Here are the 5 most read conveyancing articles of 2017 in South Australia.
As you’ll see, the topics covered range from new changes to government regulations and statutory fees to helpful insights into some of the quirks of real estate law.
Transferring your house to your spouse: Insights from a conveyancer
Intriguingly, this article from 2013 is right at the top of the reading statistics from the past 12 months.
Of course, relationships are central to life so it does make sense that there’d be continuing interest in this topic as couples come together or move apart.
Conveyancers play a role in this process for couples as they transfer all or part of the ownership of a matrimonial home between partners or former partners.
You can read it here: Transferring your house to your spouse: Insights from a conveyancer.
The mystery and misery of Moiety titles
This is one of the articles referred to above that deals with the quirks of real estate in South Australia.
Moeity Titles are important to be aware of if you are planning to buy an apartment or unit.
These titles dictate that owners don’t actually buy the building but rather they can lease a share of the building and the right to dwell in it, along with access to common areas.
This topic has had such enduring interest that we produced a quick, summary video midway through 2017.
You can read the original article here: The mystery and misery of Moiety titles.
Avoiding defective Form 1s: Who’s been signing the Part D Certificate of your Vendors’ Statements?
This article from late in 2017, sent shockwaves through the conveyancing and real estate sectors.
It followed from a statement made by the Commissioner of Consumer and Business Services in South Australia, who declared that some real estate agents were handing off the responsibility for having Part D Certificates signed by conveyancers, without following proper protocols.
At risk, was the validity of the Form 1, leaving the door open for buyers to “cool off” at any time until settlement, rather than just in the two-day cooling off period.
This article is well worth a read here: Avoiding defective Form 1s: Who’s been signing the Part D Certificate of your Vendors’ Statements?
Why does the settlement process take so long? A conveyancer unlocks the mystery
This article is another of our enduring blogs that people have found helpful since 2014.
It gives an overview of the role that conveyancers play in the settlement process.
It is a mystery for many buyers and some vendors, especially on their first times around, so it has been satisfying to watch this article continue to remain relevant to people engaged in real estate in South Australia.
You can read the article here: Why does the settlement process take so long? A conveyancer unlocks the mystery.
4 ways to sink or swim when selling a house with a swimming pool in South Australia
And it wouldn’t be a summer reading list referencing swimming pools in some way.
This article helps you “stay safe” when you are buying or selling a house with a swimming pool.
Of course, the onus is on the vendor or seller to ensure their pool is compliant but sometimes it takes an informed buyer to draw attention to the issues.
For example, did you know there is an option for owners to NOT get a certificate of compliance and choose to warrant compliance themselves depending on what maybe included or not included in the Contract?
You can read the original article here: 4 ways to sink or swim when selling a house with a swimming pool in South Australia.
We hope your summer is proving to be relaxing and helping you rejuvenate, ready for a prosperous 2018.