One of the most experienced operators in the market, Mackie co-founded Property Vision with Charlie Ellingworth in 1984. Together they are credited with creating the buying agent industry, and continue to run its most prominent collective.
‘We’re by far the biggest company doing it, and probably the only brand,’ he says. He’s not wrong: the firm distinguished itself early on with a non-sales commission-based approach and a willingness to impart honest, independent advice.
‘What we realised years ago is that you can buy if you have certain skills, or you can sell if you have certain skills… There’s a lot of people out there who start off as a buying agent and quite quickly start selling because they suddenly realise how difficult it is.’