5 ways to research the market

Do your property homework. Get the lowdown on the area, check out current and recent properties for sale and what you can really afford.

These tips will keep you informed and one step ahead.


1. Property Listings

Start by looking on at current property listings in the area you’re interested in to give you a real feel for the market.

Websites are by far the most popular resource used when looking for property.

You’ll get a sense of how many properties broadly fit your needs, what sort of prices they’re going for, what’s sold recently, which agents have more of the properties you like the look of, and more.


2. Email Alerts

If you don’t have time to search online, information on relevant properties can be sent straight to your inbox.

You can be as specific as you like with your search criteria (which area, how many bedrooms, bathrooms, car spaces, what kind of garden and price range you want) and we’ll send you everything that matches it.

Be less specific with your criteria or include surrounding areas and our alerts could present you with inspiration on great properties that really appeal or are in an area just outside where you originally planned to look.

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3. Calculator

Use our calculator to work out what you can genuinely afford. The reverse rent calculator works out how much you could borrow based on the current amount of rent you pay whilst the home loan calculator works out weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments.


4. Neighborhood Profiles

Get to know median house prices in the neighborhood you want and how much competition there is for homes in that area right now.


5. Download the App

Did you know 21% of home buyers now use a smart phone app to search for properties?*

The App for iPhone makes searching for property even easier whether you’re relaxing at home or out and about.

*Residential Consumer Property Seekers Report, October 2012.

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