Conveyancing is the process whereby immovable property is transferred from one person or entity to another, which may include the registration and/or cancellation of a mortgage bond against a property.
A typical conveyancing transaction has two major phases: the exchange of contracts (when legal interests are created) and completion (drafting, signature and finally the registration of documents in the Deeds office).
Conveyancing is done by a Conveyancer, who is an Attorney who passed an additional Conveyancing exam, and is therefore a specialist in property related matters.
The sale of land is governed by the laws and practices of the area (jurisdiction) in which the land is located. It is a legal requirement in all jurisdictions that contracts for the sale of land be in writing and signed by all parties.
South Africa currently have 11 Deeds Offices.