Conveyancers specialise in the transfer of real estate ownership, house or land, between vendors and purchasers. Whether you are buying or selling, a good conveyancer has the skills and experience to advocate on your behalf and undertake the preparation, verification and lodgement of all legal documents involved in the sale process.
One of the most important aspects of a conveyancer’s job is the title search. Your conveyancer will investigate the title of the property you intend to buy and make you aware of issues such as illegal buildings or proposed changes to zoning laws. She/ he will also ensure you meet your legal obligations, protect your interests, and conduct the appropriate searches on the property in question, including:
- Title searches
- Adjustments of rates and taxes
- Preparation of settlement statements
- Advice on effect of the contract
- Preparation and certification of legal documents
- Government and local authority searches
- Stamping of required documents
- Liaison with interested parties
- Attendance at settlement.
If you want to appoint a conveyancer, but don’t know where to start, use the following questions to find an experienced professional:
- What services are included in your fees?
- Are there additional services that will attract further fees?
- What government fees and charges can I expect to pay?
- How long does settlement usually take?
Appoint your own conveyancer to ensure your interests are protected and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your conveyancer will be more than happy to answer any queries you have, and will advocate for you if you require a final inspection before settlement or a detailed listing of inclusions/exclusions. Best of all, an experienced professional conveyancer will make sure there are no nasty surprises when you finally step inside your new home.