Seller Testimonials

John was he was thorough, covered all areas and left no stone unturned, great job!

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!

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Mark, Freshwater

Big result – Freshwater

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.
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Peter, Freshwater

Great service, great result

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.
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Megan, Dee Why

James sold my mother’s home and was very helpful and obtained a brilliant price.

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.
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Steve, Freshwater

Sale of two bed apartment in Manly

After SEA had managed the apartment for 7 years we made the decision to sell and are happy with the price James negotiated for us and the whole thing was done with speed and professionalism, happy to recommend SEA .
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Philip and Carol, Manly

Excellent result in a short timeframe!

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!
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Mark, Freshwater

Very happy clients – thanks James Smyth!!

Excellent service led to an excellent result. Thank you very much to James and the team at SEA :). Verified by RateMyAgent
Grant and Mel, Freshwater

Stress-free process for interstate seller

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!
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Sean, Dee Why

James is highly professional and responsive to his client’s needs

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.
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Steve and Lindsay, Freshwater

Incredibly happy

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.
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Zoe, Queenscliff

James is a great guy with a brilliant knowledge of the Northern Beaches property market

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 Smyth 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.

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Rob and Jane, Freshwater

Excellent service and very friendly

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.

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Breda, Manly

Job well done

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.
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David and Sue, Freshwater

James Smyth – an outstanding agent!

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.
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Mark and Claudine, Freshwater

James was the ultimate professional, his knowledge of the market was unparalleled

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.
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Tom and Erin, Freshwater

Outstanding Service and Result

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.
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Patrick, North Manly

James and John sold my property in the most professional manner that I have seen in years

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.
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Graham, Freshwater

Exceptional service and result

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.
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David and Marie, Freshwater

Recent property sale

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.
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Sally, Manly

A very happy client

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.
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Susan, Freshwater

Long-term rental management and eventual sale of property

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.
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Liam, Manly


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.
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Helen and Ken, Freshwater

Professional, reliable and very experienced!

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.
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Ivana, Freshwater

G&B Raffo Lane

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.
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Greg and Belinda, Freshwater

Head and shoulders above anyone any other agent I have encountered

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.
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Charles, Freshwater

The best!

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!
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Isabella and Adam, Freshwater

Organised, helpful and got results

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.
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Chantalle and Owen, Freshwater

Outstanding agent – Great experience

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.
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Adam and Megan, Curl Curl

Efficient and helpful

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!
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Murray, Manly

James has a deep, steely determination – never underestimate that smiling, affable, friendly Agent.

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 ).
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Cherie and Brad, North Curl Curl

Professional and friendly

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.
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Paul and Anna, North Manly

Thank you James for your skill and professionalism

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.
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Wayne and Jennifer, Curl Curl

Thanks James and team for selling our home

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.

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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

John took exceptional care of our sale and kept us up to date daily on progress

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.
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John and Samantha, Freshwater

Sold pre-auction

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. 

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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

A thrilling sale!

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.
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Helene and Nicholas, Freshwater

Professional, honest with personalized service beyond expectations

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.
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Karen and Eric, Queenscliff

A great sale experience

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.

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Andy, Dee Why

Very Professional

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.
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Peter, Freshwater

Great job James. Couldn’t be Happier

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.
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Liam and Angie, Curl Curl

Fantastic experience

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.
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Jenny, North Manly

Excellent and professional agent in testing times

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.
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Angus, North Manly

Friendly, honest and professional

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.
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Anna and Marty, Balgowlah

Have always found James to be personable, very honest and realistic with market value

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
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Tracy, Curl Curl

I can’t speak highly enough of James. He made selling my property a very positive experience.

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.
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Rita, Freshwater

Great service throughout sale process with excellent communication and end result

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.
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Genevieve and Erik, Freshwater

Impeccable Service

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