Surveyor charts 'alternative' type of estate agency with new venture
A new estate agency is being set up in south Belfast.
Chartered surveyor Ursula Mayers has launched Mayers Real Estate, Northern Ireland's newest real estate agency, based in Wellington Park.
The business is an 'alternative model' in the sector as it doesn't have a retail front and operates as a consultancy online, Ms Mayers explained.
"I reached a point in my career where I wanted to drive forward my own brand, my own style and one-to-one service that would allow my clients to have a good robust experience from someone who watches and understands the market," she added.
"The beauty of Mayers Real Estate operating in the digital sphere is it's a 24/7 model that allows fees to remain competitive."
Among its services Mayers will offer personal servicing, surveying, residential sales and advising on commercial opportunities.
The mum-of-three has more than 10 years' experience in asset management, strategic planning, residential selling and managing commercial schemes in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, where she worked for some of the leading agencies in the industry.
Ms Mayers said she will deal directly with all sellers and vendors and will build her team as the business grows.
"Although we're operating in one of the most unprecedented periods of austerity that our industry has experienced, I believe it's a really exciting time for the property sector," she said.
"It's the right time for me to leave behind employment and embark on self-employment, raising the bar for the industry now as an independent practitioner.
"I'm committed to driving results for vendors and purchasers based on exceeding any expectations they might currently have in relation to their property journey at extremely competitive rates."
Ms Mayers has opened her own venture just as she has been shortlisted for this year's RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Awards in London.
She is the only female from Northern Ireland to win a place on the shortlist of the event, hosted by the global governing body for the sector.
"I feel very privileged to be the only female from Northern Ireland named as a finalist ... in a year when the RICS is appealing for more females to consider a career in the land, property and construction sectors," the chartered surveyor said.
"I have been juggling my career with motherhood for the past six years and I love the challenge and variety to my performance and career development that each new property listing brings."
Looking at the future of real estate, Ms Mayers said: "There are a lot of challenges ahead, including Brexit.
"There are so many things going on in the market that have presented challenges to buyers and sellers and I want to be a part of supporting people through this uncertainty.
"We need to keep a positive attitude about the direction the market is going," she added.
The Young Surveyor of the Year Awards will be held in London in November.