How to find a property’s past sale history
Do you want to find out the previous sale details of a property? Here’s how to get all the info you need online.
Searching for a property's sales history can tell you how much it sold for in the past, and how many times it was sold. Armed with this information you can make a more informed property purchase. Finding historic property data can take some digging, especially if the property hasn't been bought or sold in a long time.
Here are some good places to start.
Property listing sites
Property listing sites are great for finding current listings but also list sold properties, which can help you find a property's past sales history. If you're looking for a recent property sale this is probably your best bet, but if the property you're looking at hasn't been sold in a long time you might not find anything on these sites.
For most of the sites below, look under their Sold sections.
- Domain. Research millions of properties across Australia, including recent sales, suburb level market trends and auction results.
- Realestate.com.au. Find property sales histories, market trends and suburb profiles. The website also has a useful insights tool for investors.
- Onthehouse.com.au. You can view property history for each listed property, although you need to sign up to get detailed information.
- All homes. This property listing site also lets you search past sales by suburb, street and address although the information is fairly limited.
- Pricefinder. This property data tool offers past property sales, valuations and a whole lot more. You have to pay but there is a free trial available.
Government sites and public records offices
State and territory governments maintain offices that record property sales, titles and other data. You usually have to pay a small fee for this information. Here are some sites below:
- Victoria: LandData.
- NSW: NSW Valuer General's office.
- Queensland: Property and Land Valuations.
- South Australia: South Australian Integrated Land Information system (SAILIS).
Public records offices and archives
Public records offices and state archives are useful for obtaining historic information on older properties:
- VIC: Public Records Office Victoria has a helpful online portal.
- NSW: The NSW Lands Registry's Historical Land Records Viewer lets you search historic housing data. There's also the State Archives and Records office.
- QLD: The Queensland State Archives has a range of historic data on property and other topics.
- SA: State Records of South Australia.
- WA: State Records Office of Western Australia.
- TAS: Libraries Tasmania maintains an archive and heritage portal.
- NT: Northern Territories Archives Service.
- National: There's also the Canberra-based National Archives of Australia.
More property data sources
Researching a property’s sold history on the websites listed above can also generate a wide range of other useful information, including:
- The property’s rental history. Some real estate listing websites allow you to access data on when the property has previously been leased and the value of the rent.
- Property reports. Many listings sites, banks and other companies offer free property reports that list comparable sales in the same area, price estimations and sales history. Reports often come in PDF form and can be emailed to you, providing a quick and convenient source of information.
- Price estimates. Many property websites offer an estimate of the property’s current value to give you an idea of whether the asking price is fair. However, remember that these prices are estimates and should be used as rough guides only. Sites like REALas offer price predictions using a range of data points. Domain, Realestate.com.au and ANZ all offer detailed, free property reports.
- ABS data. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has many publicly available data sets that deal with housing, mortgages and other topics at a broad, nationwide level. Some of this may be helpful in your property research.
More helpful guides and information on property data
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