Friends open new prop­erty agency in the east of city

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

TWO friends and busi­ness part­ners, both un­der the age of 30, have opened a new es­tate agency in Belfast, em­ploy­ing six staff.

Natasha Rodgers and Kirsty Fin­ney set up Rodgers & Fin­ney in what is be­lieved to be the first new es­tate agency to open here for many years.

Both have a back­ground in prop­erty. Ms Fin­ney (29) was awarded Young Agent of the Year 2016/2017 by Prop­erty News, while Ms Rodgers has years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a fam­ily mem­ber of the Rodgers and Browne prop­erty firm.

Ms Fin­ney told the Belfast Tele­graph that the friends wanted to launch a ser­vice that would have its cus­tomers “shout­ing from the rooftops”.

“We want to do it right and pro­vide a ser­vice to clients that gets us re­fer­rals,” she said.

“We want peo­ple to say they sold their home, or bought a home with us, and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Too of­ten you hear many buy­ers talk­ing about bad ser­vice and we want to change that.”

Rodgers & Fin­ney opened its doors in a soft launch in Bal­ly­hack­amore just four weeks ago and al­ready busi­ness is going “bril­liantly”, Ms Fin­ney said.

“We’re in our fourth week and it’s been amaz­ing. We’ve sold two prop­er­ties and we’re just about to se­cure a sale on an­other,” she said.

Bal­ly­hack­amore was cho­sen as the base for the busi­ness be­cause of its high con­cen­tra­tion of es­tate agents.

Busi­ness part­ner Natasha Rodgers added: “While our busi­ness is new, we do have many years of ex­pe­ri­ence and our own unique style of ser­vice.

“No two days are the same and from sourc­ing homes for busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als and sports stars to mak­ing sure a new mover to the city can set­tle quickly, we both get im­mense sat­is­fac­tion from work­ing with peo­ple to buy a house and make it their home.

“Kirsty and I are both un­der 30 so we’re re­ally proud to now have our own busi­ness with our names above the door.”

“It is still early days but we would def­i­nitely love to say, in a cou­ple of years, that we are opening an­other of­fice,” Ms Fin­ney added.

Kirsty Fin­ney

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