A big portion of my life has been exposed to Real Estate, more or less 18 years of it and counting. I started my training under my sister who was doing dealings with Sta. Lucia Realty and Fil-Estate. They were the big industry players during that time in land development and real estate marketing. Within a 2-year period, I also handled the marketing of the Philippine Real Estate Magazine which gave me the opportunity to meet several developers.
During these years, I have been in and out of the practice since this was the time I got married and had my 2 kids. I got exposed to project selling and brokerage both leasing and sales. At the moment, I am managing our family-owned real estate corporation, Metro Asia Estates, Incorporated (MAEI).
Having been a member of PAREB since 1997-1998, I held almost all board positions in my more than 10 years stay in the Pasig Realtors Board (PRB) but only when I joined the City of Taguig Real Estate Board (CTREB) that I considered to run as President. I felt it was the right moment, place and time to take the challenges of the position.
For CTREB, I asked the Board to focus on the following for 2014:
1) Fellowship – we will create avenues where members will have the opportunity to interact, “break the walls” and know each other in a more informal and casual way. Our plan is to cascade these good relations to other boards, which would give the chance to our members to network comfortably with the other brokers.
2) Education – we intend to have CRES, CPDs (Continuing Professional Development) and invitation of different speakers respected in the field to talk about relevant & interesting topics during general membership meetings (GMM).
3) Mentoring – carrying out what has been started, mentoring would be a medium for the senior/experienced members to impart knowledge, wisdom and learnings to the new practitioners.
Like a family, let us nurture each other with care & respect. May we be reminded that the success of this organization relies on the collective effort of the group. Let us be a proactive board. Together, let us make 2014 a fruitful year!
Immediate Past President Rene Castillo (2011-2013)
Coming from a family of medical doctors, young Rene aspired to be a doctor himself. His grandfather, Dr. Toribio Joson is credited for starting the National Mental Hospital and the Orthopedic Hospital. His father, Dr. German B. Castillo is credited for starting the laboratories of Medical City and Makati Medical Center. Rene is a true GREEN blooded La Sallite walking to La Salle Green Hills for 11 years from his Duke St. East Greenhills residence. He went to Oklahoma City University and after completing his BS degree in General Science, he went to UERRMC medical school. But Rene’s life course changed when his uncle, broker, appraiser, and consultant Atty. Venerando B. Joson introduced him to the real estate industry in 1988. Since then, Rene did not look back at his medical books. His real estate practice eventually led him to luminaries such as Ayala’s Dona Bea Zobel, Madrigal siblings Atty. Juan Miguel Madrigal Vasquez, Victoria Madrigal Vasquez, Quadrillion’s Elsie Chua, Richard Lao’s Antel and Megaworld Andrew Tan to name a few.
He sees the importance of having a good mentor early in one’s real estate career. Rene is open to be one. That is great to know from the current President of City of Taguig Real Estate Board Inc and Principal Broker of the Joson Castillo Realty.
Denise Peralta’s Take on Mentorship
For someone starting out as a real estate broker, having a mentor is invaluable from a number of perspectives, but the most important aspect is the ability to talk about issues with an impartial “outsider”. Rene gave me the understanding that no matter how difficult something may be, the issue that needs to be addressed is actually quite common, more often than not.
As a mentor, Rene challenged my management and leadership skills professionally. He allowed me to work through situations to find solutions, while being a conduit for information and a source of options, ideas, and strategies. His involvement made a tremendous difference for my career as a broker.