The 37 Best Free Property Research Tools [2022]
Alex ChernovBy Alex Chernov
30 June 2022

The 37 Best Free Property Research Tools [2022]

Looking for a list of free, useful Property Research tools? Then look no further.

You don’t need every free Property Research tool under the sun. You just need enough of them to cover your use cases.

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1. RealEstate.com.au

Find and filter houses or apartments by suburb or on a map.

RealEstate.com.au front page with tools for property search

RealEstate.com.au is Australia’s largest and most popular property search website. You can find most property listings on it. While best used for property search it has some basic research tools.

Suburb Profiles can give a quick overview before deeper research. Address Search can give minimal information about a specific property and its history.

2. Domain.com.au

Find and filter houses or apartments by suburb or on a map.

Domain.com.au home page  with tools for property search

Domain.com.au is the second-largest property search website in Australia. It works very like its competitor RealEstate.com.au but may have fewer property listings.

Like RealEstate.com.au it also has basic property research tools.

3. RealEstateView.com.au

Search and filter rare properties, and get their high-quality valuations.

RealEstateView.com.au home page  with tools for property search

RealEstateView.com.au is the third largest property website in Australia. It has fewer features than RealEstate.com.au or Domain.com.au. With a focus on areas missed by other top property search sites, it also has good research tools.

4. AllHomes.com.au

Notice! This is ACT focused resource.

Search and filter properties in ACT and the rest of Australia.

AllHome.com.au home page  with tools for property search.

AllHomes.com.au is a #1 property search website in ACT and has most of its services focused on that region. While you can search properties in other states too, the results would be coming from Domain.com.au. Why? Because these websites belong to the same company.

5. RealCommercial.com.au

Search and filter commercial property by region or on a map.

RealCommercial.com.au home page  with tools for commercial property search

RealCommercial.com.au is the Australian most popular commercial real estate search website. It allows searching for properties to buy, lease or invest in. Other features are short-term office or event spaces and a high-quality news section.

RealCommercial.com.au has the same owners as RealEstate.com.au and shares part of its services.

6. Commercial Real Estate

Search for commercial property, business, or franchise.

Commercial Real Estate home page  with tools for commercial property search

Commercial Real Estate has most services of RealCommercial.com.au and some more. You can buy, lease or invest in commercial property and find office or event space there. What’s more, you can buy an entire business or a franchise. Ever wanted your own Guzman Y Gomez?

Commercial Real Estate belongs to the same owners as Domain.com.au and shares some of its services.

7. Sothebuy’s International Realty

Buy or sell a mansion, island, and other rare luxury property.

Sotheby's island property listing with tools for luxury property search.

Sotheby’s International Realty lets you search for various luxury real estate. It is not Australia only, so prices are actually in US$. Here you can find unique places like castles, mansions, and whole islands.

Most places have ‘Price Upon Request’ but some have a public price. You might find some of the places on common search sites, but Sotheby’s focused on a luxury audience.

8. Urban.com.au

Notice! This is VIC focused resource.

Search for future and ongoing development projects.

Urban.com.au home page with tools for off the plan property search.

Urban.com.au is a great place to look for off-the-plan or not yet built properties. It is currently a Victoria-only resource. It has advanced search and filtering features, not only by location but also by the developer.

If you’d like to get onto the property as early as possible then this is your platform. You can find detailed property plans and also receive construction updates. All needed details to buy into it at the best moment.

9. Residz

Search properties, find unique properties, and download a free property report.

Residz home page with tools for property search on independent platform.

Residz is a rather small property search website when we compare it to the big 3. To compensate for its smaller size Residz offers some unique features. Free property research, internet connection check, bushfire risk, and flood risk are some.

You can see area crime stats as well, though they are a few years old. There are many more features, though the website feels less polished than the top 3.

10. SaleByHomeOwner.com.au

Search and filter properties listed by their owners.

SaleByHomeOwner.com.au property listings page to search for properties listed by their owners.

SaleByHomeOwner.com.au allows property owners to list, sell, and rent without commission. Needless to say that it is very different to negotiate with an agent or with an owner when you buy.

All these properties would be on the top 3 sites but would take extra effort to find. When the owner doesn’t need to pay a commission, there is a better chance to negotiate a lower price.

11. Commercial Property Guide

Search and filter commercial property, read monthly guide.

Commercial Property Guide home page  with tools for commercial property search

Commercial Property Guide is Australia’s number one independent commercial real estate website. The keyword is – independent, which means it doesn’t belong to RealEstate.com.au or Domain.com.au. How much value in it is for you to decide.

All standard features are present and work very fast, so let’s look at what makes it special. Commercial Property Guide is a guide that you can receive by email monthly. Also, there is a large Experts Directory that might help you find the right person for the job.

Financial Indicators

12. YIP – Suburb Profiles

Find financial information on every suburb in Australia.

YIP - Top investment suburbs page to help research best locations for property investment.

Your Investment Property magazine provides profiles with financial stats for all Australian suburbs. It also shows the top 10 suburbs for every state and territory.

Provided data sourced from CoreLogic and DSR Data. It is usually outdated by a few months at least. The data is in a simple and concise format of charts and tables.

13. OnTheHouse.com.au

Suburb financial profiles with median rent and rental yield data.

OnTheHouse.com.au home page with search for suburb profiles that help research best locations for property investment.

OnTheHouse.com.au allows you to search for properties, but their real value is in suburb profiles. Their free property research tools give simple financial and demographic overview. This high-level overview can help to decide on a suburb before diving deep.

14. SQM Research

Sold records, auction results, asking prices, vacancy rates.

SQM Research property research tools  that help to find best locations for property investment.

SQM Research is a gold mine of free property research tools and some paid tools & services as well. Some graphs visualise large data sets of 10 or even 25 years.

You can find household income, rental vacancy and rental yield graphs. And this is only a small subset of data available for free!

Notice! This resource also provides paid tools & services.

15. DSR Data

Demand supply ratio score number and explanation.

DSR Data home page provides Demand to Supply ratio that helps research best locations for property investment.

DSR Data provides you with the Demand to Supply Ratio, a predictor of capital growth potential. You need a free account to see DSR for specific suburbs. There are many more research tools but they need a paid subscription.

Notice! This resource also provides paid tools & services.

16. Suburb Trends

Detailed suburb financial and demographics data with a text summary.

Suburb Trends - Suburb Map feature is a research tool to find suburbs with best properties for investment.

Suburb Trends has a wealth of information on it and dozens of region reports. The feature to highlight though is its Suburb Map with detailed suburb profiles.

With the usual data view, it also presents a plain text summary that can be easier to understand for some people. It also has unique features: building approvals, elevation and demographic profiles.

17. HomeOn

Notice! This is Sydney focused resource.

Sydney suburb financial and demographic profiles with map view.

HomeOn research tool with suburb map of Sydney and best regions for property investment.

While many of HomeOn features need payment, the free suburb reports are full of useful data. It has a useful map view to compare nearby suburbs. The main issue is that it is available for Sydney only.

Notice! This resource also provides paid tools & services.

18. Heatmaps.com.au

See and compare financial indicators by post-code as a heatmap.

Heatmaps.com.au free property research tool that uses heat maps to visualise financial indicators.

Heatmaps.com.au is an amazing free property research tool that is not very well known. It allows displaying different financial indicators on a heat map. That visual approach makes it very easy to compare and navigate. The data is on a post-code level, so it often includes more than one suburb.

Heatmaps has non-financial data layers as well, but they are basic or region-specific. For example, you can see crime stats for NSW only. And best – it is completely free!

Suburb profiles and demographics

19. Census Quick Stats

Search census demographic quick stats or download community profile.

2016 Census quick search used as a property research tool to explore Greater Sydney area.

Australian census data is a reliable and detailed research tool for demographic information. Recently updated with 2021 census data it is as fresh as it could be.

The data is full of valuable insights about different size regions. You can always drill down by downloading the community profile into Excel.

20. .id

Quality demographic information based on census and research.

.id home page with links to their free and paid property research tools like community and economic profiles.

“.id” provides free detailed LGA community, economics and other profiles. Their data comes from the ABS census and their own research. With some tools requiring a login the large set of profiles is available for free.

Even more data services and property tools are available to a paid user. Though for most purposes free data provided by “.id” is enough.

Notice! This resource also provides paid tools & services.

21. Homely

Suburb reviews and ratings.

Homely allows to research suburbs reviews written by locals and find best locations for properties.

Homely has suburb reviews and ratings from the local population. It also has a Q&A section for a lot of suburbs and cities helpful in property research. Be aware that some reviews are by local agents distorting accuracy. Also, people are often tended to leave a review when they are unhappy, not the other way around.

22. REIWA

Notice! This is Perth & WA focused resource.

Perth & WA Real Estate research and search.

REIWA provides free property research tools for Perth and Western Australia.

REIWA is a great property research tool if you research Perth or WA. You can see local market snapshots or explore detailed WA suburb profiles. There are Interactive Maps and WA-specific property calculators. And if that’s not enough, you can get a free property report by address.

23. Property Value

Property value and suburb profiles.

Property Value has many useful and free property research tools with valuation being only one of them.

Property Value provides some basic property and suburb profiles for free. Most extra data requires paid access, but what is free has great value. Some general research tools also include – the state of the nation and top suburbs by state.

Property Value belongs to CoreLogic and is powered by their data.

Notice! This resource also provides paid tools & services.

24. Microburbs

Free info-rich demographic suburb reports.

Microburbs Sydney is a great though outdated property and suburb research tool.

Microburbs was an amazing property research tool. As of today though most of its data is obsolete and dates to at least 2016.

If this doesn’t scare you Microburbs provides the most comprehensive suburbs overview. Ethnicity, family score, hip score and many other values are available as table and map views. Maybe the 2021 census will bring Microburbs a long-needed update.

Notice! This resource provides outdated data.

Crime profiles

25. Crime Map of Australia

Suburb crime profiles and map.

Red Suburbs is a free tool to research suburb crime levels and decide if you want to invest into property there.

Red Suburbs provides crime stats for 85% of the Australian population. You can see individual suburb crime profiles with table and chart view.

Every suburb has a Crime Rank and also you can see the crime rank of neighbouring suburbs. Map view makes it easy to identify regions with high crime.

26. Regional Crime Data

Every region has its own crime data portal.

NSW crime map is a helpful research tool specific for that region.

Suburb traits

27. Walk Score

Check if the suburb is easy to walk around and what is available within walkable distance.

Walk Score tool can be used to research how well specific suburb or city designed for walking.

WalkScore.com ranks cities and neighbourhoods by how walkable they are. Also, you can see in plain words how walkable is the area and if you’d need a car for it.

Another feature is a heat map of restaurants within a walkable distance. For bigger suburbs, you can also see a word cloud of important terms that can help in your property research.

28. Labour Market Insights

Insights into local labour market from National Skills Comission.

Labour Market Insights is a free research tool from Australian Government to learn more about jobs and employment in the area.

Labour Market Insights provides a high-level overview of the labour market and its segments. It is also an invaluable source of information about unemployment.

Some of the data is from the 2016 census, some are more recent. We can expect a big overhaul when the 2021 census data becomes available. You can download unemployment data about areas smaller than LGA.

29. IRSAD Rating

How advantaged or disadvantaged is the suburb?

IRSAD Rating is a free tool by SBS to research how prosperous suburbs are in relation to each other.

IRSAD stands for Index of Relative Socioeconomic Advantage and Disadvantaged. Created by SBS based on 2011 census data, the tool helps to understand which areas are better off and which aren’t.

2011 census data is obsolete now, but the rating still is a good indicator of suburb prosperity.

Sale and Rent history

30. SoldPrice

Australia property sales and rent data.

SoldPrice search helps to research suburbs and individual properties with regards to their sales or rent history.

Targeted at Chinese-speaking investors the English version of SoldPrice is as good. You can search sold and rent prices by suburb, postcode or address.

Another useful feature is the school search and their rating. The website doesn’t feel very polished but provides a wealth of data.

31. Au House Prices

Sales and auction results data.

Au House Prices allows you to research suburb, post code or an address for its sales, auctions and other property characteristics.

Au House Prices has many usual features like property search and suburb profiles. The main value of it comes from sales, auctions and rent history.

It is not always up to date for every suburb, but the amount of historical data is impressive. You can see recent auctions by states and suburbs.

32. OldListings

Suburb reports, Sale and rental history.

OldListings Sydney allows you to research old property listings to find out for which price the were sold before.

Old Listings is very like Sold Price and Au House Prices. Advantages would be a clear interface and very detailed financial reports for suburbs. You can find both sales and rental history there.

Every price point has a link to the website it is from. Wide range of graphs about sales, rent and yield help with suburb research.

Land and Zone information

33. Planning Alerts

Find out what is being built and knocked down in the area and receive email alerts.

Planning Alerts is a free tool to research planning applications in certain area that may affect property price and liveability.

Planning Alerts allows you to see and track construction projects in the area. You can select the radius for the area and frequency of alerts.

While it wouldn’t work for every area, it is invaluable for developing dense suburbs. You can find planning info on other websites too, but Planning Alerts allows you to set up an email alert.

34. Find Lot Size

Measure land area or distance using a map.

Find Lot Size is a useful tool to measure land area online. For example Sydney Opera House  has land area of 19,633 sq.m.

Find Lot Size is not an Australia-specific resource and doesn’t have a huge database behind it. It allows you to zoom into any area on the map and set up boundaries on it.

After the boundaries are set you get an area size in square meters. This might be not as accurate as other sources, but can be the next best alternative.

35. Land Checker

See detailed land and zone information in one place.

Land Checker has number of free suburb and property research tools including property reports.

Land Checker allows you to check for land info by the address of the property. You can even get a free report. One of the most valuable features is the ability to see planning zones on a map.

Be aware though that some of the features aren’t free. On some occasions though there are workarounds. You can’t see the land size in search results for free but can see it in a free property report.

Notice! This resource also provides paid tools & services.

36. Queensland Globe

Notice! This is QLD focused resource.

See official government data on the interactive map.

QLD Globe is a free research tool from Queensland Government that allows for property research among other things.

Queensland Globe is a useful research tool from the QLD government with official data. It allows you to see various datasets with configurable layers.

Topics of interest that you can check are land valuations and property information. There are many more layers with various data, that you can customise within your account.

Other tools

37. Google Street View

Walk around in suburbs you researching.

Google Street as a great free tool that you can use to visit remote suburbs. Here is view of a street in Sydney

Google Street View is not a property dedicated tool but can save you hours or even days. Visiting every suburb of interest or making a drive-by of a house can be hard or even impossible in fast pace market.

Street View allows you to do research from the comfort of your own home with rich map data in hand.

Notable paid tools

1. CoreLogic

Software and data powerhouse behind huge share of services.

CoreLogic is a software and data platform behind many of property research tools paid and free.

CoreLogic is a platform behind many paid and free property research tools. Even more, 3rd party services use them as their primary or secondary data source.

It is hard to imagine the Australian property tools market without CoreLogic behind it.

2. APM Price Finder

Professional price finding service.

APM Price Finder is a paid property research tool used by industry professionals.

PriceFinder is a property history and research tool aimed at industry professionals. It is a high-quality tool, but you definitely can find some of its functionality in free tools.

3. Real Estate Investar

Property investment and data platform.

Real Estate Investar is a property investment platform with great educational resources.

Real Estate Investar has a lot of free educational content that can help in your journey. None of their property research tools is available for free, though many clients use their paid solutions.

4. HtAG

Real Estate analytics and investment platform.

HtAG is a paid property analytics tool.

HtAG is a real-estate platform that helps to find locations for investment properties. They aim to provide easy to use tools and dashboard to analyse the market and manage a portfolio.

Anything I Missed?

So those are the Best Property Research tools based on my research.

And now I’d like to hear from you:

Are there any tools that you love… but didn’t see on this list?

Or maybe you have a question.

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.

About Alex Chernov
Alex Chernov is a founder of Red Suburbs – Crime Map of Australia. He writes about property market insights, tools, tips and data behind them.

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