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Naish Estate Agents is a long established, independent family business offering estate agency and property management services. We’ve been operating in York and the surrounding areas as an estate agency, under a few name changes, for over 70 years and have years of experience in the property field. We’ve been located in our current building, next to York Minster, since 1976.

We are a small family business and you will always have access to a director, the business owner, as well as the friendly team members that support them. In case you were wondering, we spell it “Naish”, but pronounce it “Nash”!

From viewing to completion: we’ve got it covered

We pride ourselves on pro-active sales progression and look to monitor the entire transaction from the viewing stage right through to legal completion. What does that mean for you?

  • A quicker process: whether buying or selling, our company liaises with both sets of solicitors. A recent client’s sale was completed in just 10 days!
  • Fewer hitches: We push things along and chase up problems before you’re even aware there is an issue.
Taking the stress out of moving

Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. But here at Naish, we will look after you. Because we’re a small, independent team, everyone in the office will be involved in the buying or selling of your property. That means you’ll always have someone knowledgeable to deal with, whenever you call. We focus on you individually, taking time to understand your requirements and work with you to achieve the result you’re looking for.

Where we work

Based in a central location in York and our market covers York and surrounding villages – a 15 mile radius in North Yorkshire.

Find out more about our services

Whether you’re buying or selling, letting or renting, we are here to help you. Find out more about our property services here:

Or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Contact us on 01904 653564 or email

Meet the team

James Naish

James Naish

Who Is James Naish?

James Naish our illustrious leader and very own ‘James Bond’ Skiing and snowboarding are his passions, James also likes to watch football, cricket and tennis. Sporting activity for him is confined to a bit of golf every now and again. With his ‘mature time’ now spent gardening and walking the dog, James is very much a family man and enjoys family activities with his x2 kids and wife. He used to play the piano and cello, but now considers himself ‘rusty’ surprisingly he was even a chorister in York Minster many years ago. Nerdiest thing is probably always having some kind of DIY project on the go and never being able to sit still. James loves to eat out and is very partial to beer. Favourite places would be Zermatt in the winter and Puerto Pollensa in the summer. Bucket list would be heli-skiing off-piste in Canada.

Maryanne Smith

Maryanne Smith Director

Maryanne has vastly approaching nearly 30 years experience in estate agency and property, knowledgeable in all aspects of freehold, leasehold, sales and rental. Real fun in the office yet her professionalism and enthusiasm for all things estate agency and marketing related are noticed and respected by clients and the team alike, when she’s not at work Maryanne can be found wandering the dales with a map, her husband and their x3 dogs searching for the best pub lunch!  Or out with her 3 horses……Maryanne loves anything and everything ‘Equine’ .

Travel is her thing, trying to get as many destinations under her belt and off her bucket list as possible. She’s just waiting for the right time to ask the boss for a month off to visit OZ, NZ and Bali!

Richard Smith

Richard Smith Accountant


Tucked away on the top floor of 3 High Petergate…… is our accountant, Richard who joined the ‘Naish’ business in 2017. A ‘Wessie’ from Cleckheaton where Richard worked for 30 years in motor retailing before selling the business. Cycling, rowing and fell-walking are preferred pastimes along with supporting York Theatre Royal and Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity. 

Catherine Howarth

Catherine Howarth Lettings Supervisor

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Catherine has a skill set in administration, lettings and property; spanning over 10 years, Catherine will be out and about on check-ins, check outs, Inventories, viewings and then in the office dealing with day to day estate agency and lettings matters.  In her free time Catherine enjoys social time with her friends and family, visiting village pubs (for a drink or 2), walking her dog and decorating her new house, as she’s only just recently moved house her self.

Sam Carroll

Sam Carroll Estate Agent - Administrator

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Sam is our Estate Agent Administrator here at Naish. After graduating from the University of Leicester, Sam recently returned to his home county where he likes to spend his free time playing guitar, listening to records, and watching old films. When he’s not got his feet up at home he’ll likely be half way up a mountain or hiking in the Lakes, but most probably you can find him at one of York’s many great pubs, of which there are 365!!