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Do I need a conveyancer or solicitor if I’m buying a property?

Some things in life are a bit trickier than the grocery run (and that can be challenging enough at the best of times). If you need surgery, you wouldn’t cut yourself open. Buying a home may be less life-threatening, but it’s no less serious business. It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.

Whether it’s your first time, or you’re onto property number four, it’s a complex legal process. It pays to get expert advice to keep you right. Opting for a company like Fastrack Conveyancing means tapping into over 50 years’ experience between licenced directors Tammy and Justine and their team of dedicated conveyancers. They’ll cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s so you don’t have to.

“If you get something wrong in this space, it can be unforgiving,” Tammy advises. “You’re dealing with large amounts of money, and a whole suite of laws around changing ownership on title. Things could go haywire quite easily if you don’t have all the knowledge required. Everyone should have a conveyancing professional representing them. It’s not something you should do yourself.”

Is there a difference between a conveyancer and a solicitor?

The simple answer is; they both do the same job: ensuring that the title of the property is transferred effectively from the seller to the buyer.

Conveyancers are qualified, regulated and insured professionals just like solicitors. Generally, a solicitor works across a broad field of subjects, whereas a conveyancer focuses purely on the property-transferring business.

There may also be cost-saving benefits, opting for a conveyancer, with many offering very reasonable fixed-fees while some solicitors may charge by the hour.

“At Fastrack, we’re an all-inclusive, fixed-fee service, so you know upfront what you’re going to pay at the end, which gives our clients peace of mind,” Tammy says. “It doesn’t matter if you spend more time on the phone to us or there are further explanations or advice needed on the transaction, what you pay doesn’t change with Fastrack.”

Why should I choose Fastrack Conveyancing?

There’s so much to organise when buying a property, and not just the legal stuff. You’ll have your hands full packing up the old place and organising the move. Having an expert on your side frees up the time to focus on everything else going on in what is usually a hectic time.

“That’s our job as conveyancers,” Tammy says. “We’re there to hold your hand through the whole transaction. Our focus is on making sure every client has the best experience. We can tailor the service, so if you want us to manage the stress and only advise on all the important things, we can do that. Or, if you would like to speak to us frequently to help keep your mind at ease through the process, we are also happy to do that too.”

Fastrack Conveyancing can help with all residential enquiries across Victoria. They provide pre-contract advice as part of their standard service and will guide you through potential pitfalls when buying a property. They’ll also help coordinate all the experts on your team.

“We can talk to your bank, your finance broker, your builder, your real estate agent, working together for your best interests so it’s a smooth and hassle-free process,” Tammy says.

With building brand-new or buying off-the-plan increasingly popular options, particularly for first-time buyers, you’re in good hands with Fastrack Conveyancing, with their extensive experience in this area. “It can be a great way to get into the property market, and there are stamp duty savings and grants available, and we specialise in guiding our clients towards those opportunities,” Tammy says.

“At the end of the day, a conveyancer spends every day working in this field. They’re up-to-date on all the laws, best-practice, technology and cybersecurity surrounding conveyancing work and are more likely to be able to tailor the service for your specific needs.”

Thinking of buying a new property? Talk to a Fastrack Conveyancing expert today on 03 9915 5790 or email us here.

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