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What should you look for in a suburb?

We analyse every suburb in the country and rank them based on their investment criteria.

Australia is a vast country with over 15,000 suburbs, each with its unique culture, opportunities, and real estate market conditions. For property investors, choosing the right suburb can be a bewildering challenge, but it can also be the difference between moderate returns and a highly successful investment.

Hotspots is designed to help investors like you find investment-ready suburbs to buy properties in with ease. With Hotspots, you can easily discover the suburbs that are poised for growth, have the lowest vacancy rates, the highest yields and lowest days on market to help you find the best property deals, and make informed investment decisions.

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Here’s the questions Hotspot answers for you…
  1. Find suburbs with properties likely in your price range
  2. Does the suburb have liquidity?
  3. Has this suburb experienced high growth in the last year?
  4. Does this suburb have good rental yield?
  5. Will I be able to rent it? What’s the vacancy rate?
  6. Does the suburb have a lot of owner occupiers or a lot of rentals?
  7. How quick do the properties sell once they are on the market?
  8. Are there good schools?
  9. Does the suburb have a good mix of properties, ripe for renovation?
  10. How many people live in the suburb?


Check out this example…

What suburb in Queensland has:

  1. Suburb Growth over 5% in the last 12 months
  2. Over 50 sales each year
  3. A Rental Yield greater than 4%
  4. Low Vacancy of under 2%
  5. Good mix of house prices with a wide IQR range
  6. Schools in the top 50% socio-economically
  7. Over 5000 people in the suburb (Rule out small towns)
  8. Over half own their properties
  9. Over 10% of properties on the market selling every month
  10. And properties selling in less than 50 days

You can refine your search to find the suburbs that match your strategy

What are the best suburbs to invest in? Find out with Stash.

What to look for when choosing a suburb to invest in?

Suburb Growth

Suburb growth is the change in median home values in a specific suburb over a 12-month period, with a positive growth rate indicating an increase in home values and a negative rate indicating a decrease. Pro Tip: Previous growth is no guarantee of future growth so you may to search for suburbs that have had a downturn.

Vacancy Rate

Vacancy rate is the percentage of rental properties in a specific area that are unoccupied or available for rent, calculated over a 12-month period. It indicates the demand for rental properties in an area. Pro Tip: You will want to make sure there is someone who is going to rent your property. A low vacancy rate is what you are after.

Market Absorption

Market absorption is the rate at which available properties are sold in a specific area over a 12-month period, indicating the demand for properties in the area and the overall health of the real estate market. Pro Tip: A high market absorption indicates the % of properties on market that sell each month. The higher the better.


The population of a suburb is the total number of people who live in that suburb. It is a useful indicator of the size and density of a suburb, as well as the potential demand for services and infrastructure. Pro Tip: Refining by population helps remove smaller towns which may have inconsistent statistics

IQR (% Median)

The IQR is based on the interquartile range of sales results and might be important for renovators. The IQR is a measure of how spread out the prices of the middle 50% of property sales are clustered. Pro Tip: It is a useful indicator of the level of activity in the property market in the suburb. A higher IQR means the property sale values are more spread out and may have a higher potential for adding value through renovation or knock down rebuild.

Rental Yield

Rental yield is the annual rental income from a property as a percentage of its value, calculated over a 12-month period. It provides an indication of the potential return on investment for a rental property. Pro Tip: A rental yield of 5-6% might just cover your mortgage repayments so is a better chance of being positively geared

Owner Occupier

Owner occupier as a percentage of a suburb refers to the proportion of homes in the area that are owned and occupied by their owners, as opposed to being rented out. This statistic provides an insight into the nature of the housing market in a specific suburb. Pro Tip: Do you want to buy in a suburb with renters as neighbours or established home owners?

Sales Count

The sale volume over 12 months in a suburb is the total number of properties that have sold in the suburb over the past 12 months. ┬áPro Tip: It is a useful indicator of the level of activity in the property market in the suburb. A higher volume of sales should provide more confidence in the statistics being displayed and won’t be impacted by outlier sales.

Days on Market

Days on market (DOM) for a suburb is the average time properties in the area stay on the market before being sold or taken off the market, calculated over the last 12 months. It reflects the demand and competition for properties in the area. Pro Tip: If you are looking to flip, how quickly are you are going to be able to sell it? DOM is a good guide to how long you might be waiting.

ICSEA School Score

The ICSEA (suburb average) is the average ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) score for all Government schools in the suburb. Pro Tip: It is a useful indicator of the socio-educational advantage of students in the suburb as a whole. It’s a great tool to narrow down suburbs in areas you are not familiar.

Once you have suburbs that match your investment strategy, you can use our On Market strategy search to find renovator’s or development opportunities or that bargain property to purchase or use our Off Market search to find development zoned properties or splitter blocks before they hit the market.

Don’t forget to check out our fully integrated flood maps, fire maps, heritage register and various biodiversity maps to help you identify potential risks and obstacles, and plan accordingly.

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