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Behind the Scenes: The Conveyancing Process Demystified

Behind the Scenes: The Conveyancing Process Demystified

Buying or selling a property is a significant milestone in anyone’s life, but it’s not without its complexities. Behind every successful property transaction lies a meticulous legal process known as conveyancing.

While it may seem daunting at first glance considering the numerous instances of fraud and misrepresentation, understanding the conveyancing process is essential for ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience. In this brief overview, we’ll take you behind the scenes of conveyancing, shedding light on its intricacies and empowering you with the knowledge to navigate your property journey with confidence.

What is Conveyancing?

At its core, conveyancing is the legal process of transferring ownership of property from one party to another. Whether you’re buying or selling a residential home, commercial property, or vacant land, conveyancing is a vital step in the transaction. It involves various legal tasks, including property searches, preparation of the contract, transfer of the Title and settlement arrangements i.e completion. While the specifics may vary depending on the legal interest i.e free hold or leasehold and type of property involved, the overarching goal of conveyancing remains the same: to ensure the transfer of property rights is legally valid and binding.

Key Steps in the Conveyancing Process

  1. Pre-Contract Stage: The conveyance process typically begins with due diligence. This is a process of carefully investigating and varying all the aspects of the property such as its ownership status, whether there are overriding interests, pending litigation, rates and rent status planning and zoning inquiries, confirmation of its acreage and location.
  2. Preparation of the contract: The contract outlines the terms and conditions of the transaction, including the sale price, completion date and any special conditions.
  3. Completion Stage: If financing is involved, the buyer’s Advocate will liaise with the lender to arrange for the transfer of funds and ensure all mortgage or charge requirements are met. On the completion date, all parties involved in the transaction, including the buyer, seller, Advocates and lenders come together to exchange legal documents and finalize the transfer of ownership. Moreover, at this stage, the purchaser takes possession of the property.
  4. Post-Completion Duties: After completion, the Advocate will handle various tasks such as lodging transfer documents with the relevant government authorities, confirming that the transfer of ownership has taken place. At this stage, if there was a balance of the purchase price, the same is then paid.

Benefits of Professional Conveyancing Services

While it’s possible to handle conveyancing tasks independently, enlisting the services of a qualified Advocate offers several benefits:

  • Expertise: Advocates possess specialized knowledge and experience thus ensuring that all legal requirements are met and potential pitfalls are avoided.
  • Efficiency: By entrusting conveyancing tasks to a professional, you can streamline the process and expedite the transaction therefore saving time and reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Peace of Mind: With an advocate managing the legal aspects of the transaction, you can have confidence that your interests are protected and the transaction will proceed smoothly.


The conveyancing process may seem complex, but with the right knowledge and support, it can be navigated with ease. By understanding the key steps involved and enlisting the assistance of a qualified advocate, you can embark on your property journey with confidence and peace of mind. Whether you’re buying your dream home or selling an investment property, demystifying the conveyancing process empowers you to make informed decisions and achieve your property goals seamlessly.

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