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Commonly Asked Questions About Hiring a Conveyancer When Buying a House

by Liesanne Martin

A conveyancer is a real estate professional who assists either a buyer or seller during the purchase and sale of a house, plot of land, commercial building, and the like. If you're thinking of buying a house, you may be considering hiring a conveyancer to help you through the process, or you might be thinking of handling the transaction by yourself. Note a few questions you may have about hiring a conveyancer as this can assist you with determining if it's the right choice for you.

1. Why not rely on the real estate agent to manage the conveyancing process? 

A real estate agent's job, for the buyer, is to find you a house you like and negotiate the selling price. They may offer some assistance by telling you what's needed by way of deposits, home inspections, and the like, but they typically don't actually help you to transfer that deposit into a holding account, arrange for those needed inspections, and so on. A conveyancer does all those things for you, so you aren't just informed of what needs to be done but you have all the legwork managed as well, making the process easier for you overall.

2. What if the house is empty?

You might think that the conveyancing process will be easier if the house is empty, but note that an unoccupied house still needs to be inspected, you will still need to transfer funds for a deposit or hold on the transaction, and the seller still has time to rescind on their agreement while you as the buyer can still go through a cooling off period. A conveyancer can still be needed to explain all these steps and time periods to you, as well as ensure all the needed paperwork is filed properly and inspections are done accordingly. Don't assume that because a house is empty then the conveyancing process will be easier, but consider the services of a conveyancer in every circumstance.

3. What is the difference between a conveyancer and a solicitor?

Your solicitor can answer legal questions about buying a house, for example, if you would be obligated to trim or remove trees or face legal liability due to any damage caused by a falling branch. A conveyancer doesn't offer legal services but will manage all the steps involved in the conveyancing process; they may be the one to call tree trimming services and get quotes on having the trees removed for you so you know about this added cost if you were to purchase the property.