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There are all sorts of helpful resources all over the internet that can make home buying and selling much easier. But that's the problem. They're all over the internet. 

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Have a rummage around the site, you'll find all sorts of information for first time buyers, old-hands, investors and sellers about houses for sale and neighbourhood information. You can search for your ideal suburbs by lifestyle preference, compare real estate agency fees at a glance, get the low-down on who lives where, check how your suburb is doing in the price appreciation stakes and a whole lot more.

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If you're a first time buyer, check out our Streetwise Home Buyer articles, providing a step-by-step guide to successful home buying. Everything is covered, from buying an apartment to building your own home; from where to buy to what to buy; from making an offer to making a killing.

Need a CV or a LIM report? Use our Council Links to go straight to the relevant web pages without getting lost in the labyrinth of local government websites.

Ever wondered what your rent could buy you, or how much that mortgage will eventually cost you? Have a play with these Buyers' Calculators and find out.     

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Try our unique Suburb Sleuth lifestyle locator to discover which suburbs and neighbourhoods will suit you best.

Search by region, environment, style of homes, neighbours, quality of schools, commute time, budget and even hip factor to find the places that are right for you; then read about their pros and cons from the experts and view houses for sale in real time. 

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Discover which agents are specialists in your area and find how they compare price-wise at a glance.

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