Property transactions are high-value transactions which naturally causes some stress and uncertainty to the buyer and seller in ensuring that no money goes to waste. It is therefore of the utmost importance to choose the right conveyancer who can guide you along the way in the most efficient and professional manner.
All property transactions dealing with ownership of land in South Africa are recorded in a public office known as the Deeds Office which keeps records and information about these individual pieces of land.
In order to qualify as a conveyancer a person must first be admitted as an attorney by the High Court of South Africa and thereafter the attorney must pass a theoretical and practical examination in conveyancing and be further admitted by the High Court to practice as a conveyancer.
In a typical registration and transfer process, the conveyancer is involved with more than 50 activities, involving up to 12 parties, before the transaction can be completed. Understandably, this takes time because if anything is missed, it could lead to dire consequences down the line for everyone involved. Luckily, the conveyancer acts in the best interest of both the buyer and seller by correctly and efficiently navigating the terms of transfer of a property that will have consequences far into the future.
When choosing a conveyancer, consider the following:
Knowledge and Expertise
- Since property transfers are high-value agreements, it is necessary that you pick a conveyancing attorney who knows the ins and outs of property law as one misstep can seriously delay the transfer process.
Accessibility and Transparency
- The conveyancing attorney must be easily accessible and keep you informed on the progress and any new developments in the transfer process.
Approachability and trustworthiness
- Even though the seller has the right to choose and appoint the conveyancer for the transfer of his/her property, the buyer shouldn’t be left to bear the consequences of a poor decision. Both the seller and the buyer must find the appropriate conveyancer that will satisfy their needs the best.
- Choose a firm that specialises in conveyancing where conveyancing is the main or one of the main service areas where conveyancers are dedicated to the job.
At the end of the day most people will agree that buying a new home is one of the most stressful things you can do so invest time in finding the right people to help guide you through the process.