Researching a property
Advice for purchasers
Prior to purchasing a property, it’s always a good idea to do some research first.
As a purchaser, it’s handy to have information prior to purchase about the existence of any building or planning approvals, and how planning constraints might affect a property. This can assist to avoid issues such as:
- costs associated with having to obtain approvals or undertake rectification works to bring a building up to standards
- issues with home and contents insurance policies or payout.
- impacts to the value or resale potential of the property.
City of Gold Coast (City) can assist you by providing information about the land via a property search request. For more details about the search types available, see our buying, selling and searches page.
For enquiries about a property title, contact the Queensland Government's Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM).
What to look for when buying a property
You can visit our Planning and Development Online (PD Online) database, which can give you a free and quick snapshot of the zoning of the land and certain applicable approvals.
However, to inform your final decision, it is recommended that you complete and submit a property 'Search Request form' to tell you:
- whether all buildings or structures on the property have a building approval
- whether a building has had a final inspection, indicating it meets the relevant standards
- if any swimming pool or spa has a Form 23 pool safety certificate or Form 17 building approval final inspection certificate
- for a commercial building, if a certificate of classification is current or whether there are any outstanding infrastructure charges.
Property sale information
To find information about previous sale prices for a property, you can carry out a Queensland Valuation and Sales (QVAS) search via the Queensland Government.
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) can also provide statistical information for property sales, such as median house prices for a particular suburb.
Understanding the local area
To learn more about the Gold Coast City area you can refer to the following:
- Gold Coast history and heritage
- Gold Coast population profile
- Gold Coast attractions
- Our beaches
- Parks and recreation
This information is provided as general advice only and therefore it is recommended that you seek independent legal advice in respect of your particular transaction.
The Queensland Government also provides information for buying and owning a home.