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Why is it important for a home owner to have a copy of the Title Deed

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Why should a home owner have a copy of the Title Deed or why should a home buyer take a look at the Title Deed before buying a property? These are quite valid questions being asked by our customers all the time. It is of critical importance to have a copy of the Title Deed (usually called a Deed of Transfer) to ensure you know exactly what restrictions there are on a property. Imagine you buying a property only to later find out that there is a municipal pipe running through your backy...

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How to get Deeds Registry Information

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The Deeds Office is responsible for the registration, management and maintenance of the property registry of South Africa. It also keeps copies of ante nuptial (marriage) contracts. You can get information from the deeds registry on the following: the registered owner of a property the conditions affecting such property interdicts and contracts in respect of the property purchase price of the property rules of a sectional title...

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Trying to find out who owns a house all I have is an address?

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No problem. Most of the time this is all we need. If we need more info we will get in touch and ask for more info. In the past it was nearly impossible to get this information without physically going to the Deeds Office or asking an attorney or estate agent to help you. Now you can easily request this type of info from mydeedsearch.co.za....

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How to find out who owns a property

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Have you ever wondered who owns a property or where this info can be obtained? Previously you had to ask an estate agent or attorney for this information. Now you can use mydeedsearch.co.za to get this info easily and hassle free. We can tell you who owns the property, what they paid for it, whether there is a bond registered against it and even get the contact information of the owner....

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Where can I find out if there is a servitude on a property

posted in Deeds Office, Surveyor General (SG)
This is quite a common question getting asked by our clients. Servitudes that are registered are shown on the SURVEYOR GENERAL (SG) Diagram. If you want to know the location of a servitude or whether one is registered, then you need to order a copy of the SG DIAGRAM on our website....

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The result on my DOTS search shows REGISTERED but the Deeds Office search still shows the previous owner

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This is a question we get quite often. There seems to be confusion about when the actual owner change reflects on the Deeds Office search. Sometimes people think our info is outdated, but that is not the case. We have a LIVE link into the Deeds Office which means our info is as current as it is at the Deeds Office. The reason why this happens is because of the next steps involved in transferring a property. Once a property is registered, it is official...

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How does the Title Deed Numbering Work

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Title Deed documents have the following naming convention T1234/1984. The T in front of the numbers is the abbreviation for Title. The next numbers before the / is the number of the title deed and the 4 letters after the / is the year. In this example it is Title Deed Number 1234 issued in 1984....

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What is the difference between a Title Deed and Deed of Transfer

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There seems to be a lot of confusion between a Title Deed and Deed of Transfer. Basically it is exactly the same document. Title Deed is just a more common name that is used. The legal documentation submitted when transferring a property is called a Deed of Transfer. We have had quite a few queries regarding this and had to explain that they are in essence the same documents. Next time you order a Title Deed and receive a Deed o...

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Property Bond Registration Process

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Who is involved in the bond registration process? The seller an estate agent the buyer a transferring attorney (appointed by the seller to transfer the property to the buyer's name) a bond attorney (appointed by the bank receiving the bond) a cancellation attorney (appointed by the bank cancelling the seller's bond) Note: The same attorney could deal with more than one or all of the above transactions....

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Avoiding Deeds Office Pitfalls

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An onerous title deed condition that isn’t discovered in time could delay or prevent the progress of a property development resulting in serious cost implications for the developers. Alternatively, such an omission could be costly when buying or selling property. The deeds registration offices had a system whereby deeds were lodged in duplicate and the Deeds Office would endorse changes of ownership, caveats, interdicts, mortgage bonds, and servitudes against the title deeds. The...

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