Why the Big Sell doesn’t scare me (any more)

This morning I received an email from my brother in law Jack. He’d been talking to my partner about  our recent decision to purchase our new home and didn’t want me to miss a beat when it came to the sale. My partner mentioned needing to find a good property conveyancing team in Melbourne but to be honest, everything was going in one ear and out the other. He’d had to fly to the states to pull off a work contract right in the middle of the sale and he’d clearly called in the extra hands where he imagined they’d help.

“Grace, Jase has told me how stressed out you (both) are about the sale. I know you’ve been really frazzled by the idea of leaving, and I know it’s only going to get busier for you in the next few weeks, so I just wanted to help where I can.

Jase told me you’re at the stage of needing property conveyancing. Melbourne agents move fast, and I know someone that can really help. It’s like having a translator!  But I also wanted to break down a few things about the whole process as well so you can make ends of it before you reach out.

So here it is.

Bless him, this email went on in great detail to explain the key steps of selling including the section 32 statement. It was probably one of the most helpful things anyone has done for me over email. Jack had sold his home only a few months earlier, just last year and we were lucky to learn off the back of his experience. Skyping Jase later in the afternoon, I realised how much he’d been affected by being away when I saw the relief in his face, after I told him that I’d been able to make contact with a conveyancer and had an appointment tomorrow.

I feel much more secure knowing  I can ask all these crazy questions about our sale tomorrow. Suddenly, things don’t seem so overwhelming and challenging any more.

Paperwork, Unfamiliar to Many

BIG plot twist tonight on The Great Australian Trade-Off, as the tradies were forced to contend with property management. It’s by far the least ‘practical’ task they’ve had so far, after all the other weeks were about fixing things and creating…more things. But it’s week four now. The weak ones have been weeded out, and there’s nowhere left to hide from the judges.

Yes, I’m a little bit addicted, but paperwork is my jam. I do it all day at work, so seeing someone else put through it on national television is just amazing. Just think of all the conveyancing lawyers who’ll be watching this episode, yelling at their TV screens as the tradies mix up their sale of land act with the mortgage payments. It gets pretty complicated, though, and you don’t realise until you actually have to sort out this stuff for a living. Property conveyancing is a whole lot of admin, and if you’re not organised, you might as well just do another job. Like real estate agency. Ha! Burn!

Anyway, the tradies had to do all sorts of conveyancing and property shenanigans, and it was clear that they were outside their comfort zone. Makes sense, though…if these people want to run their own businesses, they need to learn to sift through paperwork. People get pretty upset when it comes to payday and you’ve lost their tax file numbers, or you need to find a receipt for work completed seven months ago and it’s somewhere in a massive pile next to your desk.

Of course, as per usual they had an actual conveyancing expert in the tent. A professional, I mean…not that they have an Elwood conveyancing professional in there every single week, no matter the task. That would’ve been silly when they’re fixing boat propellers. But wow, they went there. A whole week on paperwork, and now I am hooked.

-Harley

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.