Murray invests a mint
Mole hears that specialist buy-to-let lender Landbay got investment from an improbable source recently – world number one tennis champion Andy Murray.
The famous Scottish ball-wangler upped his previous investment in the firm by an unspecified amount. The Landbay press release that announced the deal featured a fitting quote from the notoriously impassive Murray: “I have invested in Landbay for a second time, exercising my pre-emption rights. The future for the company looks good and I’m pleased to be able to maintain my shareholding as the company grows.”
Tone down the overwhelming enthusiasm a notch, Andy.
Another celebrity making waves in the property world recently was DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles, Mole hears. Knowles (left) was voted the nation’s favourite property TV presenter, according to a survey commissioned by My Home Move.
The survey also found that Downton Abbey was UK citizens’ ‘dream home’, with Southfork Ranch – from 1980s TV show Dallas – a close second.
However, property professionals held a different opinion on the best property TV presenter, telling My Home Move they preferred Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud.
Mole would expect nothing less from property cognoscenti in both the mortgage market and beyond.
A just reward
Mole has all the time in the world for Chris Naya of Just Mortgages, who was recently named the company’s top newcomer despite still recovering from severe head injuries received during an assault.
Chris, a father of five from Manningtree, Essex, was left in a life-threatening condition just before Christmas but has clearly come back strongly.
Just Mortgages managing director Antony Lark says Chris is one of the firm’s “most prolific performers” and his “passion and work ethic stand out”.
Mole is sure readers will congratulate Chris (above, centre, with Tom Panos, left, and Clark) and wish him all the best.