One of the longest established estate agencies in Belfast is under new ownership after Philip Johnston sold his remaining sales and letting branch.
The business, situated on the Upper Newtownards Road, has been purchased by local business woman Betty Beverland.
Whilst under new ownership, the name Johnston will remain, albeit with a re-brand to reflect this new dawn in the estate agency in East Belfast and North Down.
Betty Beverland, Managing Director of Johnston and Co, said:
“We wish Philip well in his new ventures and will build on the excellent service that he and the team have provided for thousands of vendors and purchasers down the years.
“It is for this reason that we have retained the Johnston name in our new brand.
“It’s very much business as usual, with the same staff who collectively have more than 100 years experience within East Belfast and North Down and will continue to provide a seamless and professional service fitting of a modern estate agents yet retaining personal and traditional methods.”
As a market leader within East Belfast, Johnston and Co has seen an increase in sales over the last quarter compared with the same period last year.
“We’ve witnessed almost a 20% rise in the number of houses sold in the last three months compared to this time last year,” continued Ms Beverland.
With local lenders now offering 95% mortgages at competitive rates and the co-ownership scheme continuing apace, there has been a healthy upturn in sales in East Belfast.
Jamesy Hagan, Director of Hagan Homes who entrusts Johnston and Co to sell his exceptional new build developments, said:
“Our affordable, quality and stylish new build two bedroom apartments at Titanic Walk start from just £74,950 ensuring that East Belfast is a prime location for first time buyers.
“As homebuilders Hagan Homes has, for a long time, entrusted Johnston and Co to sell their homes in a professional manner and I wish Betty and the team well as they aim to build further on their success.”
It’s that strong focus on customer service that is crucial to Betty Beverland.
“The people of East Belfast trust the Johnston name to deliver sound advice during what is the biggest financial decision most people will ever undertake,” continued Betty.
“My experience in the hospitality sector taught me that attention to detail in customer dealings is critical to success and I plan to ensure that is upheld at Johnston and Co.
“We plan to roll-out a number of new initiatives which will strengthen further our market share, and position Johnston and Co as the first port-of-call for anyone buying or selling in East Belfast and North Down.”
The team at Johnston and Co can be contacted on Tel: 028 90 655555 or Facebook at Johnston Estate Agents or www.johnstonestateagents.com
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