12 popular real estate & property apps in Australia

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on December 13, 2021
12 popular real estate & property apps in Australia

Aussies have a historical love of property, but more recently, we’ve also fallen in love with smartphones.

As any trip on public transport will showcase, our eyes are incessantly glued to these devices. It thus stands to reason that property apps offer the perfect way to satisfy these two obsessions.  

Listed below, in no particular order, are some of the most popular property and real estate apps in Australia available for both Android and Apple (iOS) devices.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

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UNLIMITED REDRAWS
UNLIMITED REDRAWS

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

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    100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES
    • No upfront or ongoing fees
    • 100% full offset account
    • Extra repayments + redraw services
    100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

    Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

    • No upfront or ongoing fees
    • 100% full offset account
    • Extra repayments + redraw services
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    REFINANCE ONLY
    • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
    REFINANCE ONLY

    Variable Rate Home Loan – Refinance Only

    • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
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    AN EASY DIGITAL APPLICATION
    • No ongoing fees - None!
    • Unlimited additional repayments
    • Easy online application, find out if you're approved quick!
    • Redraw- Access your additional payments if you need them
    • Use the app to get loan insights to help you pay off your home loan faster
    AN EASY DIGITAL APPLICATION

    Neat Variable Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 60%)

    • No ongoing fees - None!
    • Unlimited additional repayments
    • Easy online application, find out if you're approved quick!
    • Redraw- Access your additional payments if you need them
    • Use the app to get loan insights to help you pay off your home loan faster
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    • Low rate home loan with added benefits, add offset for 0.10%
    • Save thousands & make an environmentally conscious choice on your loan for homes less than 12 months old
    • Get a 7.0 star NatHERS rating or higher for up to 1.59% discount on your variable rate home loan T&Cs apply

    Green Home Loan (Principal and Interest)

    • Low rate home loan with added benefits, add offset for 0.10%
    • Save thousands & make an environmentally conscious choice on your loan for homes less than 12 months old
    • Get a 7.0 star NatHERS rating or higher for up to 1.59% discount on your variable rate home loan T&Cs apply

    Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to be made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. *The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Rates correct as of August 14, 2022. View disclaimer.

    For Buyers, Sellers & Renters

    1. Realestate.com.au

    With the most downloaded real estate app in Australia, realestate.com.au describes itself as “the #1 place for property”. The website and app is a product of international real estate advertising company REA Group, which is majority-owned by News Corp Australia.

    After establishing itself as Australia’s most popular real estate website, realestate.com.au launched its app in December 2010, attracting one million downloads in less than two years. By June 2018, the app had been downloaded over 8 million times.

    Source: Realestate.com.au

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 4.5 on Google Play (38,000+ reviews) and 4.7 on the App Store(150,000+ ratings)
    • Search for houses, apartments, rooms or land to buy or rent in Australia
    • View estimated values for Australian properties on and off the market
    • Look at the sales history of properties
    • Create custom ‘collections’ of saved properties (e.g. ‘dream homes collection’, ‘holiday houses collection’).
    • Smart notifications that provide updates on the status of saved properties
    • View upcoming inspection times and auctions for all properties that match your search
    • See closest schools to any property based on Government data (ACARA)
    • Set up a profile for your own property to keep track of the estimated value
    • Home loan calculator (including upfront costs) that saves your info

    2. Domain

    With over 6.5 million downloads, Domain’s app is a close second to realestate.com.au in the popularity stakes. Largely owing to the rivalry between its majority-owner Fairfax Media and REA Group’s News Corp Australia, Domain has for many years battled realestate.com.au for the mantle of being Australia’s top real estate platform. The battle recently escalated into court proceedings when REA Group objected to Domain’s advertisement in 2017 which claimed it was the “#1 property app in Australia.”

    At the time of writing, Domain advertises itself as “Australia’s highest rated real estate app” and has amassed numerous awards over the years for the its design and functionality. In 2016, it was named one of Google Play’s Best Apps for 2016. It’s also certified as an ‘Editor’s Choice’ app on Google Play.

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 4.4 on Google Play (28,000+ reviews) and 4.6 on the App Store(68,000+ reviews)
    • Look for Australian houses, apartments, townhouses or land to buy or rent
    • Search specifically for new houses, land, apartments or designs (helpful for first home buyers hoping to secure a government grant)
    • See the price estimates and sale histories of over 13 million properties
    • Filter property searches by price, bedrooms, bathrooms, parking, land size and other features (e.g pool, study)
    • Receive alerts when properties that match your saved searches become available
    • Draw on maps with your fingers to search for properties in your favourite locations
    • See school catchment zones for any property
    • Add upcoming inspections to your phone’s calendar or the app’s in-house inspection planner
    • Track your property’s value with the Home Price Guide estimate

    3. Soho

    Soho App has been described as the "Tinder for Property". Started by ex-Airtasker Co-founder Jonathan Lui in 2017, Soho App allows buyers to find properties with swiping gestures similar to popular dating app Tinder while still offering traditional real estate portal search. The app also has a social news feed and groups where real estate agents and brokers share property insights and help buyers learn.

    Soho App has had over 30,000 downloads since 2017 and operates across Australia and Singapore.

    soho app

    Image: Soho App (provided)

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 4.4 on Google Play (< 300 reviews) and 4.3 on the App Store (< 100 reviews)
    • Search for houses, apartments, rooms or land to buy or rent in Australia
    • Tinder-style swipe to look through and judge properties
    • Property Match alerts for new properties listed in your target areas and budget
    • Request for home loan approvals with-in the app
    • Social network and groups to connect buyers to property insights from agents
    • Access suburb and area data to see market values by region.

    4. View.com.au

    Originally launched as realestateVIEW.com.au in 2001, Victoria-based real estate portal view.com.au drives itself to be positioned as “the number one source of national real estate data”.

    View.com.au’s app first launched in late 2011 and has had over 50,000 installs on Google Play.

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 2.1 on Google Play (200+ reviews) and 4.6 on the App Store (2000+ reviews)
    • Search through hundreds of thousands of Australian properties to buy or rent
    • Heat maps to explore median sale and rental prices in the area and key points of interest (parks & recreation, hospitals etc.)
    • See the latest sales information and auction results on properties
    • Shortlist favourite properties and receive instant alerts about them when things happen
    • Filter searches by location, price, property type, home features and more
    • Easily phone or email agents

    5. Property Value Search/Onthehouse.com.au

    Onthehouse.com.au is a subsidiary of Australia’s largest provider of property data and analytics, CoreLogic (formerly RP Data), which describes the business as the “#4 online real estate search platform in Australia”, with over 1.5 million unique website visits a month. As alluded to by the website’s domain name, onthehouse.com.au offers free listings for real estate agencies and agents. It also provides data and interactive tools to help give buyers, sellers and investors a more in-depth understanding of the market.

    According to Google Play, Onthehouse.com.au’s Property Value Search app has had over 100,000 downloads, however, it’s had a flurry of negative user reviews in recent years over a range of technical issues.

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 1.7 on Google Play (800+ reviews) and 3.6 on the App Store (100+ reviews)
    • See descriptive profile reports on every property in Australia (number of bedrooms & bathrooms, land size, land value etc.)
    • Access sale histories of individual properties (sale price, sale date, type of sale etc.)
    • Use Real Estate Exchange (REX) analytics service to see property value movements by region
    • Access property value ‘guesstimates’

    6. Urban.com.au

    Urban.com.au describes itself as Australia's #1 in the off-the-plan space, listing more new developments than anywhere else online. A relatively new real estate app (5,000 downloads), it aims to improve the quality of Urban communities being developed across Australia.

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 3.7 on Google Play (>100 reviews) but does not yet have a rating on the App store.
    • Connects users with 3.2 million potential buyers. 
    • Allows users to filter property types in categories such as apartments, townhomes, and land estates
    • Includes news with updates on movements of the property market from industry experts.

    For Renters

    7. TenantApp

    TenantApp is a property search app for renters created by Brisbane-based property management software company InspectRealEstate (IRE).

    This app has had over 50,000 downloads from Google Play and is ranked at #4 on Google Play’s top apps for “House & Home”.

    Source: inspectrealestate

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 3.4 on Google Play (1000+ reviews) and 4.6 on the App Store (19,000+ reviews)
    • Search for rental properties throughout Australia and filter by price range, property type, number of bedrooms, locations and features (e.g. pet-friendly, pool, bath)
    • Shortlist desired properties and book inspections directly
    • Keep track of your tenancy applications and inspection times
    • Affiliated real estate agents include Ray White, McGrath, RE/MAX, Professionals and First National

    8. Rent.com.au

    Describing itself as “Australia’s #1 website dedicated to rental property, rent.com.au was founded in 2007 and listed on the ASX in 2015. It has around 1 million visitors to its website a month.

    Despite only launching in August 2018, Rent.com.au’s app has already racked up over 1,000 downloads on Google Play and is ranked #6 on Google Play’s top apps for “House & Home”.

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 4.8 on Google Play (5000+ reviews) and 4.5 the App Store (100 reviews)
    • Search for rental properties with lifestyle filters (e.g. good for families vs singles, peaceful vs vibrant)
    • Create a personal renter resume
    • Book inspections and make applications
    • Pay finance bonds, check tenancy record, purchase contents insurance
    • See a suburb’s ‘walk score’ ‘transit score’ NBN status and rental pricing

    For Renovators & Home Designers

    9. Houzz

    Popular Californian home renovation and design website Houzz first launched in Australia in 2014, tapping into the nation’s multi-billion dollar obsession with property improvement. In 2015, it reported that more than 1.4 million Australians were using its mobile and online platform each month, 24,000 of which were active renovation and design professionals from over 60 different trades.

    Houzz’s app has had over 10 million downloads around the world on Google Play.

    Key details: 

    • User ratings (out of 5): 4.7 on Google Play (350,000+ reviews) and 4.8 on the App Store (9,500+ reviews)
    • Browse millions of home interior and exterior photos (sorted by style, location or room) to gain design ideas
    • Find active renovation and design professionals to hire or collaborate with (e.g. architects, interior decorators, repair professionals)
    • Shop for products and materials – discover and purchase products/materials directly from home design images
    • Preview what products would look like in your home with the My Room 3D feature which utilises your device’s camera
    • Read articles, industry news and guides from design experts
    • Watch Houzz TV for home inspiration videos and how-tos
    • Exchange design ideas among the Houzz community and get advice from experts

    For Property Professionals

    10. RP Data Pro (CoreLogic)

    Property data and analytics giant CoreLogic describes its RP Data Pro product as “Australia’s best property professional tool”. The company first launched its app for iOS in July 2015 before releasing a version for Android in June 2017.

    Despite being restricted to RP Data Professional subscribers, CoreLogic reports that the RP Data Pro app has over 50,000 weekly active users.

    Source: CoreLogic

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 4.8 on Google Play (less than 300 reviews) and 4.9 on the App Store (4,500+ reviews)
    • Only available to those with an RP Data Professional subscription (packages from $150/month)
    • View the latest data on Australian property (value and rental estimates, sale details, ownership details, rental history etc.)
    • Read market insights and research trends
    • Generate property/suburb/valuation reports for clients with one click via email or MMS
    • School catchment information

    For Auction Lovers

    11. GAVL Live Auctions

    Australian tech startup GAVL launched its live-streaming auction app in 2017 and has since broadcast over 5,000 auctions with millions of views from around the world.

    GAVL claims that the app has been downloaded in 50 countries while on Google Play it has been downloaded over 5,000 times.

    Source: GAVL

    Key details:

    • User ratings (out of 5): 2.8 on Google Play (less than 100 reviews) and 4.0 on the App Store (less than 100 reviews)
    • Watch and bid in real estate auctions in Australia & New Zealand live and free in HD from anywhere in the world
    • See the results of auctions seconds after they finish
    • Browse listings & shortlist properties
    • Follow auctioneers and communicate with agents
    • Live alerts based on your search criteria
    • Display prices in different currencies
    • Control of the auction process for agents

    For The Budget Conscious

    12. Property Calculator Australia

    Created in 2015 by Australian business Zaindy Pty Ltd, the simple Property Calculator Australia app has had over 20,000 downloads.

    Key details:

    Article first published 30 August 2018, last updated by Aaron Bell on 13 December 2021.


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    Dominic Beattie is the Editor of Savings.com.au. He has been publishing articles on finance, business and economics since 2015, having previously worked at financial research firm and comparison site Canstar before helping to launch Savings.com.au in November 2018. Dominic's commentary has featured in various news outlets, including: Channel 7 News, News.com.au, Yahoo Finance Australia, Domain, Realestate.com.au, Daily Mail and Radio 2NURFM.

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