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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 […]


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 […]