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#1 Octonaught

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

So I am just about to put in an offer on my first house  biggrin.gif With the real estate agent and wanted to know what others thought.

Is it a absolute necessary thing to hire a conveyancer for settlement?

#2 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

Two questions for you:

Do you know what searches you need to do and how to do them in order to protect yourself as the buyer?

Do you know what documentation to prepare and how to attend settlement?

If you can't answer these two questions, then yes, you need a conveyancer.   biggrin.gif

#3 Octonaught

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

Lol got me!

#4 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

I don't know what state you are in, but we recently used Conveyancing Works here in QLD and they were excellent and cheap.

#5 Octonaught

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:24 PM

I'm In SA

#6 Mischief Managed

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:33 PM

It's less trouble to hire a conveyancer original.gif

We used Piper Aldermann recently and do not recommend them original.gif

Good luck with your offer and new home!

#7 Sassy Dingo

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:16 AM

We're only talking $300 or so here OP.

Well worth it for the save in trouble and expenses.

#8 Bluenomi

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:10 AM

Yes. They deal with all the legal crap and they chase the bank and the agent for all the paperwork. Worth every cent.

#9 I'm Batman

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

My dh did our conveyancing, there is an online program much like etax set up that you have to follow. You dont miss any of the steps and the checks you have to do are all linked and set up for you.

However, you will end up taking a day off and going into the city to the large legal building where most of the settlements are finalised.

#10 Littleone84

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:29 AM

As a conveyancer, I have dealt with people on the opposite side to me who "act" for themselves and it becomes a messy nightmare.

To engage a conveyancer, especially for the first time saves a great deal of stress for the money.

Plus, if you are trying to save costs because it is your first home by not engaging a conveyancer i would look else where to cut the cost, because if you cannot afford a conveyancer and your budget is that tight, perhaps you need to re-evalute how much you are actually looking to spend.

#11 Percoriel

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

Just pay the few hundred dollars to get someone to do it for you - so much easier!

#12 Kalota

Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

Yes, they are worth every cent! We bought our first house last year and there are SO many legal things you need to get done when purchasing a house that I wasn't aware of. Conveyancers will do it all for you and make sure you are protected as a buyer. I'd definitely recommend using a conveyancer.

#13 flopsy

Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

Use a law firm who does conveyancing..... that way you not only get the conveyancing side done but you get the benefit of the solicitor looking over the contract for you, helping you word special conditions etc.

#14 Romeo Void

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

Years ago we did it ourselves because we were poor.  It took SO much time we've never done it again.  If you've got the money spend it on a conveyancer

#15 BetteBoop

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:35 PM

OP, you can get DIY conveyancing kits online. I don't think it's too hard. I've got a few friends who have done it themselves.

QUOTE (Dinah_Harris @ 22/01/2013, 09:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know what state you are in, but we recently used Conveyancing Works here in QLD and they were excellent and cheap.

That's amazing. We used them in 2005 and they were expensive (about $4000) and hopeless. We had to keep reminding them that due dates were coming up and in the end, we needed to get paperwork together out of fear we were going to default on the contract.

#16 Juki

Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

I have attended many settlements for work and I would still get someone else to do it for me.

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