Guide

Buying a home: the legal process

Last updated: 18 July 2017

Conveyancing

After the missives have been sent and you have an agreed contract with the seller, your solicitor will start the 'conveyancing'.

This means they will go through the legal process that transfers ownership of the home from the seller to you.

Your solicitor will inspect the home's deeds and will:

  • make sure the seller actually owns the home
  • make sure there are no unusual conditions in the deeds that might affect the way you live there
  • tell you if there are any burdens (legal limitations, like not being allowed to build a fence on the property)
  • tell you if there are any obligations to let someone use the land or stop you making use of it
  • make sure any existing mortgage on the home is paid off when the home transfers to you
Buying a home: the legal process
Conveyancing