Seller Testimonials

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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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 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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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