How to become a Conveyancer

Conveyancers prepare the documentation required for the purchase and sale of real estate and attend to property settlements. Conveyancers must have a sound knowledge of land law, land division, surveying, property development, property management, strata administration, insurance, taxation, business analysis, investment and contracts.

Personal requirements of a Conveyancer

  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Integrity and sound judgment

Education & Training for a Conveyancer

To become a conveyancer you usually have to complete an accredited course in conveyancing and undertake two years of practical experience. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.

Duties & Tasks of a Conveyancer

Conveyancers may perform the following tasks:

  • prepare and advise on contracts for the sale of real estate
  • conduct title searches and make enquiries with various government departments, local councils and water authorities
  • prepare and advise on mortgage documentation
  • attend to contract exchange and settlement procedures
  • prepare and advise on lease documentation.

Working conditions for a Conveyancer

Conveyancers may communicate with clients, real estate agents, banks, building societies and finance companies, as well as government departments and rating authorities.

Employment Opportunities for a Conveyancer

Conveyancers are generally self-employed or work in conveyancing businesses, law firms, financial institutions, banks, building societies and some government departments. Conveyancers employed by financial institutions generally specialise in finance and must have experience with land transactions. Those who are self-employed may also need to maintain accurate records related to running an office, such as accounts.

Additional Information
To work as a conveyancer you must be licensed by the relevant body in your state or territory. Contact the Australian Institute of Conveyancers for more information.
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