Real Estate: Buying and Selling property in New Zealand
online (search engine browser hits*):
trademe.co.nz (property) 170,343
trademe.co.nz (rental properties) 87,918
nzherald.co.nz (now search4homes) 38,425
* December data, research by Nielsen//NetRatings Market Intelligence
Real Estate property for sale in New Zealand. Houses, private home sales, farms, business listings, investment property: this is property on line! Here you can find links to many of the Real Estate Agencies that have web pages plus the growing number of alternative listings (classifieds and Private House Sale sites). Of course you should visit them all; meanwhile my (entirely personal and biased) descriptive comments alongside each may help you to get an overall feel for the market before you start. The emphasis here is on pages where you can actually see houses for sale, so I have not included the large number of agencies that merely have a"splash" page with contact details and nothing else.
I was spending quite a lot of time looking for sites selling houses, to try and get them to promote the use of prepurchase and presale house inspections. I belong to a group called The New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors Inc. Having found quite a large collection of relevant sites, it made sense to make it available to everyone. Please feel free to email any dead links or additions. william
All the links on this page should open in new windows on your browser; so you don't have to use the "back" button; this also means it is easy to have several sites up at once to make direct comparisons. However, remember close them when you are finished: your computer cannot keep an infinite number of windows open at the same time!.
Last update: 11 August 2007
Multi-Listing Sites (the largest number)
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The way of the future. At any rate, a growth industry.
Most charge for listings. It is not really practical to put them in order, as they vary so much: from super professional to individuals working at home in their spare time. All worth a visit
Currently (October 2004) I think the fastest growing site. It is very good, that's why!
Carefully designed site. A good amount of information
for buyers and sellers. One of my favourites, as they put in a link to the NZ
Institute of Building Surveyors :-) Been growing ever since - now sites in Australia
and Fiji as well 1/11/04
It was hard to know what to
call this site, as they have also registered a few other domain names as well.
(Including Houses4sale.co.nz) Listings divided into groups, (sorted by area) with
more details available, mostly south island (Christchurch based), but some North
Island ones appearing April 00. Also houses and flats to rent, updated every 36
As of 1/11/04, big increase over last visit 23/6/01, lots of
listings, mainly North Island. Huge increase since last visit Dec 2000. A site
that is on the way up. And it continues to do so! Dates of when listings posted,
which is a very good feature.
1/11/04 Hamilton area, works well, looks good
Thumbnails on the first page. Easy navagtion.
Bay of Plenty. Lots of houses. Update was a month old 18/9/02
Green Door Commission Free Real Estate Lots to view. 8 Sept 2005
This is a lawyer based property advertiser: " a do-it-yourself venue for buying, selling and leasing property privately", or, how to cut out the agents but still use lawyers. Mostly Wellington based as of 26 May 2002 (second visit)
Extremely easy to use search engine, not many house in Auckland 1/11/04, may be out of date
Up until recently a "businesses for sale" site, now
offering private home sales as well (22 Nov 2004) Sellers have access to a password
protected real time visitors stats system that graphs visitors, geo-location,
Sites that will find a house for you
will contact the agents in your designated area with your request
Want to live in the most beautiful part of the country? Nelson really IS paradise. Who wouldn't want to live there? Very nice site, lots of local info. 2/5/04
Christchurch based, nice site. They will do everything. 16/6/04
Maybe you can skip those trips to the Land Titles Office, the Local Council and the Quotable Value Office. Here (for a price) you can get government valuations, sales histories, tenure and ownership details, building condition. Maybe the house you're thinking of buying was built on a swamp? Had some dubious renovations done to it? You might find the answer here, and you can order hard copy of whatever you want as well. I repeat, this is not a free service.
Home Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of NZ LAW Limited , an association in independent legal practices, with 148 partners and 650 professional and support staff, offices all over the country.
All kinds of legal work (including Conveyancing and many other services) offered on line.
"We're here to help you choose the right loan from a great range of lenders, and to make getting that loan easy." - Bruce Gordon, Chief Executive
Everything to want to know about borrowing money, for personal or investment property, plus a good list of brokers. A very professional site.
A another NZ based mortgage broker
NZ Web based Mortgage Brokers 8/9/05
Other property information pages
These pages do what I set out to do, but without the personal (biased) comments :-)
Practical steps outlined by the law firm Gillespie Young Watson (Wellington based)
Property Investment Tips, Strategies, and free software, discussions, essays, links
"What information will
you get in these pages? It will include analysis of listed company performances
and market news, syndication, transaction details and analysis of the physical
property marketís various sectors, articles about neighbourhoods, people, resource
consent matters, litigation... "
Heaps of useful information
A Personal Odyssey which is a practical step-by-step guide to buying a house in New Zealand for the first-time house buyer
No one I know of runing aweb site devoted to open homes any more - a real pity, there used to be a very good one.
Real Estate from an investment point of view
Lease / invest in office space. Very smooth site - best of all, download a no fuss PDF file with all the property details 25/5/02
"Our aim is to provide
readers with topical information on residential rental and property markets allowing
you to make informed decisions for your property investment. We demonstrate how
to get into residential property and how to get the most out of the investment."
"The Boutique Real Estate Company"
"the premier waterfront development on the Viaduct Harbour,
"RentMaster is a program designed for landlords and property managers. This program collects information about the property owners, properties, mortgages and tenants. It then records the income, expenses and mileage incurred as a result of maintaining the rental properties. " New Zealand made
"We are New Zealands premiere Landlord and Property Investment site. We have the all the information you need to be a sucessful landlord: Aticles, books and legislation relating to Rental Property Investment." 16/11/02
Interactive Property Management: These people look after 100's of properties for out of town / overseas owners Investment advice etc.
The Govt department that considers if overseas investors are acceptable: you need more than just money!
Click on "Coastal" from the "Properties" drop down menu. Top end of the market. Spend time here if you want a very beautiful house.- as of Octobet 2004 - very nice site indeed. Part of the Trends Group, who publish "Trends" Magazine
A Bayleys site, as of 16/3/01, a few coastal properties iin the far north.
A very graphics intensive page. This is a seaside subdivision north of Auckland. The page has won some awards.
Also check the "local real estate agencies" catagory, which includes places like Great Barrier Island, and the far North ("RealNorthNZ"); and "Baches" with several sites showing beach houses to buy or rent.
A couple of places in the Bay of Islands
Real Estate Agencies
Before surfing these, you should know that RealENZ has the biggest database of searchable properties, but the local version of Australia's property page is fast gaining ground
A very professional site! Good, basic advice on buying, selling, recognising the market. Mortgage payment calculator and the same RealENZ search engine
Very nice looking site. Obviously mainly Australian, but using the good (private) search engine I found plenty of Auckland listings, with photos, minimal info, and a really easy to use repayment calculation calculator: the best by far I saw.
Cheerful, enthusiastic site, also with it's own search engine that returns a useful amount of info (and the price).
All around the Wellington area. When you choose a specific area, you are offered a search engine. My first search returned 83 properties, click for a photo and more details (including a photo of the agent)
Very nice, full site. Easy to look at lots of houses. One significant drawback: no prices!! 18/9/02
Recently completely rebuilt, a distinct improvement. No thumbnail pictures on the first page of listings....you have to click "view". LOTS of houses in Auckland. 13/9/02
Quick search feature on front page shows 200 houses in Auckland 25/5/02
First National have their own search engine but some offices also have listings linked through to the RealENZ site as well. 116 properties in Auckland 9 Dec 2003
A talking site!
Auckland's North shore. Very nice site, lots of top of the range houses, waterfront etc.
Auckland. Very nice pages, easy to navigate, heaps of listings and updates. 2/5/03
A very nice site (by WebMark) Perhaps it should be in the rural part: Warkworth, Kowhai Coast, Kawau Island (about one hour North of Auckland) Lots of photos.
Yet another webmark site, and they're getting even better! This is Kawau Island, off the coast in the same area as the two above. As of 8/3/00, there were over 20 properties and empty bits of land very nicely presented, most with photos and enticing descriptions. Even if you can't see living on an island, I bet you can't stop looking once you see the first page fully loaded :)
Glenfield, Auckland. Barfoot and Thompson, this is *such* a nice site. So very simple, clean and the listings appear on the first page. No clutter, fast. What more could you want?
Richardsons Real Estate. A good selection of properties all over the Peninsula (16 different locations)
Auckland City: South. Nice pages, As of 18/9/02 14 listings:"The site is now run off a database, and has some new features (print this listing, make an online enquiry). The whole site has been optimised so it now loads faster, and the main page changes evertime someone visits"
Howick, Pakuranga & Bucklands Beach (Auckland East) 10 listings on the front page as of 19/6/01, with a thumbnail. This first page loads very slowly, as it is also loading the full size image of each house at the same time: so when you click on any one, the big picture is there instantly. Nice, clean, simple pages.
A Harcourts agent based in Hobsonville, (semi rural) Auckland. A selection of houses with a photo and description
Hobsonville, West Harbour, Royal Heights and Massey areas of West Auckland. Homes in these areas are a broad mix ranging from $150,000 to $600,000. Photos and descriptions.
Grant Shackleton, Harcourts, lots of houses in Hamilton, very well organised site, instant access to properties, plenty of good advice.
Gary de Haan. 148 properties in and around Taupo (center of North Island, a big lake) 24/10/01
"the first city to see the sun each day" (Half way up the North Island, on the right).Over 20 houses at 10/7/02. Good sized thumbail to click on for more details
Very friendly," homemade" site. About 20 properties in the Wellington area 4th Dec 99. Lots of useful info about the region, plus info for buyers and sellers. Good stuff!
From the www.stuff.co.nz review: "At present, (October 2000) the site ... showcases a selection of Lower Hutt homes offered by five real estate agents." Especially impressive (to me) is that this site is "home made" in the very fullest sense of the word: the owner operator runs the site from his own server! I'll be back to check progress, this site certainly gets my thumbs up; such ingenuity surely deserves success! As of 4/3/01, this site continues to improve, and expand, with houses all over the country
Hutt Valley (Wellington area). Part of the professionals group. Uses RealNZ's search engine, but with locally suppiled listings. Lots to look at: wish list (tell them what you want), Rental amd commercial. 13/7/01
North of Wellington: View houses in Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua, Waikanae, Otaki, Levin, rural areas. Once you get to the pages of listings, there is a greatd eal on each page, so it takes a while to load. 23/7/02
Bay of Islands. You have to click through quite a few pages to get to them, but there are lots to look at. IIndividual pages for under 200 thousand, over, Rural, vacant, lifestyle, auction and feature. Also links to other local real estate pages
Bay of Islands, and adjacent areas. Thumbnail images load on
the second page, so it takes a while, but then more details of the house of your
dreams is only one click away
Christchurch, as of 20/8/2002, a page full of thumbprints, click for more details.
Ray White. A handful of pictures, simple list of properties for sale, with descritions and prices. 23/7/02
Peter Wrigley's as of 23/7/02, a good selection of houses and sections. Who wouldn't want to live here?
The first, probably still the biggest. All NZ. A huge number of listings. Site frequently revamped, Like all the best. you can enter what you want, and they will email you with new listings that fit. As of 19 May 2001, it has become very fast (finally). Coincidentally. I received 2 recent emails about this site at the same time, one slamming the recent changes (too many clicks to get to what you want, tiny thumbnail pix), the other praising it. You better decide for yourself.
This site has is always one step ahead. On a recent drive around the country, I found signs with their logo everywhere.(May 2002) Loads very fast, heaps of houses on the first page, the best search engine design (in my opinion). Ranks amoungst the top real estate sites according to accessnz's hitwise search engine. If you are interested in placing a house, go to their services page
13/2/00 The standard is moved up several notches
with this excellent site. About 40 houses/farms at the visit, plus you can leave
details of what you want and they'll send you an email when it comes in. Over
50 properties 4/3/01, plus you can tell them what you are looking for and get
an email when something like it comes along.
Farm property for sale in Canturbury
"If you are seeking real estate in the Palmerston North, Feilding, Hunterville, Hastings/Wairoa , Havelock North, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Pahiatua, Masterton, Carterton, Martinborough, or Greytown areas, please browse our branches' listings. You can also choose to view properties via our agents' home pages."
Farm properties for sale
I took down all the builders' links- it was hard work keeping them updated, and I think most people visiting here are looking for houses for sale right now. However, many of the sites do offer plans on line. The best kept collection of Builders' sites I know of, both large and small, is here
This link jumps straight to their apartments / units page. There are lots, with pictures, and prices.
"Located within 27 acres of premium land in
Newmarket, Auckland's most exciting shopping and restaurant district, Broadway
Park is an inclusive community for all ages and lifestyles. Begun in 1993, Broadway
Park features exceptional apartments, low-density single houses, terraced houses
"All the focal points for a
vibrant and creative environment are here, from the neighbourhood cafe to the
brand new recreational facilities."
Pipers maintains a very good list - enter "house relocation" in the search box
"If you're a bach-owner, or a regular bach-user, you'll want to know about BachClub. It's a fun facility that makes running a shared holiday home easy" June 2002
Holiday homes for rent all around the country
The publishers of the famous book. Not everything that is in the book is on line (duh!) but there are still plenty to view. 19/6/04
An extremely modern site. Beautiful, even, in an Architesque sense. Ordinary visitors might be intimidated. In essese, kitset baches for those who wont compromise on style. The web page creators should win an award. 4/3/01
Plenty for rent, all around the country. Why stay in a motel when you can rent your own private house on the beach! 2/05/03.
"Property For Industry is New Zealand's only listed property investment company focussed solely on industrial property. PFI commenced operation in 1994 and as of June 1999 had a property portfolio comprising 37 properties valued at NZ$184 million. The market capitalisation of the company at 31 January 1999 was NZ$137 million."
Bay of Islands
The distinction between this catagory and the one below (Private House Sales) is lately getting a little blurry.
NZ Herald. Great for Aucklanders. Listings
updated constantly, an E-Alert service to notify you when your dream house turns
up, mortgage calculator, online insurance quotes, rates information, public notices..and
lots of newsy items. Plus Dave Cull (of TV fame)
www.propertystuff.co.nz. Nice site, lots of houses, great search engine.
A huge selection (25/3/00) of apartments, houses,boats,
land, townhouses through to vehicles, both here and a scattering in Australia.
Very few details. Most items are up for trade (WHY = what have you), but also
have a cash figure attached.
Christchurch based. These people also own aucklandproperty.com
as well as propertyforsale.co.nz and houses.co.nz and many more.
It's getting better all the time....choose the search option and scroll down to 130 Accom / Property. Hits the Internet the day after it hits the street
Remember to find a suitably qualified
inspector to check out your dream house. Making this part of the Sale and Purchase
agreement is becoming almost standard practice in some areas. Visit the home page
to find a member near you:
New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors Inc
My business page: is at www.inspect.co.nz
Building Consultants Ltd
My new page
and my email for feedback, dead / new links is william
want to use a search engine for what I've missed? Here's the list of New Zealand
ones:(The top row are "Portals", with lots of stuff (like the news and weather,
but they also have good search engines; both clear and the hub offers you a list,
so you can choose from the big overseas ones as well)
xtra:whatsonnz: the hub : MSN (NZ) : clear : New Zealand's Information Network : Seek.Net.Nz
Altavista NZ : Search NZ : Access NZ : NZ. Web Search : NZ. Explorer : NZ Search : Web Directory : LookSmart : NZPages :
International search engines: NZ NetGuide thinks Googleis best (and so do I)
and for the best list of *all* the specialist search engines and what they
are good for: