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About us
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    Local property knowledge
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    Our buzzing Ash Vale branch benefits from real local knowledge within Ash Vale and surrounding villages. Our team know the community and the market, offering up-to-date advice on all things property.

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    Welcome to Ash Vale
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    The village of Ash Vale is situated on the westerly edge of the Guildford district in Surrey, in Ash Parish, just a few miles from Farnborough. The Basingstoke Canal meets Ash and Ash Vale, whilst the River Blackwater feeds the lakes and fisheries of Ash Vale and Mytchett.

    The areas surrounding Ash Vale have seen recent development within Guildford Borough; creating a diverse mix locally, from Victorian villas to brand new apartments.

    The village extends north from Ash Wharf with an organic mix of property including character homes from the turn of the 20th century, 1920's and 1930's homes, 1970's and 1980's family homes and bungalows.

    Locally, you will find a number of properties resting on larger than average plots, providing significant garden space and potential to extend (STPP). Whilst there are also areas that date back to the Victorian times, with characterful terraced villas offering period features. The surrounding areas of Ash, Ash Green and Tongham have seen recent investment from both local and national developers, offering a diverse selection of new homes, from two bedroom coach houses to five bedroom detached homes. This combination presents vast appeal for first-time buyers, people looking for a family home, and buy-to-let investors.

    Considering its prime location, within the London commuter belt, properties for sale in Ash Vale and the surrounding areas are reasonably priced when compared with neighbouring Surrey villages, towns and cities, such as Farnham and Guildford.

    The average asking house price stands in the region of £350,000 - lower than the typical sale price for a Surrey property.

    However, properties in proximity to the train stations, schools, ponds and countryside may achieve higher than expected prices, along with more luxury homes which will appeal to buyers looking for good commuting options.

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    Mackenzie Smith
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    We are an independent agency, founded in 1992 with the simple principle of delivering outstanding customer service, by experienced and entrepreneurial estate agents. The founders, Ed Mackenzie Smith and Stephen Tetlow, continue to be involved in the day-to-day running of the business.

    Our company ethos, to treat every client as if they were our only client, has enabled us to grow into a network of seven branches; Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Hook, Farnborough, Yateley, Aldershot and Ash Vale.

    Over the years, we have acted for thousands of clients and continue to be recommended by friends, family and the local community. Read our latest Trustpilot reviews to see why we're one of the UK's most trusted agents.

    We are a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA, the UK's leading professional body for estate agency) and also The Property Ombudsman (TPO).

    We uphold the high professional and ethical standards laid out in the Code of Practice for Residential Estate Agents; it is our duty to protect and promote clients' interests whilst acting in a fair and proper manner.

    Our NAEA membership also demonstrates that we are covered by the Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme, ensuring you have a route to redress should something go wrong.

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Selling
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    Taking the decision to sell your home is one of the biggest you can make, entrusting the responsibility with someone you can count on is crucial.

    With decades of experience, we're here to help you through the moving process, whether it's your first move or even if you're a seasoned investor.

    You'll be assigned your own experienced Client Manager on day one. They'll be by your side until the keys are finally handed over.

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    Communication

    We understand the importance of regular communication. We don't just sell your property, we aim to make the process as simple and problem free as possible, whilst getting the optimum value for your home.

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    Individuality

    No two clients - or properties - are ever the same, so we never take a one-size fits all approach to marketing. Instead, our specialist in-house marketing team will work alongside your Client Manager to create a tailored plan for your home.

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    Visibility

    Our online listings receive an average of 20% more views than our competitors. This isn't by luck; we advertise on all three major property portals (Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket) and use Premium and/or Featured Listings to guarantee placement atop search results.

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Buying
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    If you're looking to buy, we'll advise you to have a mortgage offer in principle and ensure that you have considered your selling plans.

    If you're new to the area, feel free to give us a call and ask us for our personal advice on local hotspots, as most of our team have lived locally for years.

    You can view our current list of properties on our website and register with us to receive property alerts and marketing communications.

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Land, New Homes & Lettings
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    Land
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    We have been selling land to both private clients and companies in Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey since 1992 and take great pride in being one of the most experienced and respected land agents in the area.

    Whether you own a large garden, commercial premises or larger areas of land that you think could have potential for development, we're here to help.

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    Sell your Land

    When it comes to selling land, every transaction is different. There are often hurdles and challenges that require a skilled and experienced professional to navigate. There is no limit to the size or complexity of land that we deal with, be it a garden, single plot or 100 acres plus.

    Our proactive, tenacious and diligent approach has proven successful time and time again, earning an excellent reputation.

    If you own a property or land that you feel has development potential, we can advise you on the most appropriate way to extract the best value, taking into account legal issues, preferred method of sale and your personal situation.

    All enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence. Take the first step to selling your land by requesting a free valuation.

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    Buying and developing land
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    With an extensive track record in the sale of new homes, we have developed expertise and a wealth of knowledge and experience in this specialist field.

    Professional advice:

    We will develop a strategy considering property types and density, scheme suitability, likely demand, location, positioning, branding, prices and timescale.

    Tailored marketing:

    From online to print, we deliver all encompassing marketing campaigns. Our in-house marketing department apply a 360 strategy maximising site exposure from day one.

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    New homes
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    As new homes specialists, Mackenzie Smith has a wide range currently available, from a selection of reputable developers.

    Buying a new home is an exciting experience and we are here to make your purchase as stress free as possible.

    Help to Buy Equity Loan Scheme

    Boost your purchase potential. Help to Buy is available to assist First Time Buyers on eligible schemes, with the regional price cap of £437,600. The Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, so you'll only need a 5-65% cash deposit and a mortgage to make up the rest. You won't be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home.
    (*N/A for second homes or buy-to-let)

    Register today

    Register your requirements with our team to ensure you're the first to know when your dream home becomes available.

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    Landlords
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    We are passionate about delivering the highest standards of advice and a professional service, from the initial valuation through to the end of a tenancy.

    Our in-depth knowledge of the local lettings market positions us perfectly to provide up-to-date advice and place tenants.

    We have a deep understanding of the demand for rental property; what types of property are required and where, and how this affects the valuation.

    We take care to fully reference and check tenants, always accompanying viewings and offering a professional, independent inventory service.

    Referencing and credit checks are essential to ensure the tenant meets the financial requirements and are proven to be reliable before tenancy agreements are provided for signing.

    To comply with requirements and legislation, we will also carry out Right to Rent checks.

    We offer a range of Service Levels, from Finding a Tenant to Rent Collect and our Fully Managed, comprehensive package.

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    Tenants
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    If you a seeking a rental home, you can view our current list of rental properties on our website.

    Make sure you're registered with us so that you are the first to hear when a suitable property becomes available. You can then receive property alerts and marketing communications.

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Ash Vale Branch
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    Meet our friendly Ash Vale Team.

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    "The buzz from helping people achieve their dream home makes this job so worthwhile."

    Darren Allett, Branch Manager

    Few can match Darren's varied career, which has taken him from owning a bar on the Canary Islands to managing the Devon and Cornwall region at a corporate estate agency. Now back at Mackenzie Smith for a second spell, Darren can call upon 25 years of property experience and an unrivalled knowledge of the local area to deliver results for any client.

    Darren has two daughters, aged 12 and 18, which sees him doubling up as a taxi driver during much of his time off. When he does get a moment to himself, he heads off to the greens for a round of golf.

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    Jason Bowden, Assistant Branch Manager

    "From the valuation through to exchange and completion, we're able to problem solve and see the sale through from the very beginning to handing over the keys, which makes for a thoroughly rewarding role."

    Jason started his career in the property industry as a trainee at a corporate agency in London. A quarter of a century later, Jason has now mastered every aspect of the industry, successfully valuing and selling hundreds of homes in the process. He believes the key to delivering exemplary service and results lies in communication. It's why he makes a point of keeping everyone involved in a sale informed each step of the way.

    Having lived and worked in Ash Vale for over 15 years, he's well aware of the amenities that the local area has to offer and promotes this to potential buyers.

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    Nick Kirby, Senior Client Manager

    "We genuinely care about delivering the best possible house buying and selling experience, which can be a stressful process. We always give honest and trustworthy advice throughout each transaction."

    Nick has been in a customer facing environment for nearing twenty years and strives to deliver the very best experience for both buyers and sellers. Coming from a background in retail management, Nick has been working in agency now for more than three years and has experience selling in both town and village locations. When it comes to working with people, Nick likes to keep a very open and honest relationship, keeping all parties informed to ensure the best possible outcome. Helping people find their ideal home is always his key objective.

    Nick has two young children so there is not a huge amount of 'spare' time, but loves a family day out and is also an avid film fan.

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    Trust us. You're in excellent hands.
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      See what our clients say below, with more reviews available at https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/mackenziesmith.co.uk.

    Testimonials from Sellers

    • Seller Testimonial

      ...a big thank you to the team...
      "Would like to say a big thank you to the team for all their help in the sale of my house and keeping me updated throughout. They made what could have been a complicated sale very smooth."

      Ms Sargent

    • Seller Testimonial

      ...honest, accurate market advice...
      " Many, many thanks to Darren for handling the sale of my home. I knew I had chosen the right Estate Agent from the outset. Darren instilled confidence in me immediately, gave me honest, accurate market advice and handled the sale from the very beginning to completion in the most professional way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mackenzie Smith to all my family and friends."
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      Best estate agent in the area.
      " An excellent service throughout the process, we were very pleased. Jason kept us updated throughout the buying and selling process, whilst Nick was also on hand to help. Very professional and easy to deal with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. The best estate agent in the area."
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      A five star service and highly recommended.
      "Mackenzie Smith Estate agents were professional from start to finish. They were very thorough and their communication was excellent. Nick Kirby took fantastic pictures to advertise our home and later on chased proceedings along the chain! A five star service and highly recommended. Thank you Nick for all you have done for us."

    Testimonials from Buyers

    • Buyer Testimonial

      ... wonderful buying experience ...

      "The most wonderful buying experience we could have asked for. We dealt with Jason, who could not have been more accommodating and informative!

      He talked us through every step, was on hand to offer advice and personally update us at every step of the way, including a congratulatory call after exchanging. He really was so reassuring to two very nervous buyers! Thank you so much for providing us with our forever home."

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