Buying or selling your home?

You’ve found your dream home. In today’s market, it’s tempting to sign up on the spot so you don’t miss out. However, we urge you to do your homework on a property before you sign anything.

That’s where we can help. We can provide you with the property title information on the home you’re after within just 24 hours – so you can make your offer with greater confidence.  Find out more here.

We make the whole process of selling your home stress-free as well.

Download our helpful Guide for first home buyers. It tells you the sorts of things you need to organise, and what your lawyer will look after for you. It also explains some of the terms us lawyers use.

Are you entitled to use your Kiwisaver for your first home?  Find out more here.

Our fees are standard for buying or selling a home. The fees vary depending on what is involved – whether you need a mortgage, for example, or whether a trust is buying or selling the property.


Investing in residential property?

We can help you maximise your rental and reduce your asset risk.


More and more New Zealanders are choosing residential property investment as their preferred route to financial growth.  Yet while property investment may appear less confusing than other forms of investment (such as shares, options or even commercial property), there are still many risks to your wealth if you don’t consider the bigger picture. Considerations like:

  • How does the Unit Titles Act affect your investment plan?
  • What does the Resource Management Act mean to your investment objectives?
  • What is the impact of your ownership structure?
  • What’s hidden in all the small print?

Property investment is actually complex – and the laws around it are continually evolving.  If you don’t get the right legal advice at the start, you may not make the financial gains you were planning on.

That’s where we can help.

Beware well-meaning amateurs

Many people new to residential property investing lock themselves into costly deals and problem contracts by listening to “amateur” opinions rather than seeking the proper legal advice.

There are many ways to invest in residential property.  Not all will be right for you.  Each of those options come with their own ramifications that you’re not likely to be aware of without legal advice.  Add to that the constantly changing rules around property and you can see why it’s important to get the right advice right from the start.

Our team of property lawyers and legal executives has worked on many different types of property investments.  We’ll sit down and discuss your goals with you.  Once we understand what you want to achieve, we can explain and help you through this exciting process on your way to building your financial goals through property investment.

You can read our blogs on buying and selling property.

Call us on 09 375 2770 for an appointment to discuss your residential property investment law matters.

Buying or selling apartments?

It’s more complex than buying or selling a standalone property.  We can make it easy for you.

Every apartment building has a range of different issues to consider.

  • Is it a Unit Title? If so, how does it impact on your sale or purchase?
  • What are the management arrangements?
  • Are there leases? Are they registered?
  • What do you need to know about the underlying land?

At AlexanderDorrington we’ll effectively deal with these issues for you and manage your sale or purchase through to completion.

At AlexanderDorrington, we have years of experience in helping people buy and sell apartments (completing over 350 settlements in the last 12 months alone).

We are experts in the Unit Titles Act 2010, which most apartment complexes are subject to.  In fact, our team has written “The Body Corporate Guide”, an e-book for anyone who is affected by the Act (email us at for a complimentary copy).  It is a great introduction but bear in mind that it was written when the legislation was first written.

Whether you live locally or offshore and want advice about buying and selling apartments, talk to Megan, Kylee or Bonnie on 09 375 2770.