5 tools every house hunter needs to use

Work smarter — not harder — when on the hunt for your new home.

Finally taking the home purchase plunge? Congrats! Now that you’re in the game, it’s time to get informed and make the best decisions you can. The process is filled with confusing terms and an overload of information — ugh.

You may be wondering where to begin but with this arsenal of tools in your corner, you’ll sail smoothly through the process — starting from a sound first step — and right into your perfect home.

1. Free Trade Me Property app

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Search for property on the go.

Search for property on the go with New Zealand’s #1 property app* on Android and Apple

You'll find all our usual great features plus a bunch of stuff to make buying, selling, renting or just browsing a breeze – all from the palm of your hand. 

Ever wondered what a house sold for, or what it might be worth now? Now you can find out for free – simply use the Insights tab to look up the recent sold price and an estimated market value of any property, even when it’s not on the market.

*Nielson, Real Estate Search Report 2017 (Going Mobile).

2. Property Insights

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Search any New Zealand property on Property Insights in the app or on desktop to discover free estimated market values, sold prices, estimated weekly rent, rateable valuations and more.

Take a sneaky peek at what houses in the neighbourhood are worth and how much they paid.

Stuck for ideas on how much to offer? Property Insights gives a price guideline based on sales of similar properties and RVs.*

*It’s not a professional valuation or appraisal and doesn’t involve a physical inspection of the property. For a full market appraisal, chat with your local real estate agent or valuer.

3. Saved searches

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House hunting takes serious time with new properties listed every day.

House hunting takes serious time with new properties listed every day, so why not do less searching and get more results...

You can easily set up a saved search on Trade Me Property for your favourite suburbs or property types. Then as any new property listings match your search criteria you'll be notified by email. Simple.

You can have as many saved searches as you like, and can choose how regularly you’re emailed.

Set up some searches (e.g. favourite suburbs or properties in a price range) and save them as Favourites – we’ll email you whenever matching properties get added to Trade Me, so you don’t miss out on the right one.

4. Open Home Planner

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Find open homes listed on the Trade Me Property app.

Many properties listed on Trade Me Property advertise open home times.

Save these to Trade Me Property’s Open Home Planner and let us plan your open home timetable and route. We even give you directions so you really can’t get lost.

5. Property Price Index

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Check out the property market trends across New Zealand.

The monthly indices provide detailed and up to date insights on expected sale price and latest rents in our major cities and for 15 regions across the country. The data is tracked month by month for the past 3 years and collected from real estate agent listings, private advertisers and property managers.