~ Free property research tools
When buying an investment property or a home, research is important. Below is a collection of tools to help you to do your own research and tick all the due diligence boxes. The tools range from finding properties on the market to researching statistical data on specific areas around Australia. We would love to learn from you; if you have suggestions to improve or add to this information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Categories of property research tools
1: Properties for sale
These sites offer a large selection of properties for sale and information published on these sites includes:
2: Demographic and sales information
ReviewProperty is powered by APM, a large professional property research service similar to RPData. The information listed on this site is quite remarkable considering it is free. Some of the the information published on this site includes:
For each suburb - sales information on:
- Median prices
- Long term trends
- Auction clearance rates
- Days on market
- Record prices paid, and more
The site also provides links to the sales price and advertising details for many recent sales.
Demographics are provided for each suburb on:
- Monthly home loan repayments
- Education attendance
- Country of birth
- Age group of population, and many other statistics
Onthehouse provides sales information on millions of homes around Australia.
The information includes:
- Previous sales
- Land size
- Year the property was built
- Local government authority
- Zoning code
- Photos, and more…
Allhomes allows you to search over 10 million records for past sales, suburb details and other real estate information. Some of the information included on this site includes:
For each suburb;
- Median property price
- Total sales
- Median unit price
- Median house price
- Sales information for each year available
For specific properties;
- A block map
- Plan number
- Sales history when available
3: Flood and coastal tide maps
This is an Australia wide interactive flood map data tool designed to help predict what areas are most likely to be affected by rising sea levels. Although as of July 2016, the tool advertised that it is in its Beta stage of development, it is still a useful resource.
The Council websites also provide flood map and associated information on most cities around Australia. Some of the flood maps for major areas are linked below:
Gold Coast: //cityplanmaps.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/CityPlan/
Western Australia: //www.water.wa.gov.au/….
South Australia: //www.waterconnect.sa.gov.au/….
4: Nearby facilities
Our company website allows you to search nearby facilities from most locations around Australia, the types of facilities you can find are:
- Public transport
- Shops and shopping centres
- School, Colleges and Universities
*PDF summary reports including driving times and distances can also be downloaded from this web page to be used to compare multiple properties.
This site enables you to find the nearest shopping centres in a suburb. Distance from shopping centres is a key parameter in determining a property’s value.
Australian Schools Directory is a useful resource to help you find the local primary and high schools in Australia.
In the Australian Schools Directory you are able to search by:
- School name
- School type
- Religion, etc…
The Queensland government’s Translink website has a "Find nearby stops" button to clearly show the local bus, trains and ferry stops near any address in Queensland. This is a quick way to determine how far the public transport stops are from your desired property.
The following are also worth mentioning to find nearby facilities.
Search for entertainment near a specific location: //www.yelp.com/
Search for parks located around Australia: //www.playgroundfinder.com/
5: Research papers and statistics
This website has pdf reports on a more globalised view of the property market, however it does have a comprehensive report on the property market in the Asia Pacific region.
RPData is a leading provider of property information; they have an enormous database allowing them to produce high quality reports and services. This is the link to their quarterly review in Australia.
RPData also has a monthly Housing & Economic Chart Pack pdf report. Also on the download page there is a summary of the report that is worth looking at.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has useful and bias free information to help you with purchasing a property.
domain.com.au also contains several useful market reports.
6: Property reports
RealEstate.com.au gives away a comprehensive property report containing suburb information and the value of surrounding properties.
This website advertises it utilises RPData’s data and in the free version it includes:
Available properties in a suburb with their location
- Median suburb prices
- Recently sold property prices
- Properties for rent
- Property size, etc…
7: Zoning information
Each City Council has its own method of displaying the different zoning areas around Australia, this list below directs you to the zoning maps for all of Australia’s capital cities.
8: Planned infrastructure
Dial before you dig is a useful resource to obtain common city infrastructure information pertaining to your property. This site will help you determine the location of essential services when excavation work is required on your site.
9: First home buyers guides and other useful resources
What you need to know first: //lwppropertynew.blob.core.windows.net/web/docs/….
Property inspection checklist: //www.commbank.com.au/personal/apply-online/….
2nd property inspection checklist: //www.housing.nsw.gov.au/__data/…
Home loan guide: //www.moneysmart.gov.au/media/283217/home-loans.pdf
Legal checklist: //www.realestate.com.au/advice/legal-checklist-buying-property/
Starter guide to strata: //www.realestate.com.au/advice/starters-guide-strata/
Lastly, the following links assist you with other useful research.
A nice full screen sized version of Google’s Street View
Different mapping tools