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By: Marvin Germo | December 12, 2020

I love investing. 

It’s not just for what I could get after making a series of correct decisions, but the rush I feel when I see what I have planted grow and work massively hard for me. After all, that’s what investing is. It gives you the option and the ability to live the life that you want, when you want. Investing is never about the money for me, but it is about having the chance to live life on your own terms. Investing will allow you to have assets work hard for you so that you have the option to retire and live comfortably when you want.

My style for investing is divided between two genres:

Capital Appreciation 

I love capital appreciation for my growth investments, because they give me the ability to see long term growth.

Cash Flow 

I love cash flow for my other investments because they give me the ability to predict and forecast my income repeatedly. 

However, the greatest sweet spot is if you could have an asset that could give you both capital appreciation for long term growth, and cash flow for immediate needs. 

For those who are new to the world of investing: basically, capital appreciation means that you buy an asset relatively low and see its value go up over a stretched period of time. You make money when you sell your asset at a higher price. Buy low, wait, and sell high. The only way for you to benefit though from this later on is when you decide to sell it at a higher price. Otherwise, you are just gaining money on paper or what we call a “paper gain.”

Cash flow on the other hand, is when you do not have to wait for a long period of time to get a return on your investment. A cash flow investment is something that will give you income right away, and it is something that you can receive as long as you are holding the asset. 

In this article, I plan to share two assets that could give you that investing sweet spot. 

Dividend Paying Stocks

For those who have been following me for quite some time, you do know I have been a fan of buying dividend paying stocks because these types of stocks can give you a return through cash dividends. As long as the company remains fundamentally sound and you hold on to the stocks long enough, you get to see the stock price grow over time and earn from capital appreciation.

Condotel Investing

What I want to introduce to you in this post is the ability to get both capital appreciation and cash flow via condotel investing. 

I love dividend stocks because instead of starting my own fast-food chain, which includes the hustle and bustle of leading people, marketing, customer service, sales, logistics and so much more, I could just buy a stock of a fast-food chain that gives dividends and hold on to it for a long period of time and earn. It allows me to ride the growth of the investment without the stress of running a business. 

Condotel investing is similar to dividend stocks. I get to skip all the hassle that comes with traditional condominium ownership: such as buying a unit and setting it up, marketing it so I get a tenant, and taking care of concerns such as complaints and repairs. 

With condotel investing, the property comes with a condominium certificate of title and is professionally managed and run like a hotel, so I get a share of the revenue along the way. 

One of the newest condotels that is sweeping the country by storm is Hotel 101. For those who have not heard about Hotel 101, it is developed by Hotel of Asia Inc., a subsidiary of listed company DoubleDragon Properties Corp., founded by one of the best entrepreneurs in this era, Injap Sia. 

The power of passive condotel investing for overseas Filipinos

I have seen firsthand how overseas Filipinos have taken advantage of this and have bought Hotel 101 units in the Bay Area over the past few years.  This has worked wonders for them as prices in the Bay Area have gone up massively throughout the years, but that’s not all. Since Hotel 101 is operated as a hotel, they get to have 30% of the gross room revenues that the hotel gets, split among all the unit owners equally. This gives them passive income while they are abroad without the need to manage the day to day concerns of their units. Hotel 101 condotel investing gives them the ability to focus on their jobs while developing a new asset class that will be working hard for them. 

Capital Appreciation 

Hotel 101 is a titled freehold investment so all unit owners get a condominium title in their name which should appreciate as the underlying land assets appreciate, as condominium owners own on a prorated basis the land the hotel sits on.

The table below shows how property prices have increased in the Bay Area along with the other key business districts in the Philippines. Units are selling fast, and Hotel 101 recently sold out all their units in Hotel 101 – Fort! But not to worry. In case you missed your chance, Hotel 101 is expanding to strategic tourist and business locations in the Philippines such as Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, Bohol and Libis in the future. For now, they are currently offering their latest project in the biggest business district in Mindanao, Hotel 101 – Davao.

Land Values

As you can see in the table, the Bay City, where the first Hotel 101 was built, has moved up from 198,000 Pesos per sqm in 2016 to 500,000 Pesos per sqm in 2019. The same is true for Davao, which has seen appreciation move from 50,000 Pesos per sqm in 2016 to 220,000 Pesos per sqm in 2019.

This answers the question on the potential earnings brought about by capital appreciation, and the possibility of these business districts to continue to increase in price. Now all eyes are on Hotel 101 – Davao as a new key area of growth for years to come! If you look at the table below, you will see that the CAGR of Davao  from 2016 – 2019 beats Fort and Cebu massively, while it surpasses Manila by almost double. 

Land Values Hotel 101
Land Values Hotel 101

The potential for Hotel 101 – Davao is rooted in the potential of the city to continue to grow and blossom as the center of activity in Mindanao. If you would like to have your own unit in Hotel 101 – Davao, the investment is pegged at 4,880,000 Pesos. What’s so interesting is, there’s so many options right now for you to be able to have your own unit. 

Here’s how flexible the investment options are.

Payment Terms Hotel 101

Hotel 101 will potentially charge 4,000 Pesos a night for hotel guests and you as an owner will earn 30% straight of whatever the gross room revenues are, as long as the hotel is operational. 

The unique feature of Hotel 101 is that all Happy Rooms are exactly the same size, 21 sqm, which means all unit owners have an equal share in the hotel operations revenue. Other condotels will only distribute revenue from your actual unit’s revenue for that month; in this case, it doesn’t matter whether your actual unit was used or not. You will still receive your equal share in total revenues every 16th of the following month.

Here’s a breakdown on how you could possibly earn given certain occupancy scenarios.

Hotel 101 Revenue Share
Hotel 101 Revenue Share

This means that if the hotel is 90% full, you get a gross yield of 8.79%. Just to be a bit conservative, should they get just 70% occupancy, you still get a yield of around 7.02% on a yearly basis.  Please do note that 7.02% beats time deposits, government bonds, some corporate bonds, some preferred shares and some common stocks. 

To give you also some sort of benchmark, Hotel 101 – Manila has an average occupancy rate of 89% for 2019 and 82.53% for  the first half of 2020, as the hotel accommodated BPO employees during the community quarantine.

This global pandemic will pass and the economy will eventually recover overtime. When all is said and done, Davao will come out of the gates running and will continue to be the leader of growth in the entire Mindanao area. With that, we will see business transactions continue to increase, while tourism will pick up and travelers will flock back to see the city and the nearby islands. As the city grows, property prices will continue to follow. 

In real estate, you do not wait to buy. You buy and wait and let time make your money grow! This may not be a “get rich quick” but this is a “get rich right”. This is your shot to have cash flow and growth all at the sametime. 

To put it all together, investing in Hotel 101

Investing in Hotel 101 is passive income as it allows you to earn while not actually watching the property. In short, it’s a low-risk and low-effort investment. 

You earn from the sweet spot of investing because you benefit from the increasing land value of  Davao, and the monthly cash flow brought about by the earnings derived from the hotel revenues.

The earnings that you will get from Hotel 101 will traditionally beat other fixed and stable asset classes.

To end

If you have the cash today, if your income is not interrupted and looks relatively secure, Hotel 101 is a good, stable investment that you could rely on for cashflow and capital appreciation later on. 

But wait, there’s more. Aside from the revenue that you get from the hotel, you are also entitled to 10 nights free stay in Hotel 101 annually, 5 in the location where your unit is located and 5 in any Hotel 101 nationwide. Something that you could use or gift to family and friends. 

If you want to know more about Hotel 101 and investing in them, here are their contact details so you can book a discovery call:


Mobile: +639175078111

Email Address:

Facebook: Hotel 101 – Facebook

I really do hope this article helps you so you have the right information that could give you the conviction to invest with confidence! After all, in the world of investing, the more you know, the better decisions you will make. I hope that this article serves as an encouragement for you to invest in the prime years of your life, as my greatest desire is to see more and more Filipinos move from just merely being consumers to investors. Investing is the game, and it allows you to live life on your own terms, so you get to do what you want, when you want.

God bless you and to the next post!