The search column is in the column on the left of the page. You enter your seach criteria there. (See “Property Search Help” below).
The middle column shows your search map and a list of your search results. You can zoom the map or toggle it on and off with the “map” icon.
Under the map is a list of your search results. If you press “Show Me” you will get the individual profile for that property, including its market history. Take a look, it’s a unique feature of PropertyNerd! You can navigate through your search results by scrolling or jump ahead and back with the navigation buttons.
The “History” icon will hide your search results and instead show a list of your previous searches. If you click on a particular search in the list that search will appear in the search column on the left. There you can edit the search or just run it again or delete it.
The “Go” button is what you press when you’re ready for your search to be processed. It starts off as black then turns to yellow when there is enough search criteria entered. If you press “New Search” the “Go” button reverts to black.
The “New Search” button clears all the search criteria from the boxes in the search column. It allows you to start an entirely new search. If you want to just clear your choices from one box, just press the “Clear” button for that particular box.
You have to choose one of these options for every search.
“All Properties” will return all the properties on our database that match your search criteria. They will appear grouped by what street they are on.
“Listed” means you are looking for a property that has been listed for sale but not yet sold (according to our records). This is different to doing a “buy” search on one of the other property portals. The other property portals only tell you what properties they have currently listed for sale. PropertyNerd tells you properties currently listed AND previously listed but which remain unsold according to our records. Maybe that property is still for sale but not advertised. This is your chance to contact the agent or even the owner and find out! “Listed” search results appear in order of latest listing date. The older the listing date, the lower the chance the property is still for sale.
“Sold” means you are searching for properties that have been sold at some point in time. Sometimes we have a price, sometimes we only record a sale date. Sometimes a “sold” property might be for sale again, but that is only a co-incidence. “Sold” property search results are presented in order of most recent sale to least recent.
Sometimes you know the exact address of the one property you are looking for. If you don’t know, just ignore the street number box. But if you do know you can use this box so you only get the property you want.
Suppose the exact address you are looking for “15 Holt Road, Sylvania NSW”. Enter the number “15” in the Street Number box then enter the street details in the “Street” box. (Your search won’t work unless you also put something in the street box too – street number searches won’t work on their own).
When you do enter a street number AND a street the rest of the property searching criteria becomes inactive. That’s because, for example, it doesn’t make sense to look for an exact property AND specify how many bedrooms it must have: it has whatever number of bedrooms it has.
Street numbers come in lots of different forms. Often they are just simple numbers like “122” but for apartments they are often like “1/122”. They can also be in range form like “191-197”. At PropertyNerd we have tried to standardise street numbers for dwellings that share common property into the form like “1/122” rather than say “1-122”. So use that form if you are looking for a property like that. But beware, there are lots of other forms, like G.02/234 for example. If you’re not sure of the number, it’s probably quicker to just enter the exact street.
At PropertyNerd you can confine your search to just one street. Type in the street name and type , e.g. “Clontarf Road” and the drop down box will show you all the “Clontarf Roads” there are in Australia. Select the one you want. The Suburb/Town and Region boxes will then fill in automatically based on your choice. Once you’ve chosen the exact street you want you can’t then change the suburb/town or region because it follows automatically. If you want to search in a different suburb or region go back and delete what is in the “Street” box.
On PropertyNerd, a “street” is a road with the same name in the same suburb or town. If a road continues from one locality to the next we treat it as two streets. For example the Queensland suburbs of Castle Hill and North Ward are next to each other but we treat “Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill QLD” and “Yarrawonga Drive, North Ward QLD” as two streets even though if you drove down them you would regard them as one.
If you want to do a broader search than a specific property or street you can search for properties in a specific suburb, town or other locality. Just type in the first few letters of the locality name, you will be presented with a matching list from which to choose. Or type in a postcode or state abbreviation like “3165” or “VIC” – you will be presented with every potential match in postcode order.
You can search even more broadly by doing a region search. Region names in Australia are unofficial and vary broadly. But PropertyNerd makes region search easy by presenting all the options in order of state, then alphabetically. Just click on the dropdown arrow to see the available options. But if you just want to see the regions from a particular state, type that state’s abbreviation in instead. Or just do it the old fashioned way and type in the region name. Either of these ways will work. The Region search is very powerful if you want to search for a specific type of property over a broad area, e.g. all acreages with at least 4 bedrooms in the Bunbury region of WA.
You must enter at least a street, locality or region in the location box before you have a search that’s ready to go. Once you have valid location criteria the other search criteria are entirely optional.
By default, PropertyNerd searches for all property types. But you can make your search more specific by selecting one or more of the nominated types. But beware, we don’t have classifications for all properties so if you use this option you might inadvertently exclude some options. And sometimes property types are mis-described at source which can lead to inaccurate classification.
You can limit your searches to properties within certain price bands – just choose the minimum and maximum values from the drop down windows. If you do a “Listed” search this will exclude properties where the latest listing has a lower price outside the range you specified. If you do a “Sold” search the price filter will exclude properties where the latest sold price is outside your specified range. PropertyNerd gives you much more choice with price filtering than the other property portals.
You can specify any range of bedrooms between zero and ten. Zero applies for example to vacant blocks of land. Some properties such as whole apartment blocks have more than ten bedrooms. If you want your search to include more than ten bedrooms, don’t set any maximum at all.
What applies for bedrooms above also applies for bathrooms.
“Cars” indicates how many parking spaces come with the property. It includes garages, carports and designated parking spaces within apartment blocks. This measurement is entirely dependent upon advertised spaces and may or may not be exactly correct.
The land size selector can be altered between square meters, acres and hectares. Land sizes are notorious for being estimates and are sometimes inaccurate. In the case of apartments they are usually used to advertise the apartment size. Users should not rely on land sizes here to accurately tell them the size of the property. If size is critical to you, engage a surveyor to give you the actual size of the property before you buy.
The date selector can be used to confine your search results to properties listed or sold within certain periods. If you do a “listed” search your search results will only show properties listed for sale within the dates you specify. For “sold” searches the search results will only show properties which have a sale date between the specified dates. But beware, different people mean different things by “sale date”. To some it means the date the contract was signed and to others it means the date it became unconditional whilst to others it might mean the date of settlement.
You can navigate through prior searches with the forward and back arrows. The “Clear” button will clear all the selected criteria so you can do a new search. The delete button will delete the displayed search from your search history.