First National Real Estate has accelerated its growth trajectory in New Zealand with the opening of First National Real Estate Connect, in the heart of Nelson. The opening of a fifth office in the past 12 months marks a significant expansion for one of the largest and most respected ‘collaborative’ real estate brands across Australia and New Zealand.

Principal Penelope Rollston, a well-known figure in the Nelson and Tasman real estate region, heads this exciting venture. With an impressive 18 years of experience, Penelope 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.

Penelope talks excitedly about her new venture, saying, ‘First National has always been a respected name in Nelson’s real estate scene. 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.’

The choice to align her business with First National Real Estate was influenced by Penelope’s own experiences.

‘Before stepping into real estate, I faced my share of disappointments when selling my own homes. I knew the industry needed change. 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.’

In addition to her demonstrated negotiation skills, what makes Penelope stand out is her genuine warmth and dedication.

‘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,’ says Penelope.

First National Real Estate Connect in Nelson will offer a comprehensive range of property services, from residential sales to rural & lifestyle, and a unique consultancy service for private sellers or those negotiating sales independently.

‘We are fair, courteous, honest, and professional. At First National Real Estate Connect, we’re all about transforming lives, being sensitive to our clients’ needs, and obtaining the absolute best results for them,’ says Penelope.

Issued by: First National Real Estate

Chief Communications Officer, Stewart Bunn, +61 0413 624 317

First National Real Estate Connect, Principal, Penelope Rollston, +64 027 359 4558