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The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing by MoneySense is out!

2012 is about to end and I’m sure a lot of you out there are thinking of ways to jump-start the coming new year. If you are planning to get into real estate investing, then MoneySense’s Ultimate Guide to Property Investing (First Edition) is a guidebook (in magazine format) you might be looking for.

It is chock-full of information which would-be real estate investors need and want to know.

Of course, we are a bit biased as Jay and I are contributing authors. We have contributed the following articles in the book:

  • Buying Foreclosures and Participating in Auctions by Jay Castillo
  • Due Diligence and Property Inspections by Jay Castillo
  • Taxes on the Sale of Real Property by Cherry Vi M. Saldua-Castillo

Thanks again to Heinz Bulos for giving us the opportunity to be contributing writers!

What’s inside The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing?

The other articles are very informative as well, we ourselves have learned so much from them.

Here is a complete list of articles which you’ll see through the table of contents (posted with permission from Heinz) so you’ll know what to expect inside The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing:

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  • Real Estate Boom: What Can You Do Now? by Heinz Bulos
  • Property Payoffs (Seven Ways To Profit From Real Estate) by Heinz Bulos
  • Buyer’s Guide to Condominiums by Tina Arceo-Dumlao
  • Choosing The Best Value Condo by Amabella Jimenez
  • The Economics of Building Your Own Home (10 Ways to Save Money Without Cutting Corners) by Ma. Esther Salcedo-Posadas
  • Walk the Talk (Different Stages of Building a Home) by Anthony Fernando
  • Professional Fees (Estimates) by Anthony Fernando
  • Build Your Dream House (Without Turning It Into A Nightmare) – A Checklist for First-Time Homeowners by Arch. Boyet Tejuco
  • Points to Ponder in Preparing Your Dream House by Arch. Boyet Tejuco
  • Money Matters: Finances, Costs, and Professional Fees by Arch. Boyet Tejuco
  • Building Your House and a Professional Relationship by Arch. Boyet Tejuco
  • The Housing Loan Primer (The institution, the requirements, and the numbers) by Rienzie P. Biolena, RFP
  • 10 Questions to Ask When Applying for a Mortgage by Heinz Bulos
  • Ten Ways to Save on Your Mortgage by Heinz Bulos
  • 7 Ways to Lower Your Amortization by Heinz Bulos
  • Should You Go Fixed or Variable? by Heinz Bulos
  • The Basics: Housing Loans by Heinz Bulos
  • 10 Ways to Lower Your Home Insurance Costs by Heinz Bulos
  • Effective Sales Promotions by Eden April Alemania-Dayrit
  • Directory: Property Developers
  • Directory: Builders and Contractors
  • Directory: Banks and Finance Companies

If you want to buy a copy, it’s only Php250.00 (IMHO, it’s worth every centavo and more). We were able to find copies at the magazine areas of Powerbooks Megamall and Greenbelt 3. You may opt to ask for assistance from the salesperson because it might take you a longer time if you will search for it among the magazines available in the magazine area.

Happy learning!


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.

Full disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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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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54 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Property Investing by MoneySense is out!”

  1. I’ve looked at a National Office Supplies store at SM Pala2, Dasmarinas City, no luck. Any store near where I live? Bookstore? I’ll be attending the CDP seminars next week. I’ll ask around there.

  2. Hello good morning! I just checked the magazine if there are available copies of it in megamall powerbooks and national bookstore but no more available. How can i get a copy of this? Thanks

  3. Good day! Is there any way that I can order this online? Not the pdf format, but the magazine. I went to all the bookstores both in SM North Edsa and Megamall, I even went to the grocery store, but wasn’t able to find one. The people from National Bookstore and Powerbooks were both saying the stocks were already pulled out because there’s already a new issue. Please help!

  4. Hi Jay,

    I could not find a copy anymore. I’ve been to powerbooks atc and greenbelt, national megamall. Where can still find one?

  5. HI guys, I just got a copy yesterday. It was very hard to find one because usually it is out of stock. There are still 2 remaining copies at National book store in Market market mall. The magazine is very helpful specially in dealing with taxes to pay when buying and selling a property. For all newbies in the industry i recommend you to buy 1, its just P250, its better you buy it before you purchase a property.

  6. Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Castillo for making this wonderful magazine. I am excited to have one, but I am currently out of the country.

    Is there a possibility that you can sell e-book copy for tablets or computer?

    I am excited to a have a copy. =)

    Thank you and God Bless!

    • Hi Arturo, should be available nationwide in most National Bookstore branches but we the editor-in-chief said they can’t be 100% sure. I guess you will have to ask a friend or relative to check if it’s available in Naga.

  7. Hi Jay and Cherry,
    will surely get this. And I like the idea of reading a book on real estate investing in the Philippine setting to be written by Filipinos. I’ve tried reading books by foreign authors and I really find it hard to understand. Maybe it’s the way they phrase it? Or I’m just looking for Pinoy English hehe. And it has nothing to do with grammar.

    • Hi Ms. Daryl, I know what you mean, I guess it’s how they explain things that make it hard to understand, especially if the examples are not applicable or very different from what we can do here. Thanks for dropping by!

  8. OFW based in ME, Can i have an e -copy of the magazine? Payment will not be na issue. we can send it thru remittance. I just need an access to infos on RE investing. Thank you

  9. Hi Cherry does the book contain taxes that are needed to be paid in the BIR? both for commercial property and a personal home? im really confused about the taxes that are to be paid. i already paid capital gains and still the BIR is asking for a VAT of 12%. hope you could me ragarding this. Thanks and more power!

  10. And I’ll get a copy of this book, hope it is available at National Books. Good books about Real Estate Philippines with quality content is very rare. For Php. 250 is very affordable, hope you guys could make more books. I love collecting Real Estate Books, if you have some to recommend pls let me know. Thank you.

    • Hi Jerome! We do have plans of making a book. Please let us know what topics you would like to see in a book so we can prepare the needed articles.

      For real estate books, I recommend the Automatic Millionaire Homeowner by David Bach and The Weekend Millionaire by Roger Dawson and Mike Summey. I plan to write a summary on these two books and how they can be applied in the Philippine setting.

      Merry Christmas!

      Best regards,


  11. Ever since i subscribe to your newsletter, i became interested in Real Property Investing, thanks for sharing all this information to us, esp. to OFWs who are searching for ways on how & where to invest our hard earned money. I already ask my sister to buy this book for me and send it to. More Power!

  12. I will buy the book today at Powerbooks Megamall. I suggest to make this an ebook to facilitate buying in bookstores. Thanks Jay and Cherry 🙂

    • You’re welcome Lalaine! We’ll let Heinz know about your suggestion. He is the Editor-in-Chief of MoneySense.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Joko, should be available in most branches of PowerBooks. We also found a copy at National Bookstore (SM SouthMall branch) and we bought the last copy. It seems there are more copies in Powerbooks.


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