First National Press Releases

Media Release - 24 July 2018


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


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 façade 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


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


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. 

Media Release - 20 February  2018


First National Real Estate Lewis Prior was recognised for outstanding achievement at the General Excellence and Marketing Awards, held at Adelaide Oval on Friday night. 

First National Real Estate is Australia's largest independent real estate network and its awards evening celebrated the best of South Australia and the Northern Territory's real estate performances over the past year, which according to First National Lewis prior Principal, Brett Lewis contributed to First National Real Estate winning Canstar Blue's 'Most Satisfied Customers'' award for a second consecutive year.

'First National Lewis Prior staff were determined to hold onto the 2016 Canstar Blue "Most Satisfied Customers'" award and their resolve led to some exceptional results plus we did win the Canstar Blue award again' Brett Lewis said.

At the presentation, First National Lewis Prior received the following awards:


  • Sales Office of the Year (Top 10)
  • Property Management Department of the Year
  • Highest Property Management Gross Revenue
  • Highest Gain of Properties under Management

Key staff members were also recognised for their individual performances:
  • Brett Lewis received the 'SA/NT Salesperson of the Year (#3)' award
  • Karlie Larson received the 'Business Deveopment Manager of the Year' award
  • Karlie Larson received the 'Diamond Award for Residential Revenue' award

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