Read our guides
We produce guides to help buyers and sellers understand key documents used during the real estate process.
Our guide to sale and purchase agreements
The sale and purchase agreement is legally binding, so it’s important to read it carefully and get legal advice before you sign anything. You can negotiate the terms and conditions of an agreement, but once you sign it, there’s no going back.
We publish a guide to help buyers and sellers understand the sale and purchase agreement. The real estate agent must give you a copy of the guide before you sign a sale and purchase agreement.
Download the residential property sale and purchase agreement guide here.
Download the Chinese version of the residential property sale and purchase agreement guide here.
Our guide to agency agreements
If you choose to use a real estate agent to sell your house, you will be asked to sign an agency agreement. An agency agreement is a legally binding contract. Before signing, make sure you have read and fully understood it and get your lawyer to check it. Your agent must recommend that you get legal advice before signing an agency agreement.
We publish a guide to help sellers understand the agency agreement. Your agent must give you a copy of the agency agreement guide and ask you to confirm in writing that you have received it. You should read this guide before you sign the agency agreement.
Download the residential property agency agreement guide here.
Download the Chinese version of the residential property agency agreement guide here.
The buyer journey guide
Buying a home can be a complicated process, especially when you haven’t bought before. The buyer journey guide shows the end-to-end buying process so you can see where you are and what to do next.
Download the buyer journey guide here.
Guidance for home buyers and sellers
We have developed settled.govt.nz to help guide you through the home buying and selling process. Settled.govt.nz provides comprehensive independent information and guidance for home buyers and sellers. You’ll find checklists, quizzes, videos and tools to help you feel confident and in control.
On settled.govt.nz, you’ll learn about sale and purchase agreements, LIMs, open homes and much more.