Looking for your new home has never been easier. We look at some of the apps and online resources that can help home hunters speed up their quest for the perfect home.
Being on top of your finances is essential when entering the home buyers’ market. You’ll most likely be getting expert advice, but there are resources to help you be prepared. This process can begin with your day-to-day expenses and extend to your savings and investments.
– ASIC Budget planner
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has a nifty budget planner online. The planner breaks down income, your home and utilities expenses, insurance and financial obligations, and several other costs.
– CommBank Property app
The CommBank Property app replaces the CommBank Property Guide app. The new version has a few handy tools to streamline searching and preparing for your new home, including property search powered by Domain, in app calculators and market information. The app is available for both iPhone and Android users.
It’s really not enough to have the basic details of a house or apartment. Besides the number of rooms and parking spaces, today’s savvy home hunter wants to know more about the pros and cons of the location, and what you’re getting for the price.
There are so many helpful aspects to realestate.com.au’s app, including the ability to save favourite searches, notifications for new listings and calendar sync for inspections. The app is available for both iPhone and Android users.
Save your searches, chop and change your preferences, keep track of inspections – these are just a few of the useful functions of the Domain app. But very importantly, too: it has a home prices guide. The app is available for both iPhone and Android users.
House prices guides
House prices go up and down, and when it’s time to hunt for your property, researching the prices in your areas of interest is an important step in finding your dream home.
– Property Value
Powered by CoreLogic (formerly RP Data), Property Value offers more than a house price guide – you can also get access to transaction histories, and build a portfolio and watch list. There are limitations to the website as a free user; upgrade to premium with flexible options if you want to go deep.
– realestate.com.au and Domain
Amongst some of the concerns for home buyers are proximity to public transport and amenities – living in a walkable suburb is increasingly important for many. Working out how easily you can walk around a suburb is a lot easier with websites like Walk Score, which is aimed at renters.
Have you used apps or other tech to house hunt? Which ones worked best for you?