Buy a house on-line

Q At the Bill Gates presentation at the Entertainment Centre last year, one of the guest speakers demonstrated a Web site on which it was possible to search for houses for sale, as well as view interest rates and stamp duty calculations. Unfortunately I have been unable to find this site as I failed to write it down. Is there anyone out there who took note of this particular Web site?

- Kristina Williams

A Without a URL some sites can be difficult to find, and unfortunately I haven't been able to identify the site you refer to. The pessimist in me says that locating the site you're after is like looking for a needle in a haystack, but the optimist in me prefers to think that there is a Help Screen reader somewhere who knows the URL and would love to write in and share it with us.

In the meantime, I've discovered two useful Australian property Web sites that you may want to check out. One of them may even be the site you're trying to find! The first is called R.E.VIEW (Australian Real Estate Online), and can be found at http://www.property.com.au. It has information for both property buyers and sellers. You can search Australia-wide for properties according to price, location, size, type and method of sale. Your search returns a list of properties that match your search criteria, and provides links to detailed information sheets containing pictures and descriptions of each property. There are also links to some Australian real estate agents and various loan calculators.

The second site is at http://www.yourmortgage.com.au, and this is the Web site for "Your Mortgage Magazine". Here you can check the latest home loan interest rates offered by a number of financial institutions by consulting an Australia-wide database that is updated daily. There are numerous calculators to choose from, including a monthly repayment calculator, a home cost calculator, a stamp duty calculator, and links to many more. Other useful resources at this site include property price information for Sydney and Melbourne homes, a postcode lookup service, advice for borrowers, and a guide to mortgage essentials.

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