10 easy steps to help you master your property search

Kiwis love property, but the journey of finding a property to rent or buy is not always easy. At realestate.co.nz, our mission is to help Kiwis find the life they want to live through property. So, whether you’re in the market to buy or rent, we’re here to help. 

Use the following tips and tools to help guide you on your property journey:

 

1.  Be the first to know with instant notifications 

Being the first to know about new listings gives you a competitive advantage, particularly in a hot market. You’ll be able to get your foot in the door first, for viewings.  

Whether you’re looking for houses for sale or rental properties, instant notifications on realestate.co.nz are the best way to stay ahead of the market. Save a search (based on price, location or bedrooms, for example), and we'll send you an instant notification as soon as a property that matches your search criteria, hits the market. Here's how.

2. Looking to buy your first home? Search by fixed-price properties.

Did you know that on realestate.co.nz, you can filter your search by properties that only display a price instead of an auction? This is super helpful when you are looking within a price range or want to use your KiwiSaver for your deposit. 

3.  Personalise your search to find the one that’s right for you. 

There are lots of properties on the market to choose from. Simplify your search by working out what you need vs what you want. If you are starting out, you may not be able to buy or rent a home that ticks all the boxes right away, but a useful exercise is to figure out your ‘must-haves’ and what you could do without. For example, underfloor heating, a spare room or large outdoor area, may have to wait for your next move. 

4. What’s on your priority list? 

Keep your list short so you have more options. You might consider proximity to work, schools or uni, number of bedrooms, price or a space to work from home.  Now you're ready to set up a search.

5.  Personalise your property search

Save a search on realestate.co.nz based on your ‘must-have’ list. You’ll never miss a property that could be the one for you. Use the filters to narrow your search.  You can also minimise properties from your search results using the thumbs-down arrow so you only see the properties that meet your needs. 

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6. Build your knowledge on average asking prices  

Finding the perfect property takes time. There are many factors to consider but the biggest factor is the price. 

See a property you like? Scroll down on every property to view CVs, estimated market expectations, previous sale prices and census information for that property. 

Did you know? You'll find the most up-to-date price gauge on realestate.co.nz with estimates that use the latest actual sales figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). 

 7. Save a property listing. When you see a property you like, hit the ⭐ to save it. realestate.co.nz will alert you instantly if this property's price or sale method changes (e.g. if it passes in at auction and is then listed with a price). 

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8. Get a handle on the data 

realestate.co.nz’s market insights tool can give you data on average sale or rent prices, property types and the latest listings – at a suburb level. You can also see trends over the last 12 months, 3 and 10 years. 

This information will help you narrow your search to places that suit your lifestyle and budget. Make the most of our market insights tool here.

9. Master the property game by being informed 

Even if you’re not looking to move right now, being informed about the NZ property market gives you an advantage when you do. Plus, it’s a great topic at your next BBQ – beats talking about the weather! 

In your downtime, consider browsing properties rather than scrolling on social media. You will be amazed by what you learn. 

10. Download NZ’s favourite property app

In the realestate.co.nz app you can:

  • Find properties for the life you want to live with our advanced search. Whether it's a specific school zone, land and floor area, or has certain features, you'll be sure to find the perfect property on our app.
  • Search via map view to target specific areas or streets youre interested in.
  • Receive new listings straight to your phone so you’re ready to visit an open home or enquire as soon as a property hits the market.
  • Enjoy real-time updates on your saved properties
Download and log in here.
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