UK - Digital conveyancing is one step closer in the UK as Government approves changed land registration rules that aim to pave the way for digital land registration.
GhostTracker is an online reporting tool for conveyancers designed to manage all communication with their client base regarding the progress of a property registration.
UK: Electronic documents validated with digital signatures will finally replace paper property deeds if a set of proposals by Land Registry is approved.
UK: The Conveyancing Association has outlined ambitious e-reforms with a digital focus central to improving homebuyers’ experience.
UK: Digital signatures have been used for the first time in the exchange of contracts for a residential property transaction in England - with a code replacing the signature.
UK: The Land Registry has released its Annual Report and Accounts, setting out its priorities for an ambitious digital transformation with an open approach to data.
UK: Recent research has indicated that the home buying process is going to change “beyond recognition in the coming years”, with a massive growth in online channel use.
Australia: A wide ranging interview with Marcus Price, CEO of PEXA, which is spearheading the property industry’s transition from paper to digital settlements.
The Registers of Scotland (ROS) is undergoing a digital transformation, moving from a paper-based organisation to one that always does everything digitally as the first option.
The City of Cape Town has lifted the validation of the new Admin Fee process to allow a final grace period to address and resolve recurrent problems.
An increase in the number of incorrect payments and application rejections means that as from 08 February certain problematic applications will be rejected and closed.
The Law Society of Scotland in conjunction with ESPC and BDB Estate Agency Software is planning to launch a new digital platform - Altis - this year.
The technical solution for the automation of refunds for final accounts as part of the S118 process has been implemented, but the business Go Live will be phased in.
The City of Cape Town will be hosting information and feedback sessions regarding S118 Rates Clearance, Deeds and Refund Automation processes.
As part of the Gallium suite of intelligent solutions Signisure is a game-changing platform that simply and securely facilitates all processes at the point of contract signature.
The technical solution for the refunds Go Live has been implemented and the business Go Live for refunds is today, Thursday, 5 May 2016 in a phased approach.
An unacceptably high number of S118 automated refunds for the seller's final account(s) are being returned by the financial institutions due to incorrect banking details.
Australia - PEXA has introduced a new, more effective verification of identity standard (VOI Standard) replacing the traditional ‘100 point’ system of identification.
Cape Town: Section 118 Applications - Administrative fees for rates clearance applications are to increase from 01 July 2016.
Prevent fraud happening by heading these tips for strong passwords, as the security of every platform/application ultimately depends on the user's password.
LexisNexis’ Practical Guidance in Real Estate, Land and Conveyancing practice area has just become available to GhostConvey users.
Australia - South Australian conveyancers, solicitors, and lenders can now completely digitally exchange property via e-Conveyancing in what is a digital transformation.
UK - the Law Society has backed proposals to simplify the legal basis of electronic conveyancing in its reply to proposals for reform of the Land Registration Act 2002.
Australia – a recent change to a government form has unintentionally jammed a spoke into the wheels of the promising e-conveyancing industry.
UK: The Conveyancing Association has published a paper on ‘Modernising the Home Moving Process’ outlining a future, more certain and transparent process.
Australia - Property Exchange Australia Pty Ltd (PEXA) plans to introduce a National Mortgage Form (NMF) later this year to streamline property mortgages.
Australia - an article in the Law Institute Journal about the Electronic Conveyancing clause to be included in all standard contracts of sale of real estate.
Australia: more property transfers are moving online as states are added to the new e-conveyancing network, according to PEXA the agency overseeing the rollout.
An interview with Dawid Malan and Michelle Ramdeen in which they discuss the Absa Guarantee Hub, what it is, its roll-out, the needs it addresses and its future prospects.
Cape Town: Section 118 Applications - Administrative fees for rates clearance applications are to increase from 01 July 2015.
The Korbitec Online Training Website is a resource that has recently had a face lift and a revamp to make it simpler and easier for users to find the training material they want.
Ann Bertelsmann, editor of the Risk Alert Bulletin discusses "Friday afternoon" cyberfraud scams and warns that cyberfraud claims could be excluded from indemnity.
GhostChat: transforming conveyancing communication - allowing attorneys and secretaries to communicate and share necessary documentation – securely, instantly.
A look at the legal validity of contracts using electronic signatures and data messages in South Africa in terms of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.
Korbitec has partnered with Absa in creating the Absa Guarantee Hub which will offer conveyancers another aspect to a more secure banking and conveyancing environment.
Information for transferring attorneys about Absa's digitally signed electronic guarantees and the characteristics necessary to confirm that they are indeed legitimate.
A report back of the CLS Property Law Committee meeting with the deputy Mayor and senior City officials regarding problems with rates clearances and refunds.
The City of Johannesburg has implemented an easier and cheaper way for attorneys to pay for clearance certificates via EFT (Electronic funds transfer).
The Law Society of the UK is to launch the Conveyancing Portal, an online service that will help solicitors and licensed conveyancers save money and time.
As Standard Bank now accepts digitally signed electronic Guarantees issued off the Absa Guarantee Hub here is a guide to identify the key elements of a valid one.
Australia’s first national e-Conveyancing platform, Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), has just launched its full functionality offering in New South Wales.
The biggest revolution of the conveyancing system in Ireland has begun with the start of the implementation phase of the Law Society’s eConveyancing project.
GhostConvey has just launched fully-integrated Deeds Office searching, allowing Conveyancers a convenient and direct link to live data from Deeds Office databases.
A list of frequently asked questions and their answers about the new SARS eFiling system which went live a month ago.
The Law Society of England and Wales intends going live with their conveyancing web portal.
Delivering digitised land and property data directly to a conveyancer’s desktop, has many benefits for the conveyancer and gives confidence to lenders and consumers.
The implementation of the City of Cape Town’s new ISIS system has not been without incident and problems are being resolved.
WinDeed has just released a number of enhancements to its Automated Document Tracking (ADT) functionality.
Property24 gives estate agents an unprecedented opportunity to allow customers easily accessible, real-time information, which is likely to boost both interest and sales.
Mossel Bay Municipality has compiled a list of rules and conditions that need to be complied with to ensure that your rates applications are successful.
GhostConvey 2012 has successfully integrated with the SARS eFiling system and free workshops are to be held around the country to prepare users for the new feature.
Since February almost 500 attorney firms have listed on Property24.com and have started to enjoy the benefits of wide Internet exposure to the public and estate agents.
We answer a question which was raised in last week's "Find an attorney" is flying about registering as a REASA panel attorney on Property24
The City of Cape Town has been inundated with incorrect electronic/Internet payments for Section 118 certificates, causing an administrative nightmare.
Payment Solutions is a product in GhostConvey which efficiently, and cost effectively facilitates the payment of the seller’s rates and taxes on his behalf.
Salaried individuals no longer need to supply bank statements when applying for bonds at FNB, Absa and Nedbank.
The City Council of Cape Town is to implement new measures from 30 July to reduce delays with rates clearance applications.
SARS' modernised Transfer Duty system which was introduced in August will be mandatory from 1 October and conveyancers are urged to activate their eFiling details.
As the city of Johannesburg strives towards better service, rates clearance certificates can now be paid via EFT.
Cheryl Claassen considers the practical effects for conveyancers, estate agents, buyers and sellers of the latest Transfer Duty e-Filing amendments.
An answer to a number of queries we have received about the description of sectional title properties on the new electronically issued Transfer Duty Receipts.
A Pdf document of the recent Korbitec information session held in Mossel Bay and George this week explaining the electronic rates clearance application process.
Ever wondered how the Electronic Deeds Registration Process will look? This PowerPoint presentation graphically gives us the lowdown on the Electronic Deeds Registration Bill.
As from the 18th February, the City of Cape Town requires that a Certificate of Compliance regarding water installations be submitted upon the transfer of properties.
After a successful pilot between Korbitec and Absa, Korbitec' s Property Transaction Hub has been endorsed by Absa to allow for the simultaneous registration of Transfers and linked Mortgage Bonds.
UK - Land Registry has scrapped plans to use electronic transfers with e-signatures and to extend the use of electronic legal charges.
Sars has announced a number of important changes and enhancements to the transfer duty process, which should speed up the issuing of receipts.
The start of a series of articles giving an overview of the how far e-conveyancing initiatives have progressed in a number of countries.
Ontario, Canada - widely recognised as the most progressive e-Conveyancing solution currently in operation and seen as a reference source for e-conveyancing solutions in other jurisdictions.
New Zealand - Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has developed a partial end-to-end e-Conveyancing solution known as LandOnline.
Transaction volumes of the online rates clearance solution, RatesClearance.com, continue to break records and it has now been implemented at twelve municipalities nationally.
Korbitec recently launched Payment Solutions, a new service which will reduce the hassle and delays associated with rates clearance payments.
Section 118 certificates, attendant matters and the implementation by the City of Cape Town of Project Isis by the 28 November.
Scotland is ready to show the world how to do e-registration, as ARTL's official launch last month reminded us.
WinDeed has introduced Experian credit bureau searches in addition to the existing TransUnion searches.
The Property Law Committee of the LSSA dealt extensively with the definitions and all the sections and concepts in the Electronic Deeds Registration Bill in February.
A joint effort will be needed to solve the e-conveyancing puzzle with which Australia is saddled.
UK - A future where non-lawyers could set up conveyancing firms and even supermarket chains providing conveyancing services is predicted.
The launch of Property24's Electronic Transfer Instruction (ETI) product will see a seamless, fully electronic property transaction information chain.
BridgingCentral - the online portal which links attorneys to bridging finance companies.
"InsureCentral" - the Korbitec Life Insurance Hub is to be officially launched in March. It is currently available on your GhostConvey system and activated for commercial use (Version 10.7).
Delays in Australia's e-conveyancing system will result in homebuyers and investors missing out on saving millions of dollars.
CapX Finance has become the first bridging finance company to sign up with BridgingCentral.
How goes the roll out of the Automated Registration of Title to Land (ARTL) system in Scotland?
Australia's single national e-conveyancing system is edging closer to total collapse.
Ireland - over 1000 applications have been lodged by the Property Registration Authority (PRA) .
Australia - state governments, lawyers and bankers are talking about establishing a company to run the e-conveyancing system.
UK - the mortgage industry has welcomed new government guidelines to improve access to local authority property data.
Scotland - An update from Registers of Scotland on the pending rollout of Automated Registration of Title to Land.
Australia - The National Electronic Conveyancing System (NECS) is one step closer to reality, despite a boycott of first round discussions.
Australia - The Standing Committee of Attorneys General (SCAG) has agreed to recommend the implementation of a nationwide electronic conveyancing system.
Roadshows about the new searches and improved functionality of WinDeed will be run around the country in May - details now available for Port Elizabeth and East London.
Australia - The Council of Australian Governments has approved a single national electronic conveyancing system.
WinDeed Systems is pleased to announce the release of its Deeds Office Tracking System (DOTS).
Hong Kong uses e-Stamping to protect against fraudulent property transfer documents.
India is to implement a National Land Records Modenization Programme (NLRMP).
The revolution continues with WinDeed's launch of automatic document tracking.
GhostConvey + WinDeed = effortless importing of accurate Deeds Office information into transfers.
Land Information New Zealand is preparing for the online lodgement of title and survey transactions.
UK - A new system improves application processing time dramatically at Goldsmith Williams.
A pilot for compulsory e-conveyancing in the UK will be launched in October.
House buyers and sellers across England and Wales are now able to view their chain electronically using the Land Registry's new Chain Matrix system.
Korbitec in partnership with FNB recently launched Attorney Gateway … the alternative instruction provider of choice.
England - HIP displacement: a painful process according to CML News.
On 28 July the first live transaction on the live Land Register was effected.
Bad blood exists between Victoria's lawyers and the state's conveyancers.
Scotland - several dozen transactions have been completed via automated registration.
WinDeed's biggest update was recently released and it has lots to offer property professionals.
Deeds registries have begun converting from dual-head microfilm cameras to digital scanners for use in archiving.
UK - Chain Matrix will allow online views of transactions in the buying process.
UK - All conveyancing in England and Wales could be carried out electronically by 2009.
Ireland - Proposals aimed at developing an electronic system for the transfer of the ownership of property in Ireland have been outlined.
UK - The go-ahead has been given for Land Registry to launch its e-conveyancing pilot service in October 2007.
Ontario's eConveyancing solution is regarded as the most progressive currently in operation.
Ireland - Land Registry Ireland has gone live with landdirect.ie.
E-Conveyancing receives enthusiastic support from the property profession.
Australia - an academic has forced a rethink of the legal framework supporting Victoria's E-conveyancing project.
A look behind the scenes at the English and Scottish e-conveyancing roll-outs.
The idea of secure, paperless, electronic conveyancing transactions is not the stuff of science fiction.
The Council for the National Land Information Service (C-NLIS) was officially launched in London last week.
Taking the real estate industry to an Internet era when buying and selling property can be as fluid as trading stocks, could happen.
Australia has big plans to do away with the paper shuffle which attends conveyancing.
The UK Land Registry cannot afford to tolerate any possible system failures or system outages in its proposed online services.
The PISCES system has become the data exchange standard in the property sector in the UK.
The Land Registry's delayed electronic conveyancing service for house buyers in England and Wales is set to be piloted in 2007 as part of a £21m deal signed with IBM.
The City of Cape Town has joined other councils in allowing attorneys to request Rates Clearance Certificates electronically.
LexisNexis, the legal publisher, has launched a software package that it claims will enable small law firms to compete on an equal footing with Tesco.
An address by Minister Lenihan at the launch of the Irish Law Reform Commission's Report on Reform and Modernisation of Land Law and Conveyancing Law.
Exweb eConveyancer provides a comprehensive conveyancing referral service to brokers and intermediaries.
How the click of a mouse could buy and sell houses in just 15 minutes.
NECS is Australia's joint government and industry initiative to create a more efficient and convenient way of completing property transfers and registering land title changes.
Transact Direct, which is claimed to be the UK's first secure internet-based and complete end-to-end conveyancing portal, has been launched.
Conveyancing and the lodging of discharge, transfer and mortgage documents is set to become easier in the state of Victoria, Australia.
An Edinburgh technology specialist has launched a new free property service matching cost-conscious house buyers with a solicitor or estate agent best suited to their specific needs.
One hundred and forty two years of history made way last month for the new, when the Land Registry converted its last ever paper register.
Conveyancing is the process that time forgot, according to Fiona Delahunt, program manager of the Victorian Government's Land Exchange project.
Cardiff-based property search specialist Richards Gray has launched an online service giving more in-depth information on properties and the adjoining area.
After a decade of study - and wrangling - lawmakers have approved legislation that will replace Hong Kong's antiquated land registry system with a land title scheme similar to those used in most developed economies.
The UK Land Registry is looking for a supplier for the provision of support for the development of services required to enable e-conveyancing.
Some solicitors feel enslaved by the financial power of lenders. Now e-conveyancing could help them gain influence according to the Law Gazette.
The Lagos State Government is in the process of launching a landmark electronic device for accessing land titles.
England's Land Registry expects to pilot a full e-conveyancing system in 2006, chief executive Peter Collis told delegates in Birmingham.
Since January last year, Quicken Loans has been using Silanis' fully electronic mortgage application process for the Web.
Response of the (English) Council of Mortgage Lenders to the draft order under section 8 of the Electronic Communications Act 2000.
This is the first in a series of articles in which I will investigate the state of electronic conveyancing in England. This article serves as a starting point; it will outline the problems faced and the solutions proposed.
In this the first half of a must-read two part article, Gustav Radloff analyses the potential legal options for the implementation of an electronic land registration system. He writes that the challenge is to have a speedier and more cost-effective land delivery system without compromising the accuracy and security of title now enjoyed by the South African public.
In this the concluding part of an important article, Gustav Radloff continues to analyse the challenges and opportunities that will arise in an electronic land registration system. He concludes - correctly we believe - that a post paper land registration system will be even more dependent than it is now on the continued integrity, qualification and training of the deeds office examiners and conveyancers in private practice.
After an extensive consultation exercise, HM Land Registry has published an interim consultation report: e-conveyancing. It summarises the views expressed by the legal and property professions regarding plans for the introduction of an e-conveyancing framework.
In Brave new e-world, Allan Carton looks at the political, economic and social factors that are driving forward the evolution of residential e-conveyancing in England. He also warns solicitors that they must take steps to prepare for the inevitable electronic future.
This article looks at the need for developing a common data exchange format in England - namely the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard (PISCES). The introduction of which will allow collaborative online deal rooms and change e-conveyancing.
On-line lodgment of survey plans and routine title dealings via the Internet is now a reality in New Zealand with the start of Landonline Stage Two. Coupled with online searching of New Zealand's authoritative land title and survey database, the electronic lodgment now being piloted is a world first.
Problem: Transform South Africa's 200-year-old paper-based land registration system into a thoroughly modern remote-access system. "How and why?" I hear you cry.
Development of a Cadastral and Land Management Model for Existing Informal Land Rights in South Africa by Mark Van Den Berg and Peter Hoffmann presents us with a model that will provide a cadastral and land management framework aimed at securing the land rights of all South Africans.
E-conveyancing in England took a step closer to fulfilment with the publication of the commencement order for the Land Registration Act 2002. This act underpins the proposed electronic conveyancing system.
Hassle-free Web-based tracking of conveyancing transactions has just moved a step closer with GhostEnquiry.
While IT offers many benefits, pretending that e-conveyancing will radically ease the trials of moving house is misguided, says Raymond Perry in The human side to IT in the Law Gazette.
The world in which people buy houses online, never having visited the property nor met the seller, agent, a transfer attorney or even a home loans manager face to face, is here.
An enhanced version of WinDeed has been released which offers the ability to request Surveyor General diagrams.
On 3 November Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) released a digital lodgement service for surveyors.