Penelope Rollston heads up First National Connect in New Zealand

First National Real Estate has opened a new office in Nelson, New Zealand, with experienced principal Penelope Rollston to head up the new business.

The First National Real Estate Connect office marks a new era for Ms Rollston as she looks to grow her reach in the area.

“First National has always been a respected name in Nelson’s real estate scene,” Ms Rollston said.

“When I began my career, the brand stood as a beacon of trust and integrity. 

“Today, I’m delighted to bring back that legacy to Nelson, combining my local expertise with First National’s values and business support.”

Ms Rollston said she was drawn to First National because of the network’s wide reach and technology offerings.

“With the affiliation between Australia and New Zealand, we are ahead as far as technology and the brand itself goes across all sorts of media platforms,” she said.

With an impressive 18 years of experience, Ms Rollston has received significant recognition throughout her property career, from being named rookie of the year to subsequently being recognised consistently as the top salesperson in her region. 

She said one of the things that separated her office is that the team is always on the same page and that drove better outcomes for all parties.

Ms Rollston said she was originally drawn to the industry because she faced a number of disappointments when selling her own homes. 

“I knew the industry needed change,” she said.

“With First National Real Estate, I have found an absolute commitment to innovation, backed by its cooperative administration structure, solid corporate support, phenomenal professional development and industry-leading digital marketing.”

As market conditions continue to improve across New Zealand, Ms Rollston said she would look to expand the business further.

“My next goal is to add three to five new salespeople and grow the business, including the rental side,” she said.

“I’m very excited for the future and being with First National and we’re hoping to help make people’s lives better.

“Real estate isn’t just about properties; it’s about people. 

“Every home has a story, and every sale or purchase is a life-changing event. 

“My goal is to make these transitions seamless and memorable for every client.”

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a senior journalist at Elite Agent specialising in finance and real estate.

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