To ensure you are fully informed prior to buying a property, consult a registered conveyancer.
When purchasing a property, you are free to appoint your own conveyancer.
If a real estate agent is selling the property, they may encourage you to consult a conveyancer they work closely with.
You can do so but you don’t have to – the choice of who you appoint as your conveyancer is totally up to you.
How to choose a Conveyancer?
We recommend you use a conveyancer who is a member of AICSA.
Using a member conveyancer is your best guarantee of ethical conduct, expert advice and professional service.
Our members are fully qualified, legally registered, are subject to a Code of Conduct and all carry professional indemnity insurance to protect consumers.
If you’re in the process of looking for a conveyancer, click here to use our Find a Conveyancer tool.
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There are many rules and regulations governing property transfers and they are constantly changing.
We run professional development and training to member conveyancers so that they can understand and keep up-to-date with the latest requirements.
You can have confidence in the professionalism and integrity of an AIC member.
You can search our Find a Registered Conveyancer Tool to locate a suitable conveyancer near you.
What questions should a prospective purchaser ask a conveyancer?
- What’s the maximum I can expect to pay in fees and charges?
- What are your fees and what services are included in those fees?
- What will any additional services cost?
- What government fees and charges will I need to pay?
- How long will settlement take?
- How will you keep me up to date with what’s happening?
Is there a standard rate for conveyancing services?
As a professional body, we do not set or regulate the fees charged by our members nor does the Government regulate conveyancing fees.
Conveyancers have expert skills to complete transactions effectively and efficiently; their fees reflect their professionalism and the complexity of your transaction.
Whatever the fee, remember you are buying peace of mind.
Your conveyancer should:
- Protect your interests
- Be your advocate
- Keep you informed at every step; and
- Ensure you can exercise your rights and meet your responsibilities.
All transactions are not the same. Sometimes a transaction requires additional work that was not foreseeable at the outset. A conveyancer is entitled to charge additional fees for additional work.
If seeking a quote for fees, you should always ask;
- What is included in this fee?
- What services will attract an extra fee and how will that fee be calculated?
You should also ask your conveyancer to notify you if it becomes clear additional work is required.
What will a conveyancer do?
A conveyancer is responsible for doing all the legal work required to transfer ownership of real estate from one person or entity to another.
They conduct relevant searches, prepares all the legal documents, have them signed and lodged with the appropriate authority.
It is recommended that if you are considering purchasing a property to consult a conveyancer as soon as possible, preferably before you sign the contract of sale.
Watch the short video that summarises the advice a conveyancer may provide and the specific tasks a conveyancer will perform on behalf of a purchaser of a property.
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