Established in New Zealand since 1985, First National has become the first stop for tens of thousands of property buyers and sellers throughout the country.

From Kaitaia in the north to Invercargill in the south, First National Real Estate has the country covered! Each is independently owned and operated, just like their counterparts inĀ Australia, where First National Real Estate is the largest real estate organisation of them all.

Essentially, we are a co-operative - a business and social network of successful, like-minded people who are good at what we do. While most property sales are local, our members benefit from a comprehensive referral network, not only throughout New Zealand and Australia, but also in Singapore, the United States and Canada.

Our members enjoy the sense of camaraderie that exists within the group nationwide and take great pride in flying the First National Real Estate flag.


At First National Real Estate, nothing gets in the way of you and your needs. Whether you are buying, renting or selling, you will always be treated as our top priority.

The First National Real Estate network has been set up specifically for that purpose. You will be in the unique position of having a local real estate agent with local knowledge, combined with the support and systems that a national network can provide.

So, all our agents have to do is concentrate on you.

Like many modern success stories, the First National Real Estate Network can be traced back to humble beginnings. Early in 1981, a small group of independent Victorian rural real estate agents met to discuss the possibility of forming an association to maximise the effectiveness of their business in the face of increased competition from large, franchised organisations. As a result of this initial meeting, a steering committee was formed and given the task of establishing the ideals upon which such an organisation would be based. On three key issues the committee was unanimous.

The association should:

  • Have the potential to develop nationally and internationally to provide its clients with a powerful network referral.
  • Allow member offices to retain their independence, so they can continue to provide clients with local expertise.
  • Seek the membership of only the very best agents in any particular town or suburb.

With these broad goals in mind, the 'First National Group of Independent Real Estate Agents Limited' was incorporated as a public company on 3rd December 1981, and the first Board of Directors elected on 16th February 1982.