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Special Agent: Fionnuala Farrell


Fionnuala Farrell

Fionnuala Farrell

Fionnuala Farrell

Weekly focus on who's who in our local estate agents

Name: Fionnuala Farrell

Where you live: Belfast

Married to: Ronan

Children: Anna (8), James (5) and Ellen (2)

Who you work for

BTWCairns Estate Agents

What brought you into the business?

I have a degree in Estate Management from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

Who has inspired you in the property world?

Not property related, but I think it is hugely important for any career to have a strong work ethic which is something I learned from my parents.

What do you have sitting on your desk?

My computer, mobile phone and some paperwork.

Downtime is?

I am a working mum with three young children so most of my spare time is spent entertaining them.

Do you do lunch?

I usually just have a quick sandwich.

What qualifications do you think are essential for estate agency?

I believe an Estate Agency qualification is beneficial as it offers a useful insight into the basics of the business. However, a positive attitude and a professional approach to all aspects of your work are essential.

It is also important to be personable to build a rapport with clients and diplomacy skills are also vital in managing the buyer-seller relationship.

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A solicitor.

If you could give it all up tomorrow, where in the world would you move to, and what would you do?

To be honest, I love living here and could not imagine ever wanting to live anywhere else in the world.

Any unfulfilled ambitions?

Firstly, to advance my career at BTWCairns.

Secondly, on a personal level, to guide and encourage my children to fulfil their ambitions, whatever they may be.

What is the most common misconception people have about estate agents?

A common misconception is that little work is done by the estate agent in exchange for a large fee.

Your top tip for house-hunters is

When you find your ideal property, don’t wait around, make your best offer to the agent to try and secure it for yourself, before someone else comes along.

Belfast Telegraph