How did our MD get started in the property industry?
Today’s Meet the Team is none other than our illustrious Managing Director, Alex Mackay.
Alex started his estate agency career in 1973 in Haywards Heath with Durham Hatfield. He soon moved to work alongside colleague Glenn Mishon for John Duffy and later became a manager for Roger Harris in both Cuckfield and Burgess Hill. At the age of 30, Alex and Glenn opened Mishon Mackay in Hove and 32 years later he’s still running the business, having sadly lost his good friend and business partner, Glenn, in 2012.
For eight years, alongside estate agency in his early 20s, he lived in Haywards Heath and was a retained fireman. Talking about his experience, Alex said: “It was a fantastic time and I learnt so much about people, generated an enviable knowledge of fire ground equipment, together with marvellous training and great colleagues.”
Alex remembers his first sale as an estate agent fondly. It was in St John’s Road, Haywards Heath. A three bedroom detached 1950s family home which was on the market for £13,250 and sold to a very nice first time buyer for £12,750. He is lucky enough to have been involved in the sale of thousands of homes during his extensive career and is still involved with all of our offices at certain levels, assisting them with managing their property stock. He can even be found manning the phones and doing viewings whenever and wherever he’s required!
Alex himself last moved in 2005, to a Grade II listed timber framed cottage just south of Horsham. It needed complete refurbishment when he bought it and, just like many people, he thought the refurbishment would be relatively straightforward; in the end it took three years to complete, with many planning issues to resolve and the vagaries of various builders to contend with! He claims to have no intention of moving and hopes to spend many years in his lovely home with his partner Deirdre and their much-loved flat coat retriever, Boudicca. He loves the cottage – it is the perfect size for two with the occasional guest. It has a lovely garden and is within walking distance of the pub and, whilst bringing it back to life was tedious at times, it did mean he got to explore the county a little more, living in rented properties in Lewes, Hove and Lindfield for about a year each, which he describes as “great fun”.
Alex has always enjoyed outdoor pursuits, particularly football and rugby in his late teens and 20s, and he developed a love for cricket, which he still plays to a reasonably good standard today! In addition to cricket, he can also be found cycling and training for the next big charity event. In fact, his last charity cycle was across Vietnam and Cambodia to raise funds for Kanagroos, a charity which provides a range of fun, inclusive year round clubs and trips out, in and around Mid Sussex, for children and young adults with learning disabilities and complex medical needs.