Selling a home?

Selling your home is a big move. It’s a complex legal process and it’s important to understand what’s involved and what to watch out for — before you put your house on the market.

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Get legal advice 

You want to get a good price for your property. You also need to make sure you understand your legal rights and obligations when selling your property. That’s why it’s important to get your own legal advice before you sign anything. 

We recommend you engage a lawyer to help you though the selling process. Choose a lawyer before you set out to sell — selling can be a fast-moving process.

Agency agreements and sale and purchase agreements are legally binding documents. You should consult your lawyer before signing them.

Find a property lawyer

  • Get recommendations from friends, family or work colleagues.
  • Contact the local branch of the New Zealand Law Society.
  • Visit

Sign up with a real estate salesperson

Your real estate salesperson works on your behalf, so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable with. You should discuss everything with them carefully before you sign an agency agreement.

We publish a guide about the agency agreement​​​​. The salesperson must give you a copy of the guide before you sign an agency agreement. We recommend reading the guide early in the selling process. 

Download a copy of the Agency Agreement Guide​ (pdf 576KB).​ ​

Read more about signing up with a real estate salesperson​.

Understand the sale process and method of sale

There are several methods of buying and selling property — for example, tender or auction. It’s important to understand the process you’re using to sell your property. Practices can vary between agencies, so make sure you confirm details with them.

Read more about the method of sale​.

Read the sale and purchase agreement
The sale and purchase agreement is legally binding, so it’s important to read it carefully 
and get legal advice before you sign. You can negotiate the terms and conditions of an
agreement, but once you sign it, there’s no going back.
We publish a guide about the sale and purchase agreement​​​​. The salesperson must give you a copy of the guide before you sign a sale and purchase agreement. We recommend reading the guide early in the buying process. 

Download a copy of the Sale and Purchase Agreement Guide (pdf 576KB). 

Understand the language of property sales

The property market has a lot of words and jargon that may be new to you. Use our glossary​​ to find out what everything means​.

Your guide to selling a home

Download ​Yo​ur guide to selling a home​ (.pdf 975 KB)