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How-tos of housing loans, spotting fake titles

By Tessa Salazar
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 19:52:00 06/20/2008

Filed Under: Construction & Property

MANILA, Philippines?Jun Aguilar, one of the founders of Filipino Migrant Workers Group, a private corporation, considers himself ?mapalad ng kaunti? (a bit lucky) because he was able to grab a ?juicy? employment contract in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that not only allowed his family to come with him but also take care of his children?s education.

While toiling there from 1985 to 1998, he became part of a group that set up the FMW Group to help overseas Filipino workers? (OFWs) reintegration in the Philippines and sustain their stay without having to leave again.

Now that he?s back in the Philippines, he said that FMW Group?s advocacy work continues.

Key role

Aguilar revealed that FMW Group, which boasts of 2,000 members, will play a key role in the OFW Hour segment of the Philippine Real Estate Festival (PREF) happening from July 24 to 26 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Themed ?Educating the OFW?Real Estate as the Best Intelligent Investment,? the OFW Hour is co-organized by Global Filipino Nation, Global Filipino Coalition, Worldwide Filipino Alliance, Pinoy Koop Inc., and OFW Multipurpose Cooperative.

Among the guest speakers in this segment includes Pag-Ibig president Romero Quimbo.

Address concerns

The OFW Hour would address the concerns of OFW group members of the organizers and their families.

Philippine Real Estate Festival chair Rose Custodio Basa estimated the total OFW membership of these organizations to reach 5,000.

Basa predicted up to 8,000 would attend the three-day PREF, which is set to become a major convergence of developers, investors, and house hunters.

Basa added that the fest would also be a one-stop shop for local and overseas-based property hunters looking to purchase in the Philippines from reputable developers.

Expert advice

During the festival proper, Rafael Odes Abano III, VP and OIC of Loans Organizations Group of the Pag-Ibig Mutual Fund, will lend his expert advice on how to apply for Pag-Ibig housing loans and restructuring delinquent loans.

Urban Institute president, Engr. Enrico Cruz, would also give tips on how to avail of the Pag-Ibig Real Estate Development Loans (for subdivisions, condominiums, among others), and how to earn extra income as a real estate broker.

Jaime Cura, CEO of CrebaLand Inc. will show attendees how to detect fake titles.

Property ?sale?

If there?s a so-called ?fire sale? among garments and accessories, then there?s also a similar ?sale? happening on July 26.

The ?Grand Subastahan? will be held at the festival where bank-acquired properties will be on sale (to be supervised by Noli Alleje).

There will also be special sale of foreclosed Pag-Ibig properties by the HMDF officers.

Basa said that the three-day fest will showcase several locations in the country and several payment options from Pag-Ibig and banks offering property loans that would fit visitors? budgets.

Attractive packages

There would also be attractive packages for large-scale investors.

The interactive lectures, with theme ?Philippines as an Investment Haven? has invited Trade and industry Secretary Peter Favila who will talk about the present state of Philippine economy.

Joining Favila include Colliers International managing director David Young, who will talk about the Philippine real estate industry prospect for the next five to 10 years and Jones Lang Lasalle managing director Lindsay Orr, who will talk about how to start a real estate business in the Philippines.

Ceremonial honors

There will be ceremonial honors of OFWs, real estate brokers and inventors of real estate-based products.

According to data released by the festival organizers, 60 to 70 percent of housing loans come from overseas-based workers.

Last year alone, $4.2 billion (P186.4 billion), or a third of the total foreign remittance now estimated at $12 billion (P532.8 billion) has been directed to the real estate sector.

According to PREF, the potential of attracting OFWs has prompted many real estate developers to travel abroad and mount road shows to sell their properties, but that this endeavor can be financially impractical for both sellers and buyers.

Through the festival, these same developers need not go abroad and still home in on their intended target market-the families of the OFWs who take care of their loved ones? investments.

And to ensure the security of these investments, the festival will present real estate developers that are legitimate and accredited members of reputable organizations like Creba, SHDA and NREA.

?It is also important to note that the local market is on the upswing-with fiscal and lending policies making the dream of owning a home more attainable than ever, as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council through its chair, Vice President Noli de Castro, and its various key shelter agencies are all clearly focused on wiping out homelessness in Philippine shores,? said Basa (for further inquiries on topics, Basa can be reached at 864-0224, 819-2058 or at pref_events@yahoo.com).

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