The Best (free) tools and tips to help you find the perfect home

Whether you are buying your first property or adding to your property portfolio, we have collated the best on and offline resources that can help target and speed up your search efforts.

Self-described as “Australia's home of property”, Domain is one of the best applications for finding listed real estate sales in Australia. You can either simply enter the web address or download the app on your phone. One benefit of using the app is that it can save your listing criteria which allows you to receive notifications when a matching house first appears on the market.  By doing so, it allows you to be the first to know when a house is placed on or off the market, or if that property goes under contract, etc.

The Woolies to Coles, this site is very similar to and arguably just as big. It offers the same level of features but also has a historic sales listing. I.e You can see when most properties were last sold and for what price. Valuable information in assessing the valuation of the property.

The service also provides a ‘valuation tool’ that allows you to enter any Australian address and it will give you an assessment of the value of the property. Sure, this does not replace the advice of professionals, but it is a great indicator.

Top tip 1: You will almost always find that all properties for sale listed on one site are also listed on the other website and vice versa. A smart move is to view and compare the listing on one site and then on the other as often one will have more information.

This popular site is slightly different from those previously mentioned as it simply lists all the listings from other sites. By searching a local suburb, will redirect you to any listing that is in place for that area that has been listed by Domain, RealEstate as well as local real estate agencies. How does this help? It is another tool to ensure that you are across all suitable listings in the area you are keen on. Instead of relisting it, the site directs you to the original listing on LJ Hooker or whatever the site may be.

In Queensland, the government offers advice and guides to help you navigate buying property in the state. This website also offers the latest news and advice regarding what incentives there may be to encourage first homeownership. Importantly, this information is presented in a clear, concise, and unbiased way. If English is not your first language or you come from a CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) background you can even request help translating this information, completely free of charge.

Corelogic is the leading provider of property data and analytics in Australia and New Zealand, so you’re in good company. This premium service is heavily used by all real estate professionals across the country. Whilst the paid option is beyond the needs of the average first-time buyer, if you are interested in investments, or working in the property industry, this site is an absolute must.

Ok, so we’re a little biased! But at Pest Build Legals, we can help you quickly search and find the best quotes for Building and Pest Inspections as well as property conveyancing. We make the process of finding this team a little easier by providing you free, no-obligation quotes for Pest and Building inspectors, as well as for legal representation.

Written by Ben Saravia,  

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