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Four features that can improve your property value

How your suburb features can improve property values

Whether it's to live or invest, make sure the suburb where you buy has the potential for good capital growth.

Certain features of a suburb typically impact a property’s value for the better. They include:

  • transport
  • shops, restaurants, cafes
  • schools
  • parks, natural environment

Whether you’re in the market for a new home or an investment property, it’s worth keeping an eye out for these features as they may well add a fair amount of resale value for later down the track when you decide to sell.

Transport

For many potential buyers and tenants alike, links to good public transport are high on their wish-lists – especially if the property is in an urban area. For those working in city centres, being able to get to the office on a train, tram, bus or ferry in good time means they can avoid spending hours each day stuck in traffic.

Being able to walk to public transport within a few minutes can be a great selling feature for a property, and it’s even better if that transport services key destinations outside the suburb – for example shops, cafes and so on (see below) – as well as the CBD work commute. Suburbs with train lines, tram lines and/or a good bus exchange are likely to be in demand.

Shops, restaurants and cafes

While transport links are typically popular, for many residents it’s also important to be able to walk to shops, restaurants and cafes within or near their own suburb.

Ideally, a suburb will have a main street brimming with quality retail shops as well as good restaurants and cafes. This is likely to appeal to singles, couples and families alike.

Schools

For families or people considering having a family, being in the catchment area for good schools is likely to be high on their want list. While it may not always be possible to buy a property within walking distance to a school, if it’s relatively easy for the residents’ children to get to school (by public transport, for example) this can be a big plus.

And just what constitutes a ‘good school’? Student results are usually available to the public, so you can find out which schools are performing better than others before you take the plunge with your purchase.

Parks and natural environment

The natural environment can do a lot to shape the vibe of a suburb. Nice parks are likely to be attractive for families with young kids, although in terms of increasing resale value they may not be as important as, say, good schools or transport links.

Another positive influencer may be proximity to appealing natural areas like beaches, lakes, rivers and forests.

Where to start?

Once you’ve worked out all the suburb features you’re looking for, you can start searching for your ideal property with them in mind. CommBank’s complimentary Property Reports include, among other details, information about public transport proximity as well as suburb demographics and aerial images of the property.

Our CommBank Property app is a useful tool for potential buyers too. You can search for properties, assess affordability and, when you’re ready, apply for a loan. The app also has handy articles, tools, tips and sold data to help you with your search.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice.