Impact of Dinna Revilla’s arrest on foreclosed property business

James Ryan Jonas

The “renowned guru” of foreclosed property investing in the Philippines, Dinna Revilla, has been arrested. Her supposed fraudulent schemes were even featured last week on GMA7’s Imbestigador.

The arrest was based on estafa complaints by her investors, after Dinna allegedly continued collecting funds although her real estate properties have already been foreclosed by the bank. In addition, several of the checks she issued as payment to investors bounced.

This development caused several people to believe that the foreclosed property investing venture espoused by Dinna and Think Rich! Pinoy author Larry Gamboa was a fraud.

Personally, I don’t think there is a problem with the business model.

Investing in a foreclosed property is a time-tested strategy of real estate investing, along side the strategies of buy-and-hold (where a property is purchased and resold after value has appreciated) and flipping (selling the property at a higher amount right after construction was finished or right after it was purchased).

Several people not just in the Philippines have made millions from foreclosed property investing, so the problem is not with the business model per se. The problem lies with the people managing such businesses.

In Dinna’s case, according to the allegations of various complainants, she diverted the company funds for personal use, failed to inform investors about failed projects, while still continuing to collect additional investments. She also allegedly registered some of the properties under her name and not under the company.

If those were true, then if Dinna is guilty of anything, she is guilty of greed.

The current political buzzword applies here: Hindi na-moderate ang greed.

Discuss Dinna Revilla, her arrest, and her book Riches in Foreclosures in the Dinna Revilla thread in the PMT Forum.

James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.