The Overseas Buyers and Investors Guide
Are you overseas and would like to invest in New Zealand? Rest assured, you’ve come to the right place – we have experience in helping buyers located outside New Zealand. Below, you will find some commonly asked questions and answers that may help you.
How do I find what properties are available?
Barfoot & Thompson sells more Auckland property than any other real estate company, so this website is a good place to start. For properties elsewhere in New Zealand you could also try www.realestate.co.nz, www.trademe.co.nz or www.nzrealtors.co.nz.
I don't really know Auckland or Northland at all. How do I know what areas are most suitable to my needs?
Every property listed for sale with Barfoot & Thompson contains detailed information about the area. Simply click on a home that meets your criteria and then click on the ‘suburb Info’ tab.
How can Barfoot & Thompson assist overseas buyers to buy property in NZ?
Barfoot & Thompson specialise in Auckland and Northland real estate so our salespeople are able to offer knowledge about important amenities such as shops, schools and recreation in order to help match you with the perfect property.
- Barfoot & Thompson are not franchised so our salespeople have access to every listing in our system and any salesperson can help you buy property in any part of Auckland. This is particularly useful if you prefer to deal with someone who speaks your own language and who you can communicate more confidently with.
- As Auckland’s largest real estate company, selling around one in every three homes, we’ve helped many buyers into their dream property. We are confident we can help you too.
Are there any restrictions for overseas investors buying property in New Zealand?
The New Zealand Government's foreign investment policies are administered by the Overseas Investment Office (OIO), whose prime role is to assess applications for consent from foreigners who intend making substantial investments in New Zealand.
For more information on this process and the OIO, visit the Overseas Investment Office www.oio.linz.govt.nz
How do I learn more about New Zealand?
See the list of websites below which can assist you with learning about New Zealand in more detail.
New Zealand Government online: www.govt.nz
Economic data from the New Zealand treasury: www.treasury.govt.nz
New Zealand Immigration website: www.immigration.govt.nz