For this week’s spotlight article, we’re introducing one of our newest recruits, Ash Vale’s Gary Cross. Gary has recently joined the Ash Vale team as Senior Client Manager.

“In a previous career I worked for BMW for 17 years, I decided a few years ago that I wanted to try my hand at something new, so I joined a local estate agent. I had heard nothing but positive things about Mackenzie Smith, from a previous colleague who joined the team last year, so when there was an opening I jumped at the chance to apply and am very thankful that I did.

I’ve been exceptionally lucky in my career to-date to pursue two passions; cars and property. My family have a buy-to-let business so, aside from my recent career change; I have been dealing with property for the last 8 years. I am a people person, and although I enjoy speaking on the phone, my strengths are face-to-face, which is why I love this role. This job enables me to get out of the office and meet new people, building a rapport and helping them achieve their moving goals gives me a great sense of satisfaction, particularly when handing over the keys on the day of completion.

A particularly memorable sale was when my Nan’s property came onto the market. She lived in it over 60 years ago, but I was determined to be the person who sold it, thankfully I did.

As a local, I know the area very well. The mainline station to Waterloo is a benefit I use frequently and there are plenty of activities to keep my kids entertained. I have just bought again in the local area and you certainly get more for your money in comparison to the likes of Farnham and Guildford, so it’s an ideal place for young people to get their foot on the property ladder, or families to find more spacious accommodation.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy going to the gym and am a huge Tottenham supporter. I have two young boys, so my weekend mornings consist of taking them to football, I’ve been told on many occasions that they are both better than I was, I strongly disagree of course! Either way, better stick to the day job…

In my time here so far, I’ve really enjoyed becoming part of a fantastic team, which I hope to be an integral part of for the future. I strongly believe we can accomplish great things together.”

If you’d like to speak to Gary and our team at Ash Vale about selling your house, or would like any information regarding our services, please contact the Ash Vale branch on (01252) 353030 or e-mail