Property investment was a model to be rich and wealthy since ancient time. As it is said in the famous Jewish quote

A person should always divide his money into three: one third in land (property), one third in commerce (invest), and one third at hand (cash)

This is testified in the tiny island of Singapore, land is a scarce resource and the ones who use it well amass massive wealth. It is not surprising to see that most Singapore billionaires are in the real estate business.

Half of the richest men in Singapore are in the real estate business

However, investing in property does not equal making money. Ask our previous generations, many lost their life savings during the Asian Financial Crisis in the 1990s. It took 14 years before they get back on their feet.

It took 14 years for Singapore’s property market to recover from the Asian Financial Crisis. Source:

The truth is, if you want to invest in property, you need to take it as a serious business. If you are new to property investment, you need a good investment course to fast-track your learning.

I have personally attended Dr Patrick Liew’s Mencius Advanced Property Investment Course (MAPIC). In this article, I will share the valuable lessons that I have learned for property investment success.

Patrick is no stranger in the investment world, be it in the real estate or securities business. I’ve heard of Patrick Liew since he founded Success Resources. Besides his own property investment, he built and listed two companies, Global Brand Success Resources on the Australia Stock Exchange and HSR Global Ltd on SGX.

As reported in the Straits Times, He has won numerous awards including the Global Leader Award, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Social Contributions.

Patrick Liew teaching in MAPIC class

MAPIC course is his flagship property investment educational program. Patrick named it because he believes property investment needs Mencius’s concept of opportune, i.e. ”天时地利人和”.

If you follow my blog for a while, you may know that I have my scepticism of private property investment in Singapore. Although I was a fan of Robert Kiyosaki’s passive income concept since 2004, I only started learning and monitoring Singapore’s property market for the past 8 years. You can read some of my past articles about property investments here.

Residential property investment in Singapore makes little sense today.

  • The average rental yield is less than 2% in Singapore
  • There are numerous property cooling measures
  • We face a global economic slow-down and repatriation of expatriates (who were the potential tenants)

I sold my first house at the peak of the market in 2014 and bought the house I am living in at the recent bottom in 2016 (and yes, I was renting for 2 years). But I never considered myself a property investor because I know there are a lot that I don’t know. I know that all financially successful people have unique ways which they are reluctant to share.

When it comes to investment, we must spend 90% of the time waiting and learning to take a punch at 10% of the time when the opportunities are right in front of us. – Ivan Guan

Frankly speaking, I attended the course with my arms folded at the beginning. After all, there is no shortage of advice or courses on property investment online with bogus claims.

But since Li Ka-Ching or Donald Trump has no interest in teaching me, I decided to give it a try.

MAPIC Property Investment Course

What I have got out of the MAPIC course is mind-blowing and I got my “ah-ha” moment. It gave me a new perspective of the concepts that I thought I already know: leverage, OPM (Other People’s Money), negotiation, etc. I love Patrick’s fun and engaging way of teaching too.

Here are what I find useful from the MAPIC property investment course:

  • The bull’s eye model of evaluating an investment (applicable to both property and stocks).
  • Why “location, location, location” is not a meaningful factor for property investment.
  • Why you need to be an “Investrepreneur”.
  • How masterplan affects your property investment decisions and returns.
  • How to make a ridiculous offer during negotiation.
  • How to increase your property investment through re-design.
  • What property you can get at $150K today.
  • Which region should you pay attention to if you want to invest in an overseas property now.

Unlike other property investment courses which say bye-bye after the course is over. MAPIC is a lifelong learning program. Since the first class in 2015, MAPIC has built a network of like-minded property investors and professionals such as lawyers, accountant, real estate agents that you can leverage on.

These professionals are not just some third-party vendors but former students from the previous MAPIC program. They provide FREE crash courses and consultation to help you dive into each topic (of course to help with their own business too). For example:

  • Fundamental of commercial properties investments in Singapore
  • How to work with architects to value add your property investment
  • How to own multiple properties using a company as an investment vehicle.

I have attended the commercial property investing course and it was an eye-opener.

Who shouldn’t attend the course

Having said this, I can see that not all the students benefit the same from this course. If you are the one who is the “just-tell-me-which-property-to-buy” type, or you hope that you don’t need to put in any hard work to be a successful investor, or you simply don’t have the desire to be rich and wealthy, this course is not suitable for you.

There are also students who find it hard to comprehend the examples because they doubt if they can do the same deal. I had the same feeling when I first read Donald Trump’s “The Art of The Deal”, it is just part and parcel of the learning process.

As I said at the beginning of the article, property investment is a serious business. Giving a million dollar to a person and it is usually gone within a year. You need the knowledge and experience to be ready when the opportunities arise.

Is It a Good Time to Invest in Property Now?

I’ve got this question a lot from my clients. Years of looking at the financial markets give me the confidence to say that there are always opportunities if you look globally.

Many Singaporeans like to invest property in Thailand, the Philippines or even Vietnam and Myanmar because it is cheap. After attending the MAPIC course, I realize that when it comes to property investment, we need to put our focus on countries with reputable regulators but in distress.

In my latest article about 2019’s financial market, I told you that there will be a credit crunch in the property market. It is not only happening in Singapore, but in Europe and probably in the US as well. When you equip yourself with the necessary knowledge about property investment, you will know what to look for.

Final Words

In 2014, a few moments with Billionaire Philip Ng changed my life. I shifted my wealth focus from asset accumulator to asset steward. And I realize that one idea is all you need to have a different wealth trajectory.

So when Patrick asks if I want to share his course with my readers, it is a BIG Yes.

If you don’t want to pay for the course, it is ok. You can attend his 3-hour FREE master class and if you keep an open mind, I am sure you will get something out of it.

Click here to sign up for the FREE property investment seminar.

About the Author

Ivan Guan is the author of the popular book "FIRE Your Retirement". He is an independent financial adviser with more than a decade of knowledge and experience in providing financial advisory services to both individuals and businesses. He specializes in investment planning and portfolio management for early retirement. His blog provides practical financial tips, strategies and resources to help people achieve financial freedom. Follow his Telegram Channel to join the FIRE community.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. This does not reflect the official position of any agency, organization, employer or company. Refer to full disclaimers here.

  • Thank you Mr Ivan Guan for the insightful article. Your quote (spending 90% of the time waiting and only 10% acting) really resonates with me. I think those are incredible wise words. I am very interested in learning about property investment and you have certainly piqued my interest in the MAPIC course. While furthering my curiosity on the property market, I have came across a property content platform, Soho. It has both property listings and information on market trends, giving you a single avenue to learn about when to buy (via trends) and what to buy ( via a comprehensive catalogue of listings). Check it out here:

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