Tara Torkkola

Sales

About Tara

Local real estate professional Tara Torkkola was born to lead. 

As one of the Byron Shire area’s most respected sales representatives, Tara has been a trusted part of the First National Byron sales team for over ten years.

Tara is extremely well connected, confident and savvy with an impeccable reputation. A born negotiator she prides herself on achieving over and above for her clients. Her extensive database, solid contacts and modern marketing techniques including the use of social media ensure consistent results.

So who is Tara? Tara is part of the Byron Shire community fabric, having purchased property in Suffolk Park where she lives with her family. Described by those who know her as an ‘old soul’, Tara’s passion for 1940’s Swing Dancing prompted her to help start the shire’s first Swing Dancing Schools based in Bangalow.

Tara actively engages in mentoring and coaching programs.  Over the years she has made close relationships with industry leaders from within Australia who constantly inspire her to take her business to the next level. 

Throughout her career she has consistently delivered record property sales across the shire. Her portfolio includes family homes, coastal retreats and large rural. properties from Byron Bay, Bangalow to Mullumbimby and the hinterland. Her specialised flair ensures your property is a talking point and sets your assets out from the crowd.

“We quickly recognized Tara’s professionalism and efficiency. When she said she would email or phone, she did. We came to depend on her regular patterns of communication. Tara was also easy to contact at other unexpected times (weekends and late on weeknights), even driving to the Gold Coast to assist us in signing contracts more efficiently to get our sale over the line.”

Kind Words from

Tara's Clients

A huge thank you to each of you for the invaluable roles you each contributed in the process of our sale. Great advice at every step, a true value add at every critical phase…. Marketing, Managing and Co-ordination, and Negotiation. Well done guys,…

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Anthony McGrath
Awesome Team

A huge thank you to each of you for the invaluable roles you each contributed in the process of our sale. Great advice at every step, a true value add at every critical phase…. Marketing, Managing and Co-ordination, and Negotiation. Well done guys, you are an awesome team.

Anthony McGrath
Awesome Team

This is the third time we used Tara, she is always reliable and honest with her knowledge and understanding of what we wanted as the client. I would highly recommend Tara to anyone looking for an agent that they can trust to do the best job possib…

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Aidan Thomas
Trustworthy and knowledgeable agent

This is the third time we used Tara, she is always reliable and honest with her knowledge and understanding of what we wanted as the client. I would highly recommend Tara to anyone looking for an agent that they can trust to do the best job possible. Thanks again Tara for all your great work we really appreciate it :)

Aidan Thomas
Trustworthy and knowledgeable agent

Very open, approachable and upbeat

Alex
Personable agent

Very open, approachable and upbeat

Alex
Personable agent

We found Tara to be at the highest point of professionalism in her approach to selling our property. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the market, what we could get for, and the overall presentation of the house. Tara has kept us well…

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Steve Gilbert

We found Tara to be at the highest point of professionalism in her approach to selling our property. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the market, what we could get for, and the overall presentation of the house. Tara has kept us well informed of all aspects during the sale of our home. Her work ethic is second to none, as are her negotiating skills. We are very pleased with the outcome end sale of the property.

Steve Gilbert

Tara was very professional, communicative, and informative and prompt with the sale of our house. She is by far the best agent I have worked with and I highly recommend her. Thank you for everything Tara.

Veronica Howard
Fantastic agent

Tara was very professional, communicative, and informative and prompt with the sale of our house. She is by far the best agent I have worked with and I highly recommend her. Thank you for everything Tara.

Veronica Howard
Fantastic agent

When Matt and I wanted to sell our house, we knew we wanted someone we trusted. We needed a firm opinion of our house's worth, we needed the house sold quickly and we needed help to buff it into shape before sale. We trusted Tara, having bought our p…

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Celia Cheetham
Fantastic, trustworthy and warm

When Matt and I wanted to sell our house, we knew we wanted someone we trusted. We needed a firm opinion of our house's worth, we needed the house sold quickly and we needed help to buff it into shape before sale. We trusted Tara, having bought our property from her a few years earlier and really appreciated the way she kept in touch with us during that time. Being a small town, we would bump into Tara occasionally and she would always have a ready smile and easy conversation. In short, Tara is a consummate professional. She is a great communicator. Tara gave us great advice, a firm opinion of our property's worth and put us in touch with a fabulous team of people who helped us get our house ready for sale. Our house sold in the first week of the campaign, and we got exactly what we wanted. We can't recommend Tara highly enough - whether you're buying or selling.

Celia Cheetham
Fantastic, trustworthy and warm

Tara was lovely via phone and in person, genuine and easy to get information from. Our interaction time was quite brief, however I would recommend dealing with her to anyone who enquires.

Jessica Stones
Thank you for our dream home!

Tara was lovely via phone and in person, genuine and easy to get information from. Our interaction time was quite brief, however I would recommend dealing with her to anyone who enquires.

Jessica Stones
Thank you for our dream home!

Tara was a pleasure to deal with and we were very happy with the result. Tara secured us an off market property in the area we wanted with ease. We would happily deal through Tara again.

Jonathon Moule
Great agent

Tara was a pleasure to deal with and we were very happy with the result. Tara secured us an off market property in the area we wanted with ease. We would happily deal through Tara again.

Jonathon Moule
Great agent

It was an absolute pleasure using Tara as our agent, we knew as soon as we met with her at our property she was the agent for us - her professionalism and market knowledge are second to none. Despite Tara being heavily pregnant, and then to welcoming…

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David Smith
Superwoman

It was an absolute pleasure using Tara as our agent, we knew as soon as we met with her at our property she was the agent for us - her professionalism and market knowledge are second to none. Despite Tara being heavily pregnant, and then to welcoming her second child during the 4 weeks we were listed, her professionalism and communication never wavered. She negotiated a stellar price for our property and we are beyond thrilled. Thanks Tara

David Smith
Superwoman

Service all good Knowledgeable, helpful and prompt.

Malcolm John Baker

Service all good Knowledgeable, helpful and prompt.

Malcolm John Baker

Tara was an absolute delight to work with. She is courteous, knowledgeable, honest and intelligent. What more could you hope for in an Agent! I am a very satisfied vendor.

Melissa Morrisey

Tara was an absolute delight to work with. She is courteous, knowledgeable, honest and intelligent. What more could you hope for in an Agent! I am a very satisfied vendor.

Melissa Morrisey

Tara is thorough, professional and has great communication skills. She went above and beyond to help us through all the stages of our buying process from viewing to settlement (and more!). We are experienced in buying and selling properties and can c…

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Katie Carnachan

Tara is thorough, professional and has great communication skills. She went above and beyond to help us through all the stages of our buying process from viewing to settlement (and more!). We are experienced in buying and selling properties and can confidently say, Tara has been one of the best agents we have had so far. Thank you, Tara, for helping us buy our dream!

Katie Carnachan

We were very happy with our management team at First National Byron Bay. They were always available and reassuring about our purchase and thorough knowledge of the current local market. I highly recommend the services they can offer as a team.

Nikoll Nobray

We were very happy with our management team at First National Byron Bay. They were always available and reassuring about our purchase and thorough knowledge of the current local market. I highly recommend the services they can offer as a team.

Nikoll Nobray

On behalf on Cecelia and me, I want to say thank you to Tara and Helen for a great team effort in reaching a good outcome on the sale of our property in Coopers Shoot. Good advice on sale strategy and daily follow-up by phone or emails made us feel c…

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Olivier and Cecelia Chaussemiche

On behalf on Cecelia and me, I want to say thank you to Tara and Helen for a great team effort in reaching a good outcome on the sale of our property in Coopers Shoot. Good advice on sale strategy and daily follow-up by phone or emails made us feel confident to know we were in good hands. Well done.

Olivier and Cecelia Chaussemiche

My hat off to Tara, for selling my house in one open home for more than I wanted, with a written offer within two hours. She is calm, considered and realistic, easy to communicate with, and very professional, if you don't have Tara working for you, y…

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Christopher Barron
Tara is tops!

My hat off to Tara, for selling my house in one open home for more than I wanted, with a written offer within two hours. She is calm, considered and realistic, easy to communicate with, and very professional, if you don't have Tara working for you, you’re missing the best. Thanks again Tara!

Christopher Barron
Tara is tops!

Very happy to leave a review for Tara! I think I am a bit of an authority now, having bought 18 the ago through Tara and now having just sold through her. My property was on the market for just over a week, Tara got me over and above what I h…

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Shane Van Gestel
Amazing Agent

Very happy to leave a review for Tara! I think I am a bit of an authority now, having bought 18 the ago through Tara and now having just sold through her. My property was on the market for just over a week, Tara got me over and above what I had expected to get, so happy with the result. The marketing suggested by her worked a dream, the video she had done was the crowning glory to her work. My place is beautiful and was presented so well. Quite often the selling is quite stressful but in this case, all went so well. If you have the opportunity to have Tara represent and sell your property I recommend you do so.

Shane Van Gestel
Amazing Agent

Tara presented as a very genuine and knowledgeable agent and her communication was always clear and her responses and follow-up timely, both in the lead-up to securing a contract and also in the period post contract exchange. She has been a pleasure …

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Kerrie Trimble

Tara presented as a very genuine and knowledgeable agent and her communication was always clear and her responses and follow-up timely, both in the lead-up to securing a contract and also in the period post contract exchange. She has been a pleasure to work with.

Kerrie Trimble

Tara was fantastic when it came to selling our house. Always available to answer questions and discuss issues. Tara has great knowledge of the industry, and is totally dedicated. I sincerely recommend Tara if you are after a stress free well informed…

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Janet Terry
Fantastic agent

Tara was fantastic when it came to selling our house. Always available to answer questions and discuss issues. Tara has great knowledge of the industry, and is totally dedicated. I sincerely recommend Tara if you are after a stress free well informed sales experience.

Janet Terry
Fantastic agent

Tara initiated the sales campaign and monitored through to the sale completion. We appreciated her support.

Gary Williams
Excellent Agent

Tara initiated the sales campaign and monitored through to the sale completion. We appreciated her support.

Gary Williams
Excellent Agent

Tara is an amazing agent to work with! This is our second time working with Tara. She hustled and worked crazy hours at the very end of her pregnancy to ensure our sale went off without a hitch. She's always professional, always easy to talk to and k…

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Cheryl and James Kitchener

Tara is an amazing agent to work with! This is our second time working with Tara. She hustled and worked crazy hours at the very end of her pregnancy to ensure our sale went off without a hitch. She's always professional, always easy to talk to and knowledgeable on the Byron Bay market. She's not only a top agent in Byron Bay but a big part of the community and just a fantastic person to be acquainted with! I highly recommend Tara and her team!

Cheryl and James Kitchener

First of all we would sincerely Thank Tara for working with us in buying an apartment in Lighthouse RD and selling our property in Carlyle Lane. We consider Tara to be ... Professional... Dedicated ... Reliable... and Personable. Tara has always had …

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Les and Sue Mullens

First of all we would sincerely Thank Tara for working with us in buying an apartment in Lighthouse RD and selling our property in Carlyle Lane. We consider Tara to be ... Professional... Dedicated ... Reliable... and Personable. Tara has always had our Best interest at Heart and is a very capable Communicator. Sue and I wish Tara a wonderful Future in her Realestate Career...

Les and Sue Mullens

Tara did a great job getting our house sold very quickly, she negotiated well for us, and communicated what I needed each step of the way. Thanks Tara.

Michael Murphy

Tara did a great job getting our house sold very quickly, she negotiated well for us, and communicated what I needed each step of the way. Thanks Tara.

Michael Murphy

Tara was a consummate professional in our dealings with her. We really appreciated her calm considered approach. She was responsive to our queries in a timely manner. We would recommend Tara.

Kaley and James Morrissey

Tara was a consummate professional in our dealings with her. We really appreciated her calm considered approach. She was responsive to our queries in a timely manner. We would recommend Tara.

Kaley and James Morrissey

Tara & Su from First National sold our family home within a few weeks, setting a record price for our area. Tara was completely transparent throughout the entire sale process and her market knowledge combined with her innate people skills surpassed o…

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Megan and Mike Fishwick

Tara & Su from First National sold our family home within a few weeks, setting a record price for our area. Tara was completely transparent throughout the entire sale process and her market knowledge combined with her innate people skills surpassed our expectations all the while making the sale experience an enjoyable and seamless one. Thank you, Tara - we appreciate all of your efforts!!

Megan and Mike Fishwick

I recently marketed my property in Pinnacle Row, Lennox Head through Tara of First National Real Estate, Byron Bay. I had two appraisals one with a Lennox Head agent. The other Lennox agents I did not call in having had poor experiences with them in …

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John Doutty

I recently marketed my property in Pinnacle Row, Lennox Head through Tara of First National Real Estate, Byron Bay. I had two appraisals one with a Lennox Head agent. The other Lennox agents I did not call in having had poor experiences with them in the past. I have bought and sold 4 properties in the area over the past 20 years. I think that Lennox Head agents are generally lazy and have held the local market back for years. To the detriment of home sellers and investment property owners. Tara had much better ideas of marketing. Was prepared to Auction on site. Not in a club with poker machines and beer swillers. She suggested I use a stylist to give my home a bit more appeal. She used a class auctioneer, not just a hack. I liked the fact she had an assistant and marketing people placing advertisements professionally. Therefore, Tara could concentrate on working on finding the best selection of buyers and bidders for my sale. I like the way the staff and agents work as a team. I have met quite a few of the individuals from First National Byron and found them all well-presented, polite, professional and punctual. I was unsure re the cost of the styling which involve the removal of many of my possessions and furniture. However, I went with Tara's marketing plan once I decided to appoint her as my agent. I simply left everything to her and went away on holidays given access. The whole time I was away I was updated by email of all advertising, given the opportunity to comment on this, phoned regularly. Tara and her team’s communications and effort were outstanding. I set what I thought was a realistic reserve and hoped for the best. By auction morning there were 13 registered bidders, a crowd of over 100. Even a coffee cart dispensing much needed calming coffee and tea. The result? Over $100,000 over my reserve which was more than $100,000 more than the top estimate of the other local agents best estimate. If I had chosen anyone but Tara I would have undersold.

John Doutty

This is the third time we have used Tara to buy or sell a house, and she's come up trumps every time. What a pleasure to deal with - even when there were some initial disappointing setbacks in this, Tara remained calm and positive and above all commu…

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Simon Haslam

This is the third time we have used Tara to buy or sell a house, and she's come up trumps every time. What a pleasure to deal with - even when there were some initial disappointing setbacks in this, Tara remained calm and positive and above all communicated clearly and in a straightforward manner. It was difficult to follow her advice, but we trusted her judgement and she was right - she gave sound advice that brought us the best price for this property.

Simon Haslam

Tara was an absolute pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable, competent, and committed, she was highly professional and personable at all times. Our experience could not have been more positive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her or work with her agai…

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Maria Haldemann

Tara was an absolute pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable, competent, and committed, she was highly professional and personable at all times. Our experience could not have been more positive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her or work with her again.

Maria Haldemann

Tara is very approachable and dealt with any communications promptly. Her advice regarding procedures of the buying process was very helpful. It has been a pleasure dealing with her.

Akihiko and Andrea Taninaka

Tara is very approachable and dealt with any communications promptly. Her advice regarding procedures of the buying process was very helpful. It has been a pleasure dealing with her.

Akihiko and Andrea Taninaka

I would definitely work with Tara again. Her service was excellent and negotiated a higher price than expected.

Alison Newling

I would definitely work with Tara again. Her service was excellent and negotiated a higher price than expected.

Alison Newling

We had the pleasure of dealing with Tara when buying our new family home. Tara was very approachable and an absolute delight to deal with. She was very professional and driven but at the same time always had a genuine smile and a complete calm about …

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Georgia Wyatt

We had the pleasure of dealing with Tara when buying our new family home. Tara was very approachable and an absolute delight to deal with. She was very professional and driven but at the same time always had a genuine smile and a complete calm about her. I would recommend her without hesitation.

Georgia Wyatt

Very happy with all aspects of our purchase the agents were fantastic.

Peta Lloyd-Harris

Very happy with all aspects of our purchase the agents were fantastic.

Peta Lloyd-Harris

My husband and I recently purchased our dream property in Myocum NSW. Tara Torkkola was the agent who looked after us from start to finish. Tara was very professional, helpful and personal throughout the whole experience. She seemed to have a good re…

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Bria Sydney

My husband and I recently purchased our dream property in Myocum NSW. Tara Torkkola was the agent who looked after us from start to finish. Tara was very professional, helpful and personal throughout the whole experience. She seemed to have a good relationship with the seller and was able to help us communicate with the seller quickly and effectively. Tara has strong knowledge of the local area. I would recommend her as an agent.

Bria Sydney

You have been a huge support to us during this stressful time of selling our property. You have been so patient with us during our many ups and downs of decision and indecision and we appreciate this enormously. We are very happy with the outcome of …

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Roger and Liz Swain

You have been a huge support to us during this stressful time of selling our property. You have been so patient with us during our many ups and downs of decision and indecision and we appreciate this enormously. We are very happy with the outcome of the sale. Liz and I thank you sincerely for this and wish you all the best in your chosen career.

Roger and Liz Swain

Tara was recommended to me by a couple of friends who had bought and sold through her. From our first encounter Tara was professional, direct, approachable and really knew her stuff. This was my first experience buying property and a massive learning…

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Kerri Ossip

Tara was recommended to me by a couple of friends who had bought and sold through her. From our first encounter Tara was professional, direct, approachable and really knew her stuff. This was my first experience buying property and a massive learning curve. Throughout the process Tara was extremely helpful, patient but above all fair to both myself and the seller. I would highly recommend Tara to anyone buying or selling.

Kerri Ossip

Tara is a total professional in every way. Simply, she does everything she promises, and more. Communication and follow-up is outstanding. Never once has she adopted the lazy agent approach of trying to influence the vendor to lower their expectation…

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Steve and Karen Tyson

Tara is a total professional in every way. Simply, she does everything she promises, and more. Communication and follow-up is outstanding. Never once has she adopted the lazy agent approach of trying to influence the vendor to lower their expectations if a quick result hasn't been achieved. She is resilient, persistent and always in our corner.

Steve and Karen Tyson

I would like to confidently say to anyone looking for a trustworthy, down the line agent, look no further than with Tara Torkkola at First National Byron Bay. It was a fun experience, for a change, selling! I just sold my 3 Bedroom Townhouse in Suffo…

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Sam Majdalani

I would like to confidently say to anyone looking for a trustworthy, down the line agent, look no further than with Tara Torkkola at First National Byron Bay. It was a fun experience, for a change, selling! I just sold my 3 Bedroom Townhouse in Suffolk Park and not once did Tara have me wait long before getting back to, when unable to take my call immediately- which was not often either. A real delight to have worked with Tara and highly recommend her if looking for a good and trusting agent.

Sam Majdalani

Tara was awesome from start to finish. She achieved a very good result in a cooling market.

Steven Clifford and Eliza Luchetti
Excellent service

Tara was awesome from start to finish. She achieved a very good result in a cooling market.

Steven Clifford and Eliza Luchetti
Excellent service

I met Tara at a speculative viewing and was immediately impressed by her friendly approach and knowledge of the market. When it came to selling my property, I knew she was the right person. Really good communicator, and helpful and diligent at every …

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Danni Bhoy

I met Tara at a speculative viewing and was immediately impressed by her friendly approach and knowledge of the market. When it came to selling my property, I knew she was the right person. Really good communicator, and helpful and diligent at every stage of the process. Basically, if you don't really like estate agents, then I would highly recommend you meet with Tara!

Danni Bhoy

Ultra-professional, personable and attentive - the ideal agent in Byron Bay Fantastic experience. Great team at First National and they seem to work very well together. Travis is great, very responsive and really supports Tara seamlessly. Tara is …

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Tim Mak

Ultra-professional, personable and attentive - the ideal agent in Byron Bay Fantastic experience. Great team at First National and they seem to work very well together. Travis is great, very responsive and really supports Tara seamlessly. Tara is very well respected in the area. A buyer's agent I used told me from his experience she was one of the best agents he has ever dealt with. Don't think just because she's so personable and pleasant that she is also not very determined when she needs to be. Vendors should be very confident she will push to get the right deal for the vendor. Ultra-professional. The best agent in the Byron Bay area no question.

Tim Mak

Amazing experience all round! Dave & I feel so lucky to have worked with Tara again. As an agent Tara is very professional, approachable and really listened to us as sellers! We look forward to working with Tara in the future.

Alex Danielson and Dave Bennett

Amazing experience all round! Dave & I feel so lucky to have worked with Tara again. As an agent Tara is very professional, approachable and really listened to us as sellers! We look forward to working with Tara in the future.

Alex Danielson and Dave Bennett

Tara is down to earth, honest and committed to achieving a great result! We had a great experience with Tara throughout the sales process. It is clear that Tara is 100% committed to ensuring the buyer and seller are happy with the outcome. She is …

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Nic Harrigan

Tara is down to earth, honest and committed to achieving a great result! We had a great experience with Tara throughout the sales process. It is clear that Tara is 100% committed to ensuring the buyer and seller are happy with the outcome. She is an excellent communicator and ensured our stress levels remained as low as possible through what can typically be a daunting process. I have no hesitation in giving Tara a 10 out of 10 recommendation!

Nic Harrigan

Tara is amazing!! During our purchase she was always friendly, honest, professional and efficient and ultimately found us our dream home! We would highly recommend her, and most definitely use her for any future sales or purchases. Thank you Tara.

Jess and Toby Forte

Tara is amazing!! During our purchase she was always friendly, honest, professional and efficient and ultimately found us our dream home! We would highly recommend her, and most definitely use her for any future sales or purchases. Thank you Tara.

Jess and Toby Forte

Tara was amazing to work with. We knew when we first meet her that she was the one we wanted to sell our home. She was very well spoken, professional and informative. She always responded to us immediately and always helpful. Her communication was cl…

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Astrid Korfgen

Tara was amazing to work with. We knew when we first meet her that she was the one we wanted to sell our home. She was very well spoken, professional and informative. She always responded to us immediately and always helpful. Her communication was clear and very friendly. We found Tara extremely efficient when organising open homes and client appointments. She sold our home within 2 weeks which says all there is too say. Tara is an outstanding real estate agent.

Astrid Korfgen

Great result! Matched the buyer to the property in a sensitive and complicated off-market scenario. Top marks!

Tim Mundy and Craig Minahan

Great result! Matched the buyer to the property in a sensitive and complicated off-market scenario. Top marks!

Tim Mundy and Craig Minahan

Great woman to sell your house fast! Tara was quick to respond to any enquiries and available to negotiate the sale immediately. She worked into the night to ensure it would happen. I requested Tara to end the price range speculating as the own…

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Sally Willis

Great woman to sell your house fast! Tara was quick to respond to any enquiries and available to negotiate the sale immediately. She worked into the night to ensure it would happen. I requested Tara to end the price range speculating as the owner already knew what they wanted to sell it for and it slows things down for a serious buyer. Her response was immediate. Thanks Tara for your great efforts.

Sally Willis

Good honest and easy going agent. I would have no hesitation in recommending these agents to any future buyers or sellers looking to get the outcome they desire. A very smooth process!

Fiona and Norm Black

Good honest and easy going agent. I would have no hesitation in recommending these agents to any future buyers or sellers looking to get the outcome they desire. A very smooth process!

Fiona and Norm Black

Tara is who you need on your side! Tara's experience and local knowledge is the key. She knows what she is doing and understands the market. Let her do her job and you won't be disappointed.

Garth Hayhurst and Susan Watson

Tara is who you need on your side! Tara's experience and local knowledge is the key. She knows what she is doing and understands the market. Let her do her job and you won't be disappointed.

Garth Hayhurst and Susan Watson

Very friendly and professional service. Tara combines the two, often mutually exclusive, characteristics; experience and professionalism, and a warm, friendly and easy going nature, effortlessly. I literally met her for the first time, at the firs…

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Stephen Henley

Very friendly and professional service. Tara combines the two, often mutually exclusive, characteristics; experience and professionalism, and a warm, friendly and easy going nature, effortlessly. I literally met her for the first time, at the first viewing of the property, that I successfully bought the next day, with vigorous completion from two other parties. It was an intense and stressful time for me, and I would imagine, for the other two hopeful purchasers, and the vendor. Tara handled the situation with ease, grace, and no fuss. I was kept informed, but not pressured, and given the information and space required to make the right decisions. Considering that I had never met Tara before, it felt more like I was dealing with a friend, than a real estate agent, and that's saying something.

Stephen Henley

Tara has great communication skills. She has ample experience in the industry, a knowledgeable, proactive style which delivers regular updates and leaves you feeling that you are in very capable hands. I would recommend her to anyone looking to sell …

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Genevieve Serret

Tara has great communication skills. She has ample experience in the industry, a knowledgeable, proactive style which delivers regular updates and leaves you feeling that you are in very capable hands. I would recommend her to anyone looking to sell their property.

Genevieve Serret

We were a young couple selling our first home. Tara was very helpful throughout the entire process; her communication was outstanding and we felt completely comfortable entrusting her with our house. We wouldn't hesitate in using Tara and the team at…

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Luke Bashforth and Nicole Beattie

We were a young couple selling our first home. Tara was very helpful throughout the entire process; her communication was outstanding and we felt completely comfortable entrusting her with our house. We wouldn't hesitate in using Tara and the team at First National Byron Bay again and would recommend them to anyone else.

Luke Bashforth and Nicole Beattie

Tara was a great agent to deal with and we would recommend her services. Tara and Travis conducted the entire sale process from start to finish with total professionalism.

Adam Klasterka and Alisa Coulson

Tara was a great agent to deal with and we would recommend her services. Tara and Travis conducted the entire sale process from start to finish with total professionalism.

Adam Klasterka and Alisa Coulson

We set a high task for Tara to reach and she did everything in her abilities to find clientele that were looking for the same property type. She was clear, (and so were we,) reliable, honest, and a great communicator. I would highly recommend Tara to…

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Karina and Wayne Brien

We set a high task for Tara to reach and she did everything in her abilities to find clientele that were looking for the same property type. She was clear, (and so were we,) reliable, honest, and a great communicator. I would highly recommend Tara to buy or sell a property through.

Karina and Wayne Brien

At every stage of the sale process, we felt reassured by Tara's very thorough feedback. Her communication skills are exceptional and her straightforward approach to marketing and brokering the sale of our property were much appreciated by us. We woul…

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Judy and Laurie

At every stage of the sale process, we felt reassured by Tara's very thorough feedback. Her communication skills are exceptional and her straightforward approach to marketing and brokering the sale of our property were much appreciated by us. We would not hesitate to recommend her services to friends or family.

Judy and Laurie

Thanks Tara you are wonderful my property was sold within a week. It was a pleasure to deal with such a down to earth and honest sales person. Tara your expertise and professionalism was amazing I wouldn’t hesitate to use you again. We were kept in…

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Lillian Perry

Thanks Tara you are wonderful my property was sold within a week. It was a pleasure to deal with such a down to earth and honest sales person. Tara your expertise and professionalism was amazing I wouldn’t hesitate to use you again. We were kept informed every day and what a great price you achieved. Thanks again.

Lillian Perry

Tara and the team at First National Byron Bay provided excellent service throughout the entire home buying process. Her knowledge of the market is extensive, and levels of communication were very high. Thank you Tara for a seamless sale!

Peter and Rose Smyth-King

Tara and the team at First National Byron Bay provided excellent service throughout the entire home buying process. Her knowledge of the market is extensive, and levels of communication were very high. Thank you Tara for a seamless sale!

Peter and Rose Smyth-King

Tara is prompt, reliable and professional. We were very happy with Tara's negotiations and communications during a recent property purchase. Tara provides excellent local knowledge combined with a sound work ethic.

Gavin Elterman

Tara is prompt, reliable and professional. We were very happy with Tara's negotiations and communications during a recent property purchase. Tara provides excellent local knowledge combined with a sound work ethic.

Gavin Elterman

Excellent to deal with and friendly service.

Heather and Jeremy

Excellent to deal with and friendly service.

Heather and Jeremy

Tara is the ultimate professional, a clear communicator who does not over promise on what she can deliver. She made the sale of my home effortless.

Jody Vassallo
Trust Tara

Tara is the ultimate professional, a clear communicator who does not over promise on what she can deliver. She made the sale of my home effortless.

Jody Vassallo
Trust Tara

Tara was very polite, professional, and patient and made the potentially frustrating process into an easy and positive experience. I have been away a couple of times during the purchase but Tara was very patient and efficient with the issues of commu…

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Brent Mullens

Tara was very polite, professional, and patient and made the potentially frustrating process into an easy and positive experience. I have been away a couple of times during the purchase but Tara was very patient and efficient with the issues of communication. Tara was very helpful with the bank and other agencies; this made my life very easy during this time. I am very thankful for Tara's efforts and the hard work. Thanks again Tara.

Brent Mullens

Tara helped us achieve a better price than expected. Her communication was exceptional, keeping us well informed & always phoning back or replying immediately. Really good advice too & it was good to have Paul Banister as the backup. She is a very pl…

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Deborah Stumm and Dianne Lane

Tara helped us achieve a better price than expected. Her communication was exceptional, keeping us well informed & always phoning back or replying immediately. Really good advice too & it was good to have Paul Banister as the backup. She is a very pleasant to deal with & her lovely manner made the experience a pleasure. We highly recommend Tara.

Deborah Stumm and Dianne Lane

It was a pleasure dealing with Tara, the clients were not the easiest to deal with but we got there in the end.

Shane Van Gestel

It was a pleasure dealing with Tara, the clients were not the easiest to deal with but we got there in the end.

Shane Van Gestel

Tara was professional, efficient and friendly when selling our home. She listened to what we wanted and demonstrated excellent communication and negotiating skills when dealing with our buyer. Tara was very easy to work with and was always available …

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Erin Azzopardi and Leroy Steven

Tara was professional, efficient and friendly when selling our home. She listened to what we wanted and demonstrated excellent communication and negotiating skills when dealing with our buyer. Tara was very easy to work with and was always available to answer any questions we had.

Erin Azzopardi and Leroy Steven

Tara is very hard working and very personable - she has good communication skills and keeps you informed every step along the way. I would recommend her services to anyone interested in selling a property on the north coast.

Karen Bloomberg

Tara is very hard working and very personable - she has good communication skills and keeps you informed every step along the way. I would recommend her services to anyone interested in selling a property on the north coast.

Karen Bloomberg

Wow where do I start. We are so happy with Tara’s work we just think she is amazing. Tara worked 24 hrs a day 7 days a week selling our property to seal a great price for us. She kept us informed every day right up to settlement of the property.…

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Gordon and Cathy Gell

Wow where do I start. We are so happy with Tara’s work we just think she is amazing. Tara worked 24 hrs a day 7 days a week selling our property to seal a great price for us. She kept us informed every day right up to settlement of the property. Thank you so much Tara we will tell all our friends about you & James as well.

Gordon and Cathy Gell

Thank you Tara it was a pleasure dealing with you in buying our new property as well as selling the old one we found we could always call you and you responded promptly with no fuss we wish you all the best in your chosen career and have no hesitatio…

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Josef and Warren

Thank you Tara it was a pleasure dealing with you in buying our new property as well as selling the old one we found we could always call you and you responded promptly with no fuss we wish you all the best in your chosen career and have no hesitations in recommending you. A breath of fresh air in this very male dominated environment.

Josef and Warren

Tara was professional, worked hard and is a pleasure to deal with.

Meike and Isaac

Tara was professional, worked hard and is a pleasure to deal with.

Meike and Isaac

Tara was helpful in helping find our home; she was able to suggest a property which was perfect for us prior to going on the market. With her help we were able secure the property. We were really happy with the friendly and helpful attitude of the te…

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Justina and Nathanael

Tara was helpful in helping find our home; she was able to suggest a property which was perfect for us prior to going on the market. With her help we were able secure the property. We were really happy with the friendly and helpful attitude of the team that we have an agreement for property management until we are able to move into the property.

Justina and Nathanael

Tara was friendly, approachable and pleasant to deal with. She was forthcoming with information and answered any queries we had in a prompt fashion.

Jessie and Werner

Tara was friendly, approachable and pleasant to deal with. She was forthcoming with information and answered any queries we had in a prompt fashion.

Jessie and Werner

We were very impressed with the way in which Tara handled the sale of our property and would be pleased to recommend First National team. Tara was very pleasant and helpful and a delight to work with.

Trevor and Nancy Williams

We were very impressed with the way in which Tara handled the sale of our property and would be pleased to recommend First National team. Tara was very pleasant and helpful and a delight to work with.

Trevor and Nancy Williams

Tara was always helpful and explained everything she did to achieve the sale of my property. Always friendly and mindful of the tenant's wishes thank you Tara.

John Wyn Garden

Tara was always helpful and explained everything she did to achieve the sale of my property. Always friendly and mindful of the tenant's wishes thank you Tara.

John Wyn Garden

I highly recommend Tara. She was efficient and on the job all the way. A pleasure to work with....Thank you, Tara

Elaine Seiler
An excellent agent…

I highly recommend Tara. She was efficient and on the job all the way. A pleasure to work with....Thank you, Tara

Elaine Seiler
An excellent agent…

Tara brought an energy to the sale process that was above excellent. She achieved a strong result for us and we couldn't have been happier with her professionalism. She was a great agent on our behalf and we can't recommend her highly enough. Thanks …

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Andrew and Robyn Kay

Tara brought an energy to the sale process that was above excellent. She achieved a strong result for us and we couldn't have been happier with her professionalism. She was a great agent on our behalf and we can't recommend her highly enough. Thanks Tara.

Andrew and Robyn Kay

I met Tara and Paul at an open house inspection last October when my partner and I were having a casual look around at properties for sale. They immediately impressed us with their openness, knowledge of the local market and contacts in the industr…

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Susan Dempster

I met Tara and Paul at an open house inspection last October when my partner and I were having a casual look around at properties for sale. They immediately impressed us with their openness, knowledge of the local market and contacts in the industry such as town planners, builders, etc. It was evident that they place great importance on relationship building. Shortly after that first meeting, we mutually arranged a second to discuss our general situation - although at the time we were not active buyers or sellers. Shortly after, we decided to sell a property at Brunswick Heads. We naturally contacted Paul & Tara who gave us invaluable advice as to when & how best to present the property to the market. Their estimated price range proved to be well judged and we accepted their proposal that auction would be the best approach. In consultation with us (as was the case throughout the 5 week campaign) put together an excellent marketing plan. They met with us each week at our home for a detailed briefing on enquiries, negotiations and other developments with prospective buyers. They also diplomatically managed relations with tenants in the property who might be inconvenienced by the Open House arrangements. I had not sold a property for 20 years (in Sydney), so was grateful for Tara & Paul's understanding - particularly just after the property was listed when we received what seemed like a very good offer. I was quite nervous about losing that opportunity, but Tara & Paul's experience told them that holding out until the auction would bring the best outcome. At the same time, they reassured me that of course the final decision was mine & that they would facilitate a sale before auction if I wished. The auction itself, unsurprisingly, was brilliantly & professionally handled by First National & an excellent, very experienced auctioneer. The result was worth overcoming my initial nerves when the initial offer was made. Tara & Paul - as well as any other First National Byron Bay staff we have dealt with - have been completely professional, experienced, attentive, efficient & knowledgeable during the time we have been dealing with them.

Susan Dempster

Whilst most of our dealing were with Su our initial contact with Tara was what put us onto the property we purchased. Both Su and Tara were great to deal with, keeping us well informed of the progress and balancing the needs and expectations of the V…

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Steve Heptonstall and Jen Black

Whilst most of our dealing were with Su our initial contact with Tara was what put us onto the property we purchased. Both Su and Tara were great to deal with, keeping us well informed of the progress and balancing the needs and expectations of the Vendor with a real understanding of our needs and concerns as a purchaser. Su has a very calm disposition which helped calm us during the emotional ups and downs of purchasing. I would highly recommend both Su and Tara for your real estate needs.

Steve Heptonstall and Jen Black

We found Tara to be available to answer questions and always returned calls .something as a purchaser we found very important as we were dealing with a overseas vendor. It was unfortunate that we had to deal with the NSW archaic real estate laws but …

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Josef and Warren

We found Tara to be available to answer questions and always returned calls .something as a purchaser we found very important as we were dealing with a overseas vendor. It was unfortunate that we had to deal with the NSW archaic real estate laws but Tara helped us through and we managed to purchase the property. We would highly recommend Tara and wish her more success in the real estate profession.

Josef and Warren

Friendly and professional! Loved having Tara as our agent. Went the extra mile to help us find our first home. Greatest recommendations.

Megan McLean

Friendly and professional! Loved having Tara as our agent. Went the extra mile to help us find our first home. Greatest recommendations.

Megan McLean

Tara has an extremely professional manner and is highly personable. We have no reservations in recommending Tara to any prospective vendor.

Noelene and Mark

Tara has an extremely professional manner and is highly personable. We have no reservations in recommending Tara to any prospective vendor.

Noelene and Mark

Tara was an absolute pleasure to work with. She offered us trustworthy, professional, personal service. I highly recommend her.

Eliza and Nathan Oldfield

Tara was an absolute pleasure to work with. She offered us trustworthy, professional, personal service. I highly recommend her.

Eliza and Nathan Oldfield

Hi Tara and Paul, apart from getting the desired results I also found dealing with you a calm and pleasant experience At no time did I feel I was being pressured and that my interests were being held firm in the sale. Thanks again.

Ross Beanland
Thanks for working for me!

Hi Tara and Paul, apart from getting the desired results I also found dealing with you a calm and pleasant experience At no time did I feel I was being pressured and that my interests were being held firm in the sale. Thanks again.

Ross Beanland
Thanks for working for me!

Rosemary and I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are to have secured our dream property in our dream location. Small acreage properties offering such natural beauty, privacy and amenity are indeed rare in the Brooklet and Fernleigh areas. We als…

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Phil and Rosemary Henderson

Rosemary and I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are to have secured our dream property in our dream location. Small acreage properties offering such natural beauty, privacy and amenity are indeed rare in the Brooklet and Fernleigh areas. We also love the feeling the home offers as it benefits from its relaxed maturity, lovely grounds and unbeatable north aspect. The gorgeous country views are a bonus and will provide us with the tranquillity we have been seeking. As you know, we have been searching for more than twelve months and had a very specific list of “must haves” which made the job of the Agents much harder. As with any industry, there is always a difference between the best practitioners and those who are merely participants. We can now speak from our first-hand experience and confirm, without reservation, that our time with you has shown us a perfect example of Industry “best practice”. You were patient and kind enough to fully absorb our thoughts and used this information to identify a likely property match, which pleased us and I’m sure would have also pleased the Vendor. We were also very grateful for the many hours you dedicated to us allowing two very long and thorough inspections. May we also say that we were pleased that you demonstrated the rare traits of reserve and sensitivity in allowing us private time but also being there to answer our tricky questions! You know your stuff! What a pleasure it was to also have your help, guidance and advice during the sale process. It was great to have someone keeping us informed and to be one step ahead of me for a change. Both my Solicitor and I are pleased we had a bit less work to do. Rosemary and I are hoping we will never sell our Brooklet property, but if we do we will certainly sign it across to your very professional hands. A Vendor could not ask for more! It is obvious that you love what you do and it comes naturally – a bonus for everyone.

Phil and Rosemary Henderson

We are new to the area and found Tara a wealth of knowledge. When it was time to negotiate her communication was second to none. We felt that she was honest and we could trust Tara which made the buying of our property much easier.

Simon and Kate

We are new to the area and found Tara a wealth of knowledge. When it was time to negotiate her communication was second to none. We felt that she was honest and we could trust Tara which made the buying of our property much easier.

Simon and Kate

Having just sold our house in Melbourne and purchased in Ewingsdale NSW, I was very pleasantly surprised by the relaxed nature of the local Real Estate Agents, especially Tara. Tara's un-pushy nature and flexibility to make herself available (on the …

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Ian Matthews and Denise Bennett

Having just sold our house in Melbourne and purchased in Ewingsdale NSW, I was very pleasantly surprised by the relaxed nature of the local Real Estate Agents, especially Tara. Tara's un-pushy nature and flexibility to make herself available (on the phone and at the property) at every opportunity was first rate. I would definitely recommend Tara and will use her if I ever need to buy/sell in the future.

Ian Matthews and Denise Bennett

Thank you Tara, you were great!! Your enthusiasm at every open house was a pleasure to see, even when things got tricky you shouldered on. I was very pleased with your professional manner throughout, you are good at what you do and I highly recommend…

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Irena Banning

Thank you Tara, you were great!! Your enthusiasm at every open house was a pleasure to see, even when things got tricky you shouldered on. I was very pleased with your professional manner throughout, you are good at what you do and I highly recommend you.

Irena Banning

We had our block on the market for almost two years before listing with Tara at First National Byron Bay. Firstly Tara was a delight to work with, very patient, pro-active, prompt at returning calls and nothing was too much trouble. She was very prof…

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Stephen and Shalini Bedford

We had our block on the market for almost two years before listing with Tara at First National Byron Bay. Firstly Tara was a delight to work with, very patient, pro-active, prompt at returning calls and nothing was too much trouble. She was very professional from our first meeting and put a completely new marketing plan together for us with the sole purpose of generating some new interest in the property and getting buyers to start making enquiries and inspecting the block. This strategy started working within the first couple of weeks and we had more inspections in the first month it was listed with Tara than we had in the previous 12 months. Once an offer was made on the block Tara was very professional negotiating the final price. The initial offer we received was much lower than our expectations and Tara did a fantastic job in securing the price we needed after long and protracted negotiations’. We would have no hesitation in using Tara again as a selling agent and would recommend her to any vendors in the Byron Shire.

Stephen and Shalini Bedford

I would recommend Tara to anyone thinking of selling. She always had a plan for my property. In this market it is a difficult time as a seller, it is important that I had someone representing me who understood what I wanted and acted accordingly on m…

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Michael Currie

I would recommend Tara to anyone thinking of selling. She always had a plan for my property. In this market it is a difficult time as a seller, it is important that I had someone representing me who understood what I wanted and acted accordingly on my behalf. I had 37 inspections on my property, and Tara dealt with all buyers in a professional manner. She never gave up. Tara, I would only use you, you made it easier, were honest, real, took emotional ups and downs and gave me more time than your job requires. You’re a good person.

Michael Currie

Tara was able to negotiate between all parties with calmness and patience and a high level of professionalism. We felt that the First National Team were always friendly and helpful and were always quick to respond to our enquiries and questions. The …

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Colin Dawson and Adam Cosford

Tara was able to negotiate between all parties with calmness and patience and a high level of professionalism. We felt that the First National Team were always friendly and helpful and were always quick to respond to our enquiries and questions. The overall marketing strategy was excellent from the direct communication with us to advertising and display of properties. My partner and I have bought and sold many properties and can honestly say that Tara has been the best real estate agent that we have dealt with. This has made our transition to live in Mullumbimby much easier and exciting. It has been an absolute pleasure meeting Tara and we have no hesitation in recommending Tara and the First National Team as representatives to sell and procure properties.

Colin Dawson and Adam Cosford

Adam and I made contact with Tara to enquire about a property we were interested in viewing. From the very first point of contact with Tara and the First National team there has been a high degree of professionalism and integrity. After we viewed the…

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Adam and I made contact with Tara to enquire about a property we were interested in viewing. From the very first point of contact with Tara and the First National team there has been a high degree of professionalism and integrity. After we viewed the property Tara made regular contact with us to keep us informed on the property. Tara always dealt with us in a respectful way, she was always honest and extremely well informed, it was obvious from the start that Tara has a great knowledge of the market, the properties and the local area.

I chose Tara to market the property as she was the only agent in the area who bothered to cold canvass prior to any decision to actually sell the property. She was first class in every category.

Colin and Valerie
Satisfied Customer!

I chose Tara to market the property as she was the only agent in the area who bothered to cold canvass prior to any decision to actually sell the property. She was first class in every category.

Colin and Valerie
Satisfied Customer!

Tara was highly professional and likewise with her colleague Su who sold my property in record time. Really great result and I would recommend them to others should they wish to sell.

Gill Edwards
Great Work!

Tara was highly professional and likewise with her colleague Su who sold my property in record time. Really great result and I would recommend them to others should they wish to sell.

Gill Edwards
Great Work!

My wife and I recently sold our property at Balraith Lane Ewingsdale with First National Byron Bay, our agent was Tara Torkkola. We had moved from the Gold Coast to Byron and were not totally up with the market trends in Byron but Tara was more than …

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Vince and Kylie Russo

My wife and I recently sold our property at Balraith Lane Ewingsdale with First National Byron Bay, our agent was Tara Torkkola. We had moved from the Gold Coast to Byron and were not totally up with the market trends in Byron but Tara was more than informative as to the strategy that we should approach in realising the best possible price.” We were somewhat hesitant in listing the property due to the current market but with Tara’s advice we set out listing our property with “an offers above” price. Recent sales in Ewingsdale at the time of our listing were achieving above the offers above price which gave us confidence of realising our price. Tara with her efforts had attracted 3 buyers interested in our property which started a bidding war, all 3 buyers offered our asking price, in the end one client offered $51,000 over and above our selling price, 30 day settlement which we gladly accepted. We cannot talk highly enough of the efforts put into the sale of our property by Tara, she was very professional, always kept us informed of where things were at almost on a daily basis. If we ever move back to Byron we will most definitely use the services of Tara.

Vince and Kylie Russo

We have dealt with many agents in Sydney over the past 10 years, and by far Tara and the First National Byron Bay team have been the best, and would highly recommend them. It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with you guys.

Aidan and Veronica

We have dealt with many agents in Sydney over the past 10 years, and by far Tara and the First National Byron Bay team have been the best, and would highly recommend them. It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with you guys.

Aidan and Veronica

Tara was like a breath of fresh air for us. She had a clear vision of how she wanted to market the property and what would be different this time, from the word go. She had data ready to help explain how she would do this for us. She was always hones…

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Molly Flanagan and Patrick Albin

Tara was like a breath of fresh air for us. She had a clear vision of how she wanted to market the property and what would be different this time, from the word go. She had data ready to help explain how she would do this for us. She was always honest about potential pricing of the home and never inflated the figure just to try to engage us as clients, unlike previous agents. Above all, she was always respectful of what this property meant to us emotionally as our family home for 35 years and that it was the final abode for our deceased parents. We quickly recognized her professionalism and efficiency. Tara’s highly effective communication strategies were evident in person, on the phone, in email and print. Costings were always explained clearly and concisely and we have not been surprised by any unexpected bills. She has always been highly personable, non-judgmental, confidential and dignified in her dealings with us as a family and as individuals. The property was tenanted at the time of sale by somewhat prickly occupants, we had three owners in three different locations and with varying expectations of marketing strategy and price. This could have been daunting to the hardiest of agents, but the overwhelming reaction from Tara was a clear “We can work with that”, “We can work around that” and “We can make that work.” She has negotiated successfully and diplomatically with the tenants for us to allow access to the property for regular inspections, as well as ad hoc building and pest inspections. Tara liaised seamlessly with the Property Managers at First National whilst the tenanted property was listed for sale. We relied on Tara’s professional experience and knowledge of the area and the price range to help us navigate the sale of the property. She never told me what to do, but gave me evidence and information which allowed me to make sound decisions. I have no regrets about the decisions I made due to the firm foundation on which they were based. Tara also demonstrated that she was well-practiced in the minutiae and legal proceedings of the sale, and was aware of differences in legislation between NSW and Qld (which was confusing for us). She walked us through the process step by step, told us when we needed to take a particular course of action or when we were required to do nothing except wait to hear from the conveyancing solicitor or herself. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tara during this campaign. She has made a stressful event far less stressful, and we thank her very much for her professionalism, time and experience.

Molly Flanagan and Patrick Albin

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