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We speak to Katie Haley, regional underwriter at The Mortgage Lender, about her passion for travel, an eagerness to get back to Glastonbury and a booming mortgage market.
Sum up the current mortgage market in a hashtag?
Is the mortgage market diverse enough?
Yes, I think over the last 10 years or so the market has changed and is now offering mortgages to a much broader range of customers, with different deposit types and income being accepted and with longer terms and availability for people with differing credit profiles. I think we are a far cry from the mortgage market of the past. It’s good to see!
What have you missed over the last year?
I am a real travel bunny and not being able to get away to tick off the next country on my list has been something I’ve really missed. I was lucky enough to get to France snowboarding two weeks before lockdown which kept the wanderlust at bay for a while, but I can’t wait to get back to the airport with my passport and a beer in hand waiting for the plane to head to a new destination.
New talent/ skill acquired during lockdown?
With nowhere to go I decided to eventually get our house decorated as we’ve always wanted it. I spent most weekends and evenings for around three months decorating each room (even turning our cellar into a “snug/den”) and can now say I am a dab hand with a paintbrush amongst other DIY skills – my late Grandad would be proud!
Favourite song – and why?
Not Nineteen Forever – Courteeners. This song was released just before I turned 19 so whenever it’s playing I’m taken back to being 19 and remembering good times with friends.
Courteeners are my favourite band and having missed out on seeing them a number of times for different reasons I eventually got to in 2019 so this song now provokes great memories from my first Glastonbury too – roll on June 2022 when I’ll eventually get to go back!
League or Union?
Dog or cat?
Cocktail or shot?