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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 […]


Biodynamic Vineyard Expected to Fetch $10M

December 13, 2017

ALAN JURD Newcastle Herald

The boutique Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard winery in Broke has been listed for sale.   The 59-hectare property features a three-bedroom architecturally designed colonial homestead and 19-hectare vineyard and is tipped to fetch about $10 million.  The fully certified organic and biodynamic vineyard was planted by the Windrim family in 1998. The property is surrounded by animal life, […]

Vintage Picks: Dark Horse in the Hunter Valley

December 3, 2017

Mansion Australia

Dark Horse, an equestrian-inspired vineyard with a luxe cellar door and a well-regarded wine brand, has been listed for sale at Lovedale. The 25-acred Hunter Valley, NSW, wine country offering is an award-winning boutique vineyard with around 7.5 acres under vine with semillon and chardonnay, first planted in the 1960s.  The wines are small batch […]

More for Less: The Appeal of the Hunter Region

November 23, 2017


First-home buyers, “rentvestors” and lifestyle changers are driving strong growth in the Hunter Valley.  Local agents say former blue-collar areas, predominantly reliant on the coal mining industry, are booming given their proximity to the Hunter Expressway, while first-home buyers are looking to Australia’s oldest wine region after being priced out of the Sydney market.  Jurd’s […]

NSW Real Estate: Stamp Duty Cut Lures More Than 10,000 First-Timers

November 5, 2017

The Daily Telegraph

The concessions came into effect in July, and for the first time it can be revealed how the Berejiklian government’s big Budget cost-of-living measure has propelled a new generation of homeowners into the NSW property market. The discounts — which save first-homebuyers up to $22,500 off the cost of a $600,000 property — were used […]

Future Housing Estates: Drone Landing Pads, Homes Built in Days

November 1, 2017


DRONE landing pads, driveways equipped to charge electric cars and modular houses that can be built in days — these could be a part of Melbourne’s housing future. With escalating land prices, lengthening commutes and increasingly technology-oriented lifestyles, a significant rethink of new housing estates and how we build homes is on its way, according […]

Greg Norman on the Hunt for Australian home

October 21, 2017

The Daily Telegraph

THE great white shark Greg Norman — who flew into Sydney this week — might be coming back to Australia more often. The golfing legend, who has spent the last 40 years across the pond in the US, has signalled he is looking at buying a place Down Under. And no ordinary home — he […]

Regents Park Mansion in Maitland Has Been Listed for Sale

October 14, 2017

Newcastle Herald

Built for a judge complete with convict jail, a stunningly restored circa 1830 Maitland property has hit the market with a price guide of $2 million. Regents Park, set on five acres in Regent Street, Maitland, appears quite modest from the road. But stepping inside reveals a residence opulent in every way. Features of the six-bedroom, five-bathroom […]

Taiwanese investors snap up winery

October 9, 2017

The Australian Financial Review

Taiwanese private investors have snapped up one of the Hunter Valley’s prized vineyards, the Iron Gate Estate in Pokolbin for between $6.5 million and $7 million. The architect-designed 16-hectare estate with 10 hectares of vines, a cellar door, 200-tonne commercial winery, established olive grove and Mediterranean-style mansion was offloaded by winemaker Roger Lilliott, who planted […]

Newcastle Rated Among Top Cities in Australia for Apartment Investments

October 8, 2017

Newcastle Herald

As Iris Capital fast-track the release of Fabric House in stage one of the East End redevelopment and Thirdi Group prepare to unveil its next project, experts have rated Newcastle among Australia’s top five cities to invest in an apartment. In a Fairfax Media article released this week, BIS Oxford Economics managing director, Robert Mellor, Domain chief data scientist, Dr. Nicola […]

Australia Ranks 11th on Knight Frank's Global House Price Index

September 27, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

Knight Frank’s Global House Price Index for the June quarter puts Australia in 11th place, up nine places from its 20th ranking in the March quarter. Australia recorded 10.2 per cent annual growth to June, compared with 5.3 per cent the previous quarter, according to Knight Frank. The survey, which was first collated in 2016, looks at […]

The Australian Hotel Market Continues to Attract Strong Levels of Foreign Capital

September 8, 2017

The Hotel Conversation

Commercial property investment across the hotel, office, retail and industrial sectors remained buoyant in the 2016/2017 financial year, according to new reports from Colliers International. The Australian hotel market continues to attract strong levels of foreign capital, led by buyers from Asia, but both domestic and international investors regard Australia as relatively low risk and a […]

What Do China's New Capital Controls Mean for Australian Real Estate?

August 30, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

Last week, the Chinese government issued new guidelines to restrict, and in some cases ban, Chinese companies from engaging overseas in certain sectors, including real estate. The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s state planning agency, listed three categories of overseas investment: those that are banned (including gambling), those that are restricted (including property, film, and sports), and those […]

New Rules Mean Lenders See 'Positive Data' When Assessing Loans

August 9, 2017

The Real Estate Conversation

From the end of this year, ‘positive data’ will be available to lenders to help them assess loan applications. The federal government has fast tracked changes that will allow greater data sharing between banks, meaning borrowers will be able to be assessed on how well they have repaid loans in the last two year. “The government’s […]