Your Guide To Buying Rural Properties

Are you dreaming of owning a slice of the idyllic Australian countryside? If so, you’re not alone! Many rural properties for sale in the Port Macquarie region offer a unique opportunity to invest in a piece of paradise. This guide will help you better understand the process of buying rural properties, ensuring you make a smart investment and can enjoy your new country haven.

A Rural Property

Things To Consider Before Buying

Location And Accessibility

When looking at rural property for sale, consider the property’s location and accessibility. Ensure it has good road access and has reasonable proximity to essential amenities such as schools, hospitals and shopping centres, depending on your lifestyle needs and preferences. Dependent on the property’s location, Port Macquarie as a major regional centre has excellent health and medical facilities, rail access and Port Macquarie Airport servicing major routes including, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Land Quality

The land’s soil quality, water sources and potential for agricultural use or development are factors for consideration. These will help you determine the property’s potential for use other than in its present capacity.

Zoning and Restrictions

Research the local zoning laws and any restrictions that may apply to the property. This information will help you understand what you can and cannot do with the land.

Tips for Buying

Work with a Local Agent

Partner with a local real estate agent experienced in rural properties. They will have insider knowledge of the area, understand the local market and have access to off-market property opportunities.

Inspect the Property

Before committing to a purchase, inspect the property thoroughly. As with any property purchase, carry out your due diligence.

Payment Method


Paying cash can give you an advantage in negotiations.


If you don’t have the cash available, work with a reputable mortgage broker or your bank.

Additional Potential Costs

Repairs and Maintenance

Ensure you have a clear understanding of these costs. As with any purchase of real estate, a rural property is an asset you would like to appreciate in value over time. Keeping it well maintained will help it retain and grow in value.

Factor in the fees of a solicitor or conveyancer when calculating your overall investment.


Secure adequate insurance coverage for your rural property. Speak with industry professionals.

Key Considerations

Assessing the Local Market

Understanding the local property market is essential for making informed decisions. Analyse recent sales data, price trends and demand for rural properties in the area.

Environmental Factors

Consider the impact of environmental factors such as climate, topography and vegetation on your property. These elements can affect your land’s usability, maintenance requirements and potential for future use.

Potential Income Opportunities

You may choose to explore the income-generating potential of the property, such as agricultural activities, tourism or renting out part of the land. Diversifying your income sources can help maximise your investment returns.

Building and Renovation Regulations

Familiarise yourself with local building and renovation regulations for any future plans. Make your investigations with the local council authority to ensure you have an understanding of any requirements.

Long-term Property Management

As with any property investment, we would suggest you create a long-term property management plan to maintain and improve your rural property over time. This plan should include regular maintenance tasks, future development projects and contingency plans for dealing with unexpected events or issues.

Contact Percival Property

Percival Property has a dedicated rural lifestyle specialist in Martin Newell, who has over 20 years’ experience selling rural properties in Port Macquarie and the surround Mid North Coast.

With a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to his clients, Martin has received numerous industry awards and consistently ranks among the top agents. An independent digital platform of verified client reviews, rateMyagent recently recognised Martin as the 2023 Agent of the Year in Kendall, and Top 5 Agent in the Camden Haven. He is an integral member of Percival Property – the 2023 Agency of the Year in Port Macquarie.

Ready to make your rural property dreams a reality? Contact Percival Property today to discover the best rural property opportunities in Port Macquarie and the surrounding areas.