First National Press Releases

Media Release - 10 December 2018

‘TIS THE SEASON TO KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE AND SECURE

With Christmas and the holiday season fast approaching, First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis, is urging home sellers and tenants to keep their properties safe and secure.
 
From Christmas lights safety, to securing your rental and for sale property before leaving on holidays to bushfire danger precaution, Brett lists his top tips to ensure Australians enjoy a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday.
 
Christmas Lights Safety

  • Check all lights, transformers, leads and power boards for any sign of wear and tear before decorating your property
  • Ensure all electrical equipment is marked compliant with Australian standards – avoid buying cheaper inferior products from overseas
  • Use indoor lights for indoors and weatherproof rated outdoor lights marked for outdoors – indoor lights don’t come with appropriate weatherproof ratings for outdoor use and aren’t suitable for verandas 
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions and don’t tamper with lights
  • Always turn off decorative lighting and extinguish candles before going to bed, going out as well as in stormy and rainy weather
  • Switch off and unplug lights when watering living Christmas trees
  • Don’t put Christmas lighting around or above swimming pools or have leads lying in water or wet areas
  • Test your smoke alarms to make sure they work
 
Home Holiday Security
  • Always double check your home is securely locked – doors and windows
  • Don’t leave cash in the house and store valuables in a safe place
  • Review home and contents insurance to ensure it is current and you are up to date on payments
  • A wilted garden is a sign that no one is home – entrust a neighbour to give your garden a good hosing ahead of, during and after hot weather
  • Christmas parcels piling up at your door indicate you aren’t home – consider re-directing mail, using a Parcel Locker or having a neighbour collect your mail
  • Turn down your telephone and make sure your voice-message gives no indication that you are away
  • Be mindful of what and when you post on social media – and always ensure your settings are restricted to private so you aren’t broadcasting your every moment to the world
  • If upon returning from your holiday you are the victim of a break-in, vacate your property, call the local police, don’t touch anything and get in touch with your insurance company or real estate
 
Bushfire Safety Precaution
  • Download the ‘Disaster Watch’ app and any available local fire service apps
  • Home sellers and landlords should clear leaves from gutters, downpipes and roofs
  • Check garden hoses are long enough to reach perimeter fences
  • Be aware of fire ratings and fire bans in your local area and any holiday destinations
  • Cut back overhanging trees, mow grass and rake up leaves
  • Check with your local fire brigade for any fact-sheets or checklists
  • Include your pets in your bushfire plan
  • Point LPG cylinder relief valves away from the house

“At First National Real Estate, we want all our sellers, landlords and tenants to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends.  Christmas lights and candles are a great way to signal the holiday season but they come with risks so home sellers and tenants need to make sure they follow a few simple tips so accidental damage to their property doesn’t occur – likewise with getting away for a break, let’s not get caught up in the excitement of a holiday that we become complacent and leave windows open ready for a burglar.  We are coming into fire danger season and we can do our bit to make sure the risk to our property is reduced, clean away leaves and gutters – a five-minute job that can make the world of difference to fire-proofing your property,” said First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis.


Media Release - 24 July 2018

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN REAL ESTATE AGENTS SUPPORT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE

First National Real Estate has confirmed its sponsorship of Ronald McDonald House Charities’ 2018 Ride for Sick Kids in South Australia as part of its overall national community support programme.
 
The ride fundraises in support of Ronald McDonald Houses in Adelaide as well as the Ronald McDonald Learning Program.

‘First National Real Estate is proud to have contributed more than $300,000 to the Ride for Sick Kids nationally over the past four years, and we’re delighted to continue this support’ said First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal Brett Lewis.
 
‘Our SA members are rallying behind the 2018 ride and looking forward to building upon community awareness of this vital programme that supports kids and their families during the most difficult of health challenges’.
 
The South Australian ride starts in Port Lincoln on 18 November before traveling over 1,000 kilometres to Adelaide where it finishes on the 24th.
 
Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation and support services to seriously ill children and their families nationally. Its services lift the burden of accommodation costs from families when they most need to provide their children with love and support.
 
‘When children are seriously ill and need medical care a long way from home, regional families can struggle with access to long-term accommodation and its costs’ said Brett Lewis.
 
‘By sponsoring the Ride for Sick Kids and helping raise awareness of the excellent work done by Ronald McDonald House, we’re helping secure this important accommodation resource’.


Media Release - 3 July 2018

TOP TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME HOT PROPERTY THIS WINTER

It has long been believed a summer real estate sale reaps the most rewards, but winter can be just as profitable for sellers.

Whilst the number of homes for sale tends to decrease during the colder months and there are fewer buyers about, people either buying or selling are in the marketplace for serious reasons, tend to be more decisive, and they’re potentially willing to pay more to get deals done when faced with fewer choices amongst homes for sale.  Despite there being fewer homes for sellers to compete with, homeowners should still invest in making their home shine in winter.

First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal Brett Lewis offers a list of top tips to make your home hot property during this winter:

·         Take away the chill of winter by accessorising with an earthy colour palette of autumn pinks, olive greens and burnt oranges

·         Rug up a room by covering concrete or tiled surfaces and add soft textures of wool knits and mohair

·         Light up your home by pulling up the blinds and ensure lights, including lamps in all rooms, are on

·         Heat your home ahead of your open house so it is cosy and warm for potential buyers

·         The winter weather can play havoc on the fa├žade of your home – wipe down windows as rain shows up grime, and clear pathways of leaves

·         Ensure drains and gutters are maintained so that rain water washes away quickly

·         Show off outdoor spaces with gas heating or a fire pit as well as comfy cushions scattered around entertaining areas

·         Add some colour to the garden with annuals and plants in bloom to take away from the bleakness of winter

·         Pop a welcome mat outside the front door – not only will it protect any carpeted areas, it will show prospective buyers of your property you care about your home and its future occupants


Media Release - 22 June 2018

LOCAL BUSINESS RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION

First National Real Estate’s highest achievers were presented with their General Excellence and Marketing Awards at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast last Friday night.
 
The glittering awards dinner brought together the top national 2017 salespeople, property managers and administrators from Australia’s largest independent real estate network, and attracted more than 350 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
 
The peak event on First National’s General Excellence & Marketing Awards calendar capped a year of strong eastern seaboard growth for the network, technological achievement, and dedication to providing the highest levels of customer satisfaction in Australia, according to First National Real Estate Lewis Prior principal, Brett Lewis.
 
‘Over the past 12 months, First National has brought its people together like no other brand’ said Brett Lewis.
 
‘Our network has created modern, relaxed forums that engage our Millennial generation with professional development, assuring their careers and future leadership potential, and the network has supported business owners with the structures they need to continue to deliver Australia’s highest levels of customer satisfaction, as independently endorsed by Canstar Blue in 2016 and 2017. The result is one of our strongest years on record.’
 
On the night, First National Lewis Prior received an award for the Property Management Department of the Year - Top Ten.
 
Additional awards won included Highest Property Management Gross Revenue.
 
Brett Lewis said the First National General Excellence and Marketing Awards are an important event as they present an opportunity for the network’s membership to come together and celebrate outstanding achievements, and to learn about the systems and processes that enabled colleagues to deliver award winning outcomes for customers.


Media Release - 12 April 2018

LARGE REAL ESTATE NETWORK SPONSORS NETBALL SA AND THE ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS

Australia’s largest independent real estate network, First National Real Estate, is proud to announce its corporate partner sponsorship of Netball SA and Suncorp Super Netball team, the Adelaide Thunderbirds.
 
The twelve-month sponsorship will see the Adelaide Thunderbirds underpin First National Real Estate’s commitment to creating opportunities for kids to engage with their sports role models through free tickets and regional clinics in Moonta and Waikerie.  
 
A programme of South Australia regional visits by Adelaide Thunderbirds ambassadors will also aim to encourage communities to engage in healthy sporting activity through netball.
 
‘As Australia’s leading network of real estate agents, we’re committed to supporting South Australia’s community on a range of fronts’ said First National’s South Australia Chairman, Mr David Nitschke.
 
‘Teaching children about the virtues of good sportsmanship is integral to their understanding of community and the value of teamwork. That’s why we believe so strongly in promoting the unity and competitive spirit that participation in sport brings about’.
 
Netball SA CEO Ben Scales says the partnership represents a great union of two organisations that work in the community in a very real way.
 
“First National’s partnership with Netball SA and the Adelaide Thunderbirds demonstrates the company’s commitment to supporting the local communities they operate in”.
 
“The partnership and associated investment will assist with the development of netballers at all levels in South Australia. We look forward to working with their team to provide opportunities for budding netballers to attend Adelaide Thunderbirds game to see their idols play and improve their netball skills at the regional clinics.”
 
The Adelaide Thunderbirds’ first game of the 2018 season will be played at Priceline Stadium against West Coast Fever on Sunday 29 April at 12:30 pm.