Karen Joseph


Meet Karen Joseph

Choosing a real estate agent to sell your home or manage your rental property shouldn’t be so challenging, but Karen Joseph can do both, making your decision much easier. You see Karen has an almost unique skill set in the real estate industry - expertise in sales, property management, auctioneering, and business management.

A lifetime resident of the Northern Beaches, Karen has set sales records on numerous occasions. Her knowledge of the local property market is considered exceptional, even though that’s nothing unusual within First National Manly's team. 

She has established a long-term reputation for property management excellence amongst landlords, and won industry recognition through her National Property Manager of the Year, Investor Relations Manager of the Year 2022 and multipe Business Development Manager of the Year awards.

Nothing influences a customer’s experience like commitment

When you tie everything together, there could scarcely be another agent competing equally for your business.

As a Principal / Dirctor of First National Manly, Karen’s commitment to the success of every customer transaction shines through. Whether you’re a tenant, landlord, buyer or home seller, you’re guaranteed good advice, respectful consultation, hard work, and Karen’s trademark sense of humour as well.

As you might expect, Karen is a licensed agent. She also uses industry leading systems and technologies that bring cutting-edge marketing and communications to the sale of your property. With property management it’s the same approach; a dedication to processes that consistently deliver the lowest arrears, full legislative compliance, risk minimisation, all delivered with a humility that balances everybody’s interests.

Lifting standards industry-wide. 

Not satisfied simply with her own professional excellence, Karen regularly spends time helping others deliver a better experience for their customers. Her participation in First National Real Estate’s training academy is an essential part of this process and raises service standards nationally.

Accolades flow for the difference Karen has made to the professional lives of agents attending her training. That’s not surprising really. There’s a generosity of spirit she consistently brings to personal interactions.

Her vision for First National Real Estate Manly is aligned with the rest of the team’s. To set a leading performance standard over the long-term, the entire First National Manly team must be committed to your satisfaction through hard work, innovation and results. That’s not just First National Real Estate Manly's promise; it’s reality.

Make the right move. Call Karen today on 0431 191 539

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Wednesday, 29th May
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM 114/48 Sydney Road Manly
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" # 1 Sales Agent "

I just purchased a property from Karen off market. the whole process was seamless and she negotiated access for the property to find a new tenant prior to settlement so i had a new tenant and income from day 1. Not only is Karen an #1 sales agent she is also a #1 property manager.she is a one stop shop! Why have your investment property managed with anyone but the business owner. Karen does everything herself start to finish and manages the property like her own. What are you waiting for? Call Karen today!

Col & Jo Murache

" Care & Communication "

I highly recommend GIulia and Karen,their care ,organisation ,communication and professionalism makes the whole process easy, My tenants are always happy to deal with them as well. thanks Jeff

Jeff Hewes

" Efficient & Professional "

Karen and the team are extremely efficient and professional. We have had our properties managed for the past 8 years whilst living overseas and feel totally confident in them being maintained, all accounts managed as well as great service being provided to the tenants. I recommend this business.

Gen Ogle

" Amazingly Proactive "

The best Real Estate! Karen at First National is amazingly proactive, efficient and just lovely to deal with. We are landlords with two rental properties through Karen and are also tenants in another one of her properties. A delight to deal with and every problem has a solution as far as Karen is concerned. I would thoroughly recommend First National for any of your property dealings.

Julie G

" 'Nothing is a problem' attitude "

Karen Joseph managed my rental property in Manly and has always been such a pleasure to deal with. Karen’s ‘nothing is a problem’ attitude and professionalism is a stand out. The tenant was excellent and Karen really did go above and beyond to find the right person for my property. There were no issues at all and it was a great experience- I would highly recommend Karen. Oh and on a side note- Karen has been helping me prepare my property to sell- she really can do anything. Thanks Karen.

Tanya Bellenger

" A refreshing change "

My experience with First National Real Estate Manly, and specifically dealing with Karen Joseph, has been a refreshing change. I have now been using First National Manly for approximately 3 years and found working with Karen to be a pleasant experience. I highly recommend her services.

Scott Neander

" Very Positive Experience "

Dealing with First National Manly has been a very positive experience. What I love most is the balanced approach where tenant and owner are mutually respected, evidenced by super responsive and reliable service. Highly recommend Karen and her team.

Nicola Kropach

" Such a pleasure to deal with "

Karen has been our property manager for around 3 years and she has been such a pleasure to deal with. She is highly responsive and eventually assisted us in purchasing the property.

Sophie McGrath

" What are you waiting for? "

I just purchased a property from Karen off market. the whole process was seamless and she negotiated access for the property to find a new tenant prior to settlement so i had a new tenant and income from day 1. Not only is Karen an #1 sales agent she is also a #1 property manager.she is a one stop shop! Why have your investment property managed with anyone but the business owner. Karen does everything herself start to finish and manages the property like her own. What are you waiting for? Call Karen today!

Colin Jo

" Would recommend to everyone! "

Karen was our property manager for about 3 years and helped us to eventually buy that property. She was easy to deal with, very willing to help us with any issues or requests, always responded quickly and very professional. Would recommend her to anyone.

James Gardner

" No nonsense and very straightforward. "

Karen and Giulia are awesome. Being a landlord can be stressful, but that's not been the case with Karen and Giulia. The service has been amazing and we've loved working with them. My wife and I rent out an investment property with Karen and Giulia in Manly and they've been a joy to deal with. No nonsense and very straightforward. I highly recommend them.

Guy Ligertwood

" First Class Professionalism! "

The professionalism and service we receive from Karen Joseph at First National Real Estate Manly is first class. Karen has managed our rental property in Freshwater for the last three years and she is always extremely helpful and her knowledge is invaluable to us when advising us on matters relating to our property. I would highly recommend Karen as a managing agent.

Fiona Nolan

" Our life has been made easy! "

Karen has managed our rental units for over 8 years and she has made our life much easier with her communication and prompt response to queries. She has contacts to ensure units are maintained and has always had units rented out in quick turnarounds even in challenging times. She runs a professional agency and her dedication to her work ensures that her clientele are well looked after. I thoroughly recommend her and her agency.

Jeanette Ferguson

" Professional, efficient and fantastic with communication "

Karen Joseph has managed properties for me for 10+ years. The only people not having Karen manage their property, are those are yet to have found her. She is professional, efficient and fantastic with communication. She treats my property as if she were managing her own and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Jo Davies

" Without a doubt, the best real estate agency in Manly. "

Without a doubt, the best real estate agency in Manly. Having rented on many occasions, I highly recommend National First Manly over all the other agencies for their genuine attention, professionalism at all times and excellent service to both landlords and tenants. I was very impressed with their genuine and keen interest to provide the best service, their great communication since the very first moment and their excellence in what they do, making everything as simple as possible, pleasant and positive for the clients.​ Thank you so much Karen Joseph and Giulia Ferguson for your beyond exceptional service!

Javier Suzuki

" Incredible efficiency and professionalism "

We have been dealing with Karen Joseph of First National Manly for over 10 years as our investment property Manager, where she has procured and been fundamental in keeping the same tenant for that entire period. When I approached her a few months ago with an urgent requirement to sell the property, she made that happen with incredible efficiency and professionalism that kept all parties very happy. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Karen and her business to anyone in the area. Thank You Karen!

Christie & Rob Peck

" My sisters and I are thrilled with the result "

My sisters and I are thrilled with the result that you and your staff at First National Manly achieved for the sale of our property on Whistler St Manly. As executor of the sale of this estate I have nothing but praise for your integrity and professional strategy during the planning, marketing and subsequent achievement of a sale price reflecting the true market value of the property. Other agents and many of the interested buys had underestimated its work, and had I not chosen your agency I am sure the sale price would have fallen short of this result. I offer my reciprocal congratulations to you and your staff for a job well done!


" Negotiation Skills "

Your skills of negotiation, drive and passion for your profession created the very best outcome for Arthur Street. I believe it was a win, win for all concerned due to the integrity and commitment which you displayed throughout the campaign. Without your knowledge and network of tradesman which you so generously shared, Arthur Street would still be languishing instead of looking wonderful and being handed down to a new owner. I am very grateful to you for enabling me to start a new chapter of my life to your brilliant of the sale of Arthur Street. I would recommend you to anyone who wants the very best Agent in the area of Sales & Property Management.


" Positive Attitude "

Thanks to you and the rest of the team for a great result in the sale of my Manly unit. To get a sale in under a month for my older style unit at a good price was beyond my expectation. Your positive attitude and  determination has produced a quick result in a slow market. Your friendly and helpful staff have been a pleasure to deal with. I will highly recommend your agency to all my friends. Thanks again."


" A Breath of Fresh Air "

In the somewhat unusual and frustrating world that is Sydney Rental Real Estate, Karen was a breath of fresh air. Understanding, happy to go beyond the call of duty and not treating us as just another potential client has made her our number one choice when it comes to searching for our right property."

David - Mosman

" Sale in 4 days "

"Karen Joseph sold our unit in Manly Vale in only 4 days and achieved a record price for the street. We found Karen to be very proactive, professional and friendly throughout the whole sale. Karen made the whole experience very pleasant and stress free. We would have no hesitation in recommending Karen for any other property sales and will be using Karen for any future property sales that we have."

Tony & Kathryn Carey

" Excellent suburb Knowledge "

"Karen was a pleasure to deal with from the first meeting in our home. Karen's friendly yet professional approach put both my wife and I at ease from the beginning. Her knowledge of the Manly Vale & surrounding areas was excellent. Karen made some wonderful suggestions on presenting our property to achieve the highest possible price and as a result we achieved well over our expected price. Karen even offered to lend us some of her own furniture. My wife Melanie and I would highly recommend Karen for all of your real estate needs."

Nathan & Melanie Austin

" New Journey "

Dearest Karen, We can't thank you enough for all your amazing efforts in purchasing our first home. These flowers reminded us of you - a brilliant ray of sunshine!! We would love to celebrate a glass of champagne with you to aknowledge all your hard work & to bring forth this new journey for us... Thanks & blessings."

Guy & Linda

" Management & Sales "

"I have great pleasure in recommending to you Karen Joseph who has carried out excellent services in managing a rental property for me and then organising the sale of the property in a very professional, expeditious & advantageous manner."

Trevor Barry

" Untiring Efforts "

"I want to thank you for your untiring efforts in the sale of 924/22 Central Avenue Manly. You kept me up to date on what was the latest difficulty in the sale process. This was not an easy sale as there were many obstacles along the way that you addressed positively and with enthusiasm and never gave up. Your professional positive optimistic attitude carried all the way from when I first listed the property till settlement. You made me feel relaxed and confident that the sale would happen, which it did. I have no hesitation in recommending your services."


" Professionalism & Dedication "

Dear Karen, I would like to thank you for your professionalism, dedication and hard work you showed in selling my investment property. As you were aware the building has defect issues currently in litigation, which made it difficult to sell. I previously had it on the market with another local agent for 2 years and decided to list my property with you. Once listed you had it sold within 4 weeks, which exceeded my expectation. I would have no hesitation recommending your services to any future Vendor/Purchaser/Landlord. All the very best and I hope to do further business with you in the near future.


" Award Winner! "

Thanks for being such a great manager Karen....really mean that, not just saying! No wonder you receive awards Thanks again.

Sonia Lacy

" Highly Recommend "

Karen was fantastic - professional, knowledgeable, committed and very hard working. She did an amazing job for us selling our apartment in Manly. I highly recommend Karen.

Holly Taylor

" 10 out of 10 "

 We recently sold our first property and were lucky enough to have an agent come highly recommended. It was obvious after the first consultation why, and that Karen would be the perfect person to also guide us through selling. Karen was very professional and it was clear that she had extensive knowledge of the market and where we stood within it. She always made sure we understood the steps we were taking and was available through email and phone when we needed. Communication was 10/10. Being our first property we had a lot of questions and she consistently answered them with honesty and professionalism. She lifted a weight off our shoulders from day one and provided us with a lot of laughs and excitement. We are happy to say that we will be HIGHLY recommending Karen to our friends and family, and she will be the one we contact when we look to buy our next property. .    

Tom & Jana

" Trouble Free Purchase "

Hi Karen, just a quick note to say thanks again to you and the FN team for the quick and easy, trouble free purchase, for 1/3 High St Manly. We are delighted with the purchase and look forward to continuing the relationship with yourself as the property manager. Eventually we will live in it ourselves as a ‘downsizer’. The thing we like about it is that it is in ‘original’ condition, with the rose ceilings, etc + the position is ideal.

Rob Morrison

" Putting the Wow back in Real Estate "

We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your professionalism, energy and efficiency in successfully organising the sale of my late mothers unit in Cohen Street, Fairlight. You and your “team” significantly reduced the stress associated with getting the unit ready for the sale in such as short space of time and organising for it to be painted, re carpeted, cleaned and for the removal of last minute furniture. We are very grateful for all your efforts and can’t thank you enough for the great job you did. You’ve certainly put “wow” back into the real estate business!.

Liz & Graham

" First Home Buyers "

"We recently purchased our first home through Karen Joseph at First National Manly (Hooray!!) Her support, professionalism and attention to detail made the experience - including the auction day - unexpectably easy. She constantly provided us with feedback and immediately returned phone calls, we really felt like she cared about us. I am a successful business owner and deal with many difference types of people, rarely do I meet people of this calibre and level of professionalism. I cannot speak highly enough of Karen, I would be delighted for any person to contact me personally should they wish for further reference. Karen has my permission to give any person my contact details should they wish to do so."

David Morgan

" Unbeatable Culture & Professionalism "

"Karen, Thank you for spending time helping us understand the rental process, it's good to know the ins and outs. You make us feel important even though we are a very small client and one of many. You take the time, you are courteous and respectful when others take us for granted. It's more than just a job, it is obvious you are competent, but more importantly, you enjoy what you do and make it your business to keep innovating and improving. Some of that comes from overall enthusiasm of the team, and that's pretty important to us as well. The interesting part is that you believe it's just the way things should be done, that's an unbeatable culture. I look forward to working together."

Ross & Kim Baker

" Premier Manly Real Estate Agent "

I recommend you as the ‘premier Manly estate agent’ whenever anyone asks and you are more than worthy of that title!! know I have thanked you in person many times but I wanted to put pen to paper to formally say a huge thank you for the great service that you are providing in managing my Ocean Road property. The tenant match has always been excellent and your swift remediation of any property maintenance issues makes this a painless experience. I've said before, I need you managing the rest of my life!!

Jenny Josling

" Real Estate Agent to the Stars "

Karen Joseph has been our real estate agent looking after our 2 rental properties for 5 years.for 26c Kentwell Rd, Allambie and 1/62 Crown Road, Queenscliff. In both instances, she found us the perfect tenants and made sure our needs and concerns were met. We first said no pets and we have now had the same tenant with a dog for 5 years. She was right, pet owners stay longer. Nothing is ever too much trouble and when the need arises, any problems are fixed decisively and swiftly without any stress to us, as her clients. I have in the past, and will continue to do so in the future, recommending Karen to friends and colleagues. Karen is known as The Agent to the Stars Please feel free to contact me if you require any further information

David & Melissa Lovell

" First class service start to finish "

Karen has managed our portfolio of family properties for nearly 20 years. This in itself is a superb reference. Karen knows how we like our properties managed and we know what to expect from her, nothing but the best. As the business owner she goes above and beyond the call of duty, showing properties after hours and on her days off so we get the right tenant. Maintenance tasks are handled with precision and professionalism ensuring he best trades at reasonable prices and in the process making sure everyone is happy. She will often go and check the repair before engaging a paid tradesman in case it is something simple. You wont find a more professional, stand out agent than Karen. You will always get more than you bargained for.

Steve Taranto

" Excellent Customer Service "

Dear Karen I wanted to let you know how incredibly appreciative I am of all your help with leasing my Manly Vale rental property. t was truly incredible how quickly and efficiently you managed the advertising, open home and subsequent application process for my tenants, it did not even The fact that you leased my property from a one-off walk in prospect and then, with only a 2 day vacancy, you negotiated a higher rent than was advertised was nothing short of a miracle. Further, arranging for the previous tenant to leave a day early to accommodate the next couple was above and beyond my expectations. Since then everything has been a breeze, not once has anything been a problem, you respond to my requests in lightning speed, something I am sorely lacking with my Property Manager in QLD (wish you could manage both!). I will not - and have not - hesitated to tell everyone of the outstanding service you continue to provide.

Carolyn Hill

" 'very professional, expeditious and advantageous manner' "

I have great pleasure in recommending to you Karen Joseph who has carried out excellent services in managing a rental property for me and then organising the sale of the property in a very professional, expeditious and advantageous manner.


" Thank you for making my tenancy a pleasure!! "

In my experience as a tenant (unless you are buying a property) it is extremely rare to receive the friendly and professional service that you consistently provide. It is due to this that I would like to express my appreciation for you and the great work that you do!! You run a tight ship Karen and you have truly exceeded my expectations as an Agent. Thank you for making my tenancy a pleasure!!

Louise Temata

" Thank you for the information and your time "

I would just like to compliment you on your efficient communication as well as your polite, patient and articulate manner. It is much appreciated and has made my job much easier when completing the enquiries involved in this incident. The real estate field could do with more of you! Regards James Bowen

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