John Minnis celebrates decade of selling over £500m in properties
One of Northern Ireland's best known estate agents has marked 10 years in business after selling more than £500m worth of property.
And John Minnis celebrated with his team in style, aboard one of the many stunning Tall Ships which docked in Belfast at the weekend.
Founded in July 2005 in Holywood, the company now boasts offices in Belfast and Donaghadee, and has picked up numerous national awards along the way.
"I am absolutely delighted to be here with our fantastic team today, celebrating the company's tenth year in business," John Minnis said.
"Back in 2005, there were just the four of us, we opened on July 4, 2005 - 10 years ago. The team grew quickly as did the property market."
Just two years after it first started up, it opened its second office in Donaghadee, while a Belfast branch was added in 2012.
John Minnis Estate Agents now employs 30 staff across the sites.
"The old adage that people buy from people has never been so true. I'm grateful for the dedication of my team, which has brought us through the deepest property recession in Northern Ireland's history," Mr Minnis said.
"It was hard work, but now that we're through it feels like we've made huge strides, and I am proud that we are leading the market in Northern Ireland. To date we have sold in excess of half a billion pounds of property.
"The two most recent reports from RICS and the Office of National Statistics confirm our team findings.
"It's official - the Northern Ireland housing market is in recovery.
"While I don't think we're going to see a repeat of 2014's stellar growth rates this year, I believe that Northern Ireland's property market will continue to outperform the rest of the UK, and we will help our clients to make the most of the opportunities that provides."
It comes as the latest house price survey showed Northern Ireland has overtaken London as the UK region with the fastest growing property prices.
That's after year-on-year prices rose by 8%, according to the Nationwide building society.
The average house price in Northern Ireland hit £126,525 in the second quarter of 2015.
But it still remains around 45% down on its 2007 peak.
Northern Ireland has maintained its rate of growth in property prices while some other regions have slowed.