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Hunter Valley: Far from the Madding Crowd

May 15, 2018

The Australian

Seachangers from the NSW Central Coast are eyeing the wine-rich Hunter Valley as the next place for a treechange, arguing the coastal region north of Sydney is too crowded. “A lot of people from the Central Coast are now looking to relocate north to the Hunter Valley because about 10 years ago they went from […]

Four Hunter Vineyards on the Market for a Grand Total of $32 Million

May 15, 2018

ALAN JURD The Maitland Mercury

Four of the Hunter’s most iconic vineyards are on the market and are expected to fetch a combined total of $32million. Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, Oakvale, Kevin Sobels Wines and Wandin Valley have all been listed with Jurd’s Real Estate Cessnock and according to owner Alan Jurd, each business is “trading solidly.” Krinklewood is tipped to fetch $10million.  […]

ON THE GRAPEVINE: Four Hunter Valley Restaurants Named in Australian Financial Review's Top 500 Restaurants for 2018

April 20, 2018

The Advertiser - Cessnock

Australia’s Top Restaurants Awards for 2018, presented by the Australian Financial Review, is now in its fourth successful year. This unique awards program celebrates the very best Australian dining at all levels. The Hunter Valley’s very own Muse Restaurant, Bistro Molines, Margan and Esca Bimbadgen have made the top 500 distinguished list. With voting exclusively done […]

Regional NSW Offers Best Investment Prospects in Country, Report Claims

April 15, 2018


The research suggested NSW’s towns and cities outside of Sydney and Wollongong led the country for growth in real estate transaction activity — a precursor to hikes in home prices. Regional markets where transactions shot up over the past 18 months included the Hunter Valley, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Lake Macquarie. The Queanbeyan-Palerang region on […]

Property Watch: Wandin Valley Estate and One of the Hunter Valley's Oldest Wineries Listed for Sale

April 7, 2018

ALAN JURD Australian Property News

Two prominent estates in the Hunter Valley are being marketed by Jurds Real Estate through expressions of interest campaigns. One is Oakvale Wines on Pokolbin’s Broke Road and is expected to attract buyers around $6 million. Established in 1893, it is one of the region’s oldest wineries. Selling agent Alan Jurd said it presented a rare […]

$19 billion rise in Hunter land values with no end in sight

April 4, 2018

Newcastle Herald

THE Hunter’s frenzied real estate market drove land values up almost 15 per cent, or more than $15 billion, last financial year to a new regional high-water mark. Figures issued by the NSW Valuer General estimated the value of all residential land in the Hunter hit $119 billion last financial year, up from $104 billion […]

How Shane Warne Joined the Ranks of Australia’s Successful Renovators

March 18, 2018


CRICKET legend Shane Warne has delivered a different kind of flipper. The former test bowler has profited handsomely from flipping his Melbourne home after just 20 months ownership. It was the heritage Brighton trophy home he bought in 2016 for $14.2 million and sold last month for a reputed $20 million. The spin king’s off […]

First residents move in to Rosehill Estate, Millfield

March 2, 2018


Residential land to the west of Cessnock is in high demand, with 85 percent of the lots at a new estate at Millfield snapped up within nine months. The 100-lot estate was released in four stages from May 2017, with just 15 lots remaining. Richard and Anne Gedz were the first residents to move in on […]

For Sale: Wandin Valley, With Vines and Olives, Listed Again

February 25, 2018


WANDIN VALLEY, the Hunter Valley winery named after a fictional village in the 1980s hit TV series A Country Practice, has been listed for sale. It last sold for $7 million less than two years ago when bought by a director of one of China’s largest animation studios, Lap Tung Tsoi. The 40ha Lovedale property […]

Aussies Optimistic About Prospects of Buying a Home: National Poll

February 24, 2018


A NEW wave of optimism has hit the housing market — Aussies have singled 2018 out as the year they’ll finally chase down their dreams of property ownership. A national poll revealed two in five people believed it was a good time to purchase a home. And nearly a third of Aussies said they planned […]

Bricks Remain First Choice

February 18, 2018

Newcastle Herald

It seems that bricks and mortar are the still the foundation of the Australian home ownership dream. A 2017 behaviour and attitudes study commissioned by industry association Think Brick Australia showed that while 64 per cent of Australians live in a brick home, even more (75 per cent) of the people surveyed are looking at choosing […]

First-Home Buyers Can Dodge Stamp Duty on $1 Million-Plus Homes

February 14, 2018


FIRST-HOME buyers could buy million-dollar properties without spending a cent on stamp duty. But most of them aren’t aware of the quirk in the rules that could save them thousands of dollars, according to industry experts. When the State Government changed the rules for stamp duty payments for first-home buyers in July last year, a little publicised […]

Australia Ranked Third Least Affordable Country for Housing, According to Demographia

February 11, 2018


Housing affordability in Australia has reached a ‘crisis’ point, with people paying up to almost 13 times their annual income to purchase a house, a new survey has found. Sydney and Melbourne are among the top five least affordable major housing markets in the world, according to the 14th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Out of […]

Jurds Real Estate Sets Record Price for Residential Home Sale in Cessnock

January 17, 2018

The Advertiser - Cessnock

The recent sale of a home on Cessnock’s prestigious Hospital Hill has set a new benchmark for the suburb. ‘Appleporch’ at 15 View Street was sold for $750,000 by Jurds Real Estate on November 10, but details of the sale weren’t made public until the week before Christmas. It eclipsed the record price achieved by Baird Real Estate on November […]

Suburbs Where Residents are Saving $50-Plus a Week Buying vs. Renting

January 16, 2018


BUYING a home has become cheaper than renting one in a string of NSW towns and cities, encouraging a growing number of Sydneysiders to make the move. The savings from buying rather than renting have ranged from $143 a week in the city of Broken Hill in the state’s far west to $45 per week […]

Rockview, Pokolbin Sold by Deasy Family After 150 Years

January 6, 2018

Property Observer

Rockview has been run by five generations of the Deasy family. It’s now the largest grazing property in the Pokolbin area. It’s the first time the Deasys Road land has been marketed since Jeremiah Deasy hopped off a boat from Ireland and took ownership of the property in the days of selection in the 1860s. In subsequent […]

"Cooling Not Crashing": HSBC Forecasts House Price Growth of 3-6% in 2018

January 3, 2018

The Real Estate Conversation

The Australian property market is ‘cooling not crashing’ according to HSBC’s latest Downunder Digest. HSBC is forecasting nationwide property market growth of 3-6 per cent in 2018, an outcome that will deliver the much-hoped-for soft landing. “We do not expect a sharp decline in housing prices,” said the report. With Sydney prices down 1.3 per cent in the […]

The Year That Was: Five Big Things That Happened in the Property Market in 2017

December 31, 2017


This year will go down as one of the most sizzling property years on record. It was the time the red-hot market finally cooled a little; when more people than ever worried about combustible cladding on their homes and when anger over Airbnb in apartments and from renters on their insecurity of tenure threatened to boil […]

NSW Eyes a Future of Electronic Land Contracts

December 28, 2017

The Australian Financial Review

The New South Wales government is looking at how to remove any lingering legal impediments to a completely electronic system for conveyancing and land dealings. While much of the system is already in place for “e-conveyancing”, it is mostly focused on the steps involved in finalising property transfers. The beginning of a transaction, including the negotiations between […]

Property Watch: Pokolbin Estate Listed for Sale with $5.5 Million Price Guide

December 20, 2017

Newcastle Herald

A “spectacular” 25-acre property right in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country with a guide of $5.5 million is being marketed as “the most talked-about listing to come to market this year”. Cain Beckett of Jurds Real Estate is marketing the property at 138 Gillards Road, Pokolbin. It features a luxurious homestead with breathtaking mountain views […]