Belfast Telegraph

Progressive: providing local expertise for over a century

Darina Armstrong, chief executive at Progressive Building Society
Darina Armstrong, chief executive at Progressive Building Society

By Stephanie Bell

Having funded local home ownership in Ulster for over 100 years, Progressive Building Society has a proud history of providing savings and mortgage products.

Throughout this time the society has come to recognise the invaluable work estate agents put into helping both first-time buyers and home-movers purchase their dream property. For this reason, Progressive is delighted to be involved in the Belfast Telegraph Property Awards, through sponsorship of the Residential Estate Agency of the Year category.

Speaking ahead of this year's property awards, Darina Armstrong, chief executive at Progressive Building Society, said: "Our commitment to engaging with our customers on a personal level is key to Progressive's continued success, but it is not the only factor.

"Along with mortgage advisers and brokers, estate agents are the first point of contact for those who are looking to buy for the first time or to move home, and we rely on their knowledge and expertise to help our members and potential members in the purchase of their property.

"We recognise that the home-buying process is very much a joint effort and our continued support of this category provides Progressive with the opportunity to acknowledge the role estate agents play and to show our appreciation."

Darina said the company was seeing vibrancy across the mortgage market in Northern Ireland, with first, second and third-time movers reflecting the increase in the number of new developments being built in a range of locations.

She added: "With this increasing demand and excitement for moving home, Progressive Building Society will be working ever closer with estate agents to help local people throughout the home-buying process, and as Northern Ireland's only locally-owned mortgage provider, this is something we hold dear.

"At Progressive we work hard to ensure our mortgage products are easy to understand and that our customers receive the support they need at every stage of the mortgage application process. We understand the need to be flexible to meet the needs of all our customers whatever their circumstances and central to this are the relationships we have developed over the years with our partners in the property sector - both our mortgage brokers and local estate agents."

Darina said that Progressive will continue to invest in all 12 local branches to ensure that it continues to meet the ever-changing requirements of local customers.

She added: "Progressive Building Society is proud to sponsor the Belfast Telegraph Property Awards' Residential Estate Agency of the Year category. We look forward to the event and wish all applicants the very best of luck."