Finding ways to stand out in a competitive market is crucial, and one way for an advisor to do that is to show concern for social issues. Climate change is one such issue that many customers are increasingly conscious of, so how can mortgage advisors cut their carbon footprints?
Reducing your carbon footprint will not necessarily be easy to do, as much of the mortgage industry remains dependent on old-fashioned practices. From office work to travelling to meetings and paper documents, it all adds up to considerable fossil fuel usage. Fortunately, the pandemic has demonstrated that much of this is not needed, so now is the time to implement change.
This is possible even before you qualify, as you will be able to find a CeMAP training company that provides learning via an online study course, which will save you travelling by car and will get you into good habits from the start.
Once you begin work, you can look at reducing the amount of car travel you do by holding more of your meetings virtually. Of course, sometimes face-to-face contact will be required, but Covid-19 has shown that many meetings can be held using video conferencing tools.
It will also be possible to limit the paper used during the loan application process, as there are now numerous tech solutions available that are designed for that purpose. Finally, you can cut your energy waste by working from home rather than from an office, at least part of the time, as lighting and heating office spaces uses a lot of energy.
By cutting their carbon footprints, advisors will have a competitive edge in the market.