The Real Estate Authority (REA) is the independent government agency that regulates the New Zealand real estate industry. Their purpose is to promote and protect the interests of consumers buying and selling real estate, and to promote public confidence in the performance of real estate agency work.

Their job is to promote a high standard of service and professionalism in the real estate industry and help protect buyers and sellers of property.

  • provide independent information for people who are buying and selling property through our website.
  • provide advice and guidance for real estate professionals and deal with complaints about real estate professionals’ behaviour.
  • license people and companies working in the real estate industry.
  • maintain a Code of Conduct setting out the professional standards real estate professionals must follow.
  • maintain a public register of real estate professionals that includes information about disciplinary action taken in the last 3 years.

The Real Estate Agents Authority is a Crown entity, established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008.

REA provides comprehensive independent information and guidance for home buyers and sellers which you can view via or download directly via the links below:

  • Click here to download REA Guide to Agency Agreements
  • Click here to download REA Buyers Journey Guide
  • Click here to download REA Guide to Sale and Purchase Agreements
  • Click here to download REA Code of Conduct