About Us

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate is owned and supported by CSIRO, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Whether you’re a owner, renter or investor, we’re committed to providing the very best information to support you in your journey to create or find your best home … healthy, efficient, comfortable and connected to your local community.

If you’re a sales agents or property manager, from a small independent agency or a large real estate brand, you are now able to access our award winning Liveability Real Estate Specialist training. As an up-skilled property marketing professionals you are able to utilise the ground-breaking “prop-tech enabled” Liveability Features Appraisal Checklist. This new appraisal service delivers additional information regarding Liveability Features of a property for your renters, owners and investors in order to address the comfort and running cost potential of properties at point of sale or rent. This represents an exciting new value proposition for residential homes and apartments which enables you to professionally respond to rising consumer demand for better property information at a time when Australians need this information the most.

Our Banksia award-winning Liveability Real Estate Framework

The Liveability Real Estate Property Marketing Framework addresses the four aspects of the property marketing: the real estate agent who brings the people and property together through effective online and print marketing.

It is not a rating system. It is a property marketing framework which enables the real estate industry to simply and effectively identify and integrate an additional 17 Liveability Features into the point of sale or rent utilising our prop-tech solution in a robust and standardised way.

Liveability Features are property features that offer the potential for reduced running costs and increased comfort if used correctly by the occupant. These features were developed in consultation with industry organisations in the sustainable design, building/construction, manufacturing and assessment industries and are endorsed and supported by them.

The real estate industry has chosen these 17 Liveability Features which cover aspects of good building design, energy and water efficiency, renewables and energy ratings. They are validated at point of sale or rent by a trained agent utilising our prop-tech checklist with benchmarks which deliver trusted information into the marketplace. We call these features The 17 Things™. A property needs a minimum of six selected Liveability Features to receive the Liveability Features icon on a rental or sales listing.

The future of real estate – trusted property information

The Liveability Features Appraisal Checklist is a prop-tech enabled solution which automatically generates the Liveability Features Listing image for your property listing. Available on all mobile devices, this checklist contains benchmarks for each feature which are relevant to an existing home or apartment. These benchmarks have been set in collaboration with our knowledge partners in the relevant industries and approved by CSIRO.

By providing these ground-breaking features-based building performance benchmarks into the real estate moment ensures that every appraisal is working to a standard and ensures that consistency across the market. Coupled with the important agent training this delivers a property marketing standard which is maintained, advocated for, and regularly updated at point of sale or rent.

The next generation real estate agent

The Liveability Real Estate Framework encompasses high-level professional real estate training, prop-tech (a new appraisal checklist) and unique property marketing icon (Liveability Features icon) to effectively and efficiently unlock the hidden value of these new Liveability Features.

The ‘real estate moment’ is short but influential in driving value in residential properties. It is important that agents are trained to identify these additional Liveability Features and know why they are important to liveability potential. Therefore core to the Liveability Real Estate Framework is a new professional pathway in real estate, the Liveability Real Estate Specialist.

This specialisation builds on their existing sales or property marketing expertise, is refreshed and updated every 12 months to keep abreast of changes in residential building innovation.

As well as the traditional real estate services Liveability Real Estate Specialist are able to appraise and list a property with an additional 17 Liveability Property features to assist you in buying, selling or renting your home.

The Liveability Real Estate Framework was created to comply with the ACCC Green Marketing.

  • be honest and truthful
  • detail the specific part of the product or process it is referring to
  • use language which the average member of the public can understand
  • explain the significance of the benefit
  • be able to be substantiated

What does this mean for buyers, sellers and renters?

The Liveability Features icon can now be highlighted on the property listing of a home for sale or rent and the features it represents are expertly marketed by a trained Liveability Real Estate Specialist. These specially trained sales agents and property managers have been up-skilled to recognise, and effectively sell, an additional 17 Liveability Features; to understand what the features are, how to recognise them and why they are important to liveability potential.

This is good news for home owners who have invested in the features, or renovators wanting to know where to start. It’s good news for buyers and renters too who are looking to find their best home; healthy, efficient, comfortable and connected to their local community.

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