Estate agents open fourth office as market continues to grow
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 anticipate 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."