What is "conveyancing"?

What does your job entail?
I co-ordinate the conveyancing transactions undertaken by this legal firm, and advise buyers and sellers of their rights and obligations. Conflicts of interest sometimes occur and it is my job to resolve them.

I administer the transactions and ensure that all parties meet their obligations timeously. These include the payment of deposits by the seller, investment of deposits by the conveyancing attorney's staff, and the payment of rates and transfer duties to the relevant authorities.

I work with the conveyancing attorneys, who specialise in property matters, and have passed a comprehensive exam in conveyancing. They are bound by the rules of the Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope and must be in possession of a valid Fidelity Fund certificate which will protect your money when it is held in trust.

There are 77 steps in the transfer of each property. I draw up a timeline to ensure that every transaction takes place at the right time to ensure that the process is not held up. To facilitate this, I arrange appointments for the signing of documents, ensuring the efficient conclusion of any conveyancing matter.

Average day at the office:
I arrange the collection of signed deeds of sale and set up timetables for the respective parties to ensure registration of transfer on the agreed date.

I also arrange the signature of all transfer documents. Some clients are unable to attend to their affairs during normal office hours, so meetings frequently take place early in the morning or late in the evening.

I'm also available to respond to queries at all hours from clients and estate agents.

Best part of the job:
Dealing with different people every day is an exciting and enriching career.

Worst part of the job:
It's demanding - not so much doing the work and meeting deadlines but keeping each and every client across the spectrum happy.

Why did you choose this career?
After graduating and working with the SA Foreign Organisation, I realised that working with people was my strong point. I love interacting with people and I enjoy work where attention to detail is very important.

Also, I have built and sold many houses and have found there is a niche in the market for a personalised link and service between estate agents and conveyancing attorneys.

What else would you have liked to do?
A person's home is their greatest asset, so I would like to be involved in anything to do with property.

Are you paid enough?
Salaries vary enormously depending on which firm you are working for, but as this is a new field the sky is the limit.

Rate your job on a stress level of 1 to 10:
As with any career where deadlines are the order of the day, stress is high, especially because it's my job to reduce the stress for both clients and estate agents.

What do you do in your leisure time?
I am presently project managing the building of my own home, which takes up a lot of time. I also enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and friends.

Travel opportunities?
There are limited travel opportunities for conveyancing co-ordinators unless the firm you work for has clients in other countries or cities.

Article from: www.iol.co.za