Through his work with Ian Leaf Fraud Watcher, fraud prevention specialist and longtime consumer advocate Ian Leaf has succeeded in raising widespread awareness of the need to utilize fraud prevention strategies while also demonstrating that simple preventive measures can go a long way in protecting against the efforts of fraudsters and scammers. In a joint venture involving both Ian Leaf, tax fraud expert, and Ian Andrews, fraudster prevention specialist, a number of exceptionally effective fraud prevention strategies have been developed and implemented to a great degree of success.

While the success of programs that include “Ian Leaf Fraudster Watcher,” and “Ian Leaf Tax Fraud Prevention,” yielded a great deal of notoriety from the consumer advocacy community, Leaf still needed to seek out the assistance of Ian Andrews, funding expert, to help secure the capital necessary to expand his professional services in a way that would generate the greatest possible benefit for consumers. Through the funding strategies utilized by Andrews, Leaf created a consortium of fraud prevention organizations operating under the title “Ian Leaf HFC and Tax Fraud Prevention.”

Ian Leaf now resides in Los Angeles, California, where he works out of the consortium’s main offices. While he continues to maintain a demanding schedule that reflects his deep dedication to fraud prevention, Leaf has also made time to enjoy the Los Angeles custom home he had built several years ago on a piece of property tucked away amid the exquisite beauty and the scenic vistas only possible with a backyard set in the Santa Monica Mountains.

In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?

The home is located in Los Angeles County, and it is quite close to Malibu, California. I bought the property over 10 years ago, but it was only recently that I built the home that is now on the land.

What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?

I actually managed a property in Malibu, so I lived in my employer’s guest house as one of the perks that came with the job. It was a beautiful property, and the owner was the one who recommended that I purchase the land in the Santa Monica Mountains. I also split my time between Dublin, Ireland, and London, United Kingdom

What motivated you to purchase your first house?

I deeply respected the advice of my former employer, and she made the recommendation regarding the property and its potential as an investment and future home. Her first investment property in Switzerland remains one of her most memorable and favorite properties.

How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?

I had to take out several loans to secure the property and then build on it, but it turned out to be a wonderful decision.

When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.

More so as an investment. It was outside of what I felt comfortable spending on land when I bought it, but I knew it represented an investment opportunity I would regret missing out on if I didn’t commit to buying it.

What are 3 things you liked most about the house?

It’s in a unique location that has a remote feel to it without actually being remote, which means the views are spectacular and the location is not inherently inconvenient. The fact that it was an investment property recommended by my former employer was also a major factor.

Was there anything you didn’t like about it?

I wasn’t thrilled about having to build a home from scratch.

Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?

I haven’t done anything new to the home, especially since I had it custom-built so recently.

Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.

Just being able to wake up each morning in the mountains is enough to make living there worthwhile. It brings up great memories of the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?

I still live there, and the property still has that new feeling.

What advice would you give other first time home buyers?

If you are offered advice from someone who is considered an expert in the real estate industry, it is wise to closely follow that advice.