Hey there, this is Ronald Cagape giving you some personal news and updates.
It’s been a long time since I last posted. I hope you are well on your way to making deals and becoming wealthy. A lot has happened and I wanted to give you an update on what’s going on in this deal maker’s life.
I’ll be giving you an update on my first e-book, No Money Down Formula. I’ll also be talking about the company I just joined – RE/MAX Asyenda Realty. Finally, I’ll be talking about the future of this blog.
But before I go into that, I just wanted to honor my late mother. It’s been a year since she passed away. I miss her a lot. Cherish your loved ones. Every day with them is limited.
Recently, I also lost 3 young friends and I attended a number of funerals. Maybe it’s my age. Life really is short and time passes quickly. You must make the most of the limited time that you have here on earth. You never know when your time is up.
I feel I have wasted a lot of time so I need to hustle and make up for lost years.
But although I have lost many friends, I also continue to make new ones. I meet new friends and business contacts and learn a lot from each one. Life is a continuous cycle of life and death. The old goes away to make way for the new.
As my kids grow up, they are a reminder that there is still a lot more to life. There’s still a lot of work to be done.
So speaking of work, I just went back to work.
The Job To Become A Better Deal Maker
I joined a real estate franchise office, RE/MAX Asyenda Realty last March. It’s the first RE/MAX office in the Philippines.
RE/MAX is a global real estate brokerage company that follows the franchise model. It’s the McDonald’s of real estate brokerage. It’s the #1 real estate company in the world,. It’s been proven that Nobody in the World Sells More Real Estate Than RE/MAX.
I’ve heard of RE/MAX since February 2013 and I was set on joining even before Dr. Larry Gamboa opened up his RE/MAX TRP Realty in Alabang. My wife, Weng, joined RE/MAX Asyenda first last October 2013. Then an opportunity came up to join the company this March as Vice-President of Operations.
My primary reason for joining is to learn how to run a RE/MAX franchise. Starting a franchise is costly and, as I’m finding out now, requires a lot of skills that I don’t have yet – sales management, leadership and personnel development to name a few. It’s a great opportunity to learn first hand without risking my own money.
It should minimize my risk when I do go ahead and open my franchise.
I’ll talk more RE/MAX in future posts – why I believe it’s the real deal, why I joined and why it will take over Philippine real estate in the next few years.
Does that mean, I’m no longer doing my own deals, especially no money down deals? Far from it. I’m actually getting better.
Why Real Estate Brokerage Can Help You Become A Better Deal Maker
Being a real estate broker helps me become a better deal maker in 3 major ways.
- As a real estate broker, I’m involved heavily in buying and selling transactions. I get to see and sit on both sides of the negotiating table. I have to learn how to fight for both sides. This helps me in the future when I’m buying and selling my own properties.
- As I become a better salesperson, I get a better handle of the market. I know which properties are selling and at what price. I get to know which neighborhoods are better. I get a deeper understanding of the mind of the buyer. This will help me in the future because I’ll know where to buy, which neighborhoods are likely to appreciate faster and which properties are undervalued.
- The connections I develop strengthens my network. I’m getting in touch with future partners and investors. I’m building relationships and a reputation with future partners before I’m asking for money. So when the time comes that I need to ask for funding, the trust is already there and raising capital is easier.
You definitely don’t need to become a real estate broker or agent. This is my personal choice that makes a lot of sense to me.
You can keep your career or business and just learn how to do no money down deals. I will continue to talk about these and more in the coming days.
Update on my e-book, No Money Down Formula
The e-book is finally finished!
We’ll it’s been finished since February but I let it sit for a while because I had doubts back then if the e-book is ready to be release to the public. I ended up making more rewrites in June and September. I believe the e-book is much better now and a lot of people seem to agree with me.
I initially offered it to some friends and the participants of the Think Rich Pinoy Seminar last August. The positive feedback has been overwhelming! I’m now confident that it can help new real estate investors who want to learn how to do no money down deals.
I’ll talk more about the book this week and how you can buy it. I’m just fixing some issues with the e-book buying process. In the meantime, you can read the original version of the first 3 chapters for free – here, here and here.
I covered a lot of ground in this update. I look to be more active in this blog. I hope to see you commenting around here. Feel free to let me know what you think of all these things in the comments section below.