A Newtownabbey estate agency is changing its name as it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and celebrates one of its most successful business years to date.
McMillan Estate Agents will be renamed McMillan McClure in what represents an investment of £15,000 and refers to a new partnership at the helm of the business and to mark two decades of success.
Jim McMillan, the former Sole Director, described the changing times and his vision for moving the business forward: “In 2002 when I opened the business, I did so with a set of core values and a business model that combined high performance with exceptional customer service and a role that would be embedded in the community.
“It was a wonderful trip, but all trips have to change and evolve with the market and changing times. With this in mind, we have made some well-deserved promotions and are launching our new brand as McMillan McClure.
The company’s new team of directors includes Jim McMillan, Barrie McClure, Katrina Heaney and Laura McMillan. All are long-term staff members with over 90 years of industry experience collectively.
The four directors have invested heavily in the future of the company to help sustain the company’s consecutive growth over the years.
In fact, McMillan McClure’s latest business numbers for 2020-21 exceeded his original target by 30% while the real estate professional’s home sales averaged 3.6% above asking price in 2021. only.
Mr McMillan continued: “The market has been very strong with many potential buyers showing up in a very active market. Demand is high and supply is low and therefore prices are usually much higher than expected. There doesn’t seem to be any sign of a market slowdown at the moment.
“We reward our staff well with a generous salary, bonus structure and private health insurance and pension and other benefits. Due to the growth and expansion of our business, we plan to announce a number of new positions over the next year.
“We believe that nurturing our team and giving back has been key to this success, as has our role in the local community.
“From the start of the business there was a vision to care for and give back to local communities and charities and over 20 years in business we have donated over £180,000 to many charities including the NI Hospice, Lighthouse suicide and mental health charity, Newtownabbey Foodbank, Alzheimer’s Society, Chest Heart & Stroke, Motor Neurone Association, Air Ambulance, Belfast Youth Clubs Down Syndrome charity and more.
“The firm is also involved in school programs. We visit many local schools each year and have also supported over 40 children and young people on work placements.
Investment in new technologies along with ongoing training programs are at the heart of the newly rebranded company’s agenda to ensure that McMillan McClure remains a leader in its field.
This latest investment has resulted in numerous accolades at national Estas Awards, while the company’s Google reviews have over 300 five-star posts.
Mr. McMillan added: “As part of our rebranding, we will continue to give back. We are committed to supporting a different local charity each month. It’s our way of giving a helping hand to those in need and saying a huge thank you to the entire community who has supported us over the past 20 years.
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councilor Billy Webb praised; “McMillan McClure is a great example of how local businesses continue to contribute to our society and our prosperity. I would like to congratulate the McMillan McClure team on their success, wish them good luck for the future and thank them for their contribution to our community”.
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