TITLE: New Kids in the Old Block!
SUBTITLE: Demand for Services sees Conveyancing Plus Expand into Papakura
Making life easy for her clients is a driving force for Bobbie-jo from Conveyancing Plus. For many of her clients, buying a home is their first encounter with the legal profession and she is committed to ensuring that professional, friendly and affordable assistance is given to all.
Conveyancing Plus has branches in both Pukekohe and Waiuku and as testament to the professional service they offer, the business is now open on Broadway.
“with a growing client base in Papakura, we wanted to make it even easier for them to visit us, if they wanted to. Having a base in the centre of town, make us able to do just that.” Bobbie-jo says.
The new offices on Level 1/20 Broadway, offer local clients the same levels of professionalism and efficiency that has seen them become a household name in Franklin since Bobbie-jo set up offices in Waiuku in 2012 before expanding into Pukekohe in 2016.
Conveyancing Plus offers an alternative to traditional lawyers when buying and selling property, as well as completing subdivisions, setting up trusts, powers of attorney and wills. Bobbie-jo has an extensive background in the legal industry, completing a property law diploma following a 20 year career as a legal executive. She understands that for first home buyers in particular, it's a big step involving lots of decisions and committing scary amounts of hard earned money.
Bobbie-jo Butler of Conveyancing Plus explains.
“Conveyancing is the legal work required to transfer the ownership of real estate from one person or entity to another. Conveyancing practitioners specialise in property law and have specific training and skills in all areas relating to the sale and purchase of real estate and related transactions, leases, subdivisions and refinances. Our conveyancing service also includes the sale and purchase of businesses.
“It's a bit like diving into a big pool in the river without knowing what snags may be hidden under the surface. Like anything new, buying and selling property can be full of pitfalls and unexpected complications, but our job is to steer our clients through all the necessary procedures and guide them into smooth waters.”
Providing professional guidance to navigate everything, dot the 'I's and cross the 'T's, sort the finance and make sure all the contractual and legal details are in order is what the Conveyancing Plus team does best.
“There can be a lot of emotion bound up in a property transaction, whether it's a first home buyer, nervous but excited about taking that initial step into the property world, or retirees parting with the family home and downsizing to a retirement village. Or maybe it's an investor adding to a portfolio or purchasing a business, who just wants all the legal and financial details tied up securely.
“Communication is key in this process. We keep in contact with all stakeholders and put everything in layman's terms so that intentions are clear.”
“It's all about building relationships. Helping our clients with their property transactions naturally leads on to helping to plan the future for them and their families, from drafting wills to buying and selling businesses.”
Conveyancing Plus is itself something of a family business, with Bobbie-jo's husband Rocky providing solid support as a trust accountant, and a daughter helping out with technical information systems support. Bobbie-jo and her colleague, fellow conveyancing practitioner Linda Wilson, are both Waiuku residents. Linda has also worked in Pukekohe for many years, and that in-depth knowledge of the area is a real plus for clients buying or selling property in Franklin.
A firm believer in supporting the local area that has supported her, she is also pleased to be given the opportunity to tread new waters in Papakura.
“There is a current population of around 46,000 and a projected increase in that population to 70,200 by 2033 which is not surprising. Papakura is an attractive place to live with a number of new subdivisions and housing that can still be attained at affordable prices.
And, if Pukekohe does become a satellite city as predicted it will change the dynamics for the whole area as well.”
Conveyancing Plus has kept abreast of the changes happening around them and the change in the needs of clients. This has led to a focus on providing cost efficient, effective services and solutions for developers and builders.
“Our practitioners liaise with surveyors, financiers, contractors and developers to create a smooth process in a timely manner. We advise and create documentation for small to complex subdivisions and developments.”
Bobbie-jo has a passion for the conveyancing profession, and has been a past president of the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers, the professional body which represents, promotes and regulates the conveyancing profession.
“Being president presented a great opportunity to promote the profession, spread knowledge about it and encourage others to take up this specialty. I continue this promotion through my firm, mentoring one of our Pukekohe staff members, Marie Galvin, who is currently studying to become a conveyancer and has a real flair for it.”
So, how much will it cost? That's always the big question.
“Our charges are very competitive. We provide a complete service. Our fixed fee structure for residential transactions allows clients to know what their costs will be up front, and if extra work is required we'll keep them fully informed.
“If you're selling property through a real estate agent, we can liaise with them to ensure that your legal obligations as a vendor are met and not compromised. For private sales we can help you put together your own agreement and advise on handling offers. We will deal with your bank when the time comes and if you are on-purchasing we'll complete the transactions together.
“Even if you are simply browsing properties through the internet or window shopping at the agents, getting the right information and advice helps with making the best possible decision and saving time, money and stress.
“In the ever-changing world of property, it's our job to keep up with the latest requirements, and our pleasure to guide you through them.”