Banks are not allowed to own and operate real estate companies. Are mortgage lenders or mortgage brokers also restricted. GMAC owns both and I would be interested in knowing how they structure the entity that is legal.
With Lease-Options - you can work out problems with suppliers, mainly those who cannot accept below market value offer 25% more.Overseas investment property is significant financial planning, but also gives you some great tax advantages. Even if the market moves across the industry, real estate buying and selling is always a good sector to be involved in.