The tale ofThe bank that knew the future

The tale of the bank that knew the future

Prologue

Walking down an acacia-lined street with your other half, you stop at a three-storey townhouse. The area’s perfect, and it’s the late Victorian terrace you’ve had your heart set on for years. Intrigued, you scan the board’s unique code with your mobile phone to see if it’s still got all the original fireplaces. It looks to be exactly the place you’re after.

The tale of the bank that knew the future

Prologue

Of course it’s more than where you live now, so you push the details through to your virtual advisor at Google bank, who calculates your predicted payments against your current outgoings (including council tax), tells you if you can afford it, and preapproves you for a mortgage. They also recommend a moving company – complete with a discount code. Which is nice.

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