One Year To Pay Off Your Mortgage

It’s a new property show presented by the one and only Sarah Beeny. It’s broadcasted by Channel 4, Saturday evenings.

The show is a documentary series following British people attempting to make substantial profit from investing and developing property outside of the UK so they can pay off their mortgages.

It’s a 6 part series, and apparently it presents a high risk, high reward solution to your mortgage problems.

I’ve been looking out for people’s reactions on the show, but to be honest, there’s not much out there. However, I did find a rather snotty discussion on channel 4’s forum regarding how “vulgar” this particular show and other “profit for property” shows are; I quote:

I think “vulgar” is an excellent way of describing these “profit from property” programmes.

Really, you do? The thought of people trying to make money through property- you’re right, it’s DISGUSTING! And you know that Gordan Ramsey guy, he should burn in hell for exploiting the catering industry by profiting from a chain of expensive restaurants that serve up pretentiously small sized dishes. Absolutely vulgar, dear chap!

Another quote:

Well I’m glad I’m no the only one. I just find it sad that there are people who can’t afford a home to live in yet we still get programmes about buying houses to make money from.

Lady, some people can’t afford TVs. Should we stop television? Some people can’t afford food, should we ban food chains from profiting? It’s not sad that there are documentaries about profiting from property, it’s sad that people can’t afford homes and/or food, period.

Amongst the screeching and whimpering, there was a particular issue that was being discussed that I found quite interesting. Actually, wasn’t actually a discussion per’se, it was more of a bitch-fest where people complained about the concept of the show:

Take all your English cash to somewhere people earn less money and push up the prices there so they can’t afford them. Even worse than doing it in your own country..

It’s a moral issue which I’d rather not get too involved with, because I’m not sure where I stand. However, I suspect there may be a lot of hypocrites out there. Do these people also frown upon anyone that invests in property abroad? If so, they must be VERY bitter people, since it’s a growing fad amongst the Brits. And if they don’t have a problem with every “exotic investor”, their moral stand is grey. I would bet my bottom dollar on the fact that at least one of their friend’s has a nice little holiday villa somewhere in Europe.

Unfortunately, Sarah Beeny received a lot of negative feedback for associating herself with such a project:

Yes, I normally like Sarah Beeny but putting her name to this leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. I will not be watching.

Sarah Beeny is normally one of the better presenters. I was horrified when I heard the adverts for this show. I won’t be watching!

Rather OTT, if you ask me. Sarah Beeny is a property guru; property is her career. Heaven forbid she’s presenting a documentary on a huge property sector- investing abroad for profit. I don’t agree with sweatshops, but I probably still own items of clothing that were produced in sweatshops. It’s just a harsh reality of life. It’s not going to help if I stop wearing clothes…

I think “exploiting” is a harsh word in this circumstance. If you think it’s exploitation to profit from a foreign country in the property market, then you’re probably being hypocritical. Most products/services in the UK profit from someone less fortunate.

So, have you guys been watching the programme? What are your thoughts? Did the programme help you? Useful tips? Inspirational? Are you offended by it?

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Victoria 10th October, 2007 @ 16:05

I think this is the same program i watched the re-runs of recently, from a previous series.

I've not seen the new programs, but if the old ones' were anything to go by its quite good. The only thing that drove me nuts was the "introducing the whole thing again from scratch after every commercial break" (although lots of shows do that), and Ms Beeny's insistence on reminding you regularly that "if it works out, they'll have paid off their mortgage in just a year, but if it all goes wrong they'll have lost *everything*".

Yeah, I get it. Its the idea of the show. Big risk. Its bad enough they could lose everything, without hearing it over and over again. The production crew might as well have added a throaty gasp noise and arch villain style "duh duh DUUUUUHH!!!!" music.

But otherwise yeah, its ok.

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vesta 28th December, 2007 @ 22:47

i loved it.. it inspired me.. im 53 and off 2 morrocco and bulgaria next summer with a sense of adventure and the intention 2 create something really ecologically sane and educational that will help boost the local economy in kind and gentle ways....as well as enhancing my finances to keep the wheel turning..funding new ideas and projects. im a humanitarian and ive stuggled with ideas of materialism and capitalism for decades. i live very low key and close 2 nature myself.
anyone know where i can get a copy of the series.. ????

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