Following a visit in 1985, Ian Smith saw the future potential of North Cyprus as a perfect location for owning an ideal retirement or holiday home. He subsequently moved his business to Girne (Kyrenia) where he established a real estate and construction company. The opportunities that presented themselves convinced Ian Smith that his move was a wise one and coupled with the goodwill and support of the Turkish Cypriot people, along with Ian’s daughter and son-in-law who joined him, made expansion a natural progression, making Ian Smith Estates the reputable company it is today.
In recent years joint ventures have been entered into with investors from the UK, Israel, Turkey and North Cyprus.
Attention to detail and an honest code of ethics towards both clients and partners have resulted in the company rightly claiming leadership in the general field of property and real estate.
Kate Ozikiz (Smith) the driving force behind the company. Kate joined the family business in 2000 and has strived to maintain Ians superb reputation. Kate worked her way up through the company and has gained a vast knowledge of all TRNC property matters. Being bilingual, Kate deals with the day to day running of the office and is always on hand to deal with any after sales matters.
Osman Ozikiz, married to Kate, also joined the company in 2000 and has proved to be the “man in the know” when it comes to any issues relating to TRNC administration! Oz deals with all our property transfers and is an expert on the workings of the Tax Office, Land Registry, Town Planning, and any other authority relevant to Property.
Jacqui Ashworth, our loyal office manager for over 13 years has exceptional people skills and is unfailingly efficient and helpful in all matters of property - from after sales to valuations and rentals.
Jo Ireland: “With us since the start of 2015, Jo has more than proved herself to be a strong and reliable asset to Ian Smiths. Jo is our main sales negotiator but also helps with rentals plus she is a qualified accountant! Having bought her own house just a couple of years ago, Jo is a great person to chat to about moving to North Cyprus having gone through the process herself recently. “
Luanne Irvine : Having recently joined the team, the lovely and personable Luanne now runs our rental department and is on hand for any enquiries regarding our rental properties.
Amra Ulubatli: Amra is our new, ever efficient administrator and also helps with any maintenance issues related to our rental properties. Being bilingual and with good Turkish, Amra is always ready to assist in any way she can.
Despite the fact that Ian Smith Estate Agency has been at the top of the list over the years for selling property in North Cyprus, Kate Smith, one of the Directors of the company, is proving that you should not rest on your laurels when it comes to continual improvement and onward development for your business......
Girne estate agent Kate Ozikiz has successfully completed the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFoPP) Diploma in Residential Estate Agency (DipREA)/Residential Letting, making her one of the most highly qualified estate agents in North Cyprus....