If you're interested in becoming a real estate agent, you've come to the right place. This page explains the qualifications you need and the process to follow.
First things first
To do real estate work in New Zealand you must be licensed by us under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008, unless you are a lawyer or a licensed auctioneer. A real estate licence can be held by an individual or a company.
Individuals can apply for a license online using the Licensee Portal. Companies must complete an application form.
These information sheets describe the licence application processes:
Who can be licensed?
Criteria and qualifications for an individual licence
To be granted a licence you must be 18 years or over, meet certain criteria and hold certain qualifications. We will also carry out a police check. Read more about:
Criteria and qualifications for a company licence
A company needs at least one officer of the company to hold an individual agent's licence and all the officers of the company must meet certain criteria.
People who can not hold a licence
Australian licensees need a New Zealand licence
The cost of applying for a licence
You can find the current fees and levies here
Applying for an individual licence
Complete an online application
Applying for a company licence
To apply of a company licence one of the officers of the company will need to complete the application form.
What happens next?
Your application will be advertised on our website
We will advertise the details of your application our website
for 14 days. During this time anyone can object to a licence being granted.
If someone objects we will let you know. You will have an opportunity to respond we will consider the objection. This process may take up to two months to complete.
The outcome of your licence application
We will let you know the outcome of your application when the 14 day objection period is over and we have received the result of the police vetting check. It can up 28 days for us to receive the vetting results.
If your application is declined
We will write to you to let you know the reasons for the decision. , and about your right to seek a review and how to do this. The application fee plus GST is not refundable but the levy fees you have paid will be refunded.
When you have your licence
If your application is approved we will record you in our public register of licensees and send you a letter of approval and Evidence of Licence certificate. This will include your name, licence number, the class of licence you hold and the date of issue and expiry. You need to produce this certificate, or a copy of it, if asked.
You will need to maintain and renew your licence every year and let us know if we need to update any information about you in the register (such as your phone number, address, or employer).
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