‘I wanted to be James Bond – still working on it’


Amer Watson MS Lending 2

In our latest Five Minute Interview, Tony Sanchez speaks to Amer Watson, relationship manager at MS Lending Group.

MS Lending Group offers bridging finance on residential, semi-commercial, and commercial properties.

As a business, they look at every case on its own individual merits and work closely with their clients to ensure their financial needs are met.

They have no set product range in order to ensure they are agile in the market and able to best suit their customers.

MS Lending Group is based on real products, by real people, making real decisions.

What is the best thing about being in the bridging finance business?

The best things about being in bridging are receiving new enquiries, every deal is different and has its quirks.

It’s almost like piecing together a jigsaw.

What keeps you focused?

I do a lot of sport in the week, football, running and going to the gym.

Keeps my mind refreshed.

What qualities do you look for in your employees or colleagues?

Loyalty, trust and being a team player.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Definitely an optimist!

What did you want to be as a child?

I wanted to be James Bond – still working on it.

What will be the greatest challenge facing the bridging finance industry in the coming months?

Commercial and BTL term rates are high therefore prospective buyers who would typically look at bridging may be put off due to the cost of longer term finance.

We’re here to support our clients through their re-bridges during these market conditions.

A re-bridge isn’t necessarily a bad thing but is understandably going to be more common place in the current climate.

Who or what makes you laugh?

My colleagues at work – trying to help me answer this question.

Do you dread Monday mornings?

Not at all – I look forward to the days ahead and piecing together new deals.

Seeing a deal develop from start to finish. Especially when it’s working at MS Lending Group!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

It would be not to worry about the future and live in the moment.

With whom would you most like to have dinner?

I would love to have dinner with Elon Musk and pick his brains on the world.