Gill Fielding is annoyed that the UK does not teach its children to be money and wealth creation savvy before they leave school.

The landlord, property educator and former chartered accountant, who runs the UK’s only AQA Unit-accredited property course via her company Fielding Financial as well as money education charity Money Mum, is annoyed that so many people end up in debt rather than building up wealth.

During a career in property spanning 40 years, Fielding says she has always wanted to – and continues to – ‘light the spark’ of imagination among as many people as possible to get thinking about how to manage their money better, and create long-term wealth.

“The road to that is really a motorway with different lanes and the more sophisticated you are, the more lanes there are – pensions, property, stocks and shares and starting your own business are all options,” she says.

“But the easiest in the long run, certainly to understand for most people, is property – because we’ve all rented or owned a property at some point.”

Accidental landlord

Fielding’s own journey to wealth was more accidental than planned. After a childhood in a poverty-stricken area of London’s East End, and after leaving school to begin work, she then gained a place at Sussex University.

Before starting her course, she saved up £4,500 while working five different job (not realising that students rented together in halls or houses) to buy a property for £7,000 in Brighton.

“So instead I rented it out while I was a student and sold it after graduation for three times more than I paid for it – and used the profit to buy more, and then a lot more properties, later getting into HMOs,” she says.

These days she is more of a passive property investor – entering joint ventures, funding whole developments or helping provide finance to people who do her courses.

“I still have a handful of buy-to-lets and HMOs – it’s been a very varied journey,” she adds.

Life mission

“It’s a life mission – if I go and sit on beach on Barbados and then come back, what am I supposed to do the next day? There’s no fulfilment in that for me. 

“I decided about 25 years ago – after a life crisis following the birth of my third child – that I wanted to help as many people as possible light the spark of financial possibility during my life, particularly through property investment. And that’s how all my different initiatives started. And I still believe investing in property is one of the keys to wealth creation.

“Of course being a landlord should not be taken lightly in today’s highly regulated world. But if you do it properly the rewards are significant – it’s all about education.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. Good Luck to her – sadly, the moment “I am a landlord” exits her mouth, she is not a “normal” person to most others and “the devil” to many.

    Her view that anyone can better themselves sadly is no longer the case – because it’s a sad fact that MOST people in the UK cannot buy more than 1 property (if that), don’t have money spare to invest in stocks/shares and can’t start a business either. The average person in the UK has £600 in savings!

    It was a whole different world 20+ years ago when housing cost was closer to salary income. And it’s a lot easier to make and invest money now when you have the money to begin with !!

    YES, far more needs to be done to educate kids about finance, budgeting and (achievable) aspiration – but a “greedy landlord” isn’t the one to do it (and I’m saying that as one of them).

  2. Rather than the proverbial ‘greedy LL’ perhaps a more descriptive and far less contentious term to describe relevant activity would be we are all

    PRAPs

    Private Rental Accommodation Providers

    I would take no more notice of those as I would an IFA, a bank manager’ etc etc.

    DYOR should surely be the appropriate course of action.

    If you don’t then you deserve to make wrong decisions.

    Personally I wish I had received some LL education 18 years ago.

    I didn’t and made some horrendous investment decisions.

    Had I known then what I now know I would even have bothered becoming a conventional LL.

    I could have afforded back then a large residential house.

    I would have taken in lodgers.
    That house value would now be 5 times what my flats have appreciated by.

    No eviction problems and tax free lodger rent with the RFRA.

    I regret ever becoming a

    PRAP.

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