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As founder and principal of the business, John Drake possesses a comprehensive skill set encompassing all facets of residential real estate from sales through to property management and related advisory services.

John’s simple aim is to deliver a superior option for those clients seeking individualised attention and a tailored strategy for success without being confined to the restrictions of a corporate line.

With dramatic changes in the property climate, agents not only have to draw on their skills, experience and ability to ensure their client’s needs are met and sales targets achieved, but also develop more creative ideas for marketing and promotion. From apartments to substantial seaside homes, his negotiation technique combines an empathic and compassionate nature with a “no-nonsense” approach, a style which stands him apart.

Communicating with people openly and handling complex negotiations ensures the path travelled to achieve a premium sale price is smooth and uncomplicated. Past clients return to buy and sell with John and recommend his services to friends and relatives. During his 16 years of real estate transactions and relationship building he has built a superior network of purchasers, vendors, developers and investors.

Training and additional study in real estate is very important to John. As an added security for his clients, he has successfully completed his Real Estate License and continues to attend ongoing training workshops and seminars in order to remain abreast of the changes within the industry.

Those that have dealt with John know his passion for the area is reflected equally in his personal pursuits. He is deeply involved with community organisations such as the Surf Club, local pre-school and primary school and even fits in a bit of tennis when the opportunity presents. As a family man, John feels that our great community is only possible because of the efforts of volunteers, and puts his hand up regularly to maintain the unique community we have.

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" Very happy with the service... "

John has a great attention to detail and worked hard with us to to get the house looking it's best for sale. Within two weeks we had over 130 groups through the house and he had to work hard to get a price that exceeded our expectations within a short period of time. We are very happy with the service provided by John and his team.

B Cowled

" Honest & Thorough "

We worked with Drake Real Estate to sell our house in North Narrabeen recently. They know the local area inside/out and have a great set of contacts for the buying process. They tell you what you really need to hear in terms of what needs to be done to market your house in the best possible way and get the best returns. They are also honest and thorough in terms of setting the right price expectations. We would thoroughly recommend Drake Real Estate - it has been a great experience in what can be a trying time.

W Bosma

" An absoulte joy to work with! "

John & his team at Drake real estate were a joy to work with from the start. The help and advice to tidy & style our home ready for market presentation & the regular feed back & reports on interested parties kept us in the loop. John is very calming to deal with, with what is quite a nerve wracking process when it’s your first time & was always happy to talk us though everything. The result was the price we wanted a week & a half before auction date. I would highly recommend Drake real estate

R & N Farr

" Top Agent! "

John Drake is top of the range real estate agent. He has the experience, expertise, and a great passion for what he does. Strongly recommended and 10/10.

A Blake

" John went the extra mile for us! "

John Drake looked after our sale personally and went the extra mile for us. Especially noteworthy was how he met our removalist on his day off due to us being in the Northern Territory during the sale process.The whole process went smoothly and a good price was achieved. Thanks John and the team.

A Sekel

" We decided to sell & there was only one person we had in mind, John Drake "

We have lived in Elanora Heights for nearly quarter of a century so we like to think we have a good understanding of the area and its people. When we decided to sell our home there was only one person we had in mind, someone who lives and contributes to the area. We called John on a Saturday saying that we had put a deposit on a property and would like him to sell our home. Within 4 days of John arriving on the Monday morning our home was on the market, and after the 4th viewing it was sold! We believe that there is only one agent to consider. Thank you John and your team for helping us live our dream.

J Henwood

" Thank you to John & the Drake team for looking after us for more than 14 years! "

Thank you to John & the Drake team for looking after us for more than 14 years! Not only did we purchase the property through them in 2006 they looked after the rental for 12 years and then the sale when we were ready to move on to something bigger. Thank you for your professionalism and support over the years, it is and was greatly appreciated.

A. Barber

" Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value! "

Amazing! Thank you guys so much for everything.

K. Hodgson

" John & his team were amazing! "

John and his team were amazing. We've been working with John for many years renting our property and when it came time to sell it was an easy decision to go with him. John was involved in all aspects of preparing the house for sale. He has an eye for details and made lots of suggestions about how to prepare the house for the best presentation. We strongly recommended him and his team and are very grateful for the excellent result he achieved for us.

T Puzzer

" Honest, reliable & helpful! "

Honest, reliable & helpful. The staff at Drake Real Estate have great knowledge of the area, the market & have been down to earth. I would recommend anyone to Drake for both selling & leasing out your property.

C Tallowwood

" You bloody legend! "

John Drake you bloody legend, just left from having a good chat with this guy. We don't need to pay back anything and cause we're actually in front with our rent they'll be giving us some money back to help us out. No rent will be collected until we are back living in the house. Thank you so much for providing my family with 2 nights emergency accommodation at the Sands Narrabeen after we got evacuated due to the floods.

T Kennedy

" Happily recommend them! "

Throughout the process of looking for and then purchasing a property John, Nash and the team at Drake Real Estate were always very, prompt and professional but equally as personable. Based on my experience I would happily recommend them.

A Beveridge

" Pleasure to deal with! "

Drake realestate were a pleasure to deal with when I bought my property. Great communication and they made the process a breeze!

J Skinner

" Helpful, professional and supportive! "

With my very challenging personal circumstances, contracting real estate market values at the time and a busy life, everyone at Drake was helpful, professional and supportive above and beyond what I expected. Despite many changes and delays along the way they were patient and understanding. When it come to getting the house ready and putting it on the market, every step was handled professionally with a personal touch. They also handled potential buyers very well and kept me informed every step of the way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Drake Real Estate with all their knowledge of the market both the local eccentricities and the macro influences on buyers and sales.

P Low

" A no BS approach to Real Estate "

Love dealing with John and the Drake team.A no BS approach to realestate! Thanks for selling our home so quickly!!

P Shilling

" Highly Recommended - Very Happy! "

Just wanted to say thank you once again - to you and your entire team - for your assistance in selling 20 Kuttabul! It’s all a bit surreal to think it happened so fast - but that was thanks to your advice, guidance and support. When I first reached out to, I explained that speed was essential. Six and half weeks later, the house - which as we discovered along the way was an even more challenging property than I had realised! - is sold at a price I am very happy with. I have been actively recommending you to friends and neighbours, and will continue to do so!

K McEwan

" Honest, down to earth agents! "

We found the team at Drake Real Estate to be honest, down to earth agents, who love the local area.

L. Russell

" "1st class service!" "

The service from John and the team was first class!! We found the whole process very honest and clear in managing our expectations. John is a very effective communicator which in turn enabled us to navigate such a milestone as purchasing our first property. Thank you to all at Drake Real Estate. Can’t wait to move in!!!

S Fay

" We achieved our dream! "

Dear John, Nash, Martha & Team, Just a quick thank you for making our dream home a reality. We still can't believe it's ours! Another huge thanks for taking on our challenge to sell our place. It wasn't an easy talk but with your guidance and professionalism we achieved our dream. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!

Jen & Aaron Peachey

" "So pleased with the entire experience!" "

Thank you, John and the Team at Drake Real Estate, for making the purchase of our new home so easy. We are so pleased with how smooth the entire experience was. John was very helpful during the process and responded so quickly and professionally with answer to our questions. We will happily recommend Drake Real Estate to any of our friends or family members who might be buying or selling in the local area.

Kate & Brad

" Thought selling was not going to be easy but John made it happen! "

Selling our house of 30 years was never going to be easy but John made it happen. It was hard listening to the criticism of the house but we accepted the challenge and followed all the suggestions that he and his interior designer made to get the house ready for sale. John was very encouraging during it all and kept in regular touch with us. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was completed on time even sorting out one big issue himself! Solving every problem that cropped up and always with humour. The team of tradesmen and the interior designer he recommended were outstanding. The sales process was mercifully short and John helped and guided us to make the right decisions. We can’t recommend John Drake highly enough. John is extremely professional but never once did we feel as though we were just another name on his list, we always felt as though he cared.

M & I Teager

" A buyer was quickly found at a price I was very happy with. "

Drake RE was the agent when I bought my Mona Vale investment unit. They handled the letting for me extremely efficiently and with excellent communication. When after some years I decided to sell I asked them to handle the sale. A buyer was quickly found at a price I was very happy with.

S Ferguson

" We trusted them with our home and would certainly do so again. "

We recently sold our home through Drake and they were the very best estate agents we've ever dealt with. They are completely on the side of the vendor and went to extraordinary lengths to secure the sale. We were kept in the loop every step of the way and John, Martha and Nash were there whenever we needed them. We trusted them with our home and would certainly do so again.

J Pike

" "We just wanted to say WELL DONE!" "

"To John, We just wanted to say WELL DONE, you should be really proud! Thank you for your hard work and perseverance and your regular communications. A great job and well done! Our sincere thanks"

Kath & Graham Townend

" Satisfied Vendors! "

As we were bringing a property to the market which was less common, we were concerned it could take a long time to find the right buyer. John was considered and flexible with suggesting strategies to reach the buyers we were looking for. He was thoughtful and upfront with sharing his pricing advice and took the time to answer any questions we had. John was prompt with feedback from open homes and kept us informed throughout negotiations with the final buyer. We were very happy with the result and with the process, and appreciated John's experience in the local area.

Mel, Ben, Andrew & Nat

" "Above & Beyond" "

John, you have been an enormous help to us. It is very much appreciated. Best regards to your and your team at Drake Real Estate.

Pam Larsen

" "As an Agent John knows what is required and makes it happen!" "

"I was fortunate to engage the services of John Drake to organise the sale of my Elanora Heights property. It was geographically impossible for me to be available for discussions, making for a rather difficult selling situation. However John (and Martha) remained in constant communication with me at all times - John dealt with any complexities with courtesy and good humour, listening to our requirements and offering advice and suggestions. John has been professional and hard-working throughout these past weeks, and achieved an excellent result for me. Highly recommended with grateful thanks"

P Larsen

" Second to none for local knowledge "

I think John knows just about everyone living in Elanora Hts. He's been in the Northern Beaches area for a long time and has established a good network. His local connections are invaluable. We had quite a bit of work to do to get the house ready for sale and John was ready and willing to lend a hand by suggesting what we should do and even calling tradesmen and meeting them at the house for us. He even rolled his sleeves up and moved some furniture! This value adding was unexpected but a very welcome surprise. He was committed throughout the process from before we even signed him right through to settlement. I also felt he wanted to get a good sale price for us, not just whatever was easiest for him.

A. Wilson

" "A Rare Gem of an Agent" "

Martha worked hard as the agent at Drake Real Estate. Constant verbal updates and Electronic messages were the order of the day. Sales strategy changes and adjustment to the market produced the right outcome for us as well as for the buyer. We were delighted with the sales outcome and remain more than satisfied with the result. This was an extra ordinary effort with small unexpected courtesies along the way to help with the sales campaign. A rare gem indeed. - P. Viskovich

" Respectful and excellant communicator "

We first developed our view of John more on the stark contrast to other local agents who generally came off insincere, pushy, dismissive and lacking depth to their knowledge. We couldn't understand why some agents would seek to push a point that was clearly incorrect and only suiting their pitch for the property. We found John to be the complete opposite. He was fair in his assessment of the market and the individual property and wasn't afraid to talk about both the positives and negatives. He was diligent in all his follow-ups and was patient with us as we worked through the exhaustive decision to purchase our home. We hope never to sell our new humble abode but if we do we will be using John.

P & H Bennetts

" Easy going and very approachable "

John was so easy going throughout the whole process. All the inspections we attended were laidback and we were always welcome to take as much time as we needed. John was honest, realistic and always willing to listen and try to meet our needs. He made the whole process very easy and stress free! All in all, we had a very positive experience and would recommend him to all of our family and friends.

K. Gray

" Great agent to deal with. "

We found John very pleasant mannered, polite and helpful through the sale process. Also very responsive and easy to communicate with. He kept us informed throughout and would recommend him to friends and family.

J. Penn

" "Exceptional Agent" "

John is a great agent, was very accommodating fitting in our inspections and keeping us updated along the way. He worked really hard to help us to secure our dream house, showing us the market and what was available. He then worked with us and the vendor to get us into the house we purchased in 4 weeks to be in by Christmas which was a great result. Would use him if we were selling as well.   C & R Scott

" Highly Recommended "

John, Martha & the rest of the Drake team did a great job in helping us sell our townhouse. Professional & organised, John kept us well informed each step of the way.

S. Fordham

" Agent, very reponsive and attentive. "

John Drake was the sellers agent, however as purchasers, we thought the whole process was well handled.

W & J Nield

" Solid Agent "

John didn’t just sell our house, he sold the community and lifestyle that went with it. His local knowledge was extensive and he was able to draw prospective buyers in because of it. His communication was almost constant throughout the whole process and he was honest and open. Thanks for all your hard work John, it was greatly appreciated!

C & E Thornton

" Fantastic agent "

John is extremely professional but at the same time is very friendly and made me feel like I was his only client. He was informative and supportive throughout the entire process. I am happy to sing his praises anywhere and I do.

C. Atkinson

" Knowledge and Integrity "

It was a pleasure dealing with John Drake to buy my unit. He was professional and courteous at all times, returned phone calls promptly and regularly provided feedback with respect to negotiations. John operates his business with integrity and I would recommend him to both sellers and buyers in the marketplace.

K. Bright

" They don’t get better than John Drake "

I have bought and sold half a dozen homes through Drake Realestate. The reason is simply that nobody knows this area better than John Drake. If you want an honest no nonsense approach to buying or selling a home then you have found your agent.

P. McCarthy

" Exceptional Agent "

Exceptional Agent Honest and a very good communicator. We sold the unit for a price John indicated which was at the top end of our expectations!

T. Nott

" Very Happy! "

Thank you John and your team. Especially with guidance on what/when and how to get my property ready for the market. John and the team were always there for any question or concern I had. I loved the marketing campaign/material, photography and images were very appealing and professional. I am very happy with the result and would not hesitate to recommend very highly John Drake to anyone looking to sell their property.

J. Almstrom

" Hard Work = Wonderful Results "

John, I am well aware and appreciate how hard you and your staff work.   The interests of your clients is always paramount and it shows so thanks to all who have contributed to the sale of my home.

Julie Blease

" Brilliant Result! "

Super happy with the outcome working with John. He's been incredibly responsive and that has made our experience very enjoyable.

K. & G. Tyrrell

" Could well be best in Mona Vale to Narrabeen "

John Drake lives in the area, knows the area well and is able to talk up the benefits of living on this part of the Northern Beaches. John kept in touch with me, in a friendly way, over the last seven years and I learnt to trust his assessment of market values in Elanora Heights. John gave sound advice and helpful suggestions in presenting the property in the best possible way. Because John follows up with prospective buyers, he has a clear image of what they are looking for and so was able to bring the most likely purchasers to view the property. He secured a sale very quickly for a price that really satisfied me.

C. Bradford

" Helpful, Accessible and Pleasant to deal with. "

Helpful, accessible and pleasant to deal with. John has been most helpful in knowing the market and suggesting property to assist in my recent purchase.

F. Johnson

" Friendly and Trustworthy "

Friendly and Trustworthy John Drake was friendly, communicative and knowledgeable about properties in the local area. He was supportive and trustworthy during the purchase period.

A. McDonald

" Great agent, no hesitation recommending "

Great agent, no hesitation recommending I found John and his company to be extremely easy to deal with and they were able to effortlessly achieve results that were much greater than my expectations, in a timeline much shorter than I could have hoped for. I would have no hesitation recommending John and Drake Real Estate to anyone.

M. Maitland

" The Best Agent we have experienced "

The Best Agent we have experienced We have purchased and sold approximately 10 properties over 56 years of our marriage and John Drake is the best agent we have experienced. His communication skills and regard to keeping you in the picture at all times was excellent. He also was most pleasant and co-operative to deal with.

G. Gleeson

" Great Agent and Highly Recomended "

Great Agent and Highly Recomended Using John Drake Real Estate and being able to deal directly with John made the experience of selling the family property so much easier. John was always available to ourselves and ensured that we always had open communication. His understanding of the local market was and is "spot on". My wife and myself would highly recommend John Drake Real Estate to any prospective clients.

D & M Newell

" Good Agent "

Good Agent John was very helpful and communicated well with me to sort our my property. He was quick to get back to me too.

S. O'Kane

" Great Agent! "

Great Agent! John was very helpful and went over and above his duties. We had difficult tenants in our unit who didn't make the sale of the property easy, but John did a great job managing the situation. So we were very happy with the outcome.

C. Correy & E. Baica

" Excellent results from a Great Agent "

Excellent results from a Great Agent Excellent results from the team at Drake Real Estate, not only selling our property but previously managing our rental property. Very professional and friendly would highly recommend John Drake.

J. Hardes

" Great Agent, Highly recommended "

Highly Recommend, Great Agent Great Agent, he went above and beyond to keep us informed. I highly recommend John for his market knowledge and honesty. We always knew what was happening and would not hesitate to use Drake Realestate in the future.

S. King

" Professional, thorough and easy to deal with. "

Professional, thorough and easy to deal with John Drake was most professional from the first open for inspection through to the final negotiations. The team at Drake Real Estate were always accommodating, John made the stressful process of buying property easy and was there every step of the process. I would thoroughly recommend John and the team at Drake Real Estate.

K. McFadden

" Great agent who knows his market "

Great Agent who knows his market We have dealt with John and Martha from Drake Real Estate a number of times over the years as buyers and sellers of real estate. They have always been professional and attentive. A real pleasure to deal with.

A. & J. Downs

" A Professional "

A ProfessionalJohn was very professional and helpful with the fast sale of our house. As we live interstate he went out of his way to do so much more for us to make the sale run smoothly. We would certainly use John again to buy or sell on the Northern Beaches.

C. & K. Wright

" Again John was very professional "

Again John was very Professional After we were happy with John selling our house we also engaged him to sell our unit in Narrabeen. Again John was very professional and extremely helpful with the fast sale of the property. We highly recommend John and his Agency.

C. & K. Wright

Highly Recommended! We were a little unsure about using a small, local agent rather than one of the large chains, but it turned out to be the best decision we've made. John knew the market inside out, managed our expectations well, knew who the genuine potential buyers were and overall ran a great campaign with the sale price far exceeding our initial expectations. I'd recommend John and his team to anyone.

K & A Cutter

Knowledgeable! Great knowledge of the Elanora Heights area. Easy to deal with. Responsive to any needs and questions.

B Dennis

Sold at Auction!Just wanted to say thank you so much again John, such a brilliant result and from no lack of work on your part, I know how much time and effort you put into it and am so grateful. Thanks for looking after me.

A Gray

Transparent, sets an example for agents in the industry!As someone that has dealt with many agents as both my wife and I have traded in real estate frequently in the past, John sets a standard in integrity, clarity and transparency. Having dealt with him on two separate occasions, confirmed that his ethos and commitment to both buyers and sellers is second to none. Thanks John for everything you have done during our purchase process, and would like to wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone without hesitation!

K & N Christides

First time lucky! We found John to have credibility and great negotiation skills with buyers together with an excellent knowledge as to market trends.These trends were always communicated to us via email, phone and in person. John achieved a record price for our 3 bedroom brick home in Elanora Heights. We have no hesitation in recommending John & Drake Real Estate.

N & M Carlos

Thanks John! From the outset John was helpful and friendly, honest and realistic, all qualities I appreciated in this scenario. John made the prep, the Opens and the negotiation phases all very doable and built trust well. I felt at ease and when the negotiation phase heated up I felt that I could rely on his experience and professionalism. John was very kind with his explanations of various processes and extremely patient.

I Buono

Very happy with all aspects of the sale. John was a pleasure to deal with from signing up through to settlement. Martha is delightful also. Our whole sales process ran smoothly and we were kept fully informed at all times.  I would recomment Drake Real Estate without hesitation.

Tracey and Mark Smith

" A Great Agent "

I chose John as my agent because he had kept in touch for the last few years even though I had not planned to sell in the forseeable future. I thought if he's that keen with me he would also maintain great relationships with prospective buyers and gain their trust as he gained mine. The good result fulfilled my expectations.

P Stevens

John was very professional in negotiating my purchase. He was always available for questions and requests for information were met with prompt replies. John always kept me well informed of the progress in the purchase and created a deal to the great satisfaction of both parties. Thank you John I would highly recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell.

Luci Taverner

" very helpful come auction day when the pressure is on. "

My partner and I were caught in an unexpected auction when we decided to throw our hand up. John and his team gave us the support and knowledge we needed to get the win. Many thanks to Drake.

Jarrod & Ashleigh

" Sold At Auction "

We would recommend John and the team to any vendor. The attention to customer service is excellent, and there are lots of little things that are done proactively that just go that little bit further. The strategies recommended were highly effective, and there was a constant flow of communication. The team that work with John are all highly professional and obviously enjoy what they do. From the time that we discussed putting the property on the market, to the day it was sold, there was a level of commitment to selling our property and getting the best price possible for us that we were very impressed with.

Ms B Thompson

" Fantastic service, very happy "

After managing our rental property expertly and without issue for many years, and given his knowledge and track record in the area, John Drake and his team were the natural choice when it came to selling our property.  John made the whole process seamless, tailored the marketing strategy to the property and achieved a fantastic result which exceeded our expectations.  We would highly recommend John and his team based on our experience!

E Tanner & D Milotic

" A Big Thank You "

Drake Real Estate have now sold three properties for us and continue to provide a fantastic service even securing a record price after the first inspection. I would recommend John and his team to anyone looking for great results in record time.

L Small and V Cook

" Purchaser survey "

John, you were a pleasure to deal with.  You always got me appointments to look when I needed, always answered my queries - totally professional and personable.  I would highly recommend your services to anyone buying or selling. I found my dream house!

C Dudgeon

" Vendor Survey "

John was always pleasant and ready to answer questions.  Together with all his staff, a very helpful group, made our sale easy. This was a very emotional decision to sell a much loved family home of 56 year and we had never sold anything before.  I can truly say our situation was handled in such a way, it put us at ease and we felt Drake was really looking after our interests in every way possible.  Thanks to all.

Mr & Mrs Tierney

" Purchaser Survey "

Drake Real Estate helped guide us through a successful first home purchase.

Ms Hennsey & Mr McGrath

John, Thank you for all your help selling our property.  It was always a pleasure dealing with you.  And we really appreciated the open communication throughout the process.

C & J Davison

We have no hesitation in referring friends - John is wonderful! John and his team have been very professional, helpful and exceeded our expectations in making this wonderful purchase.  We trusted John to look after our interests and also to ensure that the vendor was happy- thank you!

The Kupczyk

We were so happy with our selling experisence.  Thanks John!

C & N Familton

The sale went smoothly.  The Drake Team was very efficient and friendly.  The process was simple; we felt we understood what was happening without being bombarded with paperwork. The communication with all parties was clear and kept at a human level- well done and thanks

Ms L Whitlock

Drake Real Estate was the Right Choice for me.  John Drake and his support staff did everything to make my sale experience a good one. John’s enthusiasm is infectious. His colleagues reflect this.  I wish him well in all future endeavours and recommend Drake Real Estate to anyone looking for a professional, caring and committed agency.

C O'Toole

John was very good with communicating with me on a daily basis even though I travel for work on a regular basis.  He would always answer all my questions no matter how many I had! When push came to shove with the negotiations, I was very glad I wasn't trying to sell the property myself!

B Passwell

I found Drake Real Estate very professional in all of its handling of both my purchase and sale.  I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.  John Drake was always readily available to talk or answer questions and was an easy person with whom to deal.  The other staff were all very good.

A R Lanes

We found John Drake and his team to be thorough, efficient and caring during the emotional experience of selling our family home.

F & J Brock

I would like to praise the excellent work your team has displayed in renting my property.

Sylvana

Your communication with us was excellent in that you kept us informed at all times, but were never obtrusive. Both you and your staff had a very relaxed and courteous manner which made the ‘open days’ as painless as possible.We wish you every success in your real estate business, and we will recommend you to everyone who needs your services.

C Zouroudis, Gondola Rd North Narrabeen

If there was a text book written about how to manage and sell a property effectively, with the owner/vendors interests at heart, Drake Real Estate could write it.

Hunter Drinan, Kalang Rd Elanora Heights

I just wanted to thank you for all of the help and support you give me with the house.  It makes things so much easier for me knowing I have such a great friend to help me.

M Gray

" Thank you "

Dear John, Margaret & Martha, We would like to thank you for all for your assistance winth the sale of the Darley Street unit.  We appreciate your time and effort involved. We finally settled on the Kangaroo Valley property and are now enjoying the planning and omplementation of the next stage, Kind regards,

P & E Kidner

Callum and I would like to say a very, very huge “THANKYOU” to you for the awesome effort that you went to, to help us sell our home. You were very professional, helpful, never pushy, definitely on our side and had our best interest at hand.You do your job very well and you know what you are doing!We are ecstatic about the price that we ended up getting. We could not have asked a better Agent to sell our house. It was in very capable hands.

Callum & Helen, Dalpura St Cromer

I wanted to say thank you for handling the sale of (my home).  For me, the constant and stand-out factor in the sale process was your calmness.  It was reassuring when buyers came and went and came back; when negotiations were exciting and then less than certain and then lost and restored again.  Selling a house is such a roller-coaster ride and your calmness and willingness to explain the process made the bumps less jarring.  Thank you for always being contactable and for not being one of the usual slick, glossy real estate agents.  You have a reputation around Narrabeen for being an honest, reliable guy and that is a reputation that needs no slick or gloss.  It cannot be easily obtained, maintained only by being constantly yourself.

M Rhydderch, Eungai Pl North Narrabeen

Cameron and I would like to thank John Drake for helping us sell our property. Throughout the process John was professional, honest and ensured personal attention to detail, every step of the way, which was very reassuring and definitely helped the sale go through smoothly. We are very happy with the results and we do not have any hesitation in recommending you and your services.Thank you once again for your hard work.

Natasha & Cameron, Warruga Pl North Narrabeen

I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was working with you. I like your proactive approach. You did an exceedingly good job of promoting the property to the market place. You kept me informed of developments and calmly kept the sale moving forward at all times.Your professionalism and attitude are of a very high standard. I believe you negotiated the best result.Thank you for all your hard work. I will happily recommend your services and expertise.

P Loughnan, Garden St North Narrabeen

Having two infants and trying to sell a home is a nightmare at the best of times!John Drake's local knowledge combined with his ability to accurately assess the market sets him apart from other real estate agents we have previously used. He is the heart of the business and is a pleasure to deal with.We would happily recommend John and his team to our family, friends and neighbours.

Michele & Stuart, Alleyne Ave North Narrabeen

Recently I sought the services of John at Drake Real Estate in Narrabeen to sell my property in Elanora Heights.Selling your biggest asset is always a daunting task, but with the current financial climate this could be even more difficult.John has a down to earth demeanour but a real tenacity to get the job done.  With his simple catch phrase 'the right choice', I know I made the right choice with John.There were a number of obstacles that could have been deal breakers but were overcome and I put it down to his local knowledge and his negotiating skills.Other people who are looking to sell will probably have choices to make as well. I've dealt with a couple of agents promising the world, but when it came to the crunch delivered nothing. I hope they make the right choice too.Many thanks John for your great efforts to get a result I was more than happy with.

Tony, Marinna Rd Elanora Heights

We would like to thank you for the efficient and professional way in which you handled the recent sale of our house.Your advice prior, during and after the sale is to be commended.You obviously have the ability and knowledge to attract the right people to suit the property you are selling.The sale was made in short time and at a price that we were more than happy with.

Enid & Bill, Maralinga Ave Elanora Heights

I would like to express my appreciation for the efficient way you dealt with the sale of my property and the great price achieved so quickly.I was particularly grateful for your handling on my behalf some repair and maintenance work which was needed before placement on the market. The work was completed quickly and to a high standard. The whole matter was handled seamlessly.I am really impressed with the result which you and your organisation achieved and would recommend your services to any potential vendor.

J Slee, Pittwater Rd Narrabeen

I want to thank you so very much for all of your help when it came to buying my home 3 years ago and again selling it this year in 2010.You were calm and helpful. I just want you to know that I really, truly appreciate all of your time and efforts put into the sale of our home.We would highly recommend you to anyone wishing to sell their home or buy as your service is extremely professional and you offered a very personal service. I would be happy to discuss my dealings with you any time.Thank you John, it was a pleasure dealing with you.

Melanie & Graham, Lagoon St Narrabeen

We were very happy with the assistance given to us by your company in the rental management of the property in the year or so before we decided to sell.Our only regret is that we did not hand over the management of the property to you years earlier.We feel that John went above and beyond the call of duty to achieve a successful outcome.

Sheila & Peter, Taiyul Rd North Narrabeen

I remember initially meeting with you to discuss the management of my recently purchased property. You were very understanding of my situation and your comments showed the depth of knowledge and professionalism I required. I felt assured from the start.This is an appropriate time then to thank you for all your assistance with managing the house.Your prompt, no nonsense approach meant I received good advice. It is the reason I brought my other property to you to manage and am thankful that will continue.I will call you when I have another for you to look after and keep up the good work with the remaining property.

P McCarthy, Powder Works Rd North Narrabeen

We have had a few dealing in real estate in the past so when deciding to sell our own home and having to consider the many potential agents, agencies and sales systems it was a little daunting.Thankfully we already knew an agent that could do the job for us.  When we called John Drake to come and have a chat with us it seemed like nothing was too much to ask.  He explained exactly what we needed to do, both with the home and the marketing, and as expected, he achieved the result we were hoping for.We consider most agents offer similar things to Drake, but we wanted John because of his local knowledge and ability to effectively engage with buyers that would make the difference in our sale.We see that John is using a new catch phrase in his marketing, ‘The right choice’, well we know that we made the right choice and sincerely recommend him to anyone else in the area. He’s conscientious and devoted to the task and as a result exceeded our expectations.We have raised our family here in Elanora and have loved it and we hope that the new owners will love it just as much.

S Waugh

We had been living in our North Narrabeen home for around 5 years when a good interstate job prospect came up. We intended to let the place out for maybe 2 years. We checked out most of the Real Estate Agents serving the area and decided to go with Drake Real Estate based on our discussions with them and the good feedback they had received from other clients.In the end, we were away for 4 years (interstate for 2, then overseas for a further 2 years). Throughout this time Drake Real Estate managed the property very professionally. The communications with Drake Real Estate was very good. This included periodic property inspections, reports, alerting us to maintenance issues and then getting these resolved for us, and finding good new tenants when tenants moved out. The house was in great shape when we returned, and based on inspection reports and discussions with neighbours since returning, we know that our place was well looked after.The main things that Drake Real Estate did for us while we were away was to ensure that the place was well looked after, had constant rental income and most importantly, ensured that renting out our house never felt like something that we had to worry about. I can highly recommend Drake Real Estate to prospective landlords.

A Charrett, Nareen Pde North Narrabeen

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