Paul Banister

Director/Sales

About Paul

After more than 24 years selling real estate, Paul Banister is one of Byron Shires most experienced and respected real estate agents who has witnessed, operated and performed in all sorts of changing markets.

There’s not much that Paul doesn’t know about the local property market, but there are a few things you may not know about him.

Paul is a lover of the outdoors. He’s often spotted casting a line from Broken Head, surfing Tallow or swimming laps across the Bay.

The former NSW triathlon champion and past President of the Byron Bay Junior Surf Lifesaving Club is also an avid bird watcher, mountain bike rider and trekker. He counts a recent trek through the northern Shan State, Myanmar, as one of the most memorable moments of his life. As well as discovering traditional Shan fishing, Paul spent time with the Palaung and Intha people, learning first-hand about the plight of Burmese revolutionary Aung San and his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi, who has become an international symbol of peaceful resistance.

Paul’s passion extends to his professional life. A multi-award winning real estate agent, he has spent more than half his career with First National Byron, selling hundreds of properties across Byron Bay, Bangalow, the hinterland, Mullumbimby and Ocean Shores.

As a Director with the company, he’s instrumental in running the shire’s most successful real estate agency.

Kind Words from

Paul's Clients

We commissioned Paul without going to other agents because he handled our previous sale and purchase so well. We would rate Paul as an outstanding agent with excellent local knowledge, skilful negotiation technique and great communication skills. Alw…

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Janine Ramsay and Steven Bourke
Fantastic agent

We commissioned Paul without going to other agents because he handled our previous sale and purchase so well. We would rate Paul as an outstanding agent with excellent local knowledge, skilful negotiation technique and great communication skills. Always responsive and managing our expectations in the market context, Paul achieved a very quick result for us. We would recommend him without hesitation to anyone looking for property in the Byron region.

Janine Ramsay and Steven Bourke
Fantastic agent

Paul, was very personable and credible. It was a pleasure working with him.

Lindy Allwell
Credible agent!

Paul, was very personable and credible. It was a pleasure working with him.

Lindy Allwell
Credible agent!

Paul kept us informed and let us make the decisions, very important for us. We are so pleased with the outcome, we have no hesitation recommending Paul and will definitely engage him for any further purchases or sales. Thanks Paul!!

Kaylene Napoli
Very knowledgeable

Paul kept us informed and let us make the decisions, very important for us. We are so pleased with the outcome, we have no hesitation recommending Paul and will definitely engage him for any further purchases or sales. Thanks Paul!!

Kaylene Napoli
Very knowledgeable

In a real estate market characterized by, well, lies and deceit, Paul is a rare bird. He's 100 percent utterly honest, respectful of the motivations of everyone involved, a straight arrow, and tells it like it to both the buyer and the vendor. We adj…

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In a real estate market characterized by, well, lies and deceit, Paul is a rare bird. He's 100 percent utterly honest, respectful of the motivations of everyone involved, a straight arrow, and tells it like it to both the buyer and the vendor. We adjusted our strategy based on his excellent advice; and he implemented our instructions precisely and promptly when we differed on details, big and small. We chose him for these reasons, in the belief that communicating the closest understanding of reality is the best way for a buyer to find our property based on fair market value. We recommend him highly.

I would like to thank you for all the effort in selling our unit in Sunrise. I really appreciate all the negotiations etc…to get it to settlement last Friday. Looking forward to cracking open the Moet! Thanks again.

Trisha

I would like to thank you for all the effort in selling our unit in Sunrise. I really appreciate all the negotiations etc…to get it to settlement last Friday. Looking forward to cracking open the Moet! Thanks again.

Trisha

It was my first time purchasing a property & it was a pleasure & a hassle-free experience, thanks to Paul & First National Real Estate.

It was my first time purchasing a property & it was a pleasure & a hassle-free experience, thanks to Paul & First National Real Estate.

Thanks so much for the gift basket you gave Sean, he was thrilled with it - it was very thoughtful of you.

Thanks so much for the gift basket you gave Sean, he was thrilled with it - it was very thoughtful of you.

We purchased the property through Paul Banister in 2001 & when it came time to sell it, we would not have gone with anyone but Paul; doing things long distance requires a great deal of trust & we felt secure with Paul.

We purchased the property through Paul Banister in 2001 & when it came time to sell it, we would not have gone with anyone but Paul; doing things long distance requires a great deal of trust & we felt secure with Paul.

It was great to work with Paul Banister. Very impressed with his professionalism & ability to secure us a block of land in Byron. He was very efficient & enthusiastic. Thanks Paul.

It was great to work with Paul Banister. Very impressed with his professionalism & ability to secure us a block of land in Byron. He was very efficient & enthusiastic. Thanks Paul.

We have used First National for both purchasing & selling, & will continue to do so, as we feel confident that we can trust both Paul & First National.

We have used First National for both purchasing & selling, & will continue to do so, as we feel confident that we can trust both Paul & First National.

It was a very quick sale - around 6 weeks from start to finish, which was great. In my dealings with agents, I've noticed that they don't follow up with calls back very often, but Paul definitely did.

It was a very quick sale - around 6 weeks from start to finish, which was great. In my dealings with agents, I've noticed that they don't follow up with calls back very often, but Paul definitely did.

I would be very happy for Paul to act for me with any future sales or purchases.

I would be very happy for Paul to act for me with any future sales or purchases.

Many thanks for the gorgeous gift we received on purchasing our property, it was a delightful surprise. Thanks also to Paul Banister.

Many thanks for the gorgeous gift we received on purchasing our property, it was a delightful surprise. Thanks also to Paul Banister.

Paul Banister was a very helpful, honest agent to deal with. I look forward to future transactions.

Paul Banister was a very helpful, honest agent to deal with. I look forward to future transactions.

Paul did everything he possibly could to help us and we really appreciate it.

Paul did everything he possibly could to help us and we really appreciate it.

I have dealt with Paul twice before and am currently selling a property with him, and my preference would be to only deal with him for all my future transactions.

I have dealt with Paul twice before and am currently selling a property with him, and my preference would be to only deal with him for all my future transactions.

Paul and Su's feedback was good; even if it was only for a small matter - it was still much appreciated.

Paul and Su's feedback was good; even if it was only for a small matter - it was still much appreciated.

Paul did a first class job in getting this sale over the line. The purchaser was in England and family in Byron and Brisbane so times and communications was difficult. Well done.

Paul did a first class job in getting this sale over the line. The purchaser was in England and family in Byron and Brisbane so times and communications was difficult. Well done.

I like Paul Banister's 'never say die' attitude! Where there's a will, there's a way, eh Paul!!! Actually, all the staff are great.

I like Paul Banister's 'never say die' attitude! Where there's a will, there's a way, eh Paul!!! Actually, all the staff are great.

Your honest, frank and straight forward approach brought results and made it easy for us to deal with you. Will definitely recommend you to family and friends. Thank you!

Shannon and Katie-Eve Gisen

Your honest, frank and straight forward approach brought results and made it easy for us to deal with you. Will definitely recommend you to family and friends. Thank you!

Shannon and Katie-Eve Gisen

We thank you for your professional attitude and skills during the sale of our property. You found a fully qualified buyer within one month, something other agents could not do over six months!

We thank you for your professional attitude and skills during the sale of our property. You found a fully qualified buyer within one month, something other agents could not do over six months!

Paul communicated well. He had a good feel for the market; saw more than I did. Very happy.

Paul communicated well. He had a good feel for the market; saw more than I did. Very happy.

An excellent result and perfectly timed for the superannuation changes. And many thanks to all at Byron Bay First National Real Estate for their excellent, devoted and consistent services over the years. Good luck to Paul and all the team.

An excellent result and perfectly timed for the superannuation changes. And many thanks to all at Byron Bay First National Real Estate for their excellent, devoted and consistent services over the years. Good luck to Paul and all the team.

Paul Banister led the sales and via his tremendous application, over a short period of time, a sale at market evaluation was achieved. Any associations with Byron Bay First National Real Estate have always been excellent.

Paul Banister led the sales and via his tremendous application, over a short period of time, a sale at market evaluation was achieved. Any associations with Byron Bay First National Real Estate have always been excellent.

Hi Paul thank you so much for helping Judi; your email to her was just amazing. Wishing you a wonderful & successful 2015, see you in May.

Jann and Mark

Hi Paul thank you so much for helping Judi; your email to her was just amazing. Wishing you a wonderful & successful 2015, see you in May.

Jann and Mark

Paul anticipated and answered most of our questions when we viewed the property. Paul was also efficient in dealing with the more detailed questions that came to mind after the property was inspected. Overall we had a good experience in our interacti…

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Paul anticipated and answered most of our questions when we viewed the property. Paul was also efficient in dealing with the more detailed questions that came to mind after the property was inspected. Overall we had a good experience in our interaction with Paul and the whole process went very smoothly.

Paul has been very pleasant and extremely helpful the whole time.

Renee Engl

Paul has been very pleasant and extremely helpful the whole time.

Renee Engl

You need an agent like this one! Paul is a very pleasant, kind & experienced agent, he listened closely to my requirements & made the whole experience more enjoyable than expected. He was also punctual, & helpful with some details after the sale.

Ann Petrea Williams

You need an agent like this one! Paul is a very pleasant, kind & experienced agent, he listened closely to my requirements & made the whole experience more enjoyable than expected. He was also punctual, & helpful with some details after the sale.

Ann Petrea Williams

Paul did a great job in dealing with the purchase of our new home. Thank you! Paul is a highly experienced, professional real estate agent. He listened attentively to any issues we raised throughout the negotiations of our purchase and followed th…

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Phillip Bindon

Paul did a great job in dealing with the purchase of our new home. Thank you! Paul is a highly experienced, professional real estate agent. He listened attentively to any issues we raised throughout the negotiations of our purchase and followed through with any concerns. Paul communicates well with all parties involved and has an excellent knowledge of the local market.

Phillip Bindon

Very good contact with good follow up and honest and practical advise.

Bob Potter

Very good contact with good follow up and honest and practical advise.

Bob Potter

We recently bought 2 houses in Suffolk Park Byron Bay through Paul Banister and Tara Torkkola from First National Real Estate Byron Bay. Dealing with them was a pleasure. They were respectful, honest and responsive. I look forward to doing business w…

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Alex and Dave

We recently bought 2 houses in Suffolk Park Byron Bay through Paul Banister and Tara Torkkola from First National Real Estate Byron Bay. Dealing with them was a pleasure. They were respectful, honest and responsive. I look forward to doing business with them again.

Alex and Dave

The professional approach shown by Paul Bannister and the team at First National Byron Bay made them a pleasure to do business with. From the time we decided to sell through to exchange of contracts the communication was excellent, which made for a s…

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Cate and Ian Bailey

The professional approach shown by Paul Bannister and the team at First National Byron Bay made them a pleasure to do business with. From the time we decided to sell through to exchange of contracts the communication was excellent, which made for a stress free process for us as vendors. I commend his enthusiasm, negotiation skills and knowledge of the local market. Over the years we have noticed that excellent team work is the key to giving clients the confidence that their best interests are being looked after, and this is evident in the service that Paul and First National Byron Bay provides.

Cate and Ian Bailey

Prompt and efficient service, kept us in the loop.

Rob and Ann

Prompt and efficient service, kept us in the loop.

Rob and Ann

Paul was upfront, honest, fair and friendly. I could not have asked for more and would highly recommend working with Paul whether you are selling or buying.

Sky Fosbrooke

Paul was upfront, honest, fair and friendly. I could not have asked for more and would highly recommend working with Paul whether you are selling or buying.

Sky Fosbrooke

Couldn't have asked for better service.

Bruce Buchanan

Couldn't have asked for better service.

Bruce Buchanan

Paul delivers on his promises. Paul did a thorough inspection on my property and the next day delivered a proposal. He knew the time frame I wanted the house sold and got the job done. I found the whole process stress free, professional and I woul…

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Fiona and Anna

Paul delivers on his promises. Paul did a thorough inspection on my property and the next day delivered a proposal. He knew the time frame I wanted the house sold and got the job done. I found the whole process stress free, professional and I would certainly use his services again.

Fiona and Anna

Paul was able to access a pool of qualified buyers and achieved the desired result in the time frame agreed. Our transaction was almost without stress. Many thanks to Paul for an efficient sale.

Deborah Aitken

Paul was able to access a pool of qualified buyers and achieved the desired result in the time frame agreed. Our transaction was almost without stress. Many thanks to Paul for an efficient sale.

Deborah Aitken

Paul Banister and the team at First National in Byron Bay were impressive in their professionalism, willingness to provide assistance and advice to help me to sell my property and to purchase another seamlessly. Paul was extremely complimentary of th…

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Rosina Grieves

Paul Banister and the team at First National in Byron Bay were impressive in their professionalism, willingness to provide assistance and advice to help me to sell my property and to purchase another seamlessly. Paul was extremely complimentary of the way I presented my house during open days assisting to reduce stress. Nothing was too much trouble; his affable but professional and respectful approach was appreciated. The strategies used assisted me to sell my property very quickly and effectively. I would highly recommend him and his team at First National in Byron Bay.

Rosina Grieves

I found Paul to be thorough at all times and skilled at necessary negotiations which resulted in ideal outcomes in both instances.

Bruce Buchanan

I found Paul to be thorough at all times and skilled at necessary negotiations which resulted in ideal outcomes in both instances.

Bruce Buchanan

Thanks to the team at First National Byron Bay for helping us find our new home in the current competitive local market for buyers. A special thanks to Paul Banister who was always professional, honest and understanding throughout the process which i…

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Jonathan Whyatt

Thanks to the team at First National Byron Bay for helping us find our new home in the current competitive local market for buyers. A special thanks to Paul Banister who was always professional, honest and understanding throughout the process which included; many calls, several visits to the property as well as pest & building inspections and ultimately exchanging on the property. I have dealt with Paul and the team from First National Byron Bay previous to buying this property and would have no hesitation in recommending or using them again.

Jonathan Whyatt

Paul has many years’ experience in real estate in Byron Bay and it shows. Sound local knowledge coupled with a thorough understanding of client needs is an unbeatable combination.

Daniel Dale

Paul has many years’ experience in real estate in Byron Bay and it shows. Sound local knowledge coupled with a thorough understanding of client needs is an unbeatable combination.

Daniel Dale

Paul is always efficient, communicative and genuine. Whenever we purchase a property from First National, Byron Bay, it's been easy and smooth sailing. Thank you very much Paul.

Veronica and Aidan

Paul is always efficient, communicative and genuine. Whenever we purchase a property from First National, Byron Bay, it's been easy and smooth sailing. Thank you very much Paul.

Veronica and Aidan

Paul was very knowledgeable about the area and had a depth of knowledge regarding the property. Easy to deal with and always available, it was great working with Paul to buy our home.

Olivia and Leigh

Paul was very knowledgeable about the area and had a depth of knowledge regarding the property. Easy to deal with and always available, it was great working with Paul to buy our home.

Olivia and Leigh

Selling my property has been a pleasant experience thanks to Paul Bannister. He is a sincere and experienced professional who has shown respect for me and the buyer. I recommend him and his team at First National to everyone.

Joanna Reid
Trusted Professionalism

Selling my property has been a pleasant experience thanks to Paul Bannister. He is a sincere and experienced professional who has shown respect for me and the buyer. I recommend him and his team at First National to everyone.

Joanna Reid
Trusted Professionalism

I found Paul to be very warm and personable, always at the ready to answer questions and queries that assisted me to make informed decisions. His knowledge of the market and honest negotiation left no room for misinterpretation. I would confidently r…

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Christina and Helene

I found Paul to be very warm and personable, always at the ready to answer questions and queries that assisted me to make informed decisions. His knowledge of the market and honest negotiation left no room for misinterpretation. I would confidently recommend Paul and was extremely happy with the result secured.

Christina and Helene

Paul has been a most considerate and efficient agent. The property he sold us entailed complex considerations, and Paul advised us with great clarity and diligence. Without his guidance, we may not have maintained our interest. He has gone further to…

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Christine and John

Paul has been a most considerate and efficient agent. The property he sold us entailed complex considerations, and Paul advised us with great clarity and diligence. Without his guidance, we may not have maintained our interest. He has gone further to introduce us to the community in Suffolk Park and we feel most welcome to move there. Paul has been most responsive to our many inquiries, and concerns regarding the purchase, and we have nothing but the highest regard for his integrity and ability and have no hesitation in recommending him.

Christine and John

Friendly, knowledgeable, professional and diligent. Paul worked hard, kept me informed of what was happening, and got a great result. I would thoroughly recommend him and Byron Bay First National to anyone looking at buying or selling property in the…

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Michael King

Friendly, knowledgeable, professional and diligent. Paul worked hard, kept me informed of what was happening, and got a great result. I would thoroughly recommend him and Byron Bay First National to anyone looking at buying or selling property in the Byron Bay area.

Michael King

It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Paul during the purchase of our property in Suffolk Park. From the outset Paul's relaxed, easy going manner allowed us a calm environment in which we could inspect the property without the feeling that we…

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Gabriela and Graeme

It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Paul during the purchase of our property in Suffolk Park. From the outset Paul's relaxed, easy going manner allowed us a calm environment in which we could inspect the property without the feeling that we were being pressured. Paul was extremely helpful during the negotiation period. As a local for many years in Byron Paul has an in-depth knowledge of the region and the local housing market. After the sale was signed he was always available to assist us with recommendations for local tradesmen, pool maintenance etc. As we shall be renting the property he quickly set up a meeting with the Rental Dept of the agency and in no time it was advertised for rental. We can thoroughly recommend Paul, Helen and the team at Byron Bay First National to anyone who is interested in buying, selling or renting in the Byron Bay region. We couldn't be happier with our experience!

Gabriela and Graeme

From the moment our offer was accepted, the purchase was swift and straightforward and Paul was very efficient”. We would happily purchase through Paul again in the future. Thank you!

Jess and Toby Forte

From the moment our offer was accepted, the purchase was swift and straightforward and Paul was very efficient”. We would happily purchase through Paul again in the future. Thank you!

Jess and Toby Forte

We recently sold our property in Byron Bay, and were very happy with the way Paul handled every aspect of the sale. He was professional and patient, and worked hard to get the sale across the line. He has an easy and affable manner and was an absolut…

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Marita and Jeremy Ham

We recently sold our property in Byron Bay, and were very happy with the way Paul handled every aspect of the sale. He was professional and patient, and worked hard to get the sale across the line. He has an easy and affable manner and was an absolute pleasure to deal with.

Marita and Jeremy Ham

Very satisfied with all aspects of the sale, very upfront and no hidden agenda.

John and Elisa

Very satisfied with all aspects of the sale, very upfront and no hidden agenda.

John and Elisa

Just a quick message to say thanks for completing the sale of Burns street for us. As we have now gone to settlement I am happy that the efforts you made came to fruition and we achieved what I think is a fair market price. Things did not look so gre…

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Glen

Just a quick message to say thanks for completing the sale of Burns street for us. As we have now gone to settlement I am happy that the efforts you made came to fruition and we achieved what I think is a fair market price. Things did not look so great at the auction but you followed through with a previously interested party and it produced the result and the price that we were looking for. Once again many thanks for your efforts.

Glen

Paul is a rare gem to be found on the North Coast. He was able to guide us through the whole sales process in a very professional, sensitive and skilled manner. We were always kept up to date with any developments and felt confident in the choices he…

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Kerry Joy Stewart
One of a kind

Paul is a rare gem to be found on the North Coast. He was able to guide us through the whole sales process in a very professional, sensitive and skilled manner. We were always kept up to date with any developments and felt confident in the choices he made. His years of experience are noteworthy and were reflected in the way in which he and his team handled the whole sales process. We found Paul to be very personable, friendly and intelligent and would choose Paul without hesitation to represent us again in any future sales. His efforts were greatly appreciated and we are very grateful because he more than exceeded our expectations.

Kerry Joy Stewart
One of a kind

I was looking at buying a property in Byron for over 3 years. We were looking at a particular area. Paul had just signed up the house and on inspection Paul gave us a great insight into the owner and the property we were looking at. Paul had a great …

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Bill Clarkson

I was looking at buying a property in Byron for over 3 years. We were looking at a particular area. Paul had just signed up the house and on inspection Paul gave us a great insight into the owner and the property we were looking at. Paul had a great depth of knowledge of the area and was patient with us in making a decision to buy. Paul was relaxed yet focused. I would recommend Paul to anyone.

Bill Clarkson

Paul has assisted us in an honest and professional way. I have no hesitation to recommend him in any real estate matters.

Hans Benndorf
Great Agent

Paul has assisted us in an honest and professional way. I have no hesitation to recommend him in any real estate matters.

Hans Benndorf
Great Agent

Throughout the sale period and a reasonably difficult negotiation with the final purchaser of our East on Byron Unit in Byron Bay, Paul Banister consistently displayed the highest professional standards and superior communications and negotiation ski…

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Ray Weekes
Superb Agent

Throughout the sale period and a reasonably difficult negotiation with the final purchaser of our East on Byron Unit in Byron Bay, Paul Banister consistently displayed the highest professional standards and superior communications and negotiation skills. His market knowledge and attention to detail were of the highest standards. I would unreservedly recommend Paul Banister to anyone interested in selling their property.

Ray Weekes
Superb Agent

Sold our home and found us another. Looking forward to the move into our new home.

Kay and Paul Munn
Professional Agent!

Sold our home and found us another. Looking forward to the move into our new home.

Kay and Paul Munn
Professional Agent!

Paul made selling my property quick and painless. His communication and professionalism has shone through.

Walter Mikac
Excellent Service!

Paul made selling my property quick and painless. His communication and professionalism has shone through.

Walter Mikac
Excellent Service!

Paul I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me. The place now looks fantastic I love it. Thanks for your patience, generosity and beautiful spirit. Very much appreciated. Rosina Too Easy!

Paul I can't thank you enough for all you have done for me. The place now looks fantastic I love it. Thanks for your patience, generosity and beautiful spirit. Very much appreciated. Rosina Too Easy!

Great deal, all parties happy, desired result achieved from both ends.

Jimmy Lyell

Great deal, all parties happy, desired result achieved from both ends.

Jimmy Lyell

Paul's approach to selling our house was obviously informed by extensive professional experience. He worked in a very focused and intelligent way to ensure that we received the optimal price for our property. I always felt confident with his handling…

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Brook Hawkins

Paul's approach to selling our house was obviously informed by extensive professional experience. He worked in a very focused and intelligent way to ensure that we received the optimal price for our property. I always felt confident with his handling of the sale, as he was in regular communication with us and immediately dealt with any issues that arose in a calm and competent manner. We are very happy with the final result that he delivered.

Brook Hawkins

Wonderful working with Paul! He has been very helpful and great to work with :)

Hailey Koch

Wonderful working with Paul! He has been very helpful and great to work with :)

Hailey Koch

Paul came to our aid, when we discussed the need for a quick sale, in view of the fluent state of the market that may rise or fall at any time. Paul suggested a strategy that we followed, and his strategy worked out really well for us. We made substa…

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Mark Anson
Paul's the BEST!

Paul came to our aid, when we discussed the need for a quick sale, in view of the fluent state of the market that may rise or fall at any time. Paul suggested a strategy that we followed, and his strategy worked out really well for us. We made substantially more from the sale than we had anticipated. I cannot give more than 5 stars for a rating, but if I could I would.

Mark Anson
Paul's the BEST!

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