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  • Profile photo of ChrisA1ChrisA1
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    Possibly a simple question, however I am wondering what tools/websites/data people use to research/assess an area. I am currently investigating the Campbelltown region (NSW) however, the ABS data seems very out of date –

    http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/[email protected]/Lookup/LGA11500Main%20Features12006-2010?OpenDocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=LGA11500&issue=2006-2010&num=&view=&

    I was using the ABS data for income levels, demographics, population growth, areas of employment etc. From the 'future releases' information on the ABS website, the next release is in early 2013 (next year…), however only has information to 2011 so is still 2 years out of date.

    Cheers,

    ChrisA1

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    Profile photo of Jamie MooreJamie Moore
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    Hi Chris

    The ABS can be handy. There’s also a heap of links on our website that might help http://passgo.com.au/property-data-websites.html

    Cheers

    Jamie

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    Profile photo of ChrisA1ChrisA1
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    Thanks Jamie

    I was looking for demographics and employment/economic information at a regional level to target areas worth further investigation.

    Cheers,

    ChrisA1

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    Profile photo of N@than[email protected]
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    Domain.com.au should show you what you are looking for. I haven't used it for a while but I think you just click on the 'reports' tab.

    Cheers,
    Nathan

    Profile photo of ChrisA1ChrisA1
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    Many thanks Nathan

    Looks good. The thing I like about the ABS data is that I can get trend information (e.g is the population increasing/decreasing etc..).

    Cheers,

    ChrisA1

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    Profile photo of mattstamattsta
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    the realestate.com.au website has subrub data too

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    Hi Chris

    I use realestate.com and check out recent sales for comparables and also rental data.
    I check out Council sites to find out information on projects for the area and zoning.
    Also contact the most prominent RE agents in the area and pick their brain to find out most desirable pockets and some info on demographics of area etc.

    WI
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    http://home.id.com.au/id-community/public-resources

    Everything you want to know about an areas demographics!

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    You Investment Property Magazines website has a suburb search function which will give you: vital statistics, demographics, recent sales and rentals and a "more info" tab which it says will get you in touch with a local expert (probably a local real estate agent) who can provide you with info like:
    . The best and worst streets

  • The best schools
  • Most in-demand properties for tenants
  • Most in-demand properties for owner-occupiers
  • How tight the rental market is
  • Environmental issues
  • Current market conditions