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Real Estate
Agents
in New
Zealand

Real Estate agents in New Zealand are very similar to the ones found in the USA, Britain, Canada, Australia and other countries. If you are buying, renting or selling a property (private or commercial) it is very likely that you will go through a real estate professional. Although it is not compulsory to go through an agent when making these arrangements, as you can do this privately yourself, 90% of transactions are made through a real estate agent. There are many registered real estate firms, although there are around 5 or so big firms and you will find their offices in practically every corner of every city. The weekend papers have its own real estate advertisement section, which are so thick that the real estate section alone is as big as the rest of the paper.

Real Estate Agents are responsible for various functions relating to property transactions such as organise and process any paperwork need, and advice on the legal matters relating to buying, or selling a property. They also administrate long and short term rentals, and which now have become increasingly more efficient in processing payments with the use of the internet. Other services made by a real estate agent include preparing auctions, property evaluations, and consultations with clients. The majority of Real Estate agents are honest, as they can lose their license, and even end up in jail for giving you false and misleading information or for trying to trick you in anyway. Only the seller or proprietor pays commission to the real estate agents for their services. 

Some expressions used in the newspapers about accommodation:

slug Single Lock Up Garage
dlug Double Lock Up Garage
Carport Just a roof on the top of the car and open by the sides.
Off Street Off Street Parking
furn Furnished
unfurn Unfurnished
p.w. Per Week
lge Large
ens Ensuite = Room + bathroom together
brm Bedroom
bthrms Bathrooms
f.fenced Fully Fenced
d/washer Dish washer
Unit A unit or apartment in a building
Complex Many blocks of apartments
Home Simple house with one or two stores
Town House House with a building shape
Granny Flat A very small apartment at the side of a house
ent. room Entertainment Room
Study a room for reading, study, etc...
Incl. Included or Inclusive
BBQ Barbecue area
Tiled The floor is not carpeted
Cul-de-sac No through road.
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