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I was very impressed with John's knowledge not just the general market but his extent background knowledge of the Northern Beach's area, well versed.I was communicated through the whole process with John's professionalism when dealing with buyers and sellers. Another fantastic result for myself and for Smyth Estate Agents, a job well done! Again!

Mark, Freshwater (Vendor)

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Philip and Carol, Manly (Vendors)

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My sale was all done remotely via email and phone, as I had moved to the far north coast! James was very responsive to my emails and calls and clear in communicating the situation. I was referred to James by some friends who were also very happy with the result that they got when selling their unit! Similarly I was very pleased when I got $100,000 more than what I was looking for! Thanks James!

Mark, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James was terrific! He obtained a wonderful price for my mother’s home. He kept me fully informed every step of the way and we were very satisfied with the result.

Steve, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James and the Team at Smyth Estate Agents were great to deal with. As I am in Queensland it was all done over the phone, but I felt that James guided me through the process and I was very grateful for the advice given. Was overall a good experience and a great outcome on sale of property. Thanks James and Team.

Megan, Dee Why (Vendor)

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Had another local real estate try sell it quick to a client already ‘on the books’ without advertising. Don’t look past these blokes. They did the hard leg work and got a result well beyond my expectations. Genuine blokes that know the local market.

Peter, Freshwater (Vendor)

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Excellent service led to an excellent result. Thank you very much to James and the team at SEA 🙂

Grant and Mel, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James was thorough, transparent and very responsive. This enabled us to complete the purchase and sign on the dotted line extremely quickly. Was great to work with.

Lucy and Josh, Curl Curl (Buyers)

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We had a wonderful experience securing our home with James. From the very first phone call through to the contract exchange, James was extremely efficient and open with his communication. James' transparency was really refreshing and he ensured the process was easy and seamless. Thank you James!

Leah and Nic, Freshwater (Buyers)

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Selling my property from interstate with Sydney in lockdown I thought would be stressful, however, I felt as though I could leave all the hard work in James' hands, and he encouraged me to do so. Despite Sydney heading into a lockdown his advise to push ahead proved to be very valuable. His photographer and stylist contacts were very good. He had the advertisement up very quickly and reached out to buyers in an effective way. His thorough and quick updates after viewings were greatly appreciated and helped me understand the level of interest from the market. His understanding of buyers motivations was in depth, and his interactions with buyers was very considered. He helped create a scenario that resulted in a sale before auction that far exceeded our expectations. Great result from James and his team!

Sean, Dee Why (Vendor)

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As a buyer there are many tricks and traps in this Northern Beaches property industry. We purchased from James and note he is a stand out agent. No frills. No tricks! Just straight forward and transparent. Highly recommended.

George and Jodie, Dee Why (Buyers)

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James has assisted us in property transactions over many years. Our most recent transaction, in very difficult trading conditions, was conducted professionally and with a positive outcome. James' knowledge and understanding of the local market is second to none.

Steve and Lindsay, Freshwater (Vendors)

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There are agents, and then there are people who truly care about the outcome and want to support the sale of your property. Right from the first call I felt heard and understood by James and as a result I was able to relax into the process with him and John. Working with James gave me the exact monetary outcome I had been hoping for and was a completely stress free experience for me. If I ever need to purchase or sell a house again I know exactly where I'm going as my first call will be James.

Zoe, Queenscliff (Vendor)

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James listed our property and exceeded all of our expectations with the result he achieved. The communication throughout the whole sale process was exceptional to say the least. We would highly recommend James and his team to any clients wishing to sell. We have also had the privilege of dealing with Rana Stevens who heads up the rental team for SEA Smythe Estate Agents over the last 3 years. We can't praise Rana and her team enough with regard to the effort they put in and the way they communicate with us on any issues that arise. They are very professional and promptly account for and transfer rental income. James and his whole team are an elite and well managed outfit.

Rob and Jane, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James had a good grasp of the special type of purchaser that would be happy with our property and once found the process went smoothly and very professionally. The regular communication from James and the office kept us in the loop and informed. We are happy.

David and Sue, Freshwater (Vendors)

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I was selling my family home of 51 years which was a very emotional time for me. James took the time to understand my feelings and make the process easy. James was very helpful when it came to the open homes so that I didn't feel stressed. I am very pleased with the result of the sale and am very grateful for James help.

Breda, Manly (Vendor)

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Sea Smyth Estate Agent has been managing our property for the last 8 years in a highly professional manner. When it came time to sell, the service and communication with us by James and his team proved to be nothing short of exemplary. We are very grateful for the personal care that James has demonstrated and feel very blessed that we chose someone like James who has such an extensive local knowledge. We are extremely happy with the experience and result. Thank you.

Mark and Claudine, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James and his team were able to make the process of managing an Estate sale as trouble free and painless as could be hoped. At a time when we did not want additional problems, James provided an easy to follow and manage process that included preparing the property for sale, running the sale campaign and finally completing the sale . The final outcome exceeded all our expectations and was the culmination of very professional and seamless engagement. I would have no hesitation on dealing with James again and highly recommend his services.

Patrick, North Manly (Vendor)

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James was an absolute pleasure to work with, his knowledge of the market was unparalled, backed up by thorough analysis we felt very confident in his approach. It paid dividends as we got a result that exceeded all our expectations.

Tom and Erin, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James was an absolute pleasure to work with. His knowledge of Freshwater property was unparalleled, he was able to secure an incredible result within 3 days of property being for sale. Highly recommend for anyone looking to sell their property.

Tom, Freshwater (Vendor)

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I would like to convey my sincere thanks to James and John for the manner in which they both conducted the sale of my property from the initial inspection to completion. Your advice on what was needed to present the property to market and the trades to achieve this was invaluable. The whole process was handled professionally and with the utmost integrity. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone wishing to either purchase or sell a property.

Graham, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James recently successfully sold my property. He has sound knowledge of the industry but in particular the local Freshwater industry. The property sold quickly and a great price was realised. James is a great negotiator working will all parties to achieve a positive outcome.

Sally, Manly (Vendor)

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We had an excellent experience purchasing our home from James. He was extremely knowledgable and willing to assist us with any inquiries, as well providing important advice to us as first time home buyers. He was honest and upfront which made the whole process much easier and ultimately resulted in us successfully purchasing our dream home!

Phil and Nadia, Freshwater (Buyers)

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Enormous thanks to James for negotiating the sale of my property in less than a week. James' solid market knowledge and professionalism provided a rewarding and smooth experience.

David and Marie, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James provided a seamless experience, from the very beginning James was thorough, communicated with detail and presented me with an effective sales strategy. His history and experience as an agent in the local area is a huge positive and I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Would definitely recommend! Big thanks to you and the team at SEA.

Ivana, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James has exceeded our expectations, his sheer will, tenacity, drive and professionalism in what was a extremely intricate sale. James kept us in the loop at all times and consistently worked towards achieving a brilliant sale including a great price, a seamless completion and remained with us throughout the process. Ken and I are relieved, happy and over the moon with James and would not hesitate to recommend him to any of our colleagues and friends, in fact we have done so.

Helen and Ken, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James and the team at Smyth Estate Agents managed the rental of my property at Fairlight for five years before I made the decision to sell. The team were great working with the tenants and me - we had the same tenants for the 5 years. When the decision was made to sell, James was able to guide me through the process, offering balanced and sensible answers to my many questions from the initial requirements all the way to exchange of contracts.

Liam, Manly (Landlord and Vendor)

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Selling my property was something I was very anxious about. James was extremely professional in every way and gave me a feeling of confidence in everything he did. Within a very short time, he had a buyer and I was more than satisfied with the results he achieved. I couldn’t be happier with the result and would highly recommend James to anyone looking to sell their home. Thankyou James, I can now move forward to a new adventure.

Susan, Freshwater (Vendor)

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I can only state that James and his team did a great job selling our property. His organisation skills were on point, he communicated clearly and regularly (and always answered my calls). He achieved a great result in record time selling our house.

Chantalle and Owen, Freshwater (Vendors)

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In a word: Faultless. From the start of the process through to sale my dealings with James made me feel !00% confident I had the right man on the case. James is open book, confident, supremely knowledgable and I had the strong impression that he was as keen as myself to secure the right price at the right time from the right buyer. It is entirely unreasonable to compare James to other agents on the northern beaches....There is James and then there the rest.

Charles, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James and the team at SEA went above and beyond with the selling of our property. His knowledge of the area is unparalleled, and we felt at ease with the levels of communication, transparency and honesty that we got throughout the whole process. With SEA you’re not just a number, and that definitely makes all the difference. Thank you!

Isabella and Adam, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James was at all times courteous and professional. He has the knowledge and expertise that we required. James kept us well-informed following each open house and was approachable regarding any issue we wished to discuss. We were very pleased with the outcome of our sale and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to sell their home.

Greg and Belinda, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James ran a fantastic campaign for us with a result that far exceeded our expectations. He was professional, communicated well and each decision was always ours. He has incredible market knowledge and gave us a good expectation of sale price (that was well exceeded). He put a lot of effort into closing out the sale and was respectful and trustworthy always working for us. I would highly recommend James and his team. I thought the process would be stressful, it was nothing of the sort.

Adam and Megan, Curl Curl (Vendors)

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John was very helpful and patient answering questions and guiding me through my first property purchase and knowledgeable about the area. Great to deal with and would recommend!

Murray, Manly (Vendor)

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We purchased our home 10 years ago form James and were confident at the time that James knows the area intimately, understands the market and what is happening in these changing times.

He works hard to finding us a range of buyers for our home.

SEA is always in contact immediately after the home opens and follows up interested parties. We were never in any doubt as to what is happening even though we were 4000km away!

Thanks James and team for selling our home.

Graeme and Jacqui, Freshwater

We purchased our home 10 years ago form James and were confident at the time that James knows the area intimately, understands the market and what is happening in these changing times.

He works hard to finding us a range of buyers for our home.

SEA is always in contact immediately after the home opens and follows up interested parties. We were never in any doubt as to what is happening even though we were 4000km away!

Thanks James and team for selling our home.

Graeme, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James is a local born and bred who has grown up and remained in the area and his knowledge of the market and locale was exceptional. 

From beginning of contractual obligations right through to the end, James always kept us informed and in the loop, communicating quickly and without prompting.  We did not need to follow him up for anything, he was always one step ahead of us even when the pressure was on!

Thank you James for your skill and professionalism.

Wayne and Jennifer, Curl Curl (Vendors)

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We were to referred to James by a Buyers agent who had the experience of dealing with James first hand  - the main comment being, a ruthless negotiator - and overall good guy.   A hardworking, gritty, determined operator - James was upfront, honest with his feedback and had a very strong belief in his ability to deliver. 

James held his experience and himself with high respect and regard, and he didn't disappoint by keeping us in line the whole time.  As first time sellers, the process was very emotional and he managed our expectations very well.  An affable, caring - genuine professional who is extremely passionate about his craft. 

Thank you James - you were a true gentleman and are a credit to the Industry ( albeit smiling assassin ).

Cherie and Brad, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

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We were very impressed by James and John right from the start, selecting them as our agents based on their impressive results in the local area. Their display of people skills, market knowledge, professionalism, regular updates, reports, buyer feedback, guidance and willingness to go the extra mile provided great reassurance and peace of mind. It was a pleasure to have met them and their friendly team.

Paul and Anna, North Manly (Vendors)

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Sold! James and the team at Smyth Estate Agents (SEA), worked diligently and sold our home prior to auction.  We have known James for a number of years and he has an intimate knowledge of the local real estate market.  He has many contacts in the area and always knows what is happening in the market. 

The point of difference for James is that his guidance on market price is realistic.  He will not over promise and under deliver.  His track record speaks for itself.

Paul and Annette, North Manly (Vendors)

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We were first introduced to James 6 years ago when my husband decided to do a soft sell. Still being too attached to our amazing property we decided to not go ahead even though James achieved an amazing result. 4 weeks ago we decided  to list and downsize and not wishing to shop around for other agents who "up-sell the value" we went straight to James for an honest appraisal of its current value.

So very glad we made that decision! Not only did we have amazing results with the number of views and interest due to his extensive data base and professional marketing campaign but James achieved a very quick sale in what is at present a very uncertain market due to current economic times. And negotiated a price beyond what we expected! Professional, honest with  an instinctive knowledge of the real value of real estate in this area with a high respect for the vendor! Rare in this aggressive and volatile real estate market of unrealistic promises!

Karen and Eric, Queenscliff (Vendors)

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John has great knowledge of the market and follows a well planned and clear path. We felt really well supported and informed every step of the way. John and SEA are the Freshie experts, you can't do better than to put your trust in them.

John And Samantha, Freshwater (Vendors)

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Being stuck in New Zealand we gave James and his team the reins to sell our house. James did a excellent job in a short time frame.

Highly recommend James and his team at Smyth Estate Agents great job well done thank you.

Peter, Freshwater (Vendor)

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It was a good experience dealing with James from Sea. Great communication, quick to respond and happy to answer all my queries. Although the exchange happened very last minute, James was terrific in accommodating the situation and ensuring everything ran smoothly.

Darren, Dee Why (Buyer)

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James was engaged, informative and always kept me up to date on the progress of my sale. He accurately assessed the market and ensured that I had a great level of interest from prospective buyers. In the end he managed to achieve a price greater than my expectations in a very smooth and timely sale.  

Andy, Dee Why (Vendor)

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James was thoroughly professional throughout the sale.  He was also helpful with suggestions not strictly related to the sale. As a local agent, James was on top of the market at all times.  He kept us fully informed of our options leading up to the auction, then handled what was effectively a min-auction before the event resulting in a sale price we had not contemplated - $150,000 above the reserve.  Thank you James and the team for a great result.

Helene and Nicholas, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James did a fantastic job in difficult Covid 19 environment.

We were thrilled with the result and would highly recommend James to anyone thinking of selling. He was extremely professional and kept us informed of all inquiries and handled the negotiations in a very diligent manner.

Liam and Angie, Curl Curl (Vendors)

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Transparent. Reliable. 

We had been looking for a year - James was always available, gave reliable advice and kept us informed of real estate market opportunities. He is dependable and experienced for local advice.

We were stressed about possibly being gazumped after making an offer. James was true to his word - our offer was accepted without condition. We are so pleased to find our dream home.

Jasmine and Johnny, Freshwater (Buyers)

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As a buyer’s agent, I found James to be absolutely professional in his dealings with myself and by buyers. James was responsive and accommodating to our needs when it came to requesting information and arranging additional inspections. 

During negotiations, James was very clear about the process was true to his word.

Ramon Cura, Buyer's Agent

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My husband and I have no doubts that we chose the best agent to sell our property. Previous to selling, we employed James and his team at SEA to manage our property as a rental and the service was without fault for the 2yrs.

James and his staff are highly knowledgeable in all areas of real estate. Communication has been open, professional, timely and consistent. My husband and I have relied largely on James to advise us on the entire selling process and he has also been central in answering questions about buying. James guided us through our selling campaign seamlessly.

We put complete trust in James and his team and it certainly paid off. James is straight talking, professional and honest in his dealings and strives to reach the best result for his clients. Thank you James and the friendly team at SEA.

Anna and Marty, Balgowlah (Landlords and Vendors)

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James runs a very professional and honest approach to a stressful and sensitive sales process. The process is considerably easier during positive real estate markets however James really proved his value, knowledge and professionalism during a completely unique time with the Covid-19.

I would not hesitate to engage him again for future sales and his knowledge of the lower northern beaches market is exceptional.

Thanks again.

Angus, North Manly (Vendor)

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James managed to sell my house and find me another, all with complete professionalism, in the middle of a corona virus!  We got a great result - no stress - and all within three weeks.  A fantastic job.

Jenny, North Manly (Vendor and Buyer)

Wanted to give a review today after finding out Smyth is no longer managing the property we currently rent.

I’m so sad that we have lost Kellie as our property manager, she has been absolutely amazing!

She breaks the mould when it comes to the reputation of what property managers have, she is always contactable and on top of everything.

Really grateful to have been able to rent through you guys for our first place together, thank you for being so great!

Will always recommend you when I can!

Jordan (Tenant)

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James displayed excellent knowledge of the market and the local area. He is professional, friendly, hardworking and has excellent negotiation skills. He helped enormously by being genuinely caring, keeping me informed about everything going on and secured an outstanding result. Thanks James.

Rita, Freshwater (Vendor)

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Thank you, James, Rana and the Team of Smyth Estate Agents for both the sale of my property and rental managing for the past 2 years. Rana, and the rental team have kept me informed throughout the process and communication was great. Being in Indonesia for periods of time was no barrier to communications or updates.

James has a very approachable personality which made buyers feel comfortable. He is also very present during the sale campaign, i.e. was at every open for inspection (despite other properties on the market), provided detailed reports on inspection statistics and devoted to get us the best outcome.

Overall he exceeded my expectations with the end result.  He is very knowledgeable of the property market and is highly recommended. I would highly recommend Smyth Real Estate for both rental agent and sale of your property.

Thank you TEAM Smyth

Tracy, Curl Curl (Landlord and Vendor)

I have known James for over a decade & had no hesitation in choosing SEA when it came to selling my property. His knowledge of the local area & market made him the obvious choice to maximise the potential of the sale . This proved to be a wise choice as the sale was handled in a fast, smooth & highly professional manor.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending James & his team at SEA wether you are selling or renting your property, as Rana does an excellent job of managing my rental properties. Thanks James!

Carl (Landlord and Vendor)

Very easy to deal with, quick responses, had a spare key when I locked myself out.

Ryan (Tenant)

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We didn't know James from a bar of soap prior to putting our place on the market, from the start we were at ease with his style, knowledge and professionalism and as we weren't living in the area it just made it easier working with him.

Andrew and Leonie , North Manly (Vendors)

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James was an excellent agent for the sale of our property. He kept us informed throughout the process and communication was great. He is approachable which made buyers feel comfortable. He is also very present during the sale campaign, i.e. was at every open for inspection (despite other properties on the market), provided detailed reports on inspection statistics and devoted to get us the best outcome.

Overall he exceeded our expectations with the end result. He is very knowledgeable of the property market and is highly recommended.

Genevieve and Erik, Freshwater (Vendors)

Impeccable service from James and the team from the start of the campaign to the end matched only by a knowledge of the local market second to none.

Tony, Freshwater (Vendor)

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John has just helped us to purchase our new home. He was so helpful with every aspect of the purchase and was always available to answer our questions and to support us along the purchasing journey. John is very trustworthy and knowledgeable, and I would not hesitate to recommend his services.

Rachel, North Manly (Buyer)

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James and the team did a great job selling our house, would definitely recommend using Smyth Estate Agents if you are buying or selling a house.

Jason and Felicity, North Manly

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James & his staff have been wonderful to deal with. This has been a tricky sale as we had it on the market when the market was very slow last year & it wasn’t selling. James helped us by renting it out for 6 months & then putting it back on the market. It sold within a couple of weeks.

I would recommend to anyone James & Smyth Estate agents to buy & sell your property. They are very professional & very easy & friendly to deal with. Thanks again James.

Charlie and Kerryn, Freshwater (Vendor)

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James and his team were great. They were always clear with their communication regarding expectations and the progress of the sale. Thanks for your honesty and transparency James.

Sam and Tasmin, Freshwater (Buyers)

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After a recommendation from friends and a neighbouring sale we invited James into our home for a first conversation. His approach to real estate was one of the most professional we had ever seen. True analysis, real time reporting and a plan to get the property sold. His supporting team was also a pleasure to deal with. After a solid campaign we got the outcome we were after at Auction.

Highly recommend James and his team for his work selling property in the lower Northern Beaches.

Nick and Nicole, North Manly (Vendors)

He is very helpful and genuine person. He possesses all the qualities that a first home buyer needs from their agents as its a big decision buying a property. You can trust him. Very flexible as well...had a great experience.

Ankush, Brookvale (Buyer)

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I highly recommend John as a Real Estate Agent! Being a first home buyer, it was daunting understanding everything, but John was very gracious and helpful with all the questions I had and helped me through the whole buying process! If you’re looking for a Real Estate agent, look no further as you’ve found the Best on the Beaches, John Lang!

Sam, Dee Why (Buyer)

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I have now sold two properties with James over the past 11 years. The first sold in just a few days with zero advertising at an exceptional price. The 2nd sold days ago in a difficult market after two+ weeks of showing and at the top end of the expected range. I am very pleased and highly recommend his expertise.

Peter, North Curl Curl (Vendor)

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It's true, business succeeds on repeat customers. 

The reason I returned after James undertook a sale in Dee Why a couple of years back.

I found him knowledgable to different areas on the Northern Beaches, straight forward and importantly practical in his approach.

Highly recommend.

Steve, Narrabeen (Vendor)

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John was simply amazing during the whole process. everything was pretty smooth and he was very helpful.

Jerry, Brookvale (Buyer)

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Having recently moved to NSW we were not familiar with the local property market. James took the time to talk open and honestly to us about the Northern beaches. His advice was invaluable. James also has a strong relationship with the seller and following the sale has continued to assist on every occasion allowing us early access to the property to do work.

He has even introduced us to our new neighbours and provided contacts for local trades and businesses in the area.  Our interactions with everyone on his team has been courteous and professional.

Al and Jodie, Freshwater (Buyers)

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Our experience with James was as good as you can experience. James was professional and enthusiastic throughout the process, contacted us regularly and kept us up to date with all enquiries and inspections. he also took great initiative in the final negotiation process. We will not hesitate to use James again.

Josh and James, Freshwater (Vendors)

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In April 2018, from overseas, I contacted James from SEA for an appraisal of our Freshwater house.  I was immediately impressed with his local knowledge and professionalism, especially the trouble he went to presenting his report.  When in August of this year, we made the decision to sell, we chose James and it was one of the best decisions of our life. 

James is DIFFERENT!  Instead of over-promising, he under-promises, then over-delivers.  His unique system, with styling and various trades, advertising and videos, as well as amazing data analysis techniques ensured we found the right buyer quickly (20 days), smoothly and at a great price.  It is not that often one is truly delighted in life, but we were delighted by James work.  SEA are winners.

Saul and Vicky, Freshwater (Vendors)

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We found our dealings with James and his colleague John very professional. They had the knowledge that was required regarding the property, kept us informed of how the sale would progress and were great to deal with through all of the steps of our being the successful purchasers of the property. We would not hesitate in recommending the agency of SEA Freshwater for your real estate needs.

Gerard and Bronwen, Freswater (Buyers)

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James always returned our calls and answered our queries and requests promptly. 

He stuck to the plan we agreed on and we were happy with the result. He knows the locals and the area well and really knows his stuff.  He gave advice but respected our views and did not push on things we did not want.

Kerrie and Paul, North Manly (Vendors)

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I found dealing with James very easy from start to finishing from great marketing to an excellent result at auction.

Norman, Freshwater (Vendor)

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Thank you so much for helping secure the purchase of my apartment. Couldn’t be happier with my purchase. James liaised swiftly between myself and the previous owners and made the sale within a week of the property going on the market. I was impressed. On top of his professionalism he is also a good bloke, trustworthy and easy to get along with. I would highly recommend anyone looking to sell or buy to engage James and take advantage of his wealth of knowledge in the property market. You will not regret it.

Thank you James!

Michael, Freshwater (Buyer)

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James recently sold my mothers apartment in Manly. We were skeptical going to market as, historically, properties such as this had not sold well, if at all. James was however quietly confident with listing and marketing the property. He set a realistic price point so as not to artificially raise expectations for both buyer and seller.

James proved himself to be an astute negotiator achieving an impressive final sale price on the property.

Sally, Manly (Vendor)

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My partner and I have bought and sold four properties with with James Smyth and his team at Smyth Estate Agents. They say the best business is referral business and my experience with James, his sales colleague, John and the team at Smyth Estate Agents has been nothing short of exceptional.

I had the experience of discussing my potential sales with other local agents. One such (unnamed) agency is quite large and, on face value, appears to have a high volume of successful sales. However, a closer analysis of some of those sales revealed that the prices achieved did not appear to be the best they could have been. I also had direct experience of the same agency under quoting and over quoting, in that the price I was quoted that they claimed they could achieve for my property was 'inflated' in an effort to get my business. I also saw the same agency 'underquote' to potential buyers in order to attract interest. This had the effect of artificially raising buyers expectations that properties may sell for a lower price, when in fact the properties sold for much more, which led to buyer frustration and disappointment.

In contrast, James was conservative and realistic in his price guide. He provided a starting price to potential buyers and gave me a price range. During the sales process, James consistently advised that his aim was to achieve the best price possible for my properties. He assembled a thorough package of information on other sales in the area and market trends and then presented the information in such a way that enabled me to understand the basis for his appraisal. My properties were located in Freshwater and Manly.

James has resided in the area for a lengthy period and his knowledge and familiarity with the area was obvious and of immense benefit to myself and I'm sure to buyers. I have also purchased a property through James, during which he also provided a high level of customer service and sound advice.

Peter and Pat, Freshwater (Vendors)

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James has my highest recommendation. Living in the area James has a profound appreciation of the area, the people and period homes. I had a great selling experience with James who is extremely hard working, working after hours to sell my house. He leads a positive team that are all committed to the local community.

James has a very personal, friendly approach that you feel extremely comfortable and listened to. Every request or suggestion James acted upon immediately. James is reliable and kept me updated with the process at all times. I never had to chase him as James was always proactive and communicated regularly. I wouldn't hesitate in asking James to assist in the future.

Sue, Freshwater (Vendor)

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Being overseas vendors we wanted the sale of our home to be in the best hands - that’s why we chose James. Right from the get go he advised what we needed to do to get it ‘sale ready’ and managed every aspect getting the trades people through straight away so it was ready for the market in no time at all. 

He kept us up to date after every inspection with detailed feedback from everyone that came through. We were blown away with the result of the sale that was achieved before even going to auction. We are thrilled with the exceptional result which James achieved for us. 

We cannot recommend James highly enough and will not hesitate to use his services in the future.

Victoria and Paul, Dee Why (Vendors)

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James provided a highly personalized and professional service.  He was the only agent to spend the time properly researching the market to help me set my expectations accordingly.  He went well beyond the generic research provided by the other agents I spoke with and then exceeded the very high price expectations he had already set within a very short time period. 

His professionalism and communication is outstanding, I never waited more than 30 minutes for James to return a call, email or text.  He also provided detailed analysis of the market up front and then at each stage of the process as well as the opens and kept me up to date constantly of any activities.  He actively worked to minimize marketing costs but at the same time to maximise exposure to ensure a difficult to sell property was given every opportunity to shine to its target market.   

James' 100% sell rate over 2019 is a very obvious testament to his knowledge of the market, his absolute commitment to selling every property for the very best price possible, and his recruitment of an amazing team of like-minded people.

Carmen, Dee Why (Vendor)

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James was great, he was very approachable and we were both thrilled with the price of our purchase. Would highly recommend.

Khane and Natalie, Queenscliff (Buyers)

James and the team did a great job selling our house, would definitely recommend using Smyth Estate Agents if you are buying or selling a house.

Jason, North Manly (Vendor)

Clear communication, firendly and has great knowledge about the market!  I loved working with James and John!!!  They bring a unique and personal touch!!!

Maria, Brookvale (Vendor)

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I chose James to sell my property for three main reasons:

1. James knows the Freshwater market better than any other agent (he uses market and internally collated data to understand a situation then overlays deep market knowledge and personal relationships built over 20 years to predict an outcome, set a clear selling strategy and attract purchasers),

2. After benchmarking other agents he was competitively priced &

3. He invests significantly back into this community through the financial support of a range of not for profit organisations. He successfully sold our property for a street record after only 4 weeks!

An outstanding experience

Simon and Natalie, Freshwater (Vendors)

We have known James for over a decade and have always trusted him with our real estate and property dealings. We bought our property as a family home but moved interstate and decided to rent our house initially. James and his team at Smyth Estate Agents managed the property for us for a number of years before we decided to sell.

With us being interstate, he and his team managed the process of getting the property ready for sale and the sale process and went above and beyond the call of duty, getting us a great result and were always available if we had a concern or question. We would highly recommend him or his agency for any of your property needs. We still have an apartment that he manages and intend to maintain our relationship with him and his team ongoing.

Sandon and Margot, Curl Curl (Landlords and Vendors)

James from SEA was hardworking, diligent and professional.  In a market that was at best ''shakey'', James gave us every chance to get the price we wanted.

He worked hard behind the scenes and at every stage throughout our Sale campaign giving strong and wise advice.  I will use him again and do highly recommend him.

Trish, Freshwater (Vendor)

James was, from the get-go, extremely professional and committed in getting us the best result for the sale of our home.  He understood that this was an emotional decision and was respectful and thoughtful in his approach.  He kept us informed every step of the way and we wouldn't have had the success we had if this had been any other agent.

Kailey and David, Frenchs Forest (Vendors)

James knows the sale process so well that he gives you tailored advice to fit your circumstances, and explains his advice. His commitment in terms of time and effort is impressive.  His confidence is infectious. We didn't consider using anyone else and feel he repaid our trust in him.

Sean and Rosa, Curl Curl (Vendors)

This is the second home that James has sold for us, and again, with his knowledge of the market as well as the area, together with his professionalism and open communication, acheived a fantastic result for us. We would definitely use SEA again.

Karen and Darren, North Manly (Vendors)

I vetted several agents and chose James because of his excellent local knowledge, professionalism and the sales strategy he recommended.  James gave us sound advice, was supportive throughout and kept us informed to ensure the process ran as smoothly and was as stress-free as possible.  My wife and I were thrilled with the result which was due to the way James executed the marketing campaign and negotiated with the buyers to get us the best possible price. 

Thank you, James.  I would recommend you to anyone thinking of selling.

Happy Vendor, Freshwater

James and his team navigated a difficult period in the market to acheive a win-win for both the vendor and purchaser.

More difficult marketing conditions highlight the need for an experienced agent and in this regard we would recommend James and his team.

Belinda, Freshwater (Vendor)

James and his team worked extremely hard in a tough market.  Apreciated the honesty and communication throughout.

Chris, Curl Curl (Vendor)

James introduced a motivated buyer. James arranged an inspection of the property with the buyer whilst the property was being leased. James negotiated with the buyer, and acheived a price which suited both parties. All our selling expectations were acheived by the professional service provided by James.

Guy and Margy, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James' knowledge of the local market was invaluable and he did a great job driving buyer interest in what is currently a tough climate. He was honest in setting expectations early and communicated effectively throughout the process.  We achieved a quick at an acceptable price; great result. Thanks James!

Jennifer and Chris, Queenscliff (Vendors)

James helped us through the process of buying the house. His knowledge of the market helped us to have a full view of the cost of this house and renovation needed. He kept us constantly informed with a high level of transparency.

Fred and Connie, Freshwater (Buyers)

James was a very honest and straight to the point agent. He worked hard to present the opens and to bring in offers.

He made sure to explore all possible options available to ensure the property was sold with as little impact to me as possible.

I have no doubt James would represent all his clients to the best of his abilities.

Sean, Dee Why (Vendor)

Thank you for selling our house. Choosing a real estate agent was a tough decision, due to the high calibre of agents in the area. Your professionalism and integrity was very evident throughout the campaign. The communication was both constant and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend yourself and Smyth Estate Agency to anyone looking to buy or sell. The outcome was great and most importantly we enjoyed the experience.

Andrew and Belinda, Curl Curl (Vendors)

We have known James professionally for over 10 years, in that time James has always kept in touch with us via phone and email. James has always kept us up to date on the market, market trends sales auctions etc. It was an easy decision to sign with James as he knew our property and understood what we needed to achieve in our sale. James has a great team, they made the effort from day one to be across our property and added input into ensuring house was ready for the first open.

James always gave us written and verbal feedback after opens and is always available 24 hours a day. James and the team made our sale seamless and stress-free. We recommend James highly to anyone looking to buy or sell James won’t disappoint you.

Nikki and Danny, Curl Curl (Vendors)

I wanted to say thank you for your approach in selling our apartment in Queenscliff. You and I have been friends for quite a while, but Sarah and I really appreciated your professional and sometimes tough advice once we decided to sell. The regular updates kept us confident in your unique process and we always knew our options at every point.

In a slowing market we consistently seemed to have better leads than others selling around us. As our first sale, that day before auction was obviously nervous, but through the window where we waited - your tip of the hat with an excited buyer and a great price - truly classic!!

It's evident how much you care about our local community - because it's where you're from. I reckon that makes a big difference to how you communicate that passion to potential buyers.

I'll be recommending you on as a friendly, hard working and community-minded agent. We'll see you down at the beach.

The Quinn Family, Queenscliff (Vendors)

This was the first time we were selling a property and understandably anxious at such a significant event. We initially chose James based on the positive feedback on ratemyagent from both vendor and buyer. We knew from the get-go that we had made the right choice, which gave us comfort and confidence. Throughout the process James was a clear communicator and transparent in his thoughts and expectations. The final result was above our expectations and believe this was driven by James.

Matthew and Luci, Freshwater (Vendors)

We have once again had great result in selling our property with James and all his team. Their knowledge and advise on a marketing campaign to sell was crucial in our decision on the right value and timing. We sold at a price that we were happy with, all thanks to the effort of James.


Andrew and Shevaun, Seaforth (Vendors)

James and the team at Smyth were stellar is preparing the property and managing the process in a tough market. The presentation was wonderful. The adjustments to the profile and communication with prospective buyers was spot on to drive toward a result. Transitioning from property managers to property sellers was smooth and I highly recommend them for both services. I am planning to use James's services for my future transactions as buyer and seller. Highly recommended, especially also Rana on the team at SEA.

Jaz, Freshwater (Vendor)

A big thanks to the team at Smyth Estate Agent, their local knowledge was the key reason I chose these guys. Special thanks to John Lang who handled all issues (good or bad) like a total professional, we had a short turn around and within 2 weeks of a fresh coat of paint there was a SOLD sign out front. Well Done guys!

Mark and Mary, Freshwater (Vendors)

I have known James professionally for 10 years after making an enquiry on a house way back. We have had plenty of conversations over the years about property etc. He is a wealth of knowledge and knows Curl Curl and Freshwater well. When it came time to use an agent to rent our house a couple of years ago we decided to use SEA.

When it came time to sell our family home recently it was an easy decision to again go with SEA. The rental experience was good. We had some issues and disagreements during the rental term but nothing that wasn't sorted out professionally. These issues weren't a big deal, however I make the comment to highlight that relationships involving such a large emotional asset can be fraught with issues. I believe the key to success is how these are dealt with.

It can be difficult to keep emotions in check and James always keeps it professional and explains what he thinks is going on. I would use SEA again. From my perspective SEA would be the best agency to use when selling a house in Curl Curl and Freshwater.

Andrew and Cath, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James ran a solid campaign and delivered against our expectations. He was clear in his communications from the start, working with us prior to launching our property and during the campaign. We would recommend his services & agency.

Damon and Kath, Freshwater (Vendors)

John's communication skills are second to none. At every point of the process. we understood exactly what was needed from us, what John was doing for our sale, and understood the ins-and-outs of the sales strategy. He came over a few nights a week on his own time to discuss any updates we could see where the market was, and what the likely outcomes were.

John's strategy was solid and unfaltering - something we trusted even when we had different ideas. We wanted to sell before auction, and on the last day John used all his know-how to secure a quality buyer, negotiate a price, and get the sale. We got the price, and John was there for the celebration beers. You can really speak with John and he'll often put you at ease during times of big decisions.

That's why we feel that we can trust him - he's working for his vendors all the way. 100% recommended.

Tim and Sarah, Queenscliff (Vendors)

James Smyth and the SEA team have been an exceptional team supporting the sale of my Uncle and Aunty's home in Curl Curl. Their local knowledge cannot be questioned and they have clearly fostered a deep understanding of the local market. The sale for my Aunty and Uncles home was as a result of declined health and James and his team were sincerely respectful and understanding of the situation. They knew when to approach and when to give distance in the lead up to key sale decisions but always mindful of sale opportunity when it presented. The team went above what was expected in assisting with house sale preparations and placed my Uncle in contact with some very good pre sale cleaners who, like James and SEA team - went beyond what was expected. Thoroughly recommend James and the SEA Team. They were key in turning a very sensitive situation into a very positive outcome.

Relatives of Vendors

Really happy with James and his help sealing the deal on our new apartment. Helped my wife and I out with so much in such a short period of time made the whole process really stress free. Would recommend definitely recommend him to anyone on in Freshwater looking for a home.

Adam and Sarah, Freshwater (Vendors)

James and his team are true professional. Even though I was overseas at the time he would always contact me with the latest updates. He sold our house in less then 1 week for a price that we were very happy with. We would have no hesitation recommending him. A great guy.

Kerry and John, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

He is apparently known as Mr Curl Curl, but given how knowledgeable he was around Freshwater and given how well he knew the buyers in the area, I would suggest adding Mr Freshwater is now appropriate. We would not hesitate to use him again.James is a straight up agent, he gets the job done, gives you honest and straight feedback and is very fair in his charging model.

Josh, Freshwater (Vendor)

James is an honest chap who gets the job done with minimal fuss and a good sense of humour. He is respectful of the buyers, but negotiates well on behalf of the sellers. I would use him again without question.

Freshwater Vendor

James' committed approach to obtaining the very best outcome for us in the sale of our four houses, was evident from our first meeting with him. The campaigns were organised and executed in a most professional and capable manner. He kept us informed of progress throughout all the campaigns and during the auction processes which contributed considerably to our peace of mind during what is a stressful time. He achieved results for us which were well beyond our expectations. We have recently sold our fourth house, achieving street and suburb record, through James and we are more than happy to recommend him without reservation.

The Bruens, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James and his colleagues, are a great team. They are honest with their opinions and are 100% committed to getting vendors the best possible outcome. Highly recommend their services!

Guy, Freshwater (Vendor)

Thanks James for closing the sale of my property in Freshwater. The sale proceeded quickly thanks to your proactive approach in closing the sale. I appreciate your straight talking persona and your efforts to negotiate a better price.

Paul and Annette, Freshwater (Vendors)

Good knowledge not only of the suburb but the street in particular.

Tom and Glenda, Freshwater (Vendors)

SEA were always friendly, communicative and professional. We were kept informed throughout the process and always felt that we were being dealt with in a fair and personable manner. We have no hesitation in highly recommending SEA and James.

Karen and Phil, Curl Curl (Buyers)

As you know we did look to another agent prior to going with you again, in order to test the waters after 8 years had passed.  Once again we chose you for our Brighton Street sale as we believed that the skills you possess continue to position you above the competition when it comes to your ability and desire to achieve the best price available at that point in time, not just to get a quick sale across the line and move on.  Our faith in you and your skills was proven correct once again.  As we have a bad habit of buying before we sell, this adds to the pressure of the sales campaign.  You and your team provided us with necessary doses of enthusiasm, support and reality.  The last one is important because it’s easy to get carried away with comparisons and feedback.  Your strategy to keep us on the path to auction when you could see the position of the buyers, and the communication you established with the buyers (and with us) leading up to auction day was fabulous.  History will forever show that we succeeded on the day, exceeded our reserve and hit a street record.  Perhaps even more importantly, the sale was conducted with integrity and I believe both the purchasers and us, as the sellers, have had a positive experience.  This is another wonderful achievement given the emotions at play for all involved.

We wish you all the best, as always.

Nikki and Antony, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James and his team are professional and easy to deal with. There isn’t much James doesn’t know about the Manly, Freshwater and surrounding area. Even when things got tough emotionally James was there to make negotiations calm and pleasant. Thanks James.

Carrie, Freshwater (Buyer)

James and his colleagues, know how to sell and sell well. From start to finish they took the reins of the process and exceeded our expectations with not only a fantastic end result, but the ease in which they sold our property. Highly recommend any vendor to approach SEA Real Estate and see what they can do!

Guy, Freshwater (Vendor)

We recently successfully sold our apartment via James Smyth at SEA. James is a well known identity and is a local agent at Freshwater. 

A good agent's duty is to educate the vendor, i.e. myself and my wife, to reconcile on what we think our place is worth and what the market is willing to pay. His appraisal was realistic and justified based on the market comparables he presented and we were happy to go ahead with James.

Selling your property is one of the most stressful periods in your life and you need to be able to trust someone to guide you through this process. We are very grateful that we entrusted ourselves with James, as his professionalism placed our mind at ease. Most importantly to us, he was transparent and simply easy to deal with.

Throughout the sale process, from the styling advice, photography, opens and providing feedback, James and his team were very professional. James would present us with a summary at the end of the opens, which provided us with valuable insight on the market sentiment.

James worked his magic during the sale campaign and got us a price that was more than expected and we were very happy with. Hence we sold prior to auction which was a huge relief.

I highly recommend James to anyone thinking about selling their place. Have him present to you and his actions will speak volumes more than this testimonial ever can.

Thank you James and team for your excellent job!

Andrew and Mary, Freshwater (Vendors)

James has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Everything he said he'd do, he did and then some... 

His communication skills are excellent. He kept us informed throughout the entire campaign and we never felt like we didn't know what was happening. He has honesty and integrity which are to be admired and at no point did we feel like we were "just another client".

The result James achieved for our family home is unbelievable and testament to his brilliant negotiation skills. He exceeded our expectations and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending James as an agent. In fact, I think anyone would be crazy not to use him.

The Timms Family, Beacon Hill (Vendors)

James has sold a number of our properties over the years and always goes above and beyond to keep us aware of progress with our campaign. He is well versed with local properties and buyers and thus can give us the most informed selling ability. It's always a solid and respectful relationship. Well done once again.

Wolff Family, Collaroy (Vendors)

We attended various Agent open houses prior to choosing James, after obtaining Appraisals from a few competitors. Our decision was confirmed by a competitor stating "Good Agent you will have no problems with him". So true James and his team delivered on every promise and and kept us updated almost daily on current progress with the sale. He skilfully negotiated a sale price in excess of $400,000 above our target reserve.

We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending James a decent man who we are certain will act in your best interest.

The Timms, Beacon Hill (Vendors)

We bought our apartment from James Smyth. We found him and his team to be efficient, friendly and flexible.

Hogg, Freshwater (Buyers)

We recently purchased a unique block of vacant land in Freshwater through James Smyth, Principal at Smyth Estate Agents. James and his colleagues have an outstanding and well deserved reputation in this tightly held market. James was highly engaged and very responsive throughout the negotiation and sale process with the vendor. Our family is thrilled at the opportunity now ahead of us to build our dream home alongside one of our favourite beaches in Sydney.

Kirkman, Freshwater (Buyer)

James knows how to get the best for his clients. He helped us get a great price and I am very happy with the outcome. Recommend to others.

Jayne and David, Freshwater (Vendors)

James and his team were outstanding in their knowledge of the market and commitment to achieving the best outcome. As a result of James's professionalism and integrity acting for the vendor during the purchase of our home we engaged him to sell our previous and current homes. Highly recommend James and his team.

Lesa and Eamonn, Curl Curl (Vendors and Buyers)

We recently made the decision to sell our much loved and newly renovated home in Freshwater in pursuit of a quieter life away from Sydney with our young children. We observed that SEA auction boards were springing up everywhere locally and were being slapped with 'SOLD!' signs. James himself responded to our initial email enquiry promptly and so began a very fortunate experience. From our first meeting with James it was obvious SEA have a passion for realestate.
James' enthusiasm and motivation was infectious and his knowledge of the market proved exceptional. At no point did we feel like 'just a number'- James' communication skills are exceptional. He was unwavering in his attention and his professional confidence, humour and unflappable demeanour kept us hopeful and calm during a notoriously stressful period- selling your home! 
The first week of our campaign James even hand delivered a copy of the Saturday realestate guide on a Friday night 'hot off the press' just so we could see our advertisement in advance.- A personal touch we certainly did not expect but was a much welcomed kindness.
James is an exceedingly keen observer of the human condition- a decent, honest and intelligent person. One is left with no doubt that James affords all of his clients the same level of respect and service regardless of the property or the price of it.
James' negotiating skills were focused and formidable. His experience and expertise proved invaluable.- Our home sold for what we had only dared to imagine and hope for: WELL ABOVE estimate.
We would have no hesitation in recommending James and the SEA team. In fact we would actively encourage anyone serious about selling their home to contact SEA. It was one of the biggest, best and most successful decisions we have made. Thank you James and the SEA team!

Jon and Gillian, Freshwater (Vendors)

I felt that James and his team did a great job in selling my unit. They were realistic in their market evaluation and gave me good advice on how to present my unit. I appreciated the way they kept me well-informed, with written summaries, throughout the sale process. I felt I was part of an effective team. Thanks James and John and Jo - you really did a great job!!

Lesley, Queenscliff (Vendor)

I interviewed several agents before selecting James and I felt he was the most transparent and sincere and would make the most efforts on our behalf.

His weekly reports were very insightful and his reading of the market and the buyers turned out to be exactly right.

James is someone you can trust to do the best job for your property sale.

A & S Bush, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

We used SEA to sell our investment property at Dee Why Beach. I cant say enough about James, his professionalism and local knowledge and his dedicated team sold our property for a record price which well exceeded our expectations. James kept me up to date during the auction campaign and provided some great strategies to ensure our property was sold.

George, Dee Why (Vendor)

I've had multiple dealings with James and most other agents in the area over the past 18 months, as we've searched for a property on the Northern Beaches. James is easily the most knowledgeable and professional, and as a buyer I really appreciated the transparency with which he operated and the advice he offered throughout the buying process. James was the only agent who religiously followed up each and every one of my (many) attendances at inspections, and who genuinely took the time to listen to my reasons for liking or disliking a property. Unlike some agents, calls with James didn’t feel like I was one of many on a call list he had to get through that day.

On a number of occasions we had initially dismissed a property, only to reconsider after James took the time to help us imagine the potential with some simple renovations that we couldn't see ourselves. No other agent ever took the time to do this, and this skill must have served his vendors very well over the years. When the time comes for me to sell, James is the only one I would trust to sell my house.

Paul, Freshwater (Vendor)

James was upfront and honest in his appraisals and suggestions for how to deal with our property. His local knowledge and long experience was undoubtedly a significant advantage when it came to negotiating with potential buyers. He kept us fully informed throughout and his assessments of people as genuine buyers as opposed to those just looking was spot on. He didn't engage in real estate speak with dealing us and we have no doubt we would not have achieved such a good result with another agent.

Wayne, Freshwater (Vendor)

We would like to thank James and his team at SEA for the way they executed the sale of our home. James' professionalism, hard work and insight made the whole process as stress free as possible and secured a great result within a very tight time frame right before Christmas. We would have no hesitation at recommending James to anyone considering selling their home.

Kerrie and Chris, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

I would like to use this opportunity of highly recommending James Smyth of SEA real Estate for the fantastic result he received on the sale of my property.

I came to contact James following a recommendation from my Accountant who had previously used James' services in the sale and purchase of his property. From the first moment I met James I knew that he was the person who knew his job, had a most professional attitude, and would obtain for me the best possible result. My apartment was no sooner listed and James was quickly getting the marketing and inspections underway. I only wish that I had another property to list with him, but unfortunately I don't.

I give James and his staff 10 out of 10.

Miriam, Manly (Vendor)

James sold my property very quickly and at a very acceptable price exceeding both his and my expectations. His recommendation to style the property was excellent and probably clinched the high price offer. All in all it was a good agent doing his job well.

James sold our North Curl Curl home and absolutely exceeded our expectations in terms of his local knowledge, clear communication, attention to detail and negotiation skills. We couldn't have been happier with the result and highly recommend him.

Andrew and Lisa, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

We recently sold our apartment in Dee Why Beach for a record figure thanks to James and his team at Smyth Estate Agents, who went above and beyond to not only get our sales campaign up and running with short notice but to also hit the market with high impact. We found him a complete professional when it came to the business end of things, but equally he was also very down to earth and relatable. His boutique style real estate suited us down to the ground, as we didn't feel like just another number in the property game like some of the agents seem to. We can't recommend James Smyth and SEA highly enough for your next sale. For them, it seems it's not just about getting the job done, but to find you the perfect buyer and get you the best possible price the market is offering. This guy truly loves his job and it shows through his results! Thank you Smyth Estate Agents for changing our life with such a fantastic sales result. Surely the best Christmas present ever!

Ian and Jos, Dee Why (Vendors)

James Smyth has completely transformed my perception of the real estate profession. James was not only a trusted confident and advisor throughout the sale of our family home, but also his professionalism and integrity instilled us with confidence and steadied our nerves throughout our sale.

Ewan and Niamh, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James's marketing campaign for our property in Curl Curl was exceptional. His knowledge of the local area and surrounds is second to none. He worked extremely hard negotiating with prospective buyers the night before auction to achieve a satisfactory outcome. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend James to any prospective clients seeking his services.

Robert and Leslie, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James was a very professional agent who helped us achieve a sale in only 2 days!

Bruggers, Curl Curl (Vendors)

We are so pleased that we chose James Smyth of SEA as our estate agent. From our initial consultation James impressed us with his in-depth knowledge of the local market and his wide data base.. During the sales process he worked closely to design a sales strategy that suited us and maximized the value of our property. James advised on valuation, marketing and advertising as well as styling and presentation of our home to increase it’s market appeal. However, he doesn’t stop there, his network of trusted experts (stylist, gardeners, painters, handyman, photographer, etc…) completed the required work within days of our request, at a very reasonable cost. This was invaluable to us as we wanted a short sales campaign and finding reliable people in all of these areas, who could do the work, do it well, be available within days and avoid exorbitant prices would have been impossible without SEA. As it was, James organized and managed all of this activity as soon as we OK’d it. Other immense advantages of choosing SEA are weekly face-to-face reports from James and his availability anytime, everyday. He builds a close rapport with potential buyers and is a supreme negotiator when following-up with them. Dealing exclusively with the senior agent/director who brings all of his expertise and experience made us confident we had made the best choice of agent. This was evident in the final sale- before auction, achieving a sales figure hugely exceeding our expectations with very little effort on our part.

Simon and Fiona, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James made the sale process seamless, from when I first interviewed him through to the exchange. He is very informative and has a great weekly progress report. He managed the sale negotiations in a calm and professional manner, obtaining a very satisfying pre-auction sale result.

James and Diana, Freshwater (Vendors)

James made our experience totally stress free he kept us well informed throughout , we were especially impressed by his weekly reporting which detailed buyers feedback along with helpful statistical data which enabled us to make clear decisions when it came to accepting an offer. We would recommend James and his team without hesitation, his market knowledge, local contacts, no nonsense approach along with his total professionalism throughout made our sale extremely stressless with a outcome tailored to our specific needs in a word outstanding.. Thank you James and also to your wonderful team at SEA Freshwater .

The Taylor Family, Curl Curl (Vendors)

I would like to take this opportunity to say how professional you and your team were at selling my property at Curl Curl. Nicky and I could not believe how you made the whole process seem so stress free, Nicky and I would definitely use SEA again, and highly recommend Smyth Estate Agents to anybody we knew selling a property. Again thank you so much and we highly doubt we would have received the figure we were after if we used anyone else.

Nicky and Peter, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James provided excellent advice and strategies that enabled our unit to be sold for a pleasing price. He listened to our requests and set in motion a campaign that exhibited our property in the best possible light. He negotiated skilfully with the eventual buyers to ensure a swift settlement. We were extremely happy with the outcome and enjoyed working with such a genial and warm person.

Sharmyn, Dee Why (Vendor)

James proved himself to be an invaluable asset in the sale of our home. His local experience, tenacity and depth of understanding of his clients needs incorporated with a professional and positive approach made for an exceptional sale experience. In particular James excels in negotiation and closing a deal and we would recommend James to any prospective seller. Thank you James and the SEA team!

Emma and Cameron, Freshwater (Vendors)

We found James and his team at SEA to be very helpful and easy to deal with. At the same time they were highly professional and gave us great advice on the presentation of our property.

Penny, Freshwater (Vendor)

I wanted to thank you for all your expertise during the sale of our Dee Why property. You made the process as stress free as possible and made yourself readily available throughout the whole process. Your advise re marketing helped achieve an outstanding result. Updates of open houses came through very punctually, with no attention to detail spared. I would highly recommend your agency to any person thinking of selling their property. Your area knowledge and negotiation skills are exceptional.

Michelle, Dee Why (Vendor)

John was great to deal with. Straight forward answers and always answered the phone. Helped me through my first home purchase.


Russ, Freshwater (Buyer)

James Smyth really new the market well and was able to provide good advice on how best to market and sell our property. When we were first considering selling James provided budgets for the cost of selling that did not vary when we decided to go ahead nor through the course of the sale.

James knowledge and level of information and detail provided was the reason we decided to go with SEA to sell our property. James was more than happy to share his network of service providers who we dealt with directly, which proved an excellent way to get value for money in preparing the property for sale, and ultimately in acheiving a sale price we were happy with.

During the marketing period James and his team exceeded our expectations with an honest no nonsense communication style and when the time came at the end of the planned marketing period James exhibited excellent and fair negotiation skills, which we respected. We had a positive experience in selling our house and we intend to utilise James and his team's services if we ever sell a property again in the future. We would have no hesitation in recommending SEA to others proposing to do the same.

Kim and Sarah, Freshwater (Vendors)

James sold our home in Queenscliff several years ago and most recently our North Curly home. In both cases, the sale was swift and he achieved prices above our expectations. In both cases the transactions were open, honest and transparent. James knows and reads the market well and does not try to persuade with outlandish promises nor ridiculous expectations.

Robyn and Andrew, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

Had a great experience working with John and the team at SEA. The process was enjoyable, they were knowledgeable and had a great strategy and ultimately they delivered and got us a great price. Great enthusiasm for the Northern Beaches, I would highly recommend if you are selling in the area.

Jason, Freshwater (Vendor)

James and his team from day one proved to be the perfect professional solution to selling our home. We were made to feel so comfortable with all aspects of the sale process, and that was proven by the excellent result gained on auction day. Thank you again to you and your staff.

Andrew and Lorraine, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

We enlisted James and his team to sell our property as we know him to go above and behind his duty. He has previously sold a property of ours and we were extremely happy with the outcome. As we went to auction, James worked tirelessly at gathering important information and details of prospective buyers and kept us updated throughout the whole process. We were extremely happy with the result at auction, as it reached well over the reserve. We would definately use James and his team in the future.

The Messenger Family, North Balgowlah (Vendors)

We met James Smyth of SEA, during one of several homes he had open for inspection, all of which were sold at better than expected outcomes. James stood out as he was the only agent that had called back to request feedback and then gave us the time to ask us what we wanted. We invited him over to assess our home, and he provided a thorough plan and strategy for the sale of our home. His team, advice and the extra service of providing trades to make the process perfect had the desirable effect and outcome to which we were extremely happy with.

Nothing was ever a problem, communication was of the highest standard, and he was able to identify the real buyers and close the deal for a street record price. We would have no hesitation in recommending him and his entire team. It shows that an independent agency and local knowledge can provide a clear cut edge. His is a very focused individual and can deliver.

Chris and Mel, Freshwater (Vendors)

We used James after a recommendation from two friends. He worked very hard and was a straight shooter. You don't need anything else from an agent. Even after the sale James has been in contract recommending houses in the area we were looking at even thought they were with other agents.

Well done and thank you.

Peter and Rose, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

Choosing an agent is a tough decision.  I have lived in Curly/North Curly for 14 years and in that time I have bought/sold 3 properties.  However James's experience and market knowledge is definitely exceptional. I was very happy with the selling process.  James was personally at every "Open" and continually kept me updated on all possible buyers and offers, therefore I was very happy with my result. 

10 weeks after I sold my house, I bought.  James was very happy to give me independent & professional advice on several properties, which I was grateful.  However ironically I bought a house through him!  On the flip side, as a buyer, I also appreciated James's professionalism and ongoing updates.  Whilst he was tough on the negotiations, I was very happy with the process and the result.

James and his team were always exceptionally efficient, professional and passionate throughout the entire process (both as a vendor and buyer).  I would definitely recommend James and his team at SEA.

Jenn, North Curl Curl (Vendor)

We evaluated a number of agents before selling our family unit in Freshwater. We decided on Smyth Estate Agents as James' in-depth experience, "real" as opposed to "perceived" local knowledge and a strong, recent data base of potential buyers meant using him was a no brainer.  Originally, we were going to auction, but the leads James developed were so strong that we had an auction within an auction and the sale price he achieved for us was better than any our family had hoped for. It was a terrific result. Four happy customers.

The McCrea Family, Freshwater (Vendors)

James is a very professional agent and very focused on results. James has demonstrated strong skills during the marketing phase and communicated well with us. He managed expectations well too. We strongly recommend James to other people.

Pierre and Anh, Balgowlah (Vendors)

And a big thanks to the entire team. I was really happy with the result on Saturday and I know that the entire team must have been busy for the past few weeks. So thank you ! 

Josephine, Curl Curl (Vendor)

James is a straight shooter and will give you an honest appraisal of the value of your property in the current market. He and his team will work tirelessly to get the best price for your property and manage the process with as little interference to your daily routine as possible. James uses all available market databases, plus his extensive network of contacts, to get maximum visibility for your property and therefore maximum opportunity for a contract exchange.

Simon and Carol, Belrose (Vendors)

Found James to be the most straight forward agent to deal with (and we should know as dealt with many in the 5 years we were looking). He has great knowledge of the northern beaches market and just wish had listened to him from the start. He is totally reliable and helped us to navigate through a "hot" market to secure purchase, without compromising integrity. Great job and thank you once again for your honest frank advice which got us the home we wanted in the end with no regrets!

Gavin and Deborah, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

James Smyth was selected as the preferred agent due to the results of recent sales we monitored over a 12 to 18 month period. James works very hard for the Vendor to achieve the best possible outcome. This was our main priority in selling the house and James exceeded our expectations. I feel very comfortable in recommending James to owners looking to achieve a great result.

Claudio and Melinda, Dee Why (Vendors)

After having mixed results and dealing with quite a few real estate agents, my partner and I couldn't have been happier with James and his team

Scott and Nichola, Queenscliff (Vendors)

I have the pleasure of writing this testimonial for James with regards to his exceptional real estate selling skills and service.

My wife and I have known James since 2000 where we were first introduced as an agent. Since then he has sold for us 5 houses located on the northern beaches from Manly through to Church Point.  James has done an exceptional job in selling our properties.

In summary - 

Freshwater - Sales price achieved 20% above expectations.

Collaroy - Sales price achieved 15% above expectations

Church Point - Achieved a successful sale in a flat to down mkt (arguably his best achievement given the difficult selling conditions)

Manly - 10% above expectations and within 3 weeks.

Seaforth – Sold in three weeks from a buyer he had on his data base 

When you contract James as your agent you will get the following –

  1. No nonsense reasonable selling price expectations that will more than likely be achieved.
  2. Active updates on how the selling process is going
  3. Zero pressure to accept an offer that is not in the vendors best interests
  4. After sales follow-up re legal documentation and settlement (particularly important when chasing solicitors needing to bring buyer and seller together for completion.

It is without exception that I recommend James – and I would do so no matter what your price range of sale and type of property that you plan to sell. James has proven to my wife and I that he is in absolute terms the agent to sell your property on the northern beaches.

Trevor and Nikki (Vendors)

Got a great result with 11 Grace Ave, Frenchs Forest.

James at no time pushed any agenda especially with reserve dollar values. The whole project was run in a professional manner, by the book, and James advised us step by step through the process. On looking back on the 6 weeks, it was apparent that the project was text book perfect, with the result to go with it. Our family home for 66 years was in good hands.

Thank you James

John, Frenchs Forest (Vendor)

In a very busy market and after seeing a few agents, James Smyth, owner of S.E.A along with his team delivered the most fantastic portfolio for selling our home. The attention to every detail we were given and advice how to style the home to sell in such an in demand area paid off. The professional and friendly relationship we formed made the sale all the more wonderful for all parties involved. From the open for inspections to signing & sticking a big happy sold sign on our home was smooth sailing all the way. If we were to ever sell or buy again, James & his incredible team are the ones without a doubt, their knowledge of the area and known presence is a force that is just so positive and just was a pleasure in a time when you are moving on they delivered the result we were after.

We can not recommend them enough!

Adrian and Jo, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James is an excellent real estate professional to partner with when selling and is backed by a great team. He works exceptionally well for the vendor. He is readily available for support and responded immediately to enquiries. James is personable and easy to deal with.

Ruth, Queenscliff (Vendor)

I recommend anyone that is looking to sell their property to use Smyth Real Estate. James Smyth knows the market and he managed to get me a fantastic price for my property. He is professional and always keeps in contact. I also rented my property through Smyth Real Estate prior to selling and the ladies are also great!

Karen, Freshwater (Vendor and Tenant)

We chose to work with James and we are incredibly pleased we did. When James came to value our house he arrived on time and was professional throughout. James came prepared with material about the current market and house sales in our suburb and surrounding suburbs. His knowledge of the local area and the market was a great insight for us. It is James's knowledge of the local area, the housing market, and his professional attitude that put him a cut above the rest. And he backed this up with a fantastic result for us prior to auction. We can't thank James and his team enough!

Robbie and Jacqui, Curl Curl (Vendors)

It is without hesitation that I give reference to James Smyth. I have known James personally for a number of years so obviously he was my first choice as agent to sell my beachfront property recently. What I really liked about this experience was James' matter of fact approach to the campaign, the constant updates he provided and his determination on auction day to get me the best possible result. It was a sight to behold ! I wish James all the best for the future and look forward to hearing about his future successes in achieving great results for his growing client base.

Paul, Collaroy (Vendor)

We were very pleased and happy that James could sell our unit within two days of listing, and at the price we wanted. (Just amazing)

His instructions and comments were always very clear and careful. He returned our calls immediately, and the nothing was ever a problem. Everything was promptly attended to. 

James came recommended by a personal friend who he had also sold for and experienced another incredible sale outcome.

Thank you

Mr and Mrs Sato, Freshwater (Vendors)

Thankyou James, and Andrew, for making what had been such a fraught and stressful situation into a great result with ease and professionalism in selling my home. You were so incredibly easy to deal with, responsive and pragmatic. I am thankful for your humour and dedication. SEA deserves the highest accolades. Thankyou for taking care of the kids and I on the journey.

Trisha, North Curl Curl (Vendor)

My wife and I could not be happier with the results obtained for us by James and his team. We were kept fully informed through the entire process which was very reassuring as we now live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. James obtained for us a sale price which exceeded our initial expectations and nothing which presented during the sales campaign seemed too much trouble for the team to have to deal with. We are extremely satisfied with both the end result and how the sales process was handled. We would be more than happy to recommend James and his team to anyone considering selling their home. Many thanks 

Greg and Christine, Curl Curl (Vendors)

James again proved his worth as a knowledgeable and experienced agent. He was professional at every step of the sale/auction process. Recommendations on the presentation and advertising of our property were thorough. James reported to us regularly on progress and guided us to realistic expectations. Despite the "stress" that comes with selling, we were able to relax and allow him to do his job as a professional real estate agent. I would highly recommend James and SEA to any intending vendor.

5 Stars

Steve and Lindsay, Freshwater (Vendors)

We would highly recommend SEA to anyone either buying or selling property and wish you every success in the future.

Your honesty and enthusiasm is admirable.  We have always appreciated advice given as your knowledge of market trends has always been accurate and insightful.  In our opinion, communication is the key to success and this is where Smyth Estate Agency (SEA) excels.  Regular updates and feedback were always provided making us feel comfortable with decisions made.

We would just like to formally thank you for your dedication and professionalism in both buying and selling property.  We have had a long association with you, approximately 15 years, and have always been more than pleased with results.

Maria and David, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

James and the Team at Sea were brilliant especially James with his superior negotiation skills in getting three of our properties over the line for the best results possible for us the vendors. We would highly recommend SEA. He achieves the best outcomes resulting in both the new owners and the vendors being happy making it a win win all round.

Jo and Peter, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

James, I just wanted to say another 'thank you', to you and your team for the terrific result on the sale of our home. Throughout you were personal, professional and were able to secure an outcome for us which was at the 'dream' end of our expectations. Terrific work.

One of your past clients had referred us, and said 'if anyone was going to gain the extra dollars over and above, it would be you.'

Anton and Fernanda, Curl Curl (Vendors)

We chose SEA to sell our house at South Curl Curl because we had been given recommendations by friends, and also because we liked the idea of a local agent who knew the local market well.

We were very happy with the way James Smyth handled the whole process - pre-sale, advertising, and final negotiations for our property.

As we had lived in our house for 40 years, it was a big decision and a momentous event for us. James was aware of this and eased us through the process.

We were very pleased with the outcome and grateful for James' expertise in achieving an excellent result for us.

Lynne and Peter, Curl Curl (Vendors)

Dear James,

We would just like to formally thank you for your dedication and professionalism in both buying and selling property.  We have had a long association with you, approximately 15 years, and have always been more than pleased with results.

Your honesty and enthusiasm is admirable.  We have always appreciated advice given as your knowledge of market trends has always been accurate and insightful.  In our opinion, communication is the key to success and this is where Smyth Estate Agency (SEA) excels.  Regular updates and feedback were always provided making us feel comfortable with decisions made.

We would highly recommend SEA to anyone either buying or selling property and wish you every success in the future.

David and Maria, North Curl Curl (Vendors)

We will always recommend James and his team at SEA, and they are always welcome in our restaurant!
SEA sold our home for a street record which was well above our expectations, in just 6 days. The wonderful thing about James, is that he actually secured our new home as well. He offered to bid at auction and conduct the post negotiations. Again, he was so calm and all in a day’s work, and no extra cost.

James’ long term history with the community as a major giver and contributor to local schools, sporting groups, the Autism charity and the local Freshwater SLS Club was a standout. In addition, his calm demeanour and style of negotiation was a clear winner.Removing old furniture and furnishing with professional hired interior itemsRepainting and employing a handyman to fix those little items that could be a game changerStyling and decluttering.

The decision was based on his eagerness to take charge and not being scared to recommend additional strategies to implement the best possible financial outcome. These were;
Selling your home can be, in our opinion, either a very good or poor experience. Our selection criteria was to invite agents we had met and were locally based. Upon doing this, we identified James Smyth, from SEA, as our ideal agent. James has been selling property in the area for a long period of time.

Giovanni and Marilyn, North Manly (Vendors)