Annetjie Coetsee is a practising Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer, operating from both the Cape Town and Helderberg branches of STBB. Her responsibilities include: Director of STBB, branch head of Somerset West office, Executive member and head of the Development Law Unit. The specialized Development Law Unit has nine specialists addressing development requirements in the fields of planning law, environmental law, construction law, renewable energy law and, very importantly, local government law. She is a practicing Conveyancer (dealing with a conglomerate of property related matters such as sectional titles, developments, bonds, transfers and municipal work for local councils). Although she specialises in conveyancing she is a family law attorney, with a special interest in the constitutional law aspects regarding children’s rights. She is part of the marketing department and takes care of the brand development on a national level. Annetjie is further responsible for compliance and reporting initiatives. She is involved with substantial research activities relating to the property market and property investment and communicates interesting and relevant facts to her clients and the media, conducts Legal Updates for banks and estate agents. Her knowledge and insurmountable experience in the property market and connections with key roleplayers in the property industry makes her an invaluable ally to any property investor.

Thought of the Week | Renovation Plans May Introduce Surprises

Whether as the buyer or seller of a property, one is seldom aware of the conditions contained in that property’s registered Title Deed. Generally this is because prospective purchasers never see the relevant Title Deed, as for example, where a property is bonded, the original Title Deed is retained by the mortgage bank.

As a result, purchasers are often disappointed when they wish to improve, alter or renovate their properties, only to find that because of the Title Deed restrictions and conditions, they are not in a position to do so, or that they can only do so after lengthy further applications.

In order to avoid such frustration, we suggest that, prior to presenting an Offer to Purchase to the prospective seller, you contact your STBB conveyancer who will be able to obtain a copy of the Title Deed from the Deeds Office, and advise you on any restrictive conditions which may affect your future plans.

For more information, contact your STBB conveyancer on www.stbb.co.za.