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We do real estate, but smarter.

Offering a 7-day service, we specialise in residential and small acreage real estate sales and leasing in Singleton and surrounding areas.

Priding ourselves on our customer-centric focus, we provide a personalised service, with a belief in honest, same day communication. We understand the working relationship and strive to make your real estate experience memorable for all the right reasons.

The Dunn family have been selling Singleton real estate out of 220 John Street since 1976, trading as Mick Dunn Real Estate until 1997 when Peter bought the business and rebranded to Peter Dunn Real Estate.

With over 40 years in business, we offer unparalleled market knowledge, expertise and professionalism supported by the very latest marketing, procedures and systems. So, if you’re looking for your dream home, next investment or are selling or leasing we look forward to being of service to you.

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With over 70 years of Singleton real estate experience, our team are experts in their field.

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Dec 5, 2023

Summer Market Update

Summer Market Update Incredibly, 2023 is drawing to a close. The year has seen a stable real estate market that has eased over the last few months. The average 'days on market' has increased from 56 to 69 over the last 3 months. However, our office average sits well below this figure and currently sits at 53 days. The ongoing strength and growth within the mining industry along with the major infrastructure projects (Golden Highway flyover & Singleton Bypass) continue to provide stability and constant rental demand. Looking ahead, interest rates appear to be close to their peak which should return some certainty. With limited housing stock and a well documented tight rental market, prices in the established property market are expected to remain stable. Singleton still provides plenty of value for the investor. Some of our highlight sales throughout Spring - 1/35 Sinclair Avenue, Hunterview which sold for $21,000 above the asking price, within 5 days on the market, after 4 offers. - 12 Woodward Avenue, Singleton Heights which sold for $9,000 above the asking price after 18 days on the market. - 125 Casey Drive, Hunterview which sold for $900,000 after 21 days on the market. We listed some of Singleton's premier properties throughout Spring including: - 'Carinya' - 4 Carroll Street, Singleton, an architecturally designed 4 bedroom family home set privately off the street on 2544 square metres. - 8 Ardersier Drive, Singleton, a privately positioned 5 bedroom family home with a rural aspect and 1750 square metre block. - 15 Gas Street, Singleton, a spectacular 4 bedroom Singleton family home being offered for just the second time in 100 years. All current available properties - CLICK HERE Latest leased properties - 38 Brucedale Avenue, Singleton - $480 per week - 5/40 Cunningham Parade, Singleton Heights - $420 per week - 10 Lambkin Street, Hunterview - $680 per week Our average weekly rental currently sits at $450 per week, up from $410 this time last year. Click on the link below for your 2023/24 Summer booklet with more information! Summer booklet 2023-24 ...

Nov 24, 2023

Discovering Singleton

Introduction: Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Singleton emerges as a hidden gem with a unique blend of history, community spirit, and modern amenities. As a long-standing Singleton real estate agency, we are excited to showcase why many are proud to call Singleton home. [caption id="attachment_9242097" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rawcliffe Street[/caption] Geography and Location: Located approximately 2 hours from Sydney, less than an hour from Newcastle city and airport, and on the doorstep of Lake St Clair and the Pokolbin/Broke wine country, Singleton enjoys a prime position in the Hunter Region. The area provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. For those who appreciate a scenic drive, the picturesque landscapes surrounding Singleton make for a delightful day out. With direct expressway access from both Newcastle and Sydney, and major infrastructure projects such as the Golden Highway fly over and Singleton by-pass, Singleton is becoming increasingly connected. [caption id="attachment_9242099" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rose Point Park + Sundial[/caption] Lifestyle and Amenities: Singleton is more than just a place to reside; it's a community that offers plenty. It boasts an array of amenities Including: parks and sporting facilities, cycleways, cafes and restaurants, pubs and clubs, shopping centres, the John Street shopping and event precinct + much more. With a local government focus on improving and creating green space, parklands and cycleways over the last decade, there are certainly plenty of options. Families can enjoy quality time at Rose Point Park, adjoining John Street or visit Townhead park that boasts a visitor centre, café, art gallery and extensive children's playground. 'The Valley Markets' (located at Townhead Park every second Sunday of each month) and local cafes such as 'Worn Out Wares' also add to the appeal of Singleton, creating a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike. There are plenty of options when it comes to education with 3 high schools, 5 primary schools and a TAFE college. [caption id="attachment_9242100" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Townhead Park Precinct[/caption] Community and Culture: Beyond its physical beauty, Singleton thrives on a strong sense of community. There are many active sporting clubs including the Singleton Strikers (Soccer), Singleton Greyhounds (Rugby League), Singleton Bulls (Rugby), Singleton Roosters (AFL) and a strong netball competition. Singleton is also home to community clubs including the Singleton Lions Club, Rotary Club, Singleton Men's Shed, Singleton Country Club + much more. Residents come together to celebrate local events such as The Singleton Show, Singleton Firelight and Christmas on John Street. Some other notable events include: The Broke Village Fair, SATS theatre productions, Singleton Lolly Run, Hunter Valley Wine Show and the Singleton Art Show. The warmth and friendliness of the community contribute to making Singleton a true home for its residents. [caption id="attachment_9242101" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Singleton Lolly Run[/caption] Real Estate Market Overview: Property prices have been stable throughout 2023 off the back of the strong industry and relative affordability when compared to markets east of Singleton. Our market still provides great value, with the median suburb house prices below (as of November 2023): - Singleton $565,930 - Singleton Heights $599,591 - Hunterview $711,945 - Gowrie $1,017,207 - Wattle Ponds $1,017,570 Nearby Markets: - Cessnock $551,453 - Lochinvar $670,388  - Greta $722,247 - North Rothbury $780,273 - Branxton $798,204 - Pokolbin $1,245,956 - Lovedale $2,129,534 Real Estate Opportunities: Singleton provides diverse real estate offerings, catering to varying preferences and needs. From the suburban living of Singleton, Singleton Heights and Hunterview to the charm of lifestyle properties at Wattle Ponds, Gowrie and Sedgefield, there is something for everyone. Bridgman Ridge estate also continues to provide the benchmark for people looking to build in a quality neighbourhood. Close in proximity to schools, shopping centres, playgrounds, and sporting facilities, it is the perfect spot for the growing family. Our agency is dedicated to assisting you in finding the property that perfectly aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Client Testimonials: Don't just take our word for it - hear from satisfied clients who we were able to help find homes in Singleton. Great Experience: "I've heard people say that buying your first home is stressful, I didn't have that kind of experience with Lorna at all. I found Lorna to be very knowledgeable, friendly and always available to answer any questions." - Purchaser of 2 Sturt Avenue, Singleton Highly recommend: "We recently bought an investment property without knowing the area Lorna was extremely helpful. Her knowledge of the area made our experience extremely easy." - Purchaser of 1/59 Wattle Ponds Road, Hunterview These experiences showcase the personalised service our agency provides. We take pride in helping our clients achieve their real estate goals. [caption id="attachment_9242103" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Happy Buyers[/caption] Conclusion: In conclusion, Singleton stands as a testament to the beauty of regional living, combining modern conveniences with a strong sense of community. Whether you're drawn to its real estate opportunities, or the welcoming atmosphere, Singleton has much to offer. Explore the unique charm of Singleton and consider making it your next home. For more information on available properties or to discuss your real estate needs, give us a call on (02) 6572 4000, we are available 7 days a week....

Sep 4, 2023

Spring Market Update

Spring is always an exciting time in real estate, known as the 'selling season'. It traditionally sees a rise in listings and in buyer activity. We have seen an early arrival of the 2023 Spring 'selling season', with us negotiating 7 sales in the penultimate week of August and 8 properties exchanging during the month. The average sale price for our office throughout August was a solid $692,000. Some highlight sales throughout the month include: - 16 Dimmock Street, Hunterview which SOLD for a Street Record $930,000 - 7 Dudding Street, Singleton, a historic townhouse which achieved a sale price of $525,000 - 120 The Inlet Road, Bulga which fetched $1,080,000 We also listed 7 properties throughout August. We continue to see strong interest on new listings that are priced and presented well. An example of this is our sale of 10 Druce Smith Place, which SOLD within 10 days for the full price of $1.1 million, after 20+ enquiries. The Singleton market remains stable and is a reflection of the strong local economy and relative affordability. We have seen that the markets most impacted by rate rises are those higher value/prestige markets. The higher the value of the market, the more likely it’s seen poorer performance in the past year. According to CoreLogic’s ‘Regional Market Update’, the 2330 postcode saw a 0% gain in house value growth and unit values had a growth of 1.9%. As a region, the Upper and Lower Hunter Valley are leading the way in NSW regional value growth, with the Upper Hunter seeing a 3.0% rise and Lower Hunter a -1.4% decline over the last 12 months. Placing them in the 2nd and 9th spot with regard to highest growing regions in NSW (Shown Below). Rentals The NSW legislation which restricts rent rises to once a year has seen some dramatic rent increases issued to reflect current market value. The weekly rent per property has increased, in some cases over 60%, in the last 24 months. Nationally, rent values increased a further 0.6% in July, taking the national annual increase to 9.4%. Annual growth in rent values remains elevated on the previous decade average. First Homebuyers Assistance Thousands of first home buyers will no longer pay stamp duty. On Saturday 1 July, the threshold for stamp duty exemptions increased from $650,000 to $800,000 and the threshold for stamp duty concessions rose from $800,000 to $1 million. It means first home buyers purchasing a property up to $800,00 will pay no stamp duty, saving up to $30,735 under the changes. Based on the current housing market, NSW Treasury expects about 8600 first home buyers in the $650,000 to $800,000 range to pay no stamp duty over the next year, and about 4400 first home buyers in the $800,000 to $1 million range to pay a concessional rate of stamp duty. Selling this Spring? Contact us today on (02) 6572 4000 or CLICK HERE to book an appraisal. Click on the link below for your 2023 Spring Booklet with more information! Spring booklet 2023...

Jun 1, 2023

Winter Market Update

Winter has arrived and with it, a new financial year. Nationally, the real estate market remains a major talking point. Here is your Winter Market Update. We had a strong Autumn quarter in terms of sales, with 18 sales for an impressive average sale price of $770,800 (excluding Bridgman Ridge). Properties that are well priced are still receiving enquiry, inspections and offers in the first 10 days. Three good examples of this are 12 Acacia Circuit in Hunterview, 7 Howe Street in Singleton, and 1 Dimmock Street in Hunterview, which all SOLD during the Autumn quarter for on or above the listed sale price within a week of listing. Winter looks to be another busy one after 10 sales in May. We have a number of listings coming on in the first weeks of the new season, so keep your eyes peeled as we have a range of properties that will suit multiple buyers. 1 Dimmock Place, Hunterview Nationally, housing market conditions are on the improve, with a 1% quarterly lift. This marks the first quarterly lift in national home values since May last year. Closer to home, CoreLogic data and analysis back up the comments we have made regarding the Singleton market throughout the first half of 2023. “Affordable rural markets continue to show resilience. Despite two interest rate rises over the first few months of the year, these markets offer relative affordability, have low listing levels, increased regional migration inflows and strong economic activity off the back of mining, agriculture and/or tourism.” The Singleton market remains stable and is a reflection of the strong local economy off the back of the coal industry, and relative affordability in comparison to nearby towns. HELP Debt HELP debts do not attract interest, but they are indexed to inflation, based on the consumer price index. (Mentioned in our Autumn Market Update) There is set to be an increase to repayments on the Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) debts – commonly known as HECS. The repayment jump will average $1760 a year as balances rise by 7.1 per cent today. The Australian Financial Review revealed that graduates in the 20-29 age group will take the brunt of the CPI rise, with their increase going up by an average of $2069 on the median debt of $29,138. Help debts do effect how much a bank is willing to lend you for a mortgage, as they lower your take-home pay. This means if you’re considering applying for a home loan, you should speak with a mortgage broker to determine whether you’d be in a better position if you paid off any Help debt now or kept that extra cash for your deposit. 2023-24 Budget: Real Estate The two real estate takeaways from the recent Labor 2023-24 budget include changes to the Build to Rent tax rate as well as an expansion to the low-deposit home loan schemes. Build to Rent refers to a residential development where all units are retained and rented by one owner. The budget outlined “a reduction in the withholding tax rate for eligible fund payments from managed investment trusts attributed to newly constructed build-to-rent developments from 30 to 15%. Research suggests this could boost housing supply by 150,000 apartments over 10 years. The Federal Government currently has three low-deposit home loan schemes running: The First Home Guarantee, The Regional Home Guarantee and The Family Home Guarantee. The budget outlined an expansion to the criteria of those who could qualify: Any two applicants beyond spouses and de facto couples. Non-first home buyers who have not owned a home for the last 10 years. (First Home Guarantee, Regional Home Guarantee) Single legal guardians of dependents. (Family Home Guarantee) Permanent residents may now also qualify for the Home Guarantee Schemes. Stamp Duty Increased stamp duty exemptions for first home buyers in New South Wales after legislation was passed in the lower house. The First Home Buyers Assistance Scheme raises the threshold for stamp duty exemptions for first home buyers from $650,000 to $800,000 and stamp duty concessions from $800,000 to $1 million. First home buyers purchasing a property for $800,000 stand to save $31,090 in stamp duty. The new scheme replaces the former government's first home buyer land tax option. "These changes will help five out of every six first home buyers pay no stamp duty, or a concessional rate, and delivers a key election commitment to abolish the annual property tax." Winter Quarterly Booklet - CLICK HERE...