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Progressive backs search to find best estate agency

By Stephanie Bell

Having funded local home ownership for over 100 years, Progressive Building Society has a proud local 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 to purchase their properties.

It is for this reason that the company 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 the awards on November 17, Progressive Building Society chief executive Darina Armstrong said: "Estate agents can be the first point of contact for those who are looking to buy or sell their home.

"Their knowledge and expertise of the housing market is a great source of information for us as we seek to provide our members with the most relevant and up to date information, enabling them to make informed choices.

"Moving home can be one of the most stressful times in your life and, working closely with estate agents, we want to make this process as smooth as possible."

Darina said that through the company's partnership with Ulster University they are aware that estate agents are providing in-depth analysis of the local housing market, helping produce the Northern Ireland Quarterly House Price Index, which is a useful source of information for both buyers and sellers.

She added: "As the only locally-owned mortgage provider, Progressive Building Society will continue to work with our partners in the property sector, both our mortgage brokers and local estate agents, to help local people in the home-buying process.

"We strive to ensure our products are easy to understand and our customers receive the support they need at every stage of their mortgage application.

"We work hard to meet the needs of all our customers, whatever their circumstances, and fully understand the need to be flexible. Looking forward, we will continue investing in our 12 branches making sure we meet the evolving requirements of local customers and that we provide the best possible service.

"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."

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