December 16, 2016

2016 Year in Review

This year has been a great year for the real estate market in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. We have seen excellent growth, and some record sales results in most suburbs in our region. In particular, the inner city suburbs of Newcastle have seen a high demand, and there is lots of activity with off the plan sales and the apartment market.

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Economic drivers in 2016

The state government has injected...


December 14, 2016

What happens when a buyer misses out?

In today’s hot property market, some buyers will inevitably miss out on a property to another buyer, and we know how heartbreaking it is when this happens. The potential buyer has had their mind set on a property, may have even started the road on building and pest inspections, pre-approved finance and preparing to make an offer or bid.

All of a sudden another offer is made on the same property. Our potential buyer is caught off guard and...


November 09, 2016

Spring Fling Success!

What a lead up. What a day we had on Sunday! What a fantastic effort by all the people involved; our clients, our team here at First National Newcastle, our auctioneer and all our wonderful supporters!


Spring Fling Auction Event at First National Newcastle Sunday Nov 6th 2016.

And a special thank you to Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). As proud supporters of HMRI we were grateful to be able to contribute funds to lifesaving medical...


November 08, 2016

Spring Fling Auction Results

1. 176 Brooks Street Bar Beach sold for $1,850,000

2.       14 Avoca Close Waratah West sold for $790,000, suburb record!

3.       71 Denison Street Hamilton East sold for $792,000

4.       104 Kemp Street sold, price withheld – street record!

5.       3 Eddy Street, Hamilton $680,000

6.       45A lookout Road Lambton heights, in negotiations

7.       31 Turnbull street sold for $1,420,000

8.       51 Scenic Drive sold for $1,520,000

9.       7 Dixon Street Hamilton sold for $590,000

10.   1 Hogue Street, Maryville sold for $704,000

11.   87 Kenrick Street Merewether sold for...


November 03, 2016

Calling all First Home Buyers – its Spring Fling!

With only a couple of days left to Spring Fling I thought I’d talk a little about being a first or second home buyer. You see, the Spring Fling is a great opportunity for first-timers to understand how an auction works, ask questions and get an idea of where the market is at the moment.

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Street view Mayfield. A hotground for us First Home Buyers. 

Let me first say that I am...


October 31, 2016

Our best tips to prepare for Spring Fling!

With only a few more sleeps to go until Spring Fling, we spoke to First National Newcastle's Sales Agent and Auctioneer, Roger Ingham, about how to best prepare for the day. He gave us 5 key insights we think will be of value to you, whether you are looking to sell or buy on November 6th 2016:


Spring Fling Auction Event November 6th 2016.

#1: Auctions give you an outcome on the day:

Roger’s perhaps most potent...


October 28, 2016

Spring Fling Update - 8 Properties Now Sold

Who would have thought!

We here at First National Newcastle City have been absolutely amazed by the welcome of our Spring Fling auction event. We have introduced 17 properties to go under the hammer on this one day, eight of which are now already sold!


Over the last two weeks we have been delighted with the interest that our Spring Fling auction listings have generated. We have an amazing list of properties due to be auctioned...


October 26, 2016

Meet Alberto, our first homebuyer agent!

Alberto came to Newcastle from Italy a couple of years ago, and he is quickly becoming a local. Living in Mayfield, working with First National Newcastle City since our inception and becoming an invaluable member of our team.

Alberto is our go-to agent for anything first or second home buying or selling. Don’t get us wrong, he can help with most anything property, we just know he is a great resource for people looking to buy or sell perhaps for the...


October 19, 2016

Coming together for good

As a proud supporter of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), First National Newcastle City is using its major ‘Spring Fling’ auction event on November 6 to help raise life-changing funds for medical research.

Around 15 properties worth over $20 million in total will be going under the hammer, and First National Newcastle City principal George Rafty is making a donation from every sale.

“Our relationship with HMRI is only beginning as our office is in its first year. We join other...


October 14, 2016

We Won!

What an honour to win in last evenings REINSW Awards for Excellence in the category of Residential Salesperson in Sydney. And to be recognised as the only non-Sydney finalist in the category among these highly regarded peers is a personal and professional highlight. 

I think the reason for our results is the fact we are customer centric and that we have proven over a long period of time that service is everything. If you work hard, results always follow....


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