Financial services is something that Alexander & Co has offered for some time, but we feel that now, more than ever, making sure that your finances are in order and you’re covered in case of emergencies, or events that are out of your control, is vital. That’s why we’ve welcomed a Mortgage & Protection Advisor, James Keenan, to our team.
James joins us with plenty of experience in finance: ‘I previously ran a home improvements company and got my company FCA registered so I could offer my clients finance options. After speaking with a friend who was a broker and doing my own mortgages over the years, I decided to cross over into the industry. I joined the Just Mortgages Academy, which led to a position within an estate agents in Swindon, where the manager and I grew the business to a really successful branch over a number of years, before joining the team here.’
James, whilst based in our Peter Ball Cheltenham office, will be covering the entire Alexander & Co Group for mortgages and advice, including Alexander & Co, Ella and Peter Ball & Co. ‘I’m looking forward to getting set up,’ James said, ‘and seeing lots of new clients, helping them to achieve buying their first home or moving house.’
So, what made James want to join us? ‘I was working during the government-imposed lockdown from home, but outside of that had been commuting from Cheltenham to Swindon every day, which meant I was leaving home at 6:30am and not getting home until 7:30pm. The long days obviously meant I spent less time with my wife, Laura, and daughter, Izzy, but working from home during lockdown made me realise I wanted something closer to home. I reached out to someone I know at Mortgage Advice Bureau, whom Alexander & Co are a part of, to see what opportunities they had, and found one right on my doorstep in Cheltenham.’
When not at work helping people with their finances, James can be found spending time with his family, going for days out or walks. He also enjoys socialising with friends and family in the local area, enjoying the restaurants that Cheltenham has to offer.
If you need any help or advice financially when it comes to moving, get in touch with James, who’d be happy to walk you through your options.