported us through the years, and to our God almighty.

With that said, here are our top 10 real estate investing blog posts for 2013, ranked according to total number of page-views. Note: Foreclosed property listings are excluded

Our Top 10 real estate investing articles for 2013

1. Find The Best Financing With Our Home Loan Interest Rates Comparison Chart – One of the all time favorites of readers (this was shared more than 9,000 times based on its Sharethis stats!) We’ll update this in 2014.

2. What You Need to Know About Real Property Tax (RPT) – A very in-depth article on real property taxes that every homeowner should know.

3.  How to Secure A BIR Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) And Tax Clearance For The Sale Of Real Property Classified As A Capital Asset – Whew, such a long title! Anyway, everyone who buys a property will need a CAR to transfer the ownership to him/her, and this serves as a very in-depth guide.

4. Earthquakes, Faultlines, And Real Estate Investing – My wife wrote this and she scheduled it for publishing after a week, but we published it immediately when we ourselves felt an earthquake while at the 29th floor of high-rise building. Little did we know it would be a most-read and shared article (it was shared 2,434 times) after Bohol was struck by a deadly earthquake later in 2013.

5. Certified True Copies Of Titles And Documents Now Require “Proper Identification/Authority” – Quezon City Registry Of Deeds – Something good to know before you go to Quezon City RD to do your due diligence. It can save you from wasted time, money, gas, and effort.

6. Donation As An Estate Planning Tool (A Discussion on Donor’s Tax) – According to my wife, this is a post about the basics of donor’s tax. For me, it’s another one of her nose-bleed articles. 🙂

7. Check Geohazard Maps For Flooding And Landslide-Prone Areas Before Investing in Real Estate – A must read for anyone buying real estate. Make sure the property you are buying is not in a flood-prone and/or landslide-prone area by checking this article.

8. What Is A Storm Surge And How Do We Prepare For It? (Videos + Infographic) – I wrote this right after Super Typhoon Yolanda hit because I could not find any one source that had all the info I wanted to know about that dreaded storm surge.

9. How To Compute For Registration Fees – Registration fees are required to be paid to the Registry of Deeds in relation to the transfer of property. Usually, this is shouldered by the buyer so you need to know how this is computed. We’ve been asked how to compute for Registration fees so many times so we wrote this article.

10. How To Reconstitute Or Replace Lost/Destroyed Land Titles – Lost/destroyed/damaged land titles is another major concern, brought about by Super Typhoon Yolanda. This was only published last December 30, 2013, but we noticed it was already shared more than 1000 times in total after just a day. Later on we decided to “boost” this post in our Facebook page so it will reach more people.

2013 was another great year but…

 

We claim that 2014 will be the best year yet!


More of our most read and most shared articles

The following is our top 30 articles from 2013 ranked according to total number of page-views. On the third column, you will see how often they were shared on the internet which includes Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, E-mail, and other means.

Rank based on total pageviews 

Blogpost title (click to open in a new window)

Total shares based on each blog post’s ShareThis stats 

1

Find The Best Financing With Our Home Loan Interest Rates Comparison Chart

9,158

2

What You Need to Know About Real Property Tax (RPT)

5,724

3

Road Network Series: Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX)

4,526

4

Introducing: Our Foreclosed Properties Database

873

5

Where Can I Review For The 2014 Real Estate Brokers’ Exam?

3,496

6

How to Secure A BIR Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) And Tax Clearance For The Sale Of Real Property Classified As A Capital Asset

3,240

7

Earthquakes, Faultlines, And Real Estate Investing

2,434

8

Certified True Copies Of Titles And Documents Now Require “Proper Identification/Authority” – Quezon City Registry Of Deeds

2,857

9

20 Tips – How To Top The Real Estate Brokers’ Licensure Exam

1,502

10

How to finance your residential real estate investments through banks

496

11

Donation As An Estate Planning Tool (A Discussion on Donor’s Tax)

2,053

12

423 Real Estate Salespersons’ Accreditation Approved By The PRBRES

2,038

13

Check Geohazard Maps For Flooding And Landslide-Prone Areas Before Investing in Real Estate

1,350

14

Updated: What Is A Storm Surge And How Do We Prepare For It? (Videos + Infographic)

2,170

15

Accreditation Of 1,086 Real Estate Salespersons Approved By The PRC/PRBRES

1,234

16

New Development: UP Town Center in Katipunan, Quezon City

1,988

17

Monthly Amortization Payments: Back to Basics

421

18

Homeowner’s association dues now subject to income tax and VAT (RMC No. 9-2013)

1,039

19

Philippine Property Outlook Q2 2013

900

20

How To Compute For Registration Fees

671

21

2013 Real Estate Brokers Exam Results Released By The PRC

733

22

Need Help With Title Transfers, Title Verification, and Reconstitution Of Lost Titles?

946

23

Financial Education for Kids – Part I

393

24

Beware of Illegal Real Estate Brokers and Real Estate Developers

885

25

Is BIR RR No. 10-2013 Favorable To Violators Of The RESA Law?

947

26

Philippine Property Stocks Free-Fall Close to 20%: Time To Cut Your Losses?

606

27

How To Reconstitute Or Replace Lost/Destroyed Land Titles

1,516

28

Top 100 Real Estate Blogs To Follow In 2013 (Infographic)

533

29

Tax Planning For Real Estate Using Corporations And BIR RR No. 6-2013

749

30

5 Tips for New Real Estate Brokers

532

Goodbye 2013 … Happy New 2014!

P.S. – We have so many things lined up for 2014, but if you want us to feature or write about anything here, just let us know by leaving a comment below. Comments/suggestions are also welcome. Thanks!

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