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the practice (some would say art) of transferring ownership in property. In some cases the law takes care of the transfer - this is so in many everyday transactions for the sale of goods where the property is transferred according to the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended) if the parties have not sought to regulate matters for themselves. In many other cases difficult issues usually involve the writing of some instrument. Thus, some incorporeal moveables have to be transferred by assignation, and real or heritable property may often have to be conveyed by a formal written document, usually one recorded in a register.

In England and Scotland the conveyancing of land is largely the domain of solicitors, although often members of the Bar specialize in resolving problems that are contractual or relate to land law. In both jurisdictions there are practices that grow up to facilitate what is often, but not always, a piece of non-contentious business - it is this practical part of the business that conveyancers consider their art.

In England there is a body of people who are licensed conveyancers but not solicitors or barristers. The same system exists in Scotland, but no sub-solicitor conveyancing profession has yet emerged as a market force, so conveyancing is still done at the time of writing by solicitors, indeed the body set up to regulate non-solicitor conveyancers has been dissolved and taken over by the Law Society of Scotland.

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No other foreign company has so far took interest in buying land and therefore the Government decided to reinstate the former law," Neziri said.
Conditions that are placed on purchases can be easy to change, and many of the organizations that are buying land are small and not particularly stable.
In turn, Gore says, the environmental community would be better off focussing on buying land, establishing conservation easements and bending the ear of the county commissioners who can control growth.
Mr Penn continued: "Let's be clear, this is not a widespread issue in Coventry and Warwickshire but it does go on and investors - especially those who are new to buying land and property - should certainly be aware of it.
The bank said that it has finalised a proposal to lend INR100m for buying land for housing.
They're interested in buying land in Georgia for agriculture and are also interested in importing our vegetables and sheep," Georgian Agriculture Minister Bakur Kvezereli told Bloomberg.
Lucia is preparing legislation on ownership of land which could block foreigners from buying land at will, reports CANA (February 14, 1999).
As buying land has become an attractive and cost-effective option for home buyers, The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster([R]) announces their expansion into a new division, Land & New Home Sales with Northrop Team member Cindy DelZoppo appointed to head the division.
Summary: JEDDAH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) has warned property developers against buying land east of the Haramain Expressway, as sales of plots there have been blocked by the Jeddah municipality.
He began buying land at 18, and by his mid-20s he had acquired 10,000 acres.
The special fee is proposed as a means of buying land to ensure a buffer of wilderness around the valley and to increase park facilities as more and more houses are built.
According to Brancato, Rockrose has started buying land in the area in the mid-1980's, soon after Citi Group moved its headquarters there.