BTWShiells rebrands as Simon Brien Residential
One of Northern Ireland's best-known residential estate agencies has been relaunched and renamed after one of its directors.
BTWShiells Residential is now known as Simon Brien Residential and will continue to operate province-wide with 42 staff.
The agency last week held a residential and commercial auction with 84 lots, raising more than £5m in sales.
Mr Brien has around 30 years of experience in estate agency, including private resale homes, new developments, residential lettings, property management, auctions, corporate recovery and financial services.
He said he was confident about the potential for growth of the business, and said he believed the gradual recovery of the Northern Ireland housing market would continue.
Mr Brien – previously a partner in the Eric Cairns Partnership and a director in BTWShiells – said: "Over the years we have built on our reputation as market leaders in all areas of residential estate agency with particular focus on the private resale market, land and new homes.
"Our track record includes delivering over 20,000 house sales and £2bn in land sales.
"We believe that residential estate agency requires a personal approach to client relationships and also in-depth knowledge of local market variants, together with a professional approach."
He said the timing was "perfect" for the agency to develop the business, adding: "The property market is delivering real growth, optimism across the Northern Ireland economy is building, and Simon Brien Residential has the team, experience and portfolio in place to build on our established position as market leaders in Northern Ireland."
The agency's senior management team includes Ciara Crawford, David Menary, Karen Wilson, Mark Leinster, Martin Mallon, Caroline McGovern and Laura-Ann Barr.
The agency will continue operating from offices at Lisburn Road, Ballyhackamore and Holywood.
Meanwhile, the commercial side of BTWShiells has been taken over by Lambert Smith Hampton – which owned the business up until a management buy-out in 2003 – and also renamed after its new owners.