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McElwaine's has Dungog Shire covered!


Since opening our doors in 2008 we've grown from a boutique office servicing Dungog's residential market to the Hunter Valley's residential and rural lifestyle property market leader! Not only has our reputation for professionalism, integrity and innovation brought vendors and buyers through our doors, consistent word-of- mouth endorsements from satisfied clients regularly deliver vendors from as far afield as Seaham, Stroud, Maitland and Pokolbin. We're immensely proud of our achievements! Over the past quarter we've secured sales prices above vendor and market expectations in Clarence Town ($510,000 and $325,000), Gresford ($520,000), and East Maitland ($605,000). One lovely Hilldale property ($470,000) which languished on the market for 12 months with another agent was sold by us within 24hrs of the vendor signing the Agency Agreement! New listings continue to arrive, with 205 Dowling Street Dungog (Auction), 6 King Street Stroud (Auction), 12 Warrigal Close Brandy Hill (offers o...

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RENTING AND PET OWNERSHIP - NOT ALWAYS INCOMPATIBLE!


We Australians love our pets so much that we have one of the highest levels of pet ownerships in the world. We have also grown to believe that pet ownership and renting are mutually exclusive, resulting in many renters sadly having to surrender or re-home their pets. But times are changing as the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 2.16 million renting families as having pets. While there have been horror stories, in the main pet-friendly renting has benefits for both the landlord and pet-owning tenant. While not all properties are suitable for pets, from a landlord's perspective a well-managed pet-friendly property offers a wider pool of tenants reducing advertising costs and vacancy rates. Having a pet policy with clear guidelines and limitations included in the tenancy agreement reduces the potential for problems. Responsible pet-owners are often more home-centric and loyal to the tenancy being more likely to stay for longer periods, reducing vacancy rates and the presence of a do...

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