Real Estate in Australia
Find a House to Buy or Rent in Australia

Australia real estate is quite similar to New Zealand but Australia is so much bigger. Like New Zealand there are positives and negatives to each city and each suburb and it is important to do research before you leave New Zealand and when you get there before you make any fixed arrangements.

It is highly recommend to give yourself some time to find which suburb suits you and your family best before you buy or rent any real estate in Australian and sign into a fixed term agreement.

Editors Note:"When we first moved to Australia we moved to the Gold Coast. After moving from Broadbeach to Surfers Central, then to Main Beach, we finally decided that Brisbane would be better for work, so we moved up there.

Lucky we had family to stay with for three months while we got to know Brisbane. We ended up living in Bulimba, which had everything we were looking for. The only way we found out about Bulimba was from a Taxi driver after we had been there for six weeks.

TALK TO EVERYONE and find out from people who have lived in the city the pros and cons of the different suburbs. It helps to know what type of suburb you like to live in and to give yourself time to do the research."

Short Term Living Options

While you are still deciding which Australian suburb you want to live in and waiting for your furniture to arrive, there are a few short term living options.

Family or Friends

The best and cheapest option, as not only will you get cheaper board you will also be able to discuss different suburbs with them as you are exploring.

Rent a Hotel, Motel or Hostel

Most short term Australian rental accommodations will give a special rate for a fixed term stay of five weeks or more. You will need to contact each place directly (Google search) but the rate will end up close to what renting will be without having to sign into anything long term and give you time to explore your new city and suburbs.

Craigslist (http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites) and Findads.com.au
(http://www.findads.com.au/flatshare-rooms-for-rent/)

On both Craigslist and Findads.com.au you can find a lot of different housing options including: apartments / housing, housing swap, housing wanted, office / commercial, parking / storage, real estate for sale, rooms / shared, sublets / temporary and vacation rentals.

The Craiglist listings cover Australian cities including: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Tasmania and Wollongong.

Findads.com.au is a search engine service in Australia which collects all property ads from 92 major Australian sites such as gumtree.com.au, flatmates.com.au, etc. Follow this link to go straight to rooms for rent: http://www.findads.com.au/flatshare-rooms-for-rent/.

Finding an Australian Home to Rent

The Australian rental market is very competitive, especially in the main cities. Most Australian rentals will require you to submit a tenancy application, accompanied with the following documents, so it is best to have all the information ready to go:

  • Your last 3 months bank statements
  • A written reference from your previous landlord
  • Your previous landlord's contact information
  • Proof that your last bond was repaid in full (or an explanation as to why it wasn't)
  • Provide and attach photocopies of documents required to meet 100 points of identification as the guide shows below:

    Documents required for 100 points identification check Points per
    document
    Submit only one of the following:
    - Passport
    - Birth Certificate
    70
    - Drivers Licence
    - Proof of Age Card
    - Other Photo ID from Government eg Pension Card, Student Card
    40
    - 2 recent Rent Receipts
    - 2 recent Pay Advices
    - Tenancy Ledger
    25
    - Documents on which your name and current address appear:
    - Car registration certificate
    - Rates Notice
    - Electricity Account
    - Bank/Credit Card Statement
    - Telephone Account
    - Gas Account
    25
The best place to look for rentals is on the internet. However, all the best properties are snapped up quickly so there isn't much point in seriously looking until you are two weeks away from being ready to move in. Below are some rental websites:

House's and apartments come furnished or unfurnished and are generally for a fixed term of six months to a year.

Editors Note:"We found realestate.com.au the best as it had all the major listings in one place. We didn't have all the documentation ready when we first started applying for rentals and we missed out on a couple. Once we got reference letters from our previous landlords and proof that we were great tenants, we applied for four places and got the option of two.

Apply for anything you might be interested in, as the rental market is very competitive."

Utilities Connection

Connecting utlities in Australia is not as simple as in New Zealand because all the utlitly companies want paperwork, e.g. proof of address, bank statements, drivers licence, and you will not have what they want.

Therefore Moving to Australia.co.nz highly recommend using a company to arrange the connection of your utilities for you. They do not need the same paperwork and will arrange all your connections with one phone call, while offering you the current specials run by the supplier, which are normally the cheapest and/or best deal you would get if you were to weight up all offers from all suppliers.

Find out more... click here!

Bond and Rent in Advance

It is normal for landlords to request between 2-4 weeks rent as bond and 2-4 weeks rent in advance. This means that you will need to be prepared to front up with somewhere between 4 and 8 weeks rent before moving into your new place. Your bond with be lodged with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) and returned to you minus the cost of any damages when you leave.

Finding Real Estate to Buy in Australia

Buying a home (real estate) in Australia is very similar to New Zealand. Below are the main websites for real estate listings in Australia:

You can research median house prices on the Australian Property Monitors (APM) website by following the below link:
http://www.homepriceguide.com.au/

If you have any questions please ask them using the comments field below and we will get back to you asap.

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0 #18 ANSWER: rentalsMTA Team 2014-06-04 08:33
Hi Helen,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Have you had a look on RealEstate.com. au for rentals? You will see that the average move in date is two weeks. You could get one shorter but your choices would be limited. The rental market is quite similar to NZ and not many houses are available immediately.

I recommend moving in with your friends as well. You do not want to rush the rental process and end up moving into something that is not really suitable because of time restraints. Most homes are generally for a fixed term of six months to a year. There is a lot of competition and the best properties are snapped up quickly.

Most Australian rentals will require you to submit a tenancy application, accompanied with the following documents, so it is best to have all the information ready to go (NZ is fine):

- Your last 3 months bank statements
- A written reference from your previous landlord
- Your previous landlord's contact information
- Proof that your last bond was repaid in full (or an explanation as to why it wasn't)
- Provide and attach photocopies of documents required to meet 100 points of identification (http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/Australia-real-estate/buying-renting-a-house-in-Australia)

Good luck with your move.
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0 #17 rentalsHelen Williams 2014-06-02 17:56
Hi

so my family and I are wanting to move over early next year. The only thing im worried about is not being able to move into a house right away. What are the average waiting times I would love to fly over and have a house within a week. Family and friends recommend moving in with them as the process could be long. Feeling confused
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0 #16 ANSWER: Renting without workMTA Team 2013-07-03 05:27
Hi Eve,

Thank you for your comment.

Unfortunately I can not guarantee you anything, but logically if you have enough money in the bank to cover a years worth of rent, then I do not see a prospective rental management company or home owner having a problem with this, especially if you are looking for work.

Just make sure you have as much paper work as you can to show that you are a good tenant and person, and have print out's of your bank statements to prove that you can cover the rent.

I would recommend setting up a bank account (http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/Commonwealth-Bank-Open-Australian-bank-Account) and transferring money into it (http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/nzforex-foreign-exchange.html), so that they do not have to go on what's in an NZ bank account, as this might go against you.

Please let me know how you get on.
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0 #15 ANSWER: RentingMTA Team 2013-06-24 08:42
Hi Nella,

Thanks for your enquiry and positive feedback regarding the site.

The application process for renting a house is different from NZ. However, the landlords are after the same things - good tenants who are trustworthy, pay their rent on time and that will not wreck their property.

Personally I do not see any issue with only you and your partner moving into a three bedroom home, just communicate your reasoning and you shouldn't have any problems.

Good luck with your move.
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0 #14 RentingNella 2013-06-19 07:14
Hi there,
Firstly, this is such an amazing website that is so very informative and helpful. cuts down countless hours of research online about how it works in Australia. Thank you!Thank you! Thank you!
My question is, that my partner and i are looking at a 3bedroom home in Melbourne, now would we be rejected because we have no kids and its just the two of us?
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+1 #13 ANSWER: RentalMTA Team 2013-03-26 00:26
Good morning Anamia,

Thank you for your comment. I had forgotten about the points system.

I have added the table into the content on our real estate page: http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/Australia-real-estate/buying-renting-a-house-in-Australia.

Good luck with your move.
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0 #12 RentalAnamia 2013-03-25 17:05
Hi there,
I'm currently in NZ and am looking at information I may need to take with me when I head to rent in Brisbane. I have been told that of a point system. Are you able to enlighten me a bit on this system please and what sort of information will be required to better my chances?

Thank you in advance:-)
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0 #11 ANSWER: Tenants/RentingMTA Team 2013-03-12 03:10
Good morning,

Thank you for your comment.

If you have not rented before all you can do is put together some character witness letters and a couple of referrals for the landlord to call.

If you don't have a previous landlord the next best thing is a referral from an employer as they can determine whether or not you are reliable.

You can also review the questions on the below link, which are the most common questions a landlord will ask you: http://discover.realestate.com.au/buying/investing/top-10-questions-to-ask-tenants.

Good luck.
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0 #10 Tenants/RentingKristy 2013-03-12 03:10
Hi there,

I'm just inquiring, If i were to Rent a place and I've never done it before What other references will i need in order to Rent a place?

Sorry i know it may be a blond question but I'm just unsure what to do that's all.
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0 #9 Tenants/RentingKristy 2013-03-07 14:55
Hi there,

I'm just inquiring, If i were to Rent a place and i've never done it before What other references will i need in order to Rent a place?

Sorry i know it may be a blond question but i'm just unsure what to do that's all.
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