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Your guide to real estate during COVID-19

A guide for real estate throughout the different alert levels.

This page will be updated with the latest development on how COVID-19 is impacting New Zealand's real estate market*.

From midnight on October 7th, Auckland joined the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1. At this Alert Level, real estate processes can operate as normal, as long as public health guidance is followed, and contact tracing is supported. 

Here's a quick look at what that means in practice:

Public health guidance

This includes:

  • Keeping up good hand hygiene.
  • Staying at home if you're stick.
  • Getting tested if you display COVID symptoms.
  • Keeping a log of where you've been, when you were there and who you were with.

Real estate agents also need to:

  • Not visit homes where occupants are sick, self-isolating or have been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days.

Contact tracing

The NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster should still be displayed at workplaces and businesses. As well as real estate offices, this includes auctions, private viewings and open homes. 

You also need to provide an alternative form of registering for people who don't have the COVID app, and inform people using it that their details will be kept for a minimum of 30 days.

Similarly, any professionals and tradespeople you contract to visit a property need to have their details recorded and kept for 30 days.

*Information sourced from rea.govt.nz.