The Conveyancing Association is launching a training course for estate agents, as the debate swirls over whether a shortage of conveyancers is leading to long delays in transactions.
The course, made up of three modules, has been designed to “aid agents ... in understanding the workings of the conveyancing process and helping them work with all parties within a property chain in order to reduce fall throughs and get sales to exchange faster” according to a statement from the association.
Delegates will “gain a true understanding of the legal process and gain tips on where they can genuinely make a difference” with the objective that agents will be able to i”dentify basic conveyancing principles and will be able to speak knowledgeably and support clients in developing a much smoother process.”
There have been several claims in recent days that slow conveyancing has led to problems with sales.
Yesterday we reported that the Haart agency chain claimed delays were causing problems; last week the Property Codes Compliance Board, the regulator for the Search Code of Practice, accused some councils of “performing woefully;” SearchFlow echoed the criticism, saying the variation in service levels from local authorities was simply “unacceptable.”
The CA says the course is open to both new starters and more experienced professionals who want to know what is happening in the conveyancer’s office and want to understand both the terminology used and the process taken.
Within the three modules, delegates will cover the role of the parties in the process; contractual liabilities; registration; tenure; caveat emptor, rights or easements; restrictions; covenants, overriding interests; and lender requirements.
Lloyd Davies, operations director at the Conveyancing Association, says a recent survey by the association found that one in five defined the home-moving process as an ‘absolute nightmare, while 61 per cent of agents said they’d experienced difficulties obtaining information.
Conveyancers said they struggled with the lack of agents’ understanding about their role.