Being properly informed about what influences a good or bad real estate experience when selling a house can result in tens of thousands of dollars in price difference, often more.

If you are a property owner who has decided to sell your house, don't risk handing it over to the first real estate agent that comes along or sends you a flyer in the mail. You only get one chance to do it well.

You should expect the best practice real estate service available regardless of whether you are selling a home of average value or a luxury house.

Don't compromise on real estate standards - ever. It's a legal process, often complex and often underestimated.

If you have been thinking 'I need to sell my home for the best possible price' - and aren't we all - our advice on how to sell a house successfully will help you get there.

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If you are under pressure to sell urgently, get an experienced real estate agent broker to vet agents for you, or call 0800 789 532 anytime to get started now.


Selling real estate can often be complex, requiring advanced expertise, sometimes at an unexpected point in the process - including toward the end when you thought you were home and hosed.

A property agency must have systems and policies in place to conduct the sale of your home without errors, starting from the accuracy of an appraisal and interpreting legal documents, to supporting you with meeting the conditions in the sale and purchase agreement. 

It is especially important the agent has a solid grasp of all the legalities involved. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing when it comes to legal documentation with potentially dire consequences for both vendor and buyer. Legal documents include such things as LIMS, PIMS, Easements, Survey Plans, Titles and Taxation Payable.



Data collated by Agent Finder since 2009 has revealed there are a set of 'risk indicators' that will help you gauge ahead of time if your house will be difficult to sell, and what you can do to ensure it will sell for an optimum price, within the shortest possible time. 

If a house meets more than one of the 'risk indicators', this can threaten a successful sale, even if after failing to sell, it is remarketed with a competent property agency.

However, the good news is you can manage these risks. If you are intending to sell your house, doing your due diligence now will help avert the need to relist a second time, which can end up being disheartening and very expensive.


Reasons why some properties become difficult to sell include inaccurate property appraisals or vendor price expectations, poor presentation, poor marketing, or code of compliance issues - but not necessarily due to selling at the wrong time of year. If you believe spring and summer are the best times to sell a house, you might be surprised by our findings.

Before you start to look for a real estate agent, talk to us first about how to maximise the success and sale price of your house sale. We are happy to help support you through this process, and better still, it is a free service.

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When selling an Auckland property, you should consider the impact of the Auckland Unitary Plan changes in zoning rules on the potential sale value of your home. If your home has been rezoned with development potential, you could get a higher sale price due to interest from property developers so the marketing campaign could take them into account.

With their deeper pockets and motivation to develop the land for financial gain (their return on the land after development will be higher than it would be if kept as a family home) they will usually put in higher bids.

In this situation it is important to use a real estate agent with the experience and connections to reach these buyers.

It's a personal decision on the seller's part whether they want to go this route, but can be worth looking into, with a dual marketing campaign directed at both home buyers and property investors. If you would like further information, get in touch or find out more here.

Different property types benefit from the expertise of different real estate agents. 



Every vendor has different skills, experience and knowledge when it comes to selling a house.  Some have minimal or no real estate experience at all but that may have no effect on the amount of commission charged.

Getting the sale of your home wrong can be very costly, so getting it right the first time is crucial.

Our years of experience working with house sellers has driven home the need for a real estate agent who has been vetted and proven competent in selling your type of property, in your location. Getting the right agent will maximise your sale price, save unnecessary expenses and minimise the sale time.

There is no one-size-fits-all which is why we have been specialising in vetting real estate agents for people selling a house since 2009, at no cost to the vendor. 


Things can go wrong but they can also go wonderfully right - just make sure you get a vetted property agent, one who has been short-listed specifically for your type of home in your location.

We not only vet agents, we will also arm you with information specifically directed at helping you make smarter decisions about selling a house for the highest sale price. That includes resources that will protect you from things going wrong.

We will help you:

  • Take steps to protect yourself from being liable for two commissions to two different agencies
  • Understand the type of agency agreement contract you are signing up for
  • Be aware of the different commission rates for rural, lifestyle and residential agency agreement contracts

This free service is priceless - it can make a big difference to both your experience and your equity.

If you need to sell your house quickly and for a prime price - let us help. Get In Touch or call 0800 789 532 now.

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Article updated April 30, 2021 | Trish Willis

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