Mortgage Mole: Ex-international football star becomes a surveyor


Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Pitch of excitement

It will come as no surprise to any of Mole’s fans that the UK is facing a shortage of surveyors. To deal with the problem, it seems the sector is turning to former professional footballers.

Mole hears Go To Surveys has just recruited former Premier League player and manager Iain Dowie. The burly 51-year-old, who earned 59 international caps for Northern Ireland and played for Crystal Palace, QPR and West Ham, is sales manager at the Oxfordshire-based firm.

His biography says that, after ‘the excitement of playing international football and managing at a high level, Iain is equally excited to be joining the innovative and dynamic GoTo group’. Quite.

They do run run run

The industry has gone marathon mad.

Congratulations go to Peter Izard from Investec Private Bank, who last week smashed through the £5,000 fundraising mark for running this year’s London Marathon in the company of Front Events’ James Prosser, Brightstar Financial’s Jeff List and Barcadia Media’s James Lucas.

More congratulations go to Countrywide’s Paul Hunt, who tells Mole his training for the same marathon is going well and he is now running 18 miles in under three hours.

Mole readers can donate to Peter and co at: and Paul at

Index linked?

Mole hopes you all had a good Easter break and the wet weather did not dampen your enthusiasm for some well-earned time off.

It certainly did not lessen Hometrack’s enthusiasm for its latest Cities House Price Index, which was embargoed until Good Friday. Mole’s pals on Mortgage Strategy had a bemused phonecall with a representative of the firm, who clarified that the index was indeed intended to be published on the first bank holiday of 2016.

Mole doesn’t know how seriously you all take your work but he is fairly sure you will have had better things to do last weekend than peruse the mortgage trade press.