11 Portland Avenue Newtownabbey BT36 5EY
 

About Us

McMillan Estate Agents - Estate agents in Belfast

Established in 2002, McMillan are one of south-east Antrim's leading estate agents and we pride ourselves on providing a personalised and professional service. Voted Newtownabbey Town Centre Management's 'People's Choice Award'-winners, McMillan like to give back to the community that has made us so successful. We donate a proportion of our profits to local charities and since 2002 McMillan have donated in the excess of £60,000 to a range of charities including Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Northern Ireland Hospice and Simon Community to name a few.

We are interested in keeping people in homes and we do not act for companies that repossess.

We put people at the heart of our business, and with extensive experience of sales and letting in the Newtownabbey area, you can rest assured that when you choose McMillan, you're in safe hands.

Meet the Team

  • Jim McMillan MRICS: Director
  • Laura McMillan BSc (Hons), MIAVI: Senior Valuer
  • Barrie McClure BA: Senior Valuer
  • Cally Howie BSc (Hons) DIS: Property Management
  • Katrina Heaney
  • Davis Kernohan: Independant Financial Advisor
Jim McMillan MRICS: Director

Jim McMillan

MRICS: Director

Jim McMillan has 30 years experience working for clients, developers and builders in the Newtownabbey area and beyond. He has negotiated 1000's of sale and purchaser transactions including sales, negotiations, valuations, compulsory purchase, vesting, sites, valuations and much more. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is extremely active in local fundraising groups, churches, schools and chair of the Drumross Adult Centre fundraising group. Jim believes all staff should play an active role in giving back to the community.

He is married to Imelda McMillan a high profile Senior Partner at Belfast law firm O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors. Mrs McMillan is the senior president of the Northern Ireland Law Society she is also very active in fundraising charities. They live in Jordanstown and have two children.

McMillan is a family owned local firm set up in early 2002 by Jim McMillan and based in Glengormley. After 19 years of working for Brian Morton & Co / Halifax and a short time at the Eric Cairns Partnership Jim recognised a gap in the market for high standard, professional estate agency services with a personal touch. The firm within 6 months became the market leader. Many of the company sales are previous well satisfied clients. The staff has expanded to 7 today and standards have never been higher. In 2010 the firm recognised and accredited to Investors in People. Since its formation the firm have acted for thousands of Client's and Institutions. Our mission statement is "We strive to demonstrate honesty, integrity and mutual respect to our clients in order to exceed their expectations. As a forward thinking company we invest heavily in IT, staffing and the wider community to build a foundation for the future. Our enthusiasm, commitment, energy and professionalism have helped us achieve our position as market leader. As a local, family-owned business our clients will be in no doubt they are paramount to our success"

As a firm we believe strongly in putting back into the community and to date the firm has supported many charities and local schools to the tune of £55,000. A donation is made on each house sale and rental we successfully complete. Jim McMillan and staff are based at the new well positioned high profile office in Portland Avenue, Glengormley.

Please take time to read the many testimonials to our business. We believe these are confirmation of our determination and passion to exceed purchasers, vendors, tenants and landlords expectations in what can be a demanding and stressful property transaction.

Laura McMillan BSc (Hons), MIAVI: Senior Valuer

Laura McMillan

BSc (Hons), MIAVI: Senior Valuer

Laura has been with McMillan since our launch in 2002 after gaining a BSc in Sociology at the University of Ulster. She became a qualified valuer with McMillan in 2008 following completion of a BSc (Hons) in Property Studies from Dublin Institute of Technology. Laura grew up in Newtownabbey so has a sound knowledge of the area and all that it has to offer potential purchasers. She enjoys meeting a range of people through her work and her friendly and efficient manner makes her a valuable member of the McMillan team.

Barrie McClure BA: Senior Valuer

Barrie McClure

BA: Senior Valuer

Barrie came to McMillan on a graduate placement programme in 2002 and has never looked back. After graduating from Glasgow Business School with a degree in Business and Information Management, Barrie discovered that he thrives on the variety of challenges that estate agency brings.

Over the years, he has also negotiated a high volume of Sales to many satisfied Purchasers and Vendors.

Barrie is now one of three residential valuers for both sales and lettings with McMillan. Having grown up in the Greenisland area with over 10 years of experience and knowledge, he provides a professional and efficient service to all his clients. One of Barries other roles within the running of the business is looking for new ways to keep the company up to date and at the fore front of our industry with websites, marketing material and the most up to date technology.

An active member of a business community networking team and working with the local community Barrie puts time and effort into promoting the local area, schools and charities. He is married to Alison who is a speech and language therapist and has two young sons George and Rowan.

Cally Howie BSc (Hons) DIS: Property Management

Cally Howie

BSc (Hons) DIS: Property Management

Cally joined the team at McMillan Estate Agents fresh from University in 2010 after achieving a First Class Honours degree in Property Investment and Development from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

As Property Manager and member of the Landlords Association for Northern Ireland Cally deals with all aspects of lettings and property management on a daily basis and with a management portfolio of over 300 properties she is now studying to achieve her Assessment of Professional Competence through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to become a Chartered Surveyor in the near future.

Cally has a superb understanding of the requirements and expectations of landlords and provides a range of solutions to very common problems and more importantly anticipates problems before they become issues. This is a most important credential in this role. She believes in offering exceptional estate agency letting services to both landlords, financial institutions and tenants at all times.

This has been highlighted as Cally was instrumental in McMillans winning the 2013 Gold Award for Lettings at the 10th annual ESTAS ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane, London.

Katrina Heaney

Katrina Heaney

Katrina came to McMillan Estate Agents for work experience in 2012 and enjoyed her time here so much that she stayed and decided to put her English degree at Queens University on hold temporarily. She is also a member of the Landlord's Association for Northern Ireland and works closely alongside Cally on a daily basis learning the ropes of our highly successful letting and property management department. Katrina's up beat personality and local market knowledge makes her perfect for the role.

Davis Kernohan: Independant Financial Advisor

Davis Kernohan

Independant Financial Advisor

Davis has been McMillan's independent financial advisor since 2005 and with 19 years experience to his name, is fully qualified to advise clients on the whole of the market. A real people person, Davis enjoys that he guide clients through the whole buying process, from when they start looking at properties, to when the deal is agreed, to the point at which they own their new home.