What is a Conveyancer?

Published On: 25 May 2023

Buying or selling property is exciting! You’ve spent hours looking at open houses and finally found your dream home.

Now it’s time for the contract – and then the keys!

But before you can move into your new home – you need to make sure that all the paperwork is done correctly!

Transferring property from one person to another is quite complex and involves a lot of financial and legal paperwork. That’s why you need a conveyancer.

What is a conveyancer?

Conveyancers are licensed professionals who specialise in the area of property law that governs the process of transferring ownership of property from one person to another.

These professionals will guide you through the process of buying or selling property and provide you with unbiased advice, prepare all the documents and do everything else required to ensure that your purchase (or sale) of property goes smoothly.

 What is a Certified Practising Conveyancer?

Some, but not all, Conveyancers are Certified Practising Conveyancers. These conveyancers have met the strict criteria set by the Australian Institute of Conveyancers SA Division. This title is recognition of excellence and professionalism within the industry.

Certified Practising Conveyancers keep up to date with the ever-changing legal requirements of the industry and continually improve their skills with professional development.

The Strathalbyn Conveyancing Team are Certified Practising Conveyancers.

What does a conveyancer do.

A conveyancer performs conveyancing activities which are the tasks that need to be done when you purchase or sell a home. The paperwork involved can be cumbersome, complicated and critical.

Using the services of a conveyancer helps to minimise the stress of the whole process and importantly makes sure that the process is completed correctly – which will save you time, money and effort.

They can help minimise any concerns you may have and provide information and advice about the sale or purchase of property, they also undertake all the searches required, and liaise with banks and mortgage brokers to ensure the whole process runs as smoothly as possible. And that settlement – a complex undertaking – happens on time.


  • prepare legal documents,
  • conduct research about a property,
  • provide advice on the effect of a contract of sale,
  • complete the verification of identity process,
  • undertake the verification of authority of each client,
  • prepare settlement statements,
  • represent you during settlement,
  • calculate the adjustment of rates and taxes,
  • liaise with the other party’s representatives and financial institutions.

Importantly – your Conveyancer will stay in contact with you and guide you through the whole property transfer process.


When is the best time to start talking to a Conveyancer?

Because the transfer of property is a complex process with lots of areas of concern for those who are completing the process, using a trustworthy and qualified professional is an excellent investment.

You should meet with your Conveyancer before you sign any contract so they can make sure your legal obligations are met AND protect your rights and interests.

Connecting with an experienced and reliable conveyancer earlier in the process will make it easier and more likely that you will have a successful settlement.


Do I need to use the Conveyancer a Real Estate Agent suggests?


Some Real Estate Agents suggest Conveyancers that you can contact. But the choice is totally up to you.


If you have any queries, please give us a call at  Strathalbyn Conveyancing.