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Mortgage Mole: February 2019

Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Good golly, Ms Hollie!

Have you ever seen such a cuddly, wuddly relationship as that between mortgage industry don David Whittaker and Hollie the office dog? First revealed in Mortgage Strategy’s September issue, said hound has become something of a social media hit, starring in more pictures and videos than Kim Karda-dachshund. Mole wonders what other mortgage industry pets are melting hearts, and would love to hear about them – as long as they’re not foxes or weasels.

Original sin

Mole is certainly fond of a tipple, but certain actions and words at various industry events over the years have ensured that his Talisker consumption is strictly limited to Saturday nights these days. When alone. If he were a little less rowdy, he’d definitely be popping along to Key Solutions Mortgages’ recruitment event, though. The firm wants to recruit 12 more advisers and has decided that the best way to meet eager young things is to host a gin-blending evening at its headquarters in Weston-super-Mare on 12 February.

Managing director Anna Pepler says: “We always want to be a little different from other companies and holding a gin-themed event seemed like the perfect way to find more advisers.” Indeed.

Hitting the high notes

Did anybody else catch TV singing show The Voice the other day? Mole flicked over on Saturday night to be greeted with a range-bending, Mariah Carey-esque rendition of In My Blood by Shawn Mendes that really got the blood pumping. Imagine Mole’s excitement when it transpired that the singer, Sarah Tucker, is a mortgage broker.

What with this and the recent MIC charity single, it seems to our velvety friend that the mortgage industry is particularly resplendent with musical talent.

It’s snow joke

A lot of people believe that moles hibernate over the icy winter, but they actually stay awake during the colder months, hunched in their warrens and eating insects.

Not that there’s any danger of Mole catching 40 winks – but at least in viewing Andrew Montlake, Michelle Leyland and other people’s Twitter feeds, Mole can finally identify where all the bumps, yelps and the decidedly unrelaxing sound of hot coffee sizzling on ice have been coming from. Can’t you strap some tennis rackets to your feet or something? Mole is trying to enjoy a meal here.

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