Buy­ing or sell­ing a home is one of the biggest trans­ac­tions that you will make in a life­time.

Con­veyanc­ing is the essen­tial part of the real estate sale or pur­chase where­by the ‘title’ or legal own­er­ship of the prop­er­ty is trans­ferred from the sell­er (ven­dor) to the buy­er (pur­chas­er).

This sounds like a sim­ple process how­ev­er, it can be com­pli­cat­ed and cost­ly if mis­takes are made.

Your Guide to Con­veyanc­ing’ will equip you with the fun­da­men­tal infor­ma­tion that you need to know to ensure that your con­veyanc­ing process runs smooth­ly.

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Key Information and Definitions

There are three fun­da­men­tal steps involved in the con­veyanc­ing process once the purchaser’s offer has been accept­ed. ‘Your Guide to Con­veyanc­ing’ out­lines exact­ly what’s involved in each of these key steps:

Step 1: What hap­pens when con­tracts are issued?
Step 2: What hap­pens when con­tracts are exchanged?
Step 3: What hap­pens on the day of set­tle­ment?

Key Infor­ma­tion & Def­i­n­i­tions

We know legal process­es can be daunt­ing and down­right incom­pre­hen­si­ble at times. We offer our clients supe­ri­or, pro­fes­sion­al advice which is eas­i­ly under­stood, and pro­vid­ed in a time­ly manner.So, to help you under­stand exact­ly what we are refer­ring to when we talk about the con­veyanc­ing process, we have includ­ed a glos­sary of key terms which explains expres­sions such as Tor­rens Title, Stra­ta Title, Set­tle­ment and more.

Com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about con­veyanc­ing

Com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about con­veyanc­ing reg­u­lar­ly lead to con­fu­sion and dis­ap­point­ment. Our guide debunks two key mis­con­cep­tions and pro­vides the real facts for your infor­ma­tion.

Tips for buy­ing and sell­ing a prop­er­ty
When pur­chas­ing or sell­ing one of the largest assets you will own in your life­time, we sug­gest con­sid­er­ing our top tips for both buy­ers and sell­ers to allow for a smooth and pleas­ant con­veyanc­ing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to the con­veyanc­ing process, we recog­nise that every­one has cir­cum­stances that are unique to their sit­u­a­tion. How­ev­er, our con­veyanc­ing guide does answer some com­mon­ly asked ques­tions relat­ing to buy­ing and sell­ing, set­tle­ment, con­tracts and more.

  • What hap­pens when con­tracts are issued?
  • What hap­pens when con­tracts are exchanged?
  • What hap­pens on the day of set­tle­ment?
  • Key Infor­ma­tion to know
  • Com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about con­veyanc­ing
  • Tips for buy­ing & sell­ing a prop­er­ty
  • What is the dif­fer­ence between a Con­veyancer & a Lawyer?
  • When should you talk to a Lawyer or Con­veyancer about a sale or pur­chase?
  • Can I do a con­veyance myself?
  • What if the pur­chase is not set­tled on the set­tle­ment date?
  • Can I move in to the prop­er­ty before set­tle­ment?
  • How long does it take to pre­pare a Con­tract for Sale?


I have just com­plet­ed a com­plex prop­er­ty pur­chase and was very impressed with how Hadyn and Tahleia both approached this mat­ter. Their advice and exper­tise was great­ly appre­ci­at­ed dur­ing the course of the nego­ti­a­tions, and it was com­fort­ing to know they were able to deal effi­cient­ly with all mat­ters through to set­tle­ment. For some­one who insists on cross­ing “T“s and dot­ting “I“s, they were very patient and under­stand­ing. I would high­ly rec­om­mend Hadyn and Tahleia. I have every inten­tion of main­tain­ing a rela­tion­ship with the firm long term. In addi­tion, all the staff who dealt with us treat­ed us with cour­tesy and respect. Thank you, Hadyn and Tahleia.” - David


Dono­van Oates Han­naford, extreme­ly pro­fes­sion­al plea­sure to have them assist in prop­er­ty pur­chas­es. Made trans­ac­tions less stress­ful.” - Debra


High integri­ty and trust are the words that best describe the per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al ser­vice I received and con­tin­ue to receive with Dono­van Oates Han­naford.” - Ivana

E-Guide Author

The team at Dono­van Oates Han­naford pre­pared this e-guide based on their years of expe­ri­ence in con­veyanc­ing and prop­er­ty, com­bined with their knowl­edge of the area.

If you need any fur­ther assis­tance then please get in touch.


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