What is a conveyancer and what do they do?

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A guide to conveyancers and how to choose one

Updated March 19, 2024
Written by James Hurwood
Reviewed by Stephen Zeller

Expert tips for finding and choosing a conveyancer

Your conveyancer will likely be invaluable to you during the home-buying process, but finding one to begin with can be easier said than done. With that in mind, our General Manager of Money, Stephen Zeller, has some tips for finding and picking your conveyancer:

Stephen Zeller
General Manager – Money

Conveyancers are there to help

A conveyancer is someone you should feel comfortable to reach out to anytime with any questions your Home Loan Specialist/Lender cannot assist you with. A conveyancer charges you a fee to assist you, so if you do have any questions or wish to clarify with them, feel free to contact them for assistance.

Don’t skimp on your conveyancer

You’ll find fees can vary greatly from one conveyancer to another, so be wary that sometimes the cost of the service can reflect the level of the service. Buying a home can be quite stressful, so make sure you feel comfortable with the conveyancer you pick, as the level of service they provide you can make a meaningful difference to your journey.

Ask for recommendations

Friends and family may have already utilised a conveyancer when purchasing a property in the past, and they may be able to recommend you one who has provided them with a positive experience.

What you need to know about conveyancers

What is a conveyancer?

What’s the difference between a conveyancer and a solicitor?

What does a conveyancer do?

How much does a conveyancer cost?

Choosing and working with your conveyancer

Do I need a conveyancer to buy a property?

Do I need a conveyancer to sell a property?

What issues can a conveyancer help me with?

Should I include conveyancer costs in my home loan amount?

Be sure to research conveyancers before committing to one

If you’ve decided to engage the services of a conveyancer, there are some things to keep in mind and consider asking of any conveyancer you’re considering working with:

  • Are you a member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers?
  • What do you charge for your services?
  • What does that initial charge include?
  • Do you specialise in a certain type of property or property transaction?

Some real estate agents or mortgage brokers might recommend conveyancers they’ve worked with in the past. You may want to go with them for convenience but remember you can always compare your options and explore alternatives.

In addition, friends and family are often a good source for advice and may recommend a specific conveyancer, which could make the search a little easier.

What to do next

Meet our home loans expert, Stephen Zeller

Stephen Zeller
General Manager – Money

Stephen has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds a Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking. He’s also a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).

Stephen leads our team of Home Loan Specialists, and reviews and contributes to Compare the Market’s banking-relating content to ensure it’s as helpful and empowering as possible for our readers.

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