Buying or renting a property
In Western Australia, you can buy a property under a process of offer and acceptance. You can also purchase property by auction. The median purchase price for property in the Perth metropolitan area was $532 000* in June 2016 with the median rent for a three bedroom house around $368* a week.
For market information and to find out what’s happening currently in the property market in Perth and regional Western Australia – including prices on specific suburbs and regional areas, advice on purchasing property and properties for sale or rent – visit the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia website.
You’ll be able to view key facts about the suburbs, such as how close they are to schools, public transport and shopping centres, so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you and your family.
You can also look for online versions of major newspapers such as The West Australian, The Sunday Times and WA Today, and search property rental and sale listings.
You can get extra information and advice on renting from the
Department of Commerce website. You can also view their
Property renting guides and videos page which has videos in a range of languages.
If you already have a job lined up before you arrive, your employer may be able to help you find temporary accommodation.
*Information sourced from the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia website.
If you rent a property, you may wish to insure the contents of your home. The landlord of the property is responsible for insuring the structure of the house but you have responsibility for your own belongings within it.
If you own a property, you may wish to insure both home and contents which will (depending on your selected cover) insure both the structure of the house and contents within it.