Free Property Reports

Before you buy into a suburb, it’s a good idea to get information on the basic demographics of the area – age of households, number of occupants, schools, income, occupations, etc.  As well as the median property price trends for houses and units in that suburb. You don’t want to buy in a declining suburb!

There are various Australian Real Estate Portals and Companies that give this type of information away for free, some more easily found than others.

Here is a quick run down of some of the more interesting & useful resouces:

MYRP.com.au - Free Suburb Profile Reports

Just put in your post code and your email address, and you get emailed the information in a simple report format. Handy for you to send on to others for review and also to print out and save for future reference.  RP Data collects information from government and real estate agencies and has the most up to date data on property sales history, prices, demographics, etc.

RealEstate.com.au

Demographic data is not as strong in these reports but it does nicely present average sale prices for houses and units.

This requires a bit more work to access the data and it’s not in a nice downloadable report format. That said though, the data is very useful and interesting.  Go to this page: http://www.rs.realestate.com.au/cgi-bin/rsearch?a=sp and select the state you are interested in. Scroll down the long list of suburbs, and then you will see up to 12 months worth of data detailing the average house prices, and unit prices, for that suburb.  Once again, the data is supplied by RP Data though, so it won’t be that different to what you will find in the emailed report directly from the source.  What is interesting though, is that at the very bottom of the page, you can see actual properties in that suburb that have sold recently, and most often, the information includes sale price. Click on the links to view the individual properties, to see what standard they were relative to the price they sold for, check out street locations, etc.  Handy.

OntheHouse.com.au

Is an upcoming site that predominantly focuses on QLD house price data, but is still worthwhile to view.  Data for consumers is generally free and they have an interesting array of reports available. Definitely worth a look and they are planning to expand to address more of Australia very soon. In fact, they probably already have by the time you read this.  Again, predominately sourced from government agencies and real estate agents direct, so the data is fairly accurate. That said, they do not have the volume of agents that realestate.com.au and RPData.com have access to.

 

How to find your dream house

Has this ever happened to you while house hunting? You just stumble across a house and it takes your breath away. You gasp in delight because you know that this is the one. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know anything at all about house. How much does it cost? Is it even for sale? All you know is that is has to become yours because that house that you’ve stumbled across is actually your dream home.

It is important to make judicious decisions when purchasing a house as it’s the most important choice of a lifetime. Think and plan for many days before investing your hard-earned money into your dream home.

After you’ve decided where in the country you want to live, drive around in that area looking for houses for sale. Do you have children? Then, remember to take into account the distance from your prospective home to schools, hospital and shopping areas. Remember also to consider how far away your potential home might be from any major highways.

Banks have to compete with one another to get your business and you should contact all of them to see who can make the best offer. For them to be able to determine how much they can loan you, you’ll have to present your assets and tax return as well as inform them of your outstanding loans and debts. Although you could hire a broker to assist you, don’t forget that he will be charging you a commission for his services.

It is very important to take into account the number of occupants, rooms, bathrooms, car parkings, play areas, size of kitchen and storage facility which you need. If you will consult a real estate agent, he will guide you to select the house which will fit your list of criteria.

The most important quality of a “dream home” is to create an effective, safe, and positive environment. Get to know your neighbourhood to ensure the proper milieu for you and your children. While it is nice to be distant from the city, it’s important to remember issues about public transportation as well.

Now that you’ve found the home of your dreams, it’s time to think about finding an inspector who will examine the house for any structural defects. The last thing you want to do is buy a home with a crumbling foundation. Don’t quibble over minor defects like peeling paint or squeaky door hinges. Such problems can be dealt with easily enough, so relax and be as flexible as possible.

It’s time then to offer your price. Always go just a bit lower than what the owner has asked so that you have negotiating room. Now is the time to state any specific add-ons or changes you’d have to have to conclude the deal. Don’t stop the negotiations until you’re completely satisfied. Then you can both sign the contract. Don’t dither just too waste time as you could lose this opportunity to buy your dream home.

Home is where your heart is. Often the best days of your life are spent at home. It is your castle where you set up your dreams and plan your future. So while buying a house, make sure that you feel comfortable and when you think of resting after a hard day’s work, it is the place which comes up first in your mind.

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