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The term “conveyancing” refers to the process of transferring the property. The conveyancer is the attorney who is also qualified as a conveyancer and who has been entrusted to attend to the transfer. It is the Seller’s prerogative to nominate the conveyancer. Sometimes the Seller does not know a conveyancer and will allow the estate agent to propose or nominate one.
We will, where necessary, draw up the contract of sale of property (“Offer to Purchase”), which has to be in writing in terms of our law. Where estate agents are involved in putting together the transaction, they usually use their standard form. The Seller may still ask his conveyancing attorney to check the contract before he/she signs. Where we have been nominated as the Conveyancers, we do not charge a fee for checking the contract.
Most transactions are subject to the condition (called a suspensive condition) that a loan be obtained by the purchaser for a minimum amount within a specified time. Until the suspensive condition has been fulfilled, the transaction is hanging in the air.
We usually get instructions once the bond has been approved. We then immediately do a Deed Search and start drawing up the conveyancing documents and writing the necessary letters to get the finances and clearances in place.
What you as Seller can do…
In broad terms it can be said that all conveyancing matters require certain documentation and certain financial arrangements. If the documents and the money are in place, then lodgement can take place at the relevant Deeds Office.
There are in a regular transfer of property matter about 48 different steps to be taken until the matter is finalised. Most of these steps are done concurrently. Some steps can however only be taken once the other steps have been finalised. The conveyancer can for example in most matters only request guarantees once he has received cancellation figures on the existing bond. He can only apply for a rates clearance certificate once he has received rates clearance statement and the funds to pay the required amount is available in his trust account.
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Examples of such hardship:
There is a dispute in the family of who should be the executor, causing delays in
The wife has to buy out the children’s shares because the Intestate Succession Act is applicable since the deceased left no Will.
A Will is relatively inexpensive. Why not make an appointment with an expert to make sure it is in place. Nobody knows when it is his/her last day.