Surprise! You’re a Homeowner!

I think my fiance is being given a house by his great uncle. Not as an inheritance – just as a gift. This is totally news to me – I hadn’t realised I had impending family members in-law who are doing so well on the finances front. I didn’t even know my fiance had a great uncle… I swear I’ve never heard of this guy before!

By the sounds of it, the great uncle in question has been buying up investment properties for years with the intention of distributing them to family members. My partner, being among the youngest of the known family members, is high on the list of prospective recipients. This is despite the fact that he has so little contact with said uncle that he’s never been mentioned over the course of the five years we’ve been together.

Anyway, as a result of this surprise adventure, life is currently all about property transfers. ‘Solicitors in Melbourne’ is something I’d never have foreseen myself searching for, but here we are. I need to know what the deal is, so all of the research is happening.

One of the things I’ve learned this past week is what a conveyancer is. I’d like to think of myself as someone who has a pretty wide-ranging vocabulary, yet here’s a word I’ve never known the definition of. Turns out (if, like me, you weren’t aware), a conveyancer is a legal professional who deals with the transfer of property, whether that’s through sale, purchase, inheritance or gifting. You learn something new every day!

That might be totally common knowledge; I’m not sure. I feel mildly embarrassed about my lack of awareness in the field of real estate. I mean, I’m going to be living in said house and married to its owner, so I suppose I’ll have some kind of legal stake in it. Perhaps I’m concerned that I’m going to feel like I’ve somehow cheated my way into home ownership. It’s like I’m having my avo on toast and eating it too.

For the time being, though, I’m going to focus on tracking down a conveyancer in Melbourne.