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Joe Barker

Mortgage Adviser

I moved to London in 2012 where I started working for the Foxtons estate agency as a Move Consultant. Throughout my time in the role I learned: how to speak to clients confidently; how the market works; the sales and lettings process; as well as public speaking. Looking back at those early days in my career development, I realise how all of these skills have proven to be invaluable to me as a mortgage adviser, as mortgage clients have an expectation of background market knowledge above and beyond knowing just about mortgage products. Looking back I think this is a point people early on in their careers don’t consider.

My interest in mortgage advice was only strengthened after obtaining my CeMAPs. I was fortunate enough to have these paid for by Alexander Hall, as a part of the Trainee Mortgage Adviser programme. Having completed the programme I moved across to Alexander Hall to start the mortgage adviser induction course!

In my opinion the course is the most comprehensive training program in the industry, having spent time speaking to other companies ahead of making the commitment. The part which really appealed to me was the fact the course continues covers all the basics through to advanced topics and continues to evolve with the market; this was perfect for me, as I had no prior mortgage experience! In fact the training and support at Alexander Hall never really stops once you begin advising.

The culture at Alexander Hall is also second to none. I love the fact that I work in an environment that encourages progress at a pace that I feel comfortable with, in a company that prides itself on customer service. The management team make a real effort to create a fun and vibrant atmosphere whilst motivating me to work to my potential. I have also made many lifelong friends here who are always on hand to support or celebrate when needed.

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