The Transfer Process Part 3, Get your i's dotted and t's crossed
Category Buying & Selling Tips
Last month we discussed the second stage in the transfer of property process where we learnt about the necessary preparation before the bond. Now with everyone fully invested in the transfer of property ownership, there are a few final i's and t's to be dotted and crossed before the paperwork goes through to the deeds office. Read here for the third step in the transfer process and learn what buyer, seller, and attorney need to do in their final steps.
The seller's final steps
Once the transfer process reaches this third phase, there are a few important payments that the seller will need to make.
1. The seller will be required to pay off any remaining rates and taxes associated with the property as well as four months provision paid up front to the council to ensure there are no outstanding bills during the final steps of the transfer. It is at this point the seller's bond is frozen and later on cancelled.
2. The seller will need to obtain a compliance certificate for the property's electrical system, gas system and electric fence where applicable.
3. The real estate's agent commission is paid once transfer has been affected with monies received from the transferring attorney.
The buyer's final steps
The buyer is obligated to pay what we in the property industry call 'costs' to both the transfer attorney and the bond attorney. The fee for the transfer attorney and for the bond attorney is preset by the Law Society of South Africa. Other fees that will need to be paid by the buyer include:
2. Postages and petties
3. Deeds office search fees
4. ID and verification fee
5. Taxes to the Receiver of Revenue which is based on the value of the property.
These fees will be paid to the attorneys who will ask for them when the buyer signs the transfer documents, therefore it is important for the buyer to know what these fees are and to have them ready at the time of signing the transfer documents.
Once these costs are paid, a rates clearance certificate will be issued by the council and a transfer duty receipt will be issued by SARS.
Look out next month for the fourth and final step in the transfer process as we take you behind the scenes to the Deeds Office.
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