What does your company do and what role do you play?
Mayers Real Estate, based in Belfast, offers practical, professional real estate services across the UK. The business is made up of a number of key services including residential and commercial sales and lettings as well as real estate consultancy across the range of asset classes.
How did the business start and how has it grown?
The business celebrated its first birthday in September 2018, and we are very proud of what we have achieved both in terms of business development and the aspirations of our clients. We retain a core group of clients who are active in the market and rely on us for advice on strategic decision making, asset enhancement, acquisitions and disposals. We are very excited about the continuous development of the residential sales element of the business.
What is your background?
My training towards achieving my chartership began in 2005 and I qualified as a chartered surveyor in 2007. I recall at that time the land deals transacting for £1m an acre and I thought real estate sure was an exciting place to be. Then, in 2008 the recession hit.
What do you do differently from your competition and what are your strengths?
Our clients are the backbone of our business. Building trust is a key part of what we do. Not everything is without its challenges, however, because our clients back us 100%, they have the confidence that we will work until we find resolutions. We will burn the midnight oil for our clients.
Who are your main customers?
Our clients are individuals and business who are active in the real estate market. By active I mean they are tenants, landlords, investors, home owners and developers.
Do you have a target in mind in terms of where you want the business to grow?
I’m always hatching new ideas, new ways we can deliver our service, discovering new technology and noticing what’s going on in other jurisdictions. It’s about pushing the brand for more and more recognition so that we become the ‘go to’ estate agency and chartered surveying practice that people trust to get the job done.
What challenges have you faced?
I’m a chartered surveyor and estate agent. That’s my day job. Add running, sustaining and continually developing a business into the mix and suddenly my daily agenda looks a lot different. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have a team alongside me who are competent, diligent and trustworthy.
Who most inspires you?
My inspiration comes from everywhere. I’ll see a slogan on a marketing campaign, or a video online or someone will share their experience with me. I am very fond of a few words spoken by Maya Angelou – ‘people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’.
Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my career and I’m thankful everyday that I had the tenacity and motivation to create my own business. Mayers Real Estate will continue to thrive and I will continue to work hard with my team in promoting the brand. I also understand that there are a lot of great people who are deserving of an opportunity. People, who like me, have strengths and weaknesses.