Pursuant to the changes in the definition of a salesperson under Section 7 of the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 lawyers are now permitted to market properties. Lawyers are not required to be members of the REINZ and must charge in accordance with the same fair and transparent costing principles that lawyers are currently required to adhere to.

The advantages of using a lawyer to sell your property are as follows:

You will get the same service that is able to be offered by the current real estate selling providers. Currently Citylaw has Kim Hemus, an ex-real estate agent with some 20 years previous experience working for it in assisting clients in marketing their properties.

Lawyers are only able to charge a fee based on the work done so that the fee which you negotiate with your lawyer will be based on such things as time spent, the difficulty of the sale, the complexity of the sale, the skill and specialized knowledge required to conduct the marketing programme, the urgency and circumstances surrounding the matter, the degree of risk assumed by the lawyer and the contingent nature of the fee. Lawyers in other words must be able to justify their fee rather than simply basing the fee on the value of the property sold.
The result will be that you are likely to be paying substantially less for marketing services through your lawyer than you will currently pay through a real estate agent.

You will get legal advice in regards to selling your property from the outset and throughout the sale process rather than once the agreement is signed and binding on you which is more often the case now than not.

You will be encouraged to obtain independent and objective valuation advice prior to listing. This opposed to being inclined to accept the services of an agent who is offering their services to list your property at an inflated and unrealistic value.

Once an offer is received for your property you will have your lawyer protecting
your interests in respect of the contract, before you are bound by it.

You will get regularly updated throughout the sale process in respect of the marketing of your property.

Our promise is that we will deliver a reasonably priced property marketing service to our clients the quality of which will be second to none.

Our Staff

Marie Tolhurst (Devoy)Marie Tolhurst (Devoy)
LLB (Hons) (Auck)

Marie completed her law degree at Auckland University in 1983 and was employed by Kendall Sturm and Strong before starting a family in 1985.
Marie has worked at Citylaw since 1994.
Marie counts among her many pastimes, cross-country running, masters rowing, indoor netball, soccer and gardening.  Marie is also an avid follower of her children’s sporting activities.

Andrea MainwaringAndrea Mainwaring

Andrea has been working for City Law for just over a year but has worked in legal accounting for the past 21 years.
She lives on a lifestyle block with her husband and three small children who keep her busy out of work hours.  She loves to entertain, attend fitness boot camps and spend time with her family and friends.

If You Are Selling Your House

City Law is a member of ACRES.
ACRES has been set up to make the process of selling your house straight forward and giving you the security of having the process managed by your solicitor.
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