9 Websites Every Home Buyer Needs To Know

Starting your search for a property can be exciting, but it’s also daunting! There are so many things to consider and decisions to make, knowing where to start is half the battle. Luckily, the digital age brings with it a suite of online tools designed to simplify your journey from potential buyer to proud homeowner. Whether you’re after data driven insights or lifestyle guides, there are so many resources to help you find the perfect house to call home.

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While it may seem obvious to start your property search here, the two most used real estate portals are also packed full of interesting suburb insights and tips that you can put to use while navigating the property journey.

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Taking a unique approach to the property search process by focusing on the walkability, transit accessibility, and bike-friendliness of neighbourhoods, this website is a gem for those who prioritise walkability in a suburb or neighbourhood. Users can find scores for suburbs that quantify how easy it is to accomplish daily errands on foot, access public transportation, and cycle around. If walkability is a must for you, then this website is one to check out on your property search.

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Now we may be a little biased, but we think our website is a pretty good place to start. Sometimes we know the lifestyle we want to live and the suburb we want to end up, but sometimes we don’t! That’s why we developed a website where you can search by property by suburb, or search by lifestyle. With detailed lifestyle guides for each pocket in the western suburbs, you’ll be able to have an in depth look into the kind of lifestyle that suits you as well as the latest listings in these areas. Think of it like a Lonely Plant guide to the western suburbs.

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Offering an expansive array of insights into the Australian real estate market, CoreLogic is Ideal for buyers, sellers, and investors alike providing up-to-the-minute data on property values, market trends, and property market forecasts. For those seeking to make informed decisions backed by solid data, CoreLogic is an invaluable resource. It equips users with the knowledge needed to understand market cycles, evaluate property investment opportunities, and assess the potential long-term value of their property investments.

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Powered by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia, this site is tailored specifically for the Western Australian property market, offering listings, market data, suburb profiles, and investment insights. Beyond listings, the website offers comprehensive market reports, real estate news, and practical guides on property-related topics making it easier for you to make informed decisions.

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Focused on new developments, urban.com.au provides insights into upcoming residential and commercial projects across Australia. The website offers detailed profiles on developments, including architectural designs, floor plans, and amenities, alongside updates on construction progress and developer information. It's perfect for those interested in the new-build market and development trends, or just a handy tip to keep an eye on any upcoming developments in the area you’re looking to buy into.

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We feel like this platform is relatively underrated, but what sets this website apart from the rest is its emphasis on providing users with easy access a plethora of property related information. Type in any property and you’ll get a full run down including property value, property timeline, property boundary, key features, government planning overlays and zones, internet availability, nearby schools and daycares and more. Just remember to take the estimated property value with a grain of salt as these predicted prices don’t take into account the actual condition of the property or any renovations that may add value.

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While it may not be the first website you’d typically think of on your property journey, Urban List can be a valuable source of information to get a feel for a suburb. Urban List covers the latest trends, hotspots and local favourites, offering a unique perspective on what it's like to live in different areas. Local guides that can help you get a feel for the culture, entertainment, and dining options in different suburbs and neighborhoods and is an ideal tool to complement the more data-driven research involved in property searching.

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The Department of Education is a handy resource for determining the school catchment areas associated with potential properties you may be looking at. This feature is crucial, not only for parents prioritising their children's education but also for any buyer, with our without children! The reasoning behind this is that properties located within sought-after school catchments can attract higher prices, as families are often willing to invest more to secure enrollment in preferred schools.

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With these nine resources, you're well equipped with a comprehensive toolkit to guide your search, informed by both data and lifestyle insights. Each site brings a unique perspective to the table, from the practicalities of walk scores and school catchments to the aspirations of lifestyle and community vibe. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of starting your property search, reach out via the form below to get in touch.

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