What are the best house hunting websites on the market?

Co-author: Regina Collins
Buying a property is a BIG decision, and the house hunting process can sometimes be lengthy and frustrating. Luckily, there are plenty of digital tools out there that could make your search for a new home a little easier.

We’ve rounded up some of the most popular New Zealand real estate sites to help you through this process.

Major real estate websites

These sites are some of the most well-known and widely-used New Zealand real estate sites on the web.


Whether you’re in the market for your dream home, a new office space, or a house to rent, realestate.co.nz will have you sorted. They provide comprehensive property listings and information to help property seekers and sellers at all stages of their journey.

For tech-savvy home hunters, realestate.co.nz has apps for iPhone and Android, which you can use to hunt for your next property using a map-based search platform.

Trade Me Property

Trade Me is one of New Zealand’s leading online marketplace and classified websites. While Trade Me might be better known as a place to sell your second-hand household goods, their real estate arm is not to be overlooked.

Trade Me Property launched in 2005, and is now a top resource for buying and researching properties. Home buyers can search for property by location and set up email alerts to stay on top of movements in the market. Using the Trade Me Property iPhone or Android app, you can research recent sales histories for properties that you are interested in.

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Property Valuation Sites

Getting a property valuation is an essential part of the home hunting process. A property valuation will help guide you on suburbs and specific properties that might be in your reach and a property valuation will also be conducted by your prospective lender when you apply for a home loan. Here are some of the most well-known property valuation sites on the market.


homes.co.nz aims to help Kiwis make smarter property decisions by gathering New Zealand property data and making it simple to use. Whether you’re a buyer, seller or homeowner, homes.co.nz will have data that can help you make a decision on what your property is worth. In fact, they provide data on 1.6 million homes presented in a simple-to-use map visualisation.

If you currently own a home, you can claim your home to receive exclusive insights and regular updates on changes in value.


QV.co.nz claims to offer insight into every property, street and suburb in New Zealand. They provide property buyers with access to detailed property reports, instant valuations and expert advice and trends.

They also provide a number of simple tools that can help in the research process when buying a house, including a mortgage calculator and a rental yield calculator.

QV is powered by Core Logic, the largest provider of property information and analytics in Australia and New Zealand.

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Whether you’re buying or selling, myvalocity gives you access to reliable and up-to-date property information. myvalocity claims to gather data from more sources, more frequently than any other property information service in New Zealand. myvalocity provides free property information for all of New Zealand using accurate information that is updated daily. myvalocity even offers bank approved valuations.

Using myvalocity’s dashboard, you can track the value of your own property, any rental properties you may own or properties you’re interested in buying. You can even keep tabs on trends and prices a particular suburb.

myvalocity is powered by Valocity, a valuation company that provides insights for banks, mortgage specialists and lenders.

Websites such as realestate.co.nz and Trade Me Property also have property valuation tools on their sites, making it easy to do everything in the one place. There are numerous other property valuation sites out there, just make sure you do your fair share of research before making a purchase decision. Sometimes it may even be a good option to compare two or three different sites together so you know you’re getting the best price possible.

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) is the national professional association for New Zealand’s real estate sector.  It is an organisation that provides research and well-informed advice to the Federal Government, Opposition, professional members of the real estate sector, media and the public on a range of issues affecting the property market.

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