Es­tate agents open fourth of­fice as mar­ket con­tin­ues to grow

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

ES­TATE agency Si­mon Brien Res­i­den­tial has opened its fourth of­fice in North­ern Ire­land as it con­tin­ues to grow against the back­drop of an im­prov­ing hous­ing mar­ket.

The firm has opened up in New­tow­nards with the cre­ation of five new jobs, adding to its pres­ence in south Belfast, east Belfast and Holy­wood. It now em­ploys 50 peo­ple.

The North­ern Ire­land hous­ing mar­ket has been show­ing signs of a steady re­cov­ery. The lat­est res­i­den­tial prop­erty price in­dex from Land & Prop­erty Ser­vices re­ported a 4.4% in­crease in av­er­age house prices to £128,650 be­tween the se­cond quar­ter of 2016 and the se­cond quar­ter of this year.

Over the last three years, the agency’s of­fices have han­dled 4,500 house sales worth a to­tal of £925m. Agency founder Si­mon Brien said: “The North­ern Ire­land hous­ing sec­tor is per­form­ing well and we are look­ing ahead to the fu­ture with op­ti­mism.

“It is this sense of con­fi­dence in the mar­ket which has spurred on our de­ci­sion to ex­pand our busi­ness fur­ther and es­tab­lish a pres­ence within the area.

“We are ex­cited to grow in New­tow­nards and the Ards Penin­sula ar­eas, pro­vid­ing new em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple with ex­pe­ri­ence in prop­erty.

“Re­cent sta­tis­tics have shown a 4.4% growth in house prices over the past year and we an­tic- ipate that this mo­men­tum will con­tinue.”

He added: “We have had a great pe­riod of suc­cess over the last three years, se­cur­ing sales for sev­eral thou­sand clients, and we look for­ward to de­vel­op­ing our busi­ness fur­ther and of­fer­ing our pro­fes­sional ser­vices to many new clients.”

An­drea White, man­ager of the new branch, said: “Our fo­cus in New­tow­nards will be to pro­vide a highly pro­fes­sional, per­sonal ser­vice to our clients.”

From left, Si­mon Brien part­ners Sa­muel Dickey, Thomas O’do­herty and Si­mon Brien with branch staff Aaron Mills, man­ager An­drea White, So­phie An­stey, Polly Ag­bodo and Vic­to­ria Fraser

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