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Would you Adam and Eve it – Mortgage Strategy has a new boss. Well, at least for a week. The John from John Charcol coughed up 9,000 for the privilege at the charity auction at this year’s Broomstick Ball for Cancer Research.

The event, organised by Bristol & West sales terrier Dierdre McManus, raised a whopping 159,000 for the cancer charity.

“I’m a little worried,” MS editor Robyn Hall confessed to Mole.

“Garfield is a legend and I’ll probably be permanently out of a job once he gets his mitts on my mag. But I just hope he does it himself and doesn’t appoint Ray Boulger to the post. I’m not sure I could handle a week of Ray in the office.”

STAFF TURNOVERAnother busy week for Mole and another new member of staff, well, at least for 48 hours, after Pink Home Loans PR manager Sarah Anderton joined the Strategy team as a reporter on Monday last week.

“I had a great time but I’m going to be sticking with PR for the time being,” Anderton told Mole. “Besides, I’m not sure my liver could take the battering the Strategy team has to endure.”

ANIMAL HOUSE Mole hears on the grapevine that Bradford & Bingley’s Duncan Pownall could shortly be getting hitched. That’s right, the Monkey has moved in with the Chimp and Mole’s been tipped the wink it can only mean one thing. Remember folks, you read it here first.

COMICMS has hit the big time. That’s right. We’re so good at what we do we’re featured on page 9 of the historic 150th issue of Viz along with Jimmy Carr, Scottish Widows’ Johnny Timpson and Commercial First boss Stephen Johnson.

The comic is regularly lampooned in a feature called Carr For Hire and D. Dillon from Edinburgh sent in a snap from this year’s Mortgage Strategy awards – Scottish Widows picking up best mortgage protection provider, sponsored by Commercial First. Go out and buy your collector’s edition copy now. In fact, buy two.But remember, keep it hidden from the kids. And your mum. And probably anyone under the age of 16 or over 75.


LloydsTSB warns of Halloween insurance claims

As millions prepare for tonight’s Halloween parties, Lloyds TSB Insurance is warning homeowners to brace themselves for a spate of trick or treating disasters.The insurer says claims for malicious damage could triple following Halloween this year. After October 31 last year, insurance claims shot up by almost 150%.Some of the quirkier claims made following last […]

Amber appoints product consultant

Amber Homeloans has appointed Craig Davey as product development consultant. This is a role created within the sales and marketing team to help Amber develop innovative products meet the demands of the intermediary market. Davey brings with him six years of mortgage industry experience gained within the Skipton Group.

Lack of client knowledge sparks concern over TCF

Consumers are struggling to understand mortgage terminology and products, causing concern over the products they are being advised to buy. The latest One Specialist survey by BM Solutions finds that nine out of 10 brokers believe consumers have no idea what the London Inter Bank Offered Rate is and what it entails. This statistic in […]

Internet Insite

Mortgage Strategy’s weekly guide to what’s hot and what’s not on the web. Kevin Paterson takes a look at lender websites, working his way from A to Z

The savvy consumer

In last year’s FCA thematic review of the mortgage market, one of the key things highlighted was the “savvy consumer”. That’s the client who comes in the door with a very clear idea of what they need and expect you to get them it. They don’t think they need advice, they have after all consulted […]


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