Buying and selling during COVID-19

Protecting lives and livelihoods remains the goal of the Government’s COVID-19 response. It is now possible to do this with fewer requirements, giving greater certainty to people, businesses and communities.

Our guidance was last updated on 19 September 2022.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic light system) was removed from Monday 12 September, 11:59 pm.

Key points if you are buying or selling a property: 

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 7 days.
  • Household contacts do not need to isolate. If you are a household contact you are encouraged to wear a mask. For details about household contacts check Unite against COVID-19
  • Household contacts are encouraged to take a rapid antigen test (RAT) for 5 days, wear a mask and avoid contact with the person who has COVID-19
  • If you are attending a property or an agency, be respectful and please comply with all health and safety requirements. Some places may continue to ask people to wear a face mask. For example, the vendor may decide that all visitors must wear a mask before entering their property
  • You are encouraged to wear a face mask in crowded places, such as public transport, or when visiting people at high risk
  • Do not attend an agency office or a property if you have cold/flu like symptoms, are self-isolating or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result

Official guidance for Real Estate Professionals

The Real Estate Authority- Te Mana Papawhenua is the independent government agency that regulates the New Zealand real estate industry. You can find the official COVID-19 guidelines for real estate activities here.


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