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Chinese Investment in Australia's Wineries on the Rise

January 14, 2019

ALAN JURD Australian Property News SBS News

When FeiFei Wang came to Australia four years ago she knew almost nothing about Australian wine. Now, she and two other Mandarin-speaking staff are serving Chinese customers at Tamburlaine Organic Wines in the Hunter Valley, in New South Wales. “Right now we have a lot of Chinese customers come to our winery. We have noticed how […]


The importance of Property Presentation

November 27, 2018


The overall presentation of your property has an impact on the end result. Property presentation can make a real difference to the successful sale of your property. It helps to create the emotional link that makes a buyer fall in love with your home. Alan Jurd discusses this further in the featured video presentation.

Deck-orate with Style for Optimum Effect

September 12, 2018

Newcastle Herald

Decorating your deck or any outdoor space needs more planning than plonking a couple of chairs down. Designing the perfect outdoor space needs specific planning and forethought. You will need to take into consideration factors such as protection from the elements, how to incorporate planting as well as how you will use the space. Let’s face it, your deck […]

First-Home Buyers are Forging Ahead

September 12, 2018

Newcastle Herald

Recent statistics show that the only segment posting an increase in mortgage applications is first-home buyers. Owner-occupier upgraders and investors appear to be taking a more cautious approach as the market eases. In June 2018, as a share of all owner occupier housing finance commitments, first home buyers accounted for 18.1 per cent which was their greatest share […]

Your Home: Appeal Lies in the Classic Style

September 10, 2018

Newcastle Herald

You probably could have guessed, but now research has shown, that our style preferences become more traditional as we age. According to recent insights from Beaumont Tiles’ What’s my style quiz, Scandinavian – defined by pale colours, natural materials and minimalism at its finest – was the No.1 style choice for renovators aged 16 to 25. However, […]

The Three Strongest Property Markets in NSW

August 8, 2018

Property Observer

Most of the strongest markets in the nation are now in regional Australia.  And regional NSW is the strongest market jurisdiction in the nation. The key point is that regional New South Wales is moving in the opposite direction to Sydney.  While there are now few rising markets in the state capital, there are growth […]

Kevin Sobels Wines Property Snapped Up for $7 Million by Sydney-Based Developer

July 31, 2018

ALAN JURD Hunter Valley News

SYDNEY-BASED property developer Romeciti has paid $7.3 million to acquire the 22-hectare Kevin Sobels Wines property on the corner of Halls and Broke roads, Pokolbin. The site, at the heart of the lower Hunter Valley tourist area, contains a 13-hectare vineyard and the Sobels winery, bottling line, cellars, tasting rooms, cellar door and manager’s residence. As […]

The Hunter has recorded some of the largest house price increases in regional Australia over the past year with Port Stephens leading way with a year on year increase of 16 per cent

July 27, 2018

Newcastle Herald

The Hunter has recorded some of the largest house price increases in Australia over the past year as more people seek to move to the region in search of lifestyle options they could only dream of in capital cities. Fairfax Domain Group data released on Thursday shows Port Stephens is leading the Hunter price boom with a […]

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 […]