Who is Good Title?
Our dedicated team are here to make changing your cross lease to fee simple easy. We have all the right relationships with other services to project manage and complete this subdivision for you.
Who is Good+Title
Good+Title is a professional joint venture service between one of New Zealand’s only specialist property law firms Overend & Associates and the long established innovative surveying practice Survus Consultants, using our combined experience and expertise to bring you a ‘one-stop agency’ and fixed prices for Change of Tenure subdivisions in both the Auckland District and wider Canterbury areas.
The normal process
We are offering fixed prices based on our previous experience in these types of developments and take the risk on under-performance. We have done dozens of these so have them down to a pretty fine art.
Don't get us wrong -- we know you want your greatest asset looked after, and you don't want a 'cut-price' lawyer. We are top quality property specialists, with experience from top law firms in New Zealand and overseas, and we know property inside-out. This means our clients don't waste money by having to have us research the issues -- we already know the issues and the answers.
With a staff of 18, we run the subdivision process like a production line - each job will be worked on by no less than 8 different staff, each one doing the part of the process that they specialise in - planning, engineering, surveying.
Frequently asked questions
How is the fee split between the owners?
This is completely up to you and your neighbours. Usually, we find that the property owners want to share the fee equally, as everyone is being advantaged. However, there can be some instance where one owner can see a value uplift as being hugely advantageous for them alone, and is prepared to invest the entire fee to get that uplift. Or sometimes there is more benefit to one owner, and the owners agree to split the fee in a way that works for them.
Can I get finance on this?
Absolutely, and we can even help with this. Our experience is that banks much prefer lending on a fee simple property. We have contacts with many mortgage brokers, and can arrange for someone to get in touch to assist with this.
When is the fee paid?
How long will all of this take?
Will you act for my neighbours too?
What are the advantages of using Good+Title
These are many and varied, but largely the main advantage is that the costs are known prior to even starting the process giving certainty and no surprises.
▪ You are dealing with one entity from beginning to end
▪ You are dealing with professionals who know their stuff
▪ We come to you if required – stay home and enjoy the roses
▪ There are no ongoing bills, physical works to organise, tradesmen to deal with
▪ Plus, we love dealing with people, especially you!
How does it work?
Simple. And that is our intention. You make an initial enquiry on our website, freephone or email and provide a few details about yourself and your property (street address is all we usually need for your property). We will then investigate the property, existing leases and relevant details. Then we provide you with a combined fee proposal to undertake the job from beginning to end.
Are you able to be the lawyers for my neighbours too?
Yes, it is the intention, and one of the main reasons efficiencies can be made, that Overend & Associates undertake the legal work for all parties. We can do this because it is in all your interests to have the titles converted to fee simple, so all your interests are aligned. This is why we work on the basis that this is a pure conversion of title, so the owners all agree that whatever covenants are on the lease for the protection of one property, those same covenants, word-for-word, are transferred to the new title. This is so that everyone is in exactly the same position with respect to height covenants, etc, but simply with a much, much better tenure of title. If anyone did want to renegotiate this, then we would not be able to act for all property owners, as your interests may not align. This is why we need the owner’s agreement upfront to make sure everyone is on the same page.