First National Press Releases

Media Release - 17 March 2020

AGENTS RESPOND TO CORONAVIRUS
 

First National Real Estate Lewis Prior has announced practical temporary measures in response to Australian Government Department of Health recommendations related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
The agency says it has taken sensible steps to avoid direct contact, such as shaking hands, is observing social distancing, deferring non-essential rental property inspections, and working with clients responsively on specific arrangements where necessary.
 
First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis says the temporary changes are intended to underpin the essential functions of the property market as well as to reassure customers that all necessary precautions are being observed.
 
‘While the presence of Coronavirus certainly requires us to observe some sensible precautions, the business of real estate continues and it’s essential that we support clients who are selling their homes as well as the needs of our tenants and landlords’ says Brett Lewis.
 
‘So, for the time being, we’re continuing all the normal functions that support tenants moving into and out of properties, but deferring non-essential routine inspections. Open homes continue, but with appropriate contact precautions, and we’ll be offering more private inspection appointments.’
 
‘In all other respects, we’re getting on with the job of selling, renting and managing property at First National and optimistically working with our community as Australia responds to the effects of Coronavirus.


Media Release - 27 February 2020

LOCAL AGENCY ANNOUNCES SA/NT GENERAL EXCELLENCE & MARKETING AWARD WINNERS

First National Real Estate Lewis Prior was recognised for outstanding achievement at First National Real Estate’s General Excellence and Marketing Awards (GEM), held at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
 
The awards recognised the best of First National’s SA/NT agents throughout 2019, with the top 10 individuals and offices now competing for national GEM Awards, which hold the chance of an expenses-paid study tour to the National Association of Realtors conference in San Francisco this November for top 10 national winners.
 
First National Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis, says the results show how successfully his staff embraced new technology and professional development to deliver outstanding results for customers.
 
‘Nothing beats hard work and a solid commitment to delivering for customers. That is exactly what our staff did in 2019’ Brett Lewis said.
 
At the presentation, First National Lewis Prior received the following awards:
 

  • SA/NT Top 10 Sales Office
  • SA/NT Top 10 Property Management Department
  • Highest Gain of properties under Management (Residential)
 
Key staff members were also recognised for their individual performances:
 
  • Karlie Ridley received the SA/NT Residential Property Manager of the Year award, SA/NT Business Development Manager of the Year & the Diamond Award.
  • Brett Lewis received the SA/NT Top 10 Sales People award & the Gold Award.
  • Nick Rogers received the Silver award.
  • Krista Eime received the SA/NT Administrator of the Year Award.

 
Brett Lewis said the First National GEM Awards are an important event as they as they encourage First National’s agents to aspire to an ongoing process of performance improvement that benefits customers.



Media Release - 18 February 2020

SURGE IN REAL ESTATE CLIMATE CHANGE CONSCIOUSNESS

 

Not only has the push for climate change made its mark on the streets of Australian capital cities but the suburban and regional Australian real estate market is now seeing the force of climate change consciousness with an influx of local home buyers and renters seeking out properties that are environmentally responsible and sustainable.
 
As a result of a surge in buyers and renters questioning the energy efficiency of properties across Australia, First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis says the Government should follow the lead of the Australian Capital Territory and review their Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) scheme.  
 
For many countries around the world, it is compulsory for sellers to acquire and disclose a home’s energy efficiency whereas in Australia, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is the only place where a seller must disclose to potential buyers the dwelling’s energy performance.  The Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), as it is called, is assessed by an accredited energy assessor.
 
‘Irrespective of personal views on climate change, there is no denying resources are drying up and costing people in utility bills.  As a result, we are seeing more and more home buyers and renters, of all ages, asking for properties with lower carbon footprints.  Canberrans are leading the climate conscious charge with the disclosing of a property’s EER, which certainly makes it easier for home buyers and tenants to make an environmentally conscious property decision,” said Brett Lewis.
 
Buyers and renters are aware that not only are they doing their bit for the environment but a sustainable home undoubtedly means cheaper energy bills and, as a result, are seeking out energy and water efficiency, properties made from environmentally responsible materials, living features including reduced noise pollution, low-wattage lighting, ample natural light, pools with modern efficient pumps and filters, double glazing and solar panels as well as scope to grow their own produce.


Media Release - 23 September 2019

SEARCH FOR YOUNG ACHIEVERS BEGINS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

First National Real Estate in conjunction with the Seven Network has proudly announced its 2020 coast-to-coast sponsorship of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards.
 
The 400 office-strong network is aiming to bring recognition to young people who are making a difference through two key categories - The First National Real Estate Leadership Award and the First National Real Estate Innovation Award.
 
Conducted on a state-by-state basis, the awards highlight and acknowledge the achievements of young Australians, providing motivation, encouragement and role models for all young Australians at all levels in their chosen field of endeavour.
 
The network begins its search this month across South Australia for young individuals under 29 who wish to nominate in the category of the First National Real Estate Leadership Award.
 
‘Tenacity, dedication, passion, selflessness and confidence are the key qualities of those amazing young people who are the “leaders” and driving force in our communities’ says First National Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis.
 
‘These young people are making a significant difference amongst their peers and the First National Real Estate Leadership Award acknowledges the example they set, while inspiring others to pursue their ambitions more actively. If you know somebody in our community that deserves recognition for the work they are doing, please put their name forward now.’
 
To submit a nomination, people are asked to visit www.youngachieverawards.com and select ‘nominated now’. Alternatively, they can also call 1300 735 445 and pass the details on to Young Achiever Awards Australia.