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Andrew Macdougall

Andrew Macdougall

Andrew is a journalist and content marketing manager at Notarize.

Everything Title Agents Need to Know About Closing Online

Notarize has seen unprecedented demand in light of COVID-19, and like you, we’re still working to understand our rapidly-changing reality. We’ve hired dozens of new teammates and even opened up the platform, but implementing these solutions takes time.

We appreciate your cooperation as we work to build new solutions and connect with you on your Contact Sales inquiries, demo requests, and email correspondence. We promise that we’re doing all we can to respond in a timely fashion.

We understand that many of you are looking to close online as soon as possible. Here is a checklist and some frequently asked questions that address everything title agents need to know about closing online.

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Here's What You Need to Know About eRecording Real Estate Documents

If there’s one thing the digital mortgage saves, it’s time. It’s why some of the biggest players in real estate are closing entirely online: Loans are serviced sooner; realtors are paid sooner; signers get their keys sooner; everyone is happier sooner.

The ability to electronically record (eRecord) real property documents makes or breaks the digital mortgage process, but you can’t eRecord without a little help from your mortgage friends.

Here’s everything you need to know about eRecording real estate documents.

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Wisconsin Becomes the First State to Adopt RON in 2020

Prior to this week, 22 states had laws that allowed their notaries to tap into the remote online notarization (RON) marketplace. That means more than 2.2 million notaries nationwide had access to technologies that empowered them to better serve their communities.

The number of RON-approved states now stands 23, as the Wisconsin Senate recently approved Assembly Bill 293 – making the Badger State the first state to pass a RON bill in 2020.

Governor Tony Evers signed the bill on March 2, meaning AB 293 will go into effect for 82,000 Wisconsin notaries beginning June 1, 2020.

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New eBook: How Credit Unions are Using Technology to Win More Business in 2020

Credit Unions are under an unprecedented amount of pressure. The average age of a credit union member is 47, and according to a 2016 study, people 50 and older hold 83% of the wealth in America. At the same time, Nearly 31.5 million Gen Z consumers are now credit-eligible, 50% of those who are credit-eligible already have credit cards, and roughly 33% of them are already working full-time, part-time, or as freelancers.

That’s why we're excited to share our newest eBook: 3 Technology Improvements Credit Unions Will Make in 2020.

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How to Prepare for Remote Online Notarization in 2020

Remote online notarizations (RON) allow people to get their documents notarized through a notary in an online video meeting. The number states adopting notary laws is growing faster than we could have ever anticipated. As of December 2019, 22 states have passed bills to allow notaries in their state to perform RON transactions.

Before we start 2020, here is a guide to how you can prepare for implementing online closings and remote online notarization in your real estate business next year.

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How the Top Mortgage Lenders Put Customer Experience First

The customer experience means everything in the mortgage industry. In an increasingly competitive origination market, small gestures can make a sizeable difference. When everyone makes the customer journey their top priority, it’s these subtle differentiators that help separate your organization from the pack.

So what are those difference-makers? Here's how the best mortgage lenders put customer experience first.

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Free eBook: The Title Agent's Guide to Remote Online Notarization

This post is an excerpt from The Title Agent's Guide to Remote Online Notarization. Access the complete guide here.

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Guaranteed Rate COO Nikolaos Athanasiou to Headline Notarize Conference, Rewired

When we were building out our agenda for our real estate conference, Rewired, we wanted to be intentional. We wanted to design a day where people from across the country could come together to be both inspired and given practical advice on how to influence change in their organization.

That's why we're thrilled to announce that Guaranteed Rate Chief Operating Officer, Nikolaos Athanasiou, will be headlining Rewired in Miami this November. 

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5 Ways to Convince Your Boss To Send You to Rewired

You’ve been to big real estate conferences before, but here’s the problem: nothing changes. Similar speakers, similar topics, and the same events at night. We reimagined the entire conference experience, bringing the brightest minds in real estate to Miami for a one-day event in November.

No gimmicks. No fluff. Rewired features sessions of aspiration, featuring speakers from Guaranteed Rate,  Opendoor, Redfin, Thrive Mortgage, Fannie Mae, Westcor, and elsewhere who will explain how to use real estate technology in your organization.

We want to make it easy for your boss to say “Yes” when you approach them about attending Rewired. Here are five easy steps you can use to convince your boss to send you to Rewired.

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New Guide: 3 Secrets to Running Your Business Like the Top Mortgage Lenders

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. Many believe it’s the epitome of the American Dream. But, it's also one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. And, buyers have seemingly unlimited choices for a mortgage lender so the competition to win new business is fierce for lenders. 

That's why we're proud to announce our latest eBook: 3 Secrets to Running Your Business Like the Top Mortgage Lenders. In this guide, we’ll explore the growing roles of customer service, technology, and brand development in creating the market leaders of today, and lessons you can learn from some of the most successful lenders in the space.

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