Mackenzie Smith has a long history of delivering excellent service and advice when selling and letting property, and here to prove it are some photographs from years gone by!
This the very first office of Mackenzie Smith taken in December 1983 and I think the person in the office is Steve Tetlow.
From a standing cold start Steve and I sold about 170 houses in our first year – a fantastic result – most of the houses in the West Reading area with an average price of £30,000 or so…
Ed Mackenzie Smith in the office
This photo taken in October 1984 at my second office at School Rd, Tilehurst in Reading.
(Not many people are probably aware but Mackenzie Smith (Part One) was launched from the Oxford Rd Reading in February 1984)
Not much has changed other than we have now got computers and the offices are slightly better presented……!
Note the very modern window display!
We sold the business in June 1986 to a competitor and relocated to the Fleet area before starting the current Mackenzie Smith business on February 1st 1992.
I remember this photo being taken by our shop fitter in January 1992 just before we opened our first office in Fleet.
Next to me is Lindy Azurdia who had worked with me at Carson & Co before I launched Mackenzie Smith and worked with me until her retirement in 2008. Next to her is a younger Steve Tetlow who launched the firm with me and is my co – director and shareholder of the firm today. The gentleman at the end is Darren Simpson who played a key role in building the business with Steve and I. Darren left in 1994 and now holds a senior role in the industry.
The biggest concern I had at that time was ‘would anyone instruct us to sell their home?’ – fortunately they did and we’re still going strong 23 years later.
What’s changed in estate agency in the last 30 years?
Other than that it’s same job of working hard to the best of your ability.
Ed Mackenzie Smith