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First National GEMs Sparkle at Awards Night

Mt Barker agency, First National Real Estate Pope Nitschke, received its General Excellence and Marketing (GEM) Awards on Friday night, in a fun filled evening featuring a Carnivale theme, at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.
The network’s gala evening celebrated the best of South Australia’s and Northern Territory’s real estate performances over the past year which, according to First National Real Estate Pope Nitschke Principal, David Nitschke, has not been without significant challenges for the profession.
“Last year continued to be a slow market for property on the back of the previous two years which were fraught with economic turmoil and natural disasters, but our members showed their mettle, meeting conditions head on with fortitude and optimism,” Mr Nitschke said.
“They continued to put their clients first and now, with the market slowly starting to turn, they are beginning to see the results of their hard work and effort.
“These Awards are a recognition of that hard work, and tireless spirit to ensure they do their best at all times.”
On the night the office was named the Foundation Office of the Year and among the Top 10 Sales Offices in the State and Territory, achieving the highest number of Exclusive Listings and Settled Sales in the residential, commercial and combined categories for a large office.
On an individual basis, Eliza Bell was also recognised, being named Receptionist of the Year.
Mr Nitschke said the First National Awards are an important event as they present an opportunity for members to come together and share their thoughts and views on the industry and events that affect them, such as the recent disasters across Australia.
“During trying times like the recent floods, cyclones and bushfires, our members band together and help each other and their clients where they can, but it is often only through these types of social networking events that they are able to come face to face with each other,” Mr D Nitschke said.
“It is this spirit of “we are all in it together” that sets us apart from our competitors, which is why we continue to support our communities with fundraising and sponsorship opportunities and events.”