Testimonials - What vendors and buyers say about First National Real Estate Forest

I want to thank you for your help and advice in selling our property at 11 Kawana Street, Frenchs Forest.
You provided some valuable advice throughout the entire process for us. From passing on advice on what needed to be done to get the place ready for auction, to generally supporting both my wife and me through the entire technical process. While we have bought and sold a number of homes in two countries and three major cities around the world, we have never either bought or sold a place via the auction process and believe me, it is rather daunting for the uninitiated.
You provided direction, supplied some names of various trades people who all turned out to be fair in their prices, reliable and for us, easy to work with. This made life much easier for me in particular, as we prepared the house for sale.
We were more than happy with your choice of auctioneer, your organising of the actual auction on the day, complete with coffee truck (much appreciated by all attending) and many other details in the background on the day, including very effectively ‘beating the bushes’ to get potential buyers to come to the auction.
We were pleased with the result obtained, we thought at the higher end of our expectations and all in all things went very smoothly.
To remind you, we bought our current house in Davidson back in 1999 through you, and have really remained friends with you since that time as you have provided clear advice and proven yourself to be thoroughly reliable over the years.

Jim and Barbara Kent

I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation of the great work of Vahan and the team at First National Real Estate, Frenchs Forest.
From the moment we contracted them for the sale of our property in Belrose, they were professional and displayed an experience and level of service that were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble for them and right through to auction day, they provided support and the correct advice which enabled us to achieve the best possible result with our sale.
We are delighted to be able to recommend Vahan and First National without hesitation.

Rod & Lisa Morrison

My husband and I have now purchased and sold 17 properties and as you can imagine dealt with many real estate agents and offices and found Michael Buckley and his team to be by far the stand out operator. He was a pleasure to deal with, accurate in his appraisal pricing and achieved a great result for us. He was punctual and precise and we were kept informed every step of the way from signing off of the initial marketing material to signing off on the contract for sale.
If you are looking for a great local agent to represent you in your sale and do the right thing by you then don’t waste time interviewing agents, get Michael underway today.

Max & Ronda Thomas
Frenchs Forest

After a review of various agents in the local area, we chose Darren and his team at First National to sell our home. This proved to be a very rewarding selection. Darren was true to his word in providing a comprhensive and professional service. He was able to sell our home for more than expected and all within six days. During the whole process Darren's team were friendly and very reliable in responding to our queries and concerns and maintained regular contact. It is without hesitation we can recommend Darren and his team.

Frenchs Forest

I live in Queensland and engaged Darren to sell my late parents' house in Frenchs Forest in Sydney.  Darren went above and beyond what was expected of him as an agent and he communicated with me every step of the way. The price he negotiated for the house was above my expectations and I would recommend Darren to any potential clients.


We can’t speak highly enough of Darren and the team at First National. From the very first meeting, everything was dealt with in an extremely professional and friendly manner and we were always kept informed step by step – it sure took the stress out of selling the house. And the results were incredible! Darren’s strategic approach really works and resulted in us achieving a sale price far beyond our expectations. First National Frenchs Forest are highly recommended.

Stuart & Sian

To whom it may concern,
We can’t recommend highly enough the two business owners Michael & Darren  from First National Frenchs Forest. From the start, we were impressed with their professionalism and clear advice on a solid marketing strategy and presentation that had proved successful on other properties.
We were really impressed when Michael and Darren continued to push negotiations and finished at a final price that was beyond what we had expected, even after we had already received an offer that was acceptable. This showed that they were really working for us, and that extra money has definitely made a huge difference to our lives and we took the whole office out to dinner.
We met with several agents before entrusting our sale to Michael and Darren as we felt they were the right fit for us, based on their local knowledge which helped to sell the benefits of the area and being backed up by a strong team and proven track record behind them made a big difference.
If you are thinking of selling, look no further than these guys.

Nicole & Adam Lyons
Frenchs Forest

I highly reccommend First National for all your property needs. The marketing, sales proves and communication was all fantastic and we achieved a block record in two weeks.


I have sold five properties in the last two years and this has been the least painful.  Darren and the team are very helpful and sensible about what needs to be done to sell the property and work in well with the sellers wishes.

Don & Robert

Professional, friendly service all the way.  We were kept will informed always and were very patient with our expectations.  We would not hesitate to recommend First National Frenchs Forest.  Very happy customers!

Grahame & Tracey

Ian is very committed to providing very good service.  I was particularly impressed by his showing the property in his own time, and by his keeping us posed on everything.


Michael, thanks for your support!  It was refreshing to have someone who realised that their role was on the side of the vendor!  The sale seemed easier knowing that you knew where your responsibilities lied.  The sale went smoothly.  The relationship worked and I found your reporting more than adequate.  Thanks again, and I will not hesitate to recommend you.

Frenchs Forest

After dealing with four previous agents, Michael has been second to none! His professional approach in keeping us well informed, as well as the sale price excelled our expectations.

Sergio & Margarita

Vahan has kept us well informed throughout the selling process and with the buyer feedback.  I will recommend Vahan and his team to any prospective buyer or seller in future for sure.

Edward & Herosoohi
Dee Why

I used First National Frenchs Forest for the marketing and sale of my property.  The presentation of all promotional marketing and advertising was outstanding.  I am very happy with Vahan and his overall service.

George & Noyemik
Frenchs Forest

The level of service has been exceptional throughout the entire process, extremely satisfied with every aspect. Michael gave us excellent guidance and advice. He listened to our hopes for the sale and delivered a great result, ensuring that we received the best possible outcome not only in terms of money, but also in regards to the simplicity of the overall transaction.

Stephen & Catherine
Frenchs Forest

Never having put a house on the market before the prospect was quite daunting. Darren made the process easy to understand and kept me up to date at every stage of the proceedings. I would highly recommend the agency.

Frenchs Forest

Darren was extremely knowledgeable and well informed of this area and came with a fantastic reputation. Darren delivers above and beyond expectations.

Phillip & Amanda
Frenchs Forest

We couldn't be more satisfied with the results. Very happy with Ian's excellent service. Thank you very much guys good work!

George & Inga
Killarney Heights

Darren made the daunting process of buying our new family home as pleasant as possible! As he had promised he had provided an honest and open negotiating process. Darren was always contacable and the purchase went very smoothly. Thank You!

Mr & Mrs Simpson
Frenchs Forest

Darren Leach exceeded our expectaions in every way with the sale of our home. His presentation, professionalism, sale strategy and genuine care and concern made the selling of our home a less stressful experience than it might have been.

George & Dianne
Frenchs Forest

It all just happened.... easily, smoothly & as had been explained by Darren. The actual preliminary and open house etc were painless, the quick and encouraging result had us ecstatic!

Graham & Julie
Frenchs Forest

We got the price we wanted. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Quick result.

Gary & Emily
Frenchs Forest

Michael and the team facilitated a quick, smooth and efficient sale of a beautiful property. Michael even assisted when the telegraph ran a story on our purchase. Great buying experience.

Frenchs Forest

We found Darren to be an excellent guide through the selling process. He was always clear, honest and professional in all his communications. We were very happy with First National and Darren represented it very well!

Aline & David

Dear Michael,
Just writing to let you know how much we appreciated all the help and guidance you provided for us throughout the process of both buying our new house and also the selling of our previous property. You came to us recommended from one of my work colleagues and I must say we were not disappointed. Your easy going manner in dealing with any issues that arose and your fast replies to any of our questions was greatly appreciated along with your unwavering positive attitude made the experience a lot less stressful than we were expecting it to be.
We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending you personally along with First National Frenchs Forest to any of our friends or family who may be looking to buy or sell property in the future.

Rod & Denise
Frenchs Forest

I have been delighted with the service and professionalism received by your Real Estate office. I thought the advice given by Michael Buckley was first class. Being a sole person selling was a bit daunting but my fears and was worries were taken care of by Michael. I consider your service as exceeding my expectations- as was the price I received.

Frenchs Forest

It gives me great pleasure to recommend Michael to anyone who wishes to have a most trustworthy real estate agent, he informs you right through the transaction of the smallest detail, he shows discretion in all he does and in may case it was something I requested done to my satisfaction and I was saved from any worry I might have had. Yes Michael rates high within me.

Frenchs Forest

I leased my home through Julia Leach from First National for the first time one year ago. I chose First National at Frenchs Forest as they were recommended to me by a friend who had used them recently.  Julia and her team have been professional in every way, despite having very demanding tenants. Julia was diligent at all times, went above and beyond, coped amazingly with the constant demands of the tenants, even going to the property with a tool kit herself when necessary. She kept me informed at all times and has now re-leased the property within days of the previous tenants vacating.


Dear Michael, we're very pleased with the entire process, and very happy with all provided services, and want to give a big thank you!

Vicki & Lei

From the first time we met Michael, he came across as a sincere and well-intensioned professional. His marketing and negotiating skills are faultless and his emphasis is to obtain the maximum price for the property. Michael's communication skills are absolutley first class, with updates of the progress of the sale first class. I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael's services to any would be seller of their property.

Frenchs Forest

I was most impressed with the professionalism displayed by the whole team at First National Frenchs Forest, and in particular my dealings with Michael Buckley. I found that their commitment to achieving the best possible price for my home, the ability to negotiate coupled with an intimate knowledge of the market, certainly combined to successfully complete the sale for a price well above the guide. The feedback and continual communication throughout the whole process meant that I was always up to date and aware of what was going on at every stage. I would have no hesitation in recommending  Michael and his team for a thoroughly friendly, conscientious, extremely ethical and totally professional service.

Frenchs Forest

Firstly I need to thank Darren for offering some of the most professional, courteous and most of all the honest advice ever given by any real estate agent.... He was straight up with us every step of the way and we felt confident in his judgment.

Dolan & Skye
Frenchs Forest

I think the energy is excellent and professional.

Barry & Robin
Frenchs Forest

Highly professional yet personal service orientated. Honest and open communication style.

Sonia & Gordon
Frenchs Forest

Darren dealt with me honestly and ethically. When he said he would get back to me, he did and nothing was a problem- in such a "hot market" I found not all agents did this... First National Frenchs Forest know the Forest market very well and I felt in very good hands.

Frenchs Forest

Darren stood out because the other agents wanted a preliminary interview then planned to visit a second time with a marketing plan, Darren arrived with all this on the first visit! He was always contactable, helpful, very professional and not pushy. Peter and I chose him because we felt we could buy a property from him. The rest of the team were all just as professional and helpful!

Frenchs Forest

We were most impressed with Darren's work ethic and ability to engage with all potential parties to generate a result that was acceptable to all. We would have no hesitation in recommending the 'First National Frenchs Forest' team to anyone considering selling or buying a home. I reckon you will get good, honest, down to earth professional advice and service.

Andrew & Julie
Frenchs Forest

We followed Darren's advice and the result was a sale on the first inspection date. Needless to say his advice and mentoring. We would readily recommend his services.

Frenchs Forest

We tried selling for 3 months with another agent. Darren's personalised approach and targeted strategy had us sold in 5 days and $20,000 over our expectations.

Robyn & John

Vahan's unfailing approachability and complete professionalism helped to make the whole experience stress-free. He was always available to answer any of our questions and we appreciated his genial good humour and obvious wide experience in his profession.

Ruth & Robert

You only occasionally meet in business a person of such high standards as Michael Buckley. He works with a soundness, wholeness and uprightness to achieve for you, the very best result possible.
My concern in getting the very best price possible for my property became Mr Michael Buckley’s top priority objective, until he did eventually achieve the result we both wanted.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Michael Buckley for any project, for with his integrity, he would succeed in any task he undertakes.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Buckley for his help in the recent sale of our home. Michael proved to us that it really does make a difference which agent you use, he was enthusiastic, reliable and most importantly negotiated a sale price way over our expectations in four days by implementing a well thought out sales strategy.
We had planned a trip to Queensland and were away for the majority of the time but were kept up to date every step of the way which is what we had come to expect as he had been in contact with us over the last nine months which actually made it an enjoyable experience.
We would highly recommend Michael to anyone thinking of selling.

Ken & Bev

Having had a home many considered something uniquely special and also aiming very high in our opinion of its worth, we have nothing short of the highest of praise for the efforts and result achieved by Michael Buckley in successfully selling our home.
The price Michael achieved for our home was well beyond what 6 other local agents we had shortlisted to be interviewed thought would be possible. We found throughout our homework into real estate marketing that gloss and glamour don’t guarantee the best result but that the highest return comes simply through hard work, attention to detail, knowledge of product, sensible marketing and a commitment to the highest sense of work and professional ethics. Michael Buckley possesses and repeatedly demonstrated all these good traits. After successfully recommending Michael and the team at Seaforth to other parties since the selling of our home, we have since received good feedback and much thanks. We have
no hesitation whatsoever in personally recommending Michael Buckley to anyone expecting a productive marketing campaign to achieve the highest possible result in the sale of
their property.

Jonathon & Sandra

When we decided to move out of the area, we listed our home for sale with one of the large local agencies.
Unfortunately after few months of anxiety & frustration we had no buyers showing interest and received no offers.
We decided to change agents… and gave it to another local agency with no results.
Eventually with the recommendation from one our friends we listed our home with Vahan who in short period of time had more than one buyer interested and they were submitting offers.
With Vahan’s professional approach and negotiation skills, it was great to work with an agent who understood the local market and gave us 100% of his time to us and our home. We achieved the result we were hopping for well above our and the previous agents expectations.
We strongly recommend Vahan  if you are thinking of buying or selling, with his knowledge and experience, he will give you the right advice.
Thanks again!!

Tazma & Glen

Dear Darren
Thank you for your handling of the sale of my property. I was most impressed by your dedication and professionalism.
I felt that you genuinely had my best interests at heart. When receiving your almost daily updates, I could sense the honesty and enthusiasm that you possess. Your preparation and hard work were rewarded by a sale within 2 weeks for a price above expectations.
Congratulations on the establishment of your new Agency. I am sure you and your team will become one of the most respected and successful agencies on the Northern Beaches.



To whom it may concern,

I chose Darren Leach to sell my property recently as he showed such enthusiasm and optimism about my property. Living overseas, I relied on Darren Leach to organise everything - to ensure that the marketing plan attracted a large pool of prospective buyers, that the tenants were presenting the property well, that the questions and concerns from potential purchasers were dealt with quickly and effectively and that the price negotiated was fair and acceptable to all parties. I was thrilled and very happy with the outcome, which only took 2 weeks and the way Darren managed the process'


In September  I decided to sell my house in Frenchs Forest.  To this end I engaged Darren Leach as my agent.  Darren had come highly recommended to me by my Investment adviser, whom I had known for many years.
The decision to have Darren sell my property was an excellent one.  Darren was, at all times, very professional and helpful.  He communicated with me regularly by phone and emailed a detailed report weekly.  He showed himself to be very conscientious in all dealings with me and in his follow up of prospective buyers.
I believe that it was due largely to Darren’s efforts that a buyer was found within such a short time.  My house was quite a ‘quirky’ one, not fitting into any of the usual configurations of most ‘normal’ homes but due to his excellent approach a most acceptable price was achieved.  
I do not hesitate to recommend Darren Leach to any prospective vendor as an excellent selling agent.
I can be contacted on 0438 886 913 for further information if it should be required.
Yours faithfully,


Fifi Smith

When looking for someone to work with to sell my home, the most important things for me were -
  • A recognised name
  • Local knowledge
  • Ability to market into other areas
  • No Nonsense

After meeting with Darren I instantly knew I could tick every box.  

The situation was somewhat difficult as my partner and I were separating, Darren  handled the sale with diplomacy and sensitivity making the whole process run smoothly and stress free.

Thank You!

Kind regards,

Sam, Belrose

I wanted to personally thank you  for your professionalism and kindness. Although the move to Belrose wasn’t for us I have to tell you that after dealing with so many different agents in the past year, you  were by far the most outstanding. The vendors for Trentbridge are very lucky to have you on their team and I am so happy that you got such a great price for them in this very unsure market. All the best for many more successful sales for you.
Take care,

Julie White

To Whom It May Concern,

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank Darren Leach for selling our home recently. We were very impressed by his professional manner and his willingness to go the extra mile. He listened carefully to our wants then guided us in the way to best achieve our goals. As we didn't advertise he sought buyers for our property from his database and was successful in approaching those whose needs would be met by our property. Our home sold quickly, for a price we were happy with, without any stress or fuss. We would have no hesitation in recommending Darren to anyone who wanted to sell their home.

Yours Sincerely,

Louise & Adam

Dear Darren,

I wish to take this opportunity of thanking you personally for the tremendous effort you put in to bring the above property up to a well-presented marketable piece of real estate. I was thrilled with the final presentation, and it happened in such a short time - only a couple of weeks!!
Please thank the various teams you co-ordinated to bring about the miraculous transformation.  On the many occasions I called in, I had an opportunity to meet with the various workers and found them all to be extremely helpful, courteous and most of all professional in their approach to their work.  They worked diligently to keep to their schedules and took a pride in their work.
I would like to thank you once again for your efforts in making it all happen so that we were able to attract interested buyers and achieve a great result.
Best wishes to you and your team for the festive season and the coming new year.
Kind regards,


To whom it may concern

We would like to thank Darren Leach and his staff for the professionalism and excellent attitude they displayed during the sale of our home.
Darren presented us with the best option for marketing the property and provided the best advertising campaign that he believed would get the right results.
During the open house period, we were constantly updated with comments from potential buyers.
Darren and his team are to be congratulated for the professional approach they took and in reaching a sale price over and above our expectation.
We would highly recommend Darren to anyone looking for a reputable real estate agent in the Belrose and Forest area.

Lawrence & Susanne