For this week’s spotlight article, we’re introducing one of our newest recruits, Ash Vale’s James Steere. James joined the team at the start of the year, as our newest Negotiator.

Whilst James is a relatively recent addition to the team, he brings plenty of experience and local knowledge with him, having worked as an agent and lived locally. “I’ve worked within Estate Agents nearby, including Guildford and Aldershot, the latter presenting plenty of benefit to our Ash Vale location with reaches over to the outskirts of Aldershot.” James has joined Mackenzie Smith to help progress his career, working with the experienced team at Ash Vale, “it’s great to have such a wide range of experience and knowledge to call upon, I’m getting stuck in with a variety of projects, from first time buys, family homes, new builds… there’s a wide range of properties and buyers in this area. I’ve lived locally all my life, so am really familiar with the local hotspots, a real benefit for our pool of buyers, whether they’re local or new to the area.” 

It’s the people that got James into a career in Estate Agency, “I like interacting with people, finding a career that offered that was key. Strong communication skills is a must in this role, I particularly enjoy helping people to find the right home for them. This was the case in my most memorable sale since I’ve been here; there was a property in Grange Road, Ash, available with no chain. Having spoken to a potential buyer, I arranged for her to view it quickly, subsequently arranging a sale in a short time frame, which due to the nature of the sale was able to complete a month later. This was a unique sale, but shows that timing, and strong communication, is everything. It was fantastic to see such a happy client, which resulted in another 5* Trustpilot review.”

Each of our branch locations are completely unique, Ash Vale is one of our busiest areas, covering a diverse geographical patch; Ash Vale, Aldershot, Guildford, Mytchett, Tongham… which not only utilises James’ existing local knowledge but will help to develop the skills to further his career. When James isn’t negotiating the sale of a house, he can be found enjoying a variety of sports; boxing, football and going to the gym.

If you’d like to speak to James 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