Using lease options to control property has grown to become an investment technique being used popularly around the country – particularly as a consequence of stringent BTL finance rules impeding many investors’ growth strategies. As what was to be expected, many have either been sceptical about their medium to long term effectiveness or questioned the fact that there is no tangible ownership. Nevertheless, for the time being, their use is likely to remain and so we therefore chatted to one the UK’s thought leaders on the topic – Mark Jackson of Lease Options Made Simple – on a number of subjects including legal issues; the ‘fad’ argument; benefits / risks; potential FSA intervention and protecting future interests amongst others.
An interview with full time property investor and owner of ‘Keys Mortgages’ Lisa Orme discussing her history as a professional property investor; the risks of a bottoming market; whether property today is only for the cash rich; newbie investing / entering the market with low cash reserves; no money down in 2011; tips obtaining mortgage finance in a challenging market; improving your credit rating for the buy to let lenders; the FSA’s ‘Mortgage Market Review’; property options / impending regulation; the base rate rise and some advice for highly geared landlords.
A video interview with well known property expert Kevin Green (C4’s Secret Millionaire) discussing the importance of public promotion as a property investor; the current property market; his thoughts on the future; consumer affordability levels; his advice for newbies / the risk averse; his own investment strategies; lease options and the recent controversy surrounding them; buying repossessed property (creating a win-win house sale) as well as his wealth training programme.