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Navigating the Conveyancing Process in British Columbia

The conveyancing process is a critical aspect of buying or selling property in British Columbia, Canada. It involves various legal and administrative procedures that ensure the transfer of property ownership. This article provides an overview of the conveyancing process in British Columbia, highlighting key steps and considerations for buyers and sellers.

Step 1: Retaining a Real Estate Lawyer or Notary Public

Engaging a qualified real estate lawyer or notary public is crucial to navigate the complexities of the conveyancing process. These professionals specialize in real estate transactions and play a vital role in ensuring a smooth and legally sound transfer of property ownership.

Step 2: Offer and Acceptance

Once a buyer submits an offer and the seller accepts it, both parties enter into a legally binding agreement. The offer typically includes terms and conditions, purchase price, deposit amount, and timelines for completion.

Step 3: Due Diligence and Property Searches

During this stage, the buyer’s legal representative conducts due diligence by conducting property searches. These searches include verifying property titles, liens, easements, encumbrances, and any outstanding taxes. Additionally, the buyer may conduct inspections and assessments to identify any potential issues with the property.

Step 4: Financing and Mortgage Approval

Buyers often rely on financing to complete the purchase. They work with their financial institution or mortgage broker to secure a mortgage and obtain the necessary approvals and documentation for the loan.

Step 5: Preparation and Review of Legal Documents

Step 6: Completion and Closing

On the completion date specified in the contract, the buyer’s legal representative coordinates the financial transactions, including the transfer of funds from the buyer’s mortgage lender and the buyer’s deposit. The seller’s legal representative ensures the transfer of the property’s legal title to the buyer.

Step 7: Registration and Land Title Transfer

Following completion, the buyer’s legal representative registers the transfer of title with the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA). This step officially records the change in ownership and provides legal protection for the buyer.

Step 8: Post-Completion Matters

After the completion and registration, the buyer’s legal representative provides the buyer with a copy of the registered transfer of title and other relevant documents. The buyer may also arrange for insurance coverage and update their address for property tax and utility billing purposes.

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Melissa has 8+ years of combined Commercial, Business and Contract Law experience as In-House Counsel in manufacturing, health, real estate development, and broadcast communication industries. She is instrumental in developing strategies to minimize legal risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

She has 6+ years of Human Resources Management experience and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Her practice includes Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estates and Real Estate & Conveyancing.

For fun, she visits ancient sites and ruins and belts out popular Broadway tunes.

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Northam Law is a boutique law firm offering advisory services in Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, Business Law, and Human Resources. Our practice areas also include Wills & Estates and Family Law. Notarization services are also available.

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