Tips on how to research the real estate market

Whether you are looking to buy a new home or your next investment property, doing your research is critical, but knowing where to start can be tricky. Here is a look at some of the resources you have available at your fingertips and others that you can explore on foot.

  • 22 May, 2019
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Looking for Reliable Market data sources

There are many resoruces you can tap into to access market data for different regions across New Zealand. Sources such as CoreLogic, REINZ and will all help you understand different property markets across different regions of the country. Additionally the government websites like is helping Kiwis make smart property decisions, it gives home owners the tools to search an exstensive list of property data. 

From a local perspective, your local LJ Hooker office can provide you with an in-depth local market report detailing the strongest growth areas, most traded and fastest selling areas, the top performing local suburbs and a snapshot of houses and unit sales, median sale price, rental yield, days on market and more.  Understanding the local market is very important so make sure you contact your local LJ Hooker office - they live and breathe real estate in your local area and are a great source of valuable local market data.


Researching data like above is more of a traditional method than others, but they are also important in getting to know the real estate market in your local area. 

Talk to locals

It goes with out saying that locals know how to anwser all the important questions you have about an area, from where the best place is to get an ice cream to the best coffee in town, its also important when talking property, you ask a local. This is a good way to get a feel of the suburb and street, try finding some locals and having a chat to them. 

When embaking on buying a house, wander the streets surronding and see if you can catch anyone in the neighbourhood outside. Ask a few questions about what the area is like, how long they have lived there or what they do/don't like about the neighbourhood. 


Property listings 

Given the majority of properities are promoted on-line this is a good place to research the market. Head to,, just to name a few or directly through and review the current property lisitings and recently sold listings in the suburb/areas you are interested in. This will help give you feel for the local market, how many properties broadly fit your needs, what sort of prices they are selling for and what has been sold recently. 

Speak to a real estate expert 

Your local LJ Hooker Real Estate agents live and breathe real etsate in your local area and are a great source of insider knowlege - much of which you wouldn't discover alone, so make sure you contact them and ask about the local market. 

Remember; buying a property isn't that complicated, but it does take a bit of time to do your research. By thinking outside the box you can find information that others can't or don't find. This will help put you ahead of the pack every time and closer to finding your first home, dream home or investment sooner. 

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