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Property Manager

Kaiwhakahaere Papa Whenua

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Property managers look after the daily running of residential and commercial properties.


New property managers usually earn

$45K-$75K per year

Senior property managers usually earn

$100K-$130K per year

Source: Hudson and Hays, 2017.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a property manager are good due to high demand.


Pay for property managers varies depending on experience.

  • New property managers start on between $45,000 and $75,000 a year.
  • Mid-level property managers can earn between $75,000 and $100,000.
  • Senior property managers can earn from $100,000 to $130,000.

Commercial property managers charge set fees for managing properties, while residential property managers charge the property owner a percentage of the weekly rent.

Some residential property managers are paid a salary by their company while others work on commission only.

Source: Hudson, '2017 New Salary Guides', 2017; and Hays, 'The 2017 Hays Salary Guide', 2017.

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our pay information)

What you will do

Property managers may do some or all of the following:

  • advertise and show rental homes or commercial properties
  • negotiate leases and tenancy agreements
  • collect rents and bonds
  • investigate and resolve any tenant complaints
  • organise property repairs
  • review property maintenance, security and tenancy contracts
  • keep up to date with the real estate market 
  • help plan property investments
  • write financial reports
  • advise building owners on tenancy law and the real estate market.

Skills and knowledge

Property managers need to have knowledge of:

  • property inspection and valuation
  • building methods and materials, and architectural and engineering plans
  • property laws and local regulations
  • the real estate market.

Trade skills, such as plumbing or carpentry, may also be useful.

Working conditions

Property managers:

  • usually work regular business hours, but may work evenings and weekends, and be on call
  • are based in offices, but often travel locally or nationally to clients' properties, and to meet with prospective clients or attend courses.

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements to become a property manager, and many larger property firms provide in-house training.

However, the following qualifications may be useful:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Residential Property Management (Level 4)
  • National Diploma in Real Estate (Level 5)
  • Bachelor of Property (Level 7)
  • Bachelor of Land and Property Management (Level 7)
  • Bachelor of Business (Property) (Level 7).

Commercial property companies prefer graduates

Employers at commercial property companies usually prefer to hire graduates with:

  • a degree in property management, finance or marketing
  • experience in areas such as law, construction, accounting or finance.

On-the-job training

Residential property managers can train on the job and achieve a New Zealand Certificate in Residential Property Management (Level 4) through the Skills Organisation.

Secondary education

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include accounting, business studies, economics and maths.

Personal requirements

Property managers need to be:

  • honest and reliable
  • excellent communicators, with good listening and writing skills
  • proactive and adaptable
  • good negotiators and mediators
  • organised
  • able to make good judgements.

Useful experience

Useful experience for property managers includes work in:

  • construction
  • real estate
  • property investment
  • valuation
  • quantity surveying
  • finance and administration.


Property managers can register with the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ) or the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). 

Find out more about training

Property Institute
0800 698 258 - national@property.org.nz - www.propertyinstitute.nz
Real Estate Institute of NZ
(09) 356 1755 - info@reinz.co.nz - www.reinz.co.nz
Skills Organisation
0508 754 557 - www.skills.org.nz
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What are the chances of getting a job?

Growing demand for property managers

Opportunities for property managers are good due to:

  • people often leaving the role to go into real estate sales, which creates vacancies
  • an ageing workforce, with many property managers due to retire soon
  • not enough people going into property management.

According to the Census, 7,881 property managers worked in New Zealand in 2018.

Types of employers varied

Property managers can work for:

  • large or small property management agencies
  • institutional investors who run property funds
  • government departments with property portfolios.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, about 40% of property managers are self-employed.


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  • Clements, D, 'New Zealand Property Education – Industry Challenges and Opportunity for Graduates', Autumn 2017, (www.propertyinstitute.nz).
  • Harrison, N, 'The Future of Property – Education and Development Opportunities', Autumn 2017, (www.propertyinstitute.nz).
  • Hays, 'Hays Quarterly Report July-September 2017', July 2017, (www.hays.net.nz).
  • Hutching, C, 'Lincoln University Doubles Property Studies Intake after Fears of Shortfall', 8 April 2017, (www.stuff.co.nz).
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2006-2014 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers Directorate – Tertiary Education Commission), 2015.
  • Robert Walters, 'Global Salary Survey 2017', 2017, (www.roberwalters.co.nz).
  • Stats NZ, '2018 Census Data', 2019.

(This information is a guide only. Find out more about the sources of our job opportunities information)

Progression and specialisations

Property managers may specialise in:

  • residential properties
  • commercial properties such as retail spaces, office buildings, or industrial buildings.

Last updated 31 August 2020