local Burnside Conveyancing Services


The traditional owners of the area we know today as Burnside are the Kaurna* people. Prior to European colonisation, the Kaurna people lived around the creeks of the river Torrens.  In 1839, Peter Anderson, a Scots migrant settled in the area and named his farm ‘Burn-side’ as his property was adjacent to Second Creek; in Scots ‘Burn’ means creek or stream. The village of Burnside was established shortly after. And, in 1856 the district council of Burnside was gazetted.

Today Burnside Village is a popular shopping destination and is fondly referred to as ‘the Village’ so ironically back in time to a Village – currently the centre is undergoing an exciting major upgrade. The development aims to enhance the existing premium retail centre by introducing a multiplex cinema as well as leading fashion brands and best of market dining concepts.

The team at McKay Business Services are focussed on providing high quality conveyancing services to Burnside and all of the Eastern Suburbs.

*We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and pay our respects to Elders past and present.



Everyone knows that when you buy or sell property there is a real estate agent involved who shows the home and discusses the property with you.  You will find out what you get, how much the likely sale price is estimated to be, what schools and transport are nearby and other local information about the area.  They would also explain what has been approved by Council if the property has easements and encumbrances and all other relevant information about the property itself. The real estate agent is there to sell the home and get a contract signed.  So, once you have decided on the property you want to purchase there is the negotiating on price and signing of the contract once this has all been agreed.  So, then what happens? The real estate agent will ask you who is your conveyancer and most likely you will say ‘Why do I need a Conveyancer?’

Many people don’t even know exactly what a conveyancer is let alone which one to choose nor why they need one!

Well, once you get to the point of having signed the contract this is where you will need a solid reliable conveyancer as your trusted professional.  This is one of the most important components in the successful settlement of the sale or purchase of a property. As it is an area that most people do not readily understand it is extremely important to use a great conveyancer who will guide you through the process.  They will pay close attention to detail and ensure that the transaction occurs as quickly as seamlessly as possible. They will not only hasten the transaction process, but they will also work to ensure that the deal does not collapse and ideally, will minimize stress and anxiety throughout the settlement period.

examples of why you need a great conveyancer

  • Two transactions for one of our clients were number one and two in a line of four settlements. Numbers three and four were unable to settle on time which left our client in a jam – she had to sell her house but couldn’t buy her new one! We didn’t find this out until the last minute, and she had furniture in the truck and ready to go. We negotiated with the vendor that she could store her furniture at the new house and move in with her parents for a few days. Eventually the vendors decided that they could move in with their son and let or client occupy until settlement. Thankfully she wasn’t homeless!
  • We assisted Executors of an estate when our clients were undertaking the sale of their family home when their mother passed away after a very long illness, and the family took a long time in dealing with her personal effects. A lawyer took care of the requirements of probate, and we arranged for the Title to the house to be transferred into the name of the executors. They were now able to deal with the property and it was sold soon after at auction and settled with a minimum of fuss. It was a very emotional time for them, and the client told me “not only are we orphans, we are selling our family home”. We deal with our clients with sensitivity and make sure settlement goes through as smoothly as possible.

Having a great conveyancer that takes the time to look after you in difficult or stressful situations certainly makes sense.


Then there is the aspect of getting a quote for the conveyancing fees which can vary quite a lot in South Australia. Remember you will get what you pay for, so the cheapest quote is not likely to provide the quality service that you deserve.  If you are quoted a price that seems very low, you should ask them “What does that price not include” as there would certainly be something missing if they are too cheap.  The other question should be “What other fees and charges are there?” as you have only been quoted the conveyancing fees and not mentioned the mortgage liaison fee, settlement fee, stamping fee, archiving fees, administration fees and other various fees that may be added to your statement and these add-ons all add up.

If you are told you are getting looked after for a cheap fee and you don’t have to worry about a thing, the chances are you’re not! Like anything, quality comes at a cost and for conveyancing quality comes in the form of putting the client first.

A good conveyancer is worth their fees many times over as they can save you much more than just money in the process. The true value of good conveyancing stands out when your conveyancer clarifies the terms and conditions, discusses any issues and provides working solutions that save you time and money. Every transaction needs to be looked over carefully regardless of the complexity or size. Remember it is an important transaction to you. Above all your conveyancers aim is to make your experience as stress free and as enjoyable as possible


Remember, if you want to be sure that your interests are looked after then it’s best that you appoint your own independent Conveyancer. You have the right to choose who you prefer and should not have the same conveyancer as the other party.  This avoids any difficulties if a conflict arises, as having your own conveyancer means they can give you independent advice to assist you throughout the process. Also, the earlier you speak to a conveyancer the better as they can help you look over the contracts and discuss the documents and the process BEFORE you sign.

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The team at McKay Business Services are all members of the AICSA and are proud Adelaide conveyancers