Through his role in founding and overseeing the operations of “Ian Leaf Fraudster Watcher,” Ian Leaf has brought about a great deal of positive change for consumers and producers alike by preventing, identifying and resolving the many deleterious consequences wrought by fraudsters and scammers. With the help of Ian Andrews, funding for “Ian Leaf Fraud Watcher” was quickly secured in an effort to immediately develop and implement a number of highly effective fraud-prevention strategies. As consumer advocates and fraud prevention specialists, Leaf and Andrews have generated exceptional results worthy of the praise they have received. Despite this frequent praise, both Ian Leaf, HFC and real estate specialist, and Ian Andrews, fraudster identification expert, believe there is still far more progress that must be made.
There are many areas in which both Leaf and Andrews believe vulnerabilities exist for consumers and producers. For Ian Leaf, tax fraud is a serious concern requiring greater efforts to raise awareness and to also prevent fraudsters and scammers from continuing to exploit those aspects of tax season in which vulnerabilities tend to persist. In order to address these apparent weaknesses, “Ian Leaf Tax Watcher” was created by Leaf and Andrews, with the organization falling under the umbrella of the pair’s overarching fraud prevention efforts. Of course, both Leaf and Andrews have repeatedly noted that there is far more that must be done to eradicate fraud than simply identifying the scams most frequently carried out during tax season.
Throughout his professional career, Leaf has consistently focused on consumer advocacy and has remained dedicated to protecting consumers from those individuals who are so unscrupulous that they would take advantage of others for their own personal gain. Consumers all over the world from Switzerland to Dublin have benefited from having Leaf in their corner, as the “Fraud Watcher” has successfully identified and eliminated scams targeting industries ranging from finance to real estate and more.
What do you know about the real estate industry?
I’ve investigated a number of issues involving real estate, but I have also bought and sold property in the past and currently manage a growing property portfolio of properties in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Have you ever sold real estate? How did you make it happen?
Yes, I’ve sold real estate and have invested in tax lien sales as well.
How much experience do you have in buying or selling real estate?
I think real estate is one of the most secure investments an individual can make, so I actually have a great deal of experience buying and selling real estate investment properties.
Have you ever made a sell or a purchase you have regretted?
Of course, but that is why the expression “Hindsight is always 20/20,” is so common. I focus on making sure the process is sound instead of dwelling on outcomes that represent statistical outliers.
What advice would you give inexperienced who are wanting to buy or sell?
Many first-time buyers and sellers are a bit too reactionary and impulsive, so I think it would be best to adopt a thoughtful and considerate approach to buying or selling.
What have you found out to be the best way to market property?
As a seller, I have had a lot of success using digital marketing services, but I also believe that traditional strategies are effective as well.
What tools do you believe are essential for success in the real estate industry?
Buying or selling real estate should not include too much reliance on emotion, so an even-keeled and objective approach is essential.
What has real estate taught you about life?
It’s taught me that a process-oriented focus is much more instructive than an outcome-oriented focus.
How can you use what you have learned in real estate to succeed in other areas?
I believe that the evaluative skills needed to succeed in real estate have been sincerely beneficial to each and every one of my professional endeavors.
Do you have a mentor who taught you what you know?
I’m always looking out for advice and insight from anyone willing to share, but I haven’t had the help of any mentoring in a traditional sense.
Do you have a feedback system? How does it work?
I designed software for a feedback system a while back for my fraud prevention services, so I simply adapted that system in a way that it could be applied to my real estate endeavors.