Simon Walker and Michael Smale went into business 25 years ago today!

Simon Walker and Michael Smale went into business 25 years ago today!

Our first day in 1996!

Having previously worked with each other for a large corporate estate agent operating locally, Simon and Michael joined forces to create Walker Smale and have now been at the forefront of the Wharfedale and North Leeds property market for a quarter of a century! In fact, they over 80 years combined experience in estate agency in the area - there are not many agents that can match either of these milestones!

Simon Walker & Michael Smale opening our Bramhope Village Office in 2000

Whilst many things have changed during 25 years (we had dial up internet when we started and mobile phones that resembled bricks), our professional standards haven't and we embrace the cutting edge technology that we have in place to be able to continue to provide an excellent service for our clients. This has been highlighted throughout the Covid pandemic where we were handling over a thousand phone calls a week and still managed to qualify all of our viewings in writing to make sure applicants adhered to the guidelines in place. It is safe to say that because we have modernised over the years to take advantage of innovation, Simon Walker and Michael Smale are now able to spend even more time looking after their clients personally.

Our Bramhope Village Office

Of course when you have been in business for twenty five years, you are bound to have some challenges along the way. However, even though things may have been tough at times and particularly the economic climate of 2008/2009 and the slow recovery after, it is safe to say that these challenges make you more resilient, give you perspective and of course you gain experience that may be useful in the future.

Looking forward, Walker Smale will continue to evolve and remain consistently relevant. They way people want to interact with estate agents has changed and some changes have materialised quicker because of the challenges of Covid-19. What hasn't changed is how much people still love a personal service where they don't speak to someone different every time they telephone and at Walker Smale we have a small team of colleagues supporting Michael Smale and Simon Walker so they can take care of you.
Michael Smale working in our West Park, Leeds Branch

We would like to thank all our current and former clients for having faith in us, and thank you to all the businesses and professional contacts for all your support over the last 25 years!