8 Best Free Sites For Property Research in Australia
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8 Best Free Sites For Property Research in Australia


When you’re doing property research, where
are the best places to find data about the areas that you’re looking in to? Well, in
this episode, I’m going to show you the 8 best free sites for property research in Australia.
You can get almost everything you need for property research just from these 8 free sites.
So let me show you through them now. The first site that I recommend when searching
for property is a new one called myrealestate.com.au. Now, you’re probably aware of realestate.com.au
as well as domain.com.au, but this one takes it to the next level. So let’s go ahead and
got to myrealestate.com.au. This is just a much smarter search engine and a much more
pleasing way to search for property. It acts like Google and searches the entire Internet
for all property listings and then list them inside this search engine. Let me search for
2 bedroom units in Cronulla New South Wales between 500k and 700k. All right, let’s have
a look at those and that is now going to show us these 2 units here. If I have a look at
the filters, we can see it’s showing Apartments, 2 bedrooms or more, price range between 425,000
and 575,000. Okay. So, it wasn’t perfect there in the price range, but I can go and adjust
that to 700k like I said and it’s going to show us these items here. Now, something that is great about myrealestate.com.au
is you will notice the massive lack of ads. If we look up here, this is my ad blocker.
I run an ad blocker because I hate ads. So let’s go to realestate.com.au. I’m also going
to load up domain.com.au just for fun and we’ll see how many ads get blocked. So we
can see 16 ads are blocked before we’ve even looked somewhere. Let’s just look to buy in
Cronulla, see how many blocked. And let’s again go for Cronulla in New South Wales on
Domain. So we can see there’s been 17 ads blocked on realestate.com.au, which is a lot.
Domain is now racking up the bill – 10, 12, 26, 27 ads are blocked on Domain. And as you
can see, you can only scroll through one at a time here and we’ve got a lot of featured
listings and things like that, so it’s not always super relevant. Whereas, MyRealEstate
we can see there’s no ads blocked. So if you don’t have an ad blocker, it’s going to look
exactly the same. And you can scroll through; you can see 4 at a time. Down here, you can
scroll through the pages, but soon they’ll be doing infinite scrolling so you can just
go all the way down. So, if you’re searching for property, I definitely
recommend trying our myrealestate.com.au. It is a great service and I hope they stick
around for a long time. The next tool that I recommend when you’re
looking at growth trends is called dsrdata.com.au. So let’s go ahead and go to dsrdata.com.au
and “DSR” stands for “Demand to Supply Ratio”. This is going to give you an indication of
how much demand there is in an area compared to the supply. So let’s go ahead and we’ll
punch in Cronulla, we’ll look at units in the area. We can see that the DSR for the
area is 74, which is quite high. Ideally, 50 is where demand and supply are theoretically
evened out. So anything above 50 is a good sign. Anything below 50 is likely a red flag,
which means there’s more supply and not enough demand in an area. So we can see that there’s
great DSR for Cronulla. If we go ahead and login and put in Cronulla units here, then
we can actually see more information. We can see Demand to Supply Ratio, Auction Clearance
Rate, Days on Market, Percentage Stock on Market, Average Vendor Discount – all of these
different things. So we can see, for example, Average Vendor
Discount, 1.39%. We can look at that on a scale; see the Australian average, the Australian
median as well. And so, obviously, Average Vendor Discount is quite good, it’s in the
green there. And we can also see trends because I do believe it was negative for a while.
Yes, it did go negative. Last time I looked, there was a negative vendor discount and we
can see that their vendor discount is creeping up, which could indicate that the peak that
has happened in Sydney is now starting to slow off because vendors are needing to discount
the sale of their property in order to sell. Whereas, previously, properties were selling
for over their advertised price. DSR Data gives you a lot of information for
free. It’s free sign up. However, they do have a Millionaire program if you want more
data as well. So if you’re really serious, I think it’s like $30 a month or something
like that. So it’s well worth it if you’re seriously looking into an area. If you’re
looking at growth trends, you want to understand capital growth trends, how much demand there
is in an area, dsrdata.com.au is the place to go. Next. When we’re looking at suburb demographics,
we want to go to microburbs.com.au. This is one that I just discovered last week. Jane
Slack Smith from The Ultimate Guide to Renovation hooked me up with this one and I then did
an interview with the founder and found out how awesome this is. So if we go ahead, we
go to microburbs.com.au. Let’s go ahead and type in Cronulla. Then this is going to show
you so many different things about the area. We can see some Median Land Value there. But
what we can do, we can see planning applications for the area, which is going to be very valuable.
You can see there’s new units being built, what modifications. We can see some liquor
licenses going in there. Quite a few liquor licenses; I don’t know what that means for
the area. We can look at ethnicity. We can look at Family Score. We can look at how good
the schools are in the area. We can look at Affluence Score. I’ve done a video, I think it was onproperty.com.au/340
and you can see public housing in the area. So if I go ahead and click on this, then it’s
going to give us a map for how much public housing is in Cronulla. And if we zoom in
to the microburb level – it’s just going to load – we can see that there’s basically no
public housing in Cronulla at all, so all green there. You can go through, see how many
bedrooms there are. You can see the different incomes people are earning, so we can see
the average income and you can do heat maps of different areas. You can look at crime
rates in the area, the different crime rates and where that happens. You can look at hipness.
There’s so many things you can look at. One of the things I love as well is this Development
section, which is under Local Government Area Stats and you can see – okay, here’s a map
here of what developments have been requested in the last, I think, it’s about 2 years or
something there. And we can see the trends in those developments. Trends for single houses
is kind of pretty even, going down. Trends for attached houses, also pretty even and
trends for units we can see the trends for units is going up in the area. I do know that – I don’t know if it was recently,
but definitely within the last 5-10 years, that they lifted a ban on this area of only
having units of up to 3 storeys tall. I think it’s up to 6 or 8 storeys or something like
that. So that could be the cause of increase of unit developments there. So, when you’re
looking for suburb demographics and you want to understand more about a suburb, definitely
go ahead and check out microburbs.com.au. The next one we’re going to look at is previous
sales history and comparable sales for the area and we’re going to be using a website
called onthehouse.com.au. So, let’s go back to myrealestate.com.au and we want to find
a property and let’s go ahead and assess some properties similar to that. So again let’s
look at 2 bedroom units in Cronulla under 700k. All right, let’s just choose one that
has a price range on it. Here’s one for 365k, 5/2 Croydon Street. Now, we’re going to go
to onthehouse.com.au and we’re going to do some recon work into this particular property.
So let’s go ahead and paste this in, 5/2 Croydon Street in Cronulla and we can click here to
go ahead and see the property report for this. If I scroll down, we can see an estimate of
the property. Anywhere between $586k and $717k, so it’s recommending about $652,000. We can
see it’s listed for $635,000. That seems quite normal to me. And then, if we scroll down, we can see more
information – we can see the property history. So we can see that in 2003, it was sold for
$395k. 2007, sold for $346k. And then, in 20016, it was “Sold-Price on Application”,
so we can apply to see the price. So this was actually sold in February 2016. I am looking
at this now in… Well, it is February 2016. So maybe this is sold already and we just
didn’t get to it in time. Yup, look, it’s been sold for $625,000. We can see for that
property. Okay, so, that one’s actually sold. But anyway, we can still do our research on
this. So we can see the sales price for these properties and down the bottom, we can see
some comparable properties here. So we can go through and we can look at these properties
and we can compare the photos, compare how much they’re listed for and we can look into
those properties to get an idea of how much is this property actually worth. And we can
see, again, for Cronulla that there’s a vendor discount because this property was sold for
$10,000 less than what it was advertised for at $635,000. So, that’s previous sales history and comparables,
which you can get at onthehouse.com.au. The next one we want to look at is historical
listings. Sometimes, a property will be listed and it will be on the market for quite a long
period of time. However, when you go to realestate.com.au or domain.com.au, you won’t see this history
of listings. You won’t see the discounts; you’ll just see the latest one. And so, if
we want to find out how long a property’s been listed for, we can go to oldlistings.com.au.
So let’s go ahead and go to oldlistings.com.au. Cronulla is probably is not the best idea
to look at because stuff does sell so quickly in that area. So let’s look at 3 bedroom houses
in Moree around 400k. Because I know that Moree takes longer to sell properties so we’ve
got a better chance here. Let’s look at this one, 46 Bottlebrush Drive.
Now, OldListings is not perfect. They don’t have everything on there, but it’s basically
the best thing out there. So what you need to do is first put in the suburb, so let’s
go ahead and put in Moree. We’re looking for sales history. Go ahead and click Search.
This is now going to bring up all the properties from Moree. To narrow it down, we then want
to find our street in the street name filter here and it was Bottlebrush Drive so let’s
click this and go down to Bottlebrush Drive here, click on Street Search. And then, basically,
we need to go through the street search to find the exact address. So, in this case,
it’s 46 so I’m just going to scroll down and try and find 46 in here somewhere. Here it
is, 46. So we can see that it was listed in January 2016 and February 2016, so a fairly
new one there. However, we can see that some of these have
been listed for long periods of time. So we can see that 38 Bottlebrush Drive, Moree was
listed in July 2015 and has been on the market now for about 9 or 10 months or 8 months or
something like that. So 38 Bottlebrush Drive has been on the market for a while. Often,
you will see ones that go on the market, 6 months later, they drop in value. I can’t
see any examples here of that, but you definitely do have it. Here we go, 5 Bottlebrush Drive.
We can see 2011, it was listed for $260,000. It’s then been re-listed in 2013. Not really
relevant to us right now, but you get the idea of how to use oldlistings.com.au to find
historical listings. That’s very valuable if you’re looking at, well, how long has this
been on the market for and can I negotiate because it’s been on the market for so long
and it’s not selling. If you want to find previous rental listings,
then I recommend house.ksou.cn and we go in to their Rent section. Now, this is a site
that I think is targeted at Chinese investors looking to invest in Australia. So let’s go
ahead and we’ll go to house.ksou.cn and we’re then going to go to the Rent Price section
here. And we can then search for a suburb or a postcode and to see what have these properties
been rented for or what have they been rented for recently. Let’s use the same example of
46 Bottlebrush Drive. Let’s go ahead and paste that in – in Moree, New South Wales and we’ll
search for the rent price for that property. And so, what we can see here is a bunch of
different properties around there and what they have rented for. So we can see this 35
Bottlebrush Drive was sold in December 2015 for $340,000 and it was rented for $450 in
January 2016. So, if your property has previously been rented, it’ll come up here. If it hasn’t,
it’s going to show you properties around that area. So we can see all the property listings
here and the rent history for them. So if you’re trying to work out, okay, what is this
property going to rent for? And you want to use an online tool to do that, then, house.ksou.cn
is a great tool to do that. You then go through, look at them and think, okay, well, how does
my property compare to these? And then, you can get an estimate of how much it’s going
to rent for. We’re then going to look at vacancy rates,
which is our second last one. Knowing the vacancy rates in the area is very valuable.
There’s a tool that SQM Research has that is super, super up to date. Talking last month
up to date, whereas if you buy a magazine, you might be 6-12 months behind. So, I can’t
remember the address, so I just have a shortlink, onproperty.com.au/vacancy and that’s going
to go ahead and take you to SQM Research’s tool. Go ahead and click I’ve read the terms
and conditions. Click here to see vacancy rates by suburb or postcode and this brings
up the graph here. So let’s go ahead and look at the vacancy rate in Moree for an example
at the moment. We can see the vacancy rate is currently 2.6%. Now, this line here is
the vacancy rate and the bars is how many properties are vacant at the moment. So we
can see a trend, since June 2013 or an increase in vacancy rates up to around the 2% mark,
2.5% mark at the moment. And you can go all the way back to July in 2007, so that is 8
years back to see the trends. And you can do that for any postcode in Australia. So
this is very, very valuable data. So, if you’re looking for the vacancy rates
in an area, then go ahead and check out that SQM Research tool. Just Google SQM Research
Vacancy Rates or go to onproperty.com.au/vacancy. Lastly, we want to look at – if we want more
demographics, then we’re going to be using the Census Quickstats. So to find that, just
Google “Census Quickstats”. Let’s go ahead and Google that. We’re looking for, I think,
it’s this one here – census data and analysis. Maybe it’s this quickstats one. We click on
that, yup that’s it – the quickstats one. We can select 2001, 2006 or 2011. We can go
ahead and type in Moree. Let’s go urban center locality and we can have a look at a lot of
different details here. We can see the population of the area break down into male and female.
We can see if we go into the dwellings section, we can see how many 1-beds, 2-beds, 3-beds,
4 or more bedrooms are in the area. And we can see most people live in 2 or more bedrooms,
not many people live in 1-bedroom units. You can see how many people own outright. We can
see 43.8% of people rent, compared to 30% of New South Wales. So you can see a whole
bunch of different information here. If we go into the People section, then you can see
the age of people. You can see whether they’re married. You can see the education levels.
You can see their countries of birth. You can see so many different things. Their employment
history and all of that sort of stuff as well. If you’re looking for specific demographics,
Census Quickstats is a great way to get access to that. So there you have the 8 best free sites for
property research in Australia. If you are looking at investing in property, you need
to do some research into a particular suburb, these sites will give you great access to
awesome data that you can then go and do some analysis on. If you are struggling with your research and
you need some help, maybe you want the help of a buyer’s agent – someone that can point
out the right suburb and help you to find the right property, then Ben Everingham from
Pumped on Property is offering readers and listeners of OnProperty a free strategy session.
So if you’re interested in getting the help of a buyer’s agent to buy a great investment
property, then we’re offering you a free strategy session. Go to onproperty.com.au/session to
see the details and to request a free strategy session over there. Thanks to Ben from Pumped
on Property for offering that to my audience. And just a disclaimer that if you do end up
signing up for his services, then I do get a referral fee and I always like to be transparent
about that. So, again, you can check it out, go to onproperty.com.au/session. Quickly, I’ll just go through those 8 sites
again. If you’re searching for property, go to myrealestate.com.au. If you’re looking
for growth trends, check out dsrdata.com.au. If you’re looking for suburb demographics,
then go to microburbs.com.au or you can go to Census Quickstats as well to get more demographic
information over there. If you’re looking for previous sales history and comparable
sales, onthehouse.com.au is a great resource. If you’re looking for historical listings
to look at how long the property has been on the market, then go to oldlistings.com.au.
If you’re looking for previous rental listings, then you can go to house.ksou.cn and go to
the Rent Price section there. If you’re looking for vacancy rates, then go to SQM Research,
which you can check out at onproperty.com.au/vacancy. And as I already mentioned, if you want more
demographics, then go to Census Quickstats. Well, there you have it guys, the 8 free sites
for property research in Australia. I hope you take note of these. At any point in time,
you can see all 8 of these; just go to onproperty.com.au/341, which is this episode. So, onproperty.com.au/341
and I’ll list all the 8 sites there. All the links to the sites will be there as well.
So that’s going to be the easiest way to access it. So you don’t need to take notes on all
of these, you can just go to onproperty.com.au/341. You can see all of them over there. Thanks to all the creators of these sites.
I absolutely love them. It makes researching really easy. Until next time, guys, stay positive.

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