Property Law and Conveyancing Glossary

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(Special) power of attorney to transfer

A written power of attorney granted by the owner of the land in his personal capacity as transferor, to a conveyancer to perform on behalf of the transferor all acts necessary to effect transfer of the land described in the power of attorney to the acquirer, the transferee. The conveyancer is also specifically authorized to execute the deed of transfer on behalf of the transferor, before the registrar of deeds.

Acceptance of a composition

Agreement between the creditors and the insolvent's trustee


Legislation passed by the government.


Attachment to an offer of purchase / deed of sale


Acceptance of benefits

Adminastration Fee

The monthly cost that the bank charges to facilitate the adminastration of a bond account (mortgage loan).


An analysis of a buyers income liabilities and available funds in order to determine their ability to afford the purchase of a property.


Person acting on behalf of another, usually in terms of a power of attorney

Agreement of Sale

Also referred to as the Offer to Purchase. It is a legally binding document signed by the buyer and seller whereby the buyer agrees to buy a property from the seller who agrees to sell the property to the buyer for a proposed purchase price and conditions on which the sale will take place.


The Alienation of Land Act 68 of 1981 governs the alienation (selling exchanging or donating) of immovable property.


 Loan payment by equal periodic payments calculated to pay off the mortgage at the end of a fixed period.

Amortization Term

The length of time required to repay the mortgage loan expressed as a number of months.

Antenuptial Contract

An agreement entered into by parties prior to getting married they will then be married out of community of property.


An estimate of the value of property made by a qualified professional called an 'appraiser' or 'valuator'.


Procedure whereby parties to a dispute appoint an arbitrator whose decision is final and binding to settle the dispute.