Real Estate Authority

Real Estate Authority
The ‘Real Estate Authority’ or ‘REA’ (operating name) are the independent government agency that regulates the New Zealand real estate industry. REA’s previous name — ‘Real Estate Agents Authority’ or ‘REAA’ — is its legal name. The Real Estate Agents Authority is a Crown entity, established under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008.

REA promotes a high standard of service and professionalism in the real estate industry and helps protect buyers and sellers of property.

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

Visit the REA website:

Useful Documents and Resources
The REA website contains useful documents and resources, including but not limited to the following consumer guides and conduct rules, which can be found here:

  • New Zealand Residential Property Agency Agreement Guide
  • New Zealand Residential Property Sale and Purchase Agreements Guide
  • Professional Conduct and Client Care Rules