The start of a new year is always a good time to make resolutions and set targets for the 12 months ahead.
The aim is to better ourselves and to ensure that this year is more successful than the last, either in our personal or professional lives.
But for Laura Garnett, branch manager of Connells estate agents in Oxley Park, that is going to be tough – as her 2016 was pretty damn perfect.
The mum-of-two was promoted in March and has smashed all of her targets in the role.
And in September her fabulous year was made even more special when she married her university sweetheart, Mark.
Laura explained: “It’s been an amazing year for me personally and for Connells in Milton Keynes.
“I was promoted from residential sales manager to branch manager here at Oxley Park, which I was over the moon with.
“And then I obviously got married a few months ago, which was absolutely brilliant. “A lot of people say this but it was without doubt the best day of our lives.
“My daughter also started school at one of the best local schools and she’s excelling – every week she can do so much more than she did the week before. So it’s been a really big year.”
Laura has now set her sights on making sure that Connells builds on its success in west Milton Keynes in 2017, after overcoming the almighty hurdle of Brexit to post solid figures for 2016.
She said: “We’ve had a really successful year at Connells. The industry as a whole was hit by Brexit but we managed to keep up our business and our fall-through rates didn’t actually increase.
“We haven’t lost anywhere near as much property as quite a lot of the other agents so we’re quite proud of that.
“We’ve been fluttering between first and second place for the most amount of new instructions this year in west Milton Keynes too.
“My goal for the business for 2017 is to continue to increase the market share and to continue to knock off the competition.
“We pride ouselves on the fact that, as a nationwide company, we sell a house every six minutes, for 99% of its asking price.”
While many other estate agents are closing branches to focus on online selling, Connolls is actually set to open a new branch at Oakridge Park.
“At Connells we like face-to-face interaction,” explained Laura. “It’s worth its weight in gold to us for people to be able to come and ask us questions or raise any concerns about the sale of their home.”
We couldn’t leave Laura without asking her the secret to running a busy branch while being a mum-of-two.
“You’ve got to be organised and motivated,” she said. “And survive on a lot of caffeine!”
If you are looking to move house, call Laura on 01908 330751 or drop in to see her at Connells in Oxley Park.
Wedding photo by E Photography.