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Andrew Macdougall

Andrew Macdougall

Andrew is a journalist and content marketing manager at Notarize.

Colorado and Oregon Become Latest States to Adopt Online Notarization

When Notarize opened its doors in 2015, only Virginia allowed its notaries to connect with signers online. Today, we're excited to share the news that Colorado and Oregon have become the 26th and 27th states, respectively, to sign remote online notarization legislation into law.
 
Combined, these states will allow 122,000 additional notaries to access technology that will help them serve signers in a safer and more secure way.
 
The addition of Colorado and Oregon increases the number of states to pass RON legislation in 2020 to five – following Wisconsin, Alaska, and Louisiana, which passed earlier this month.
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Announcing Free Product Training for Notarize Business Partners

At Notarize, we're proud that our digital solutions make it easier for businesses and their clients to get things notarized. However, we know that easing into new technology is often the hardest and most daunting hurdle to clear.

That's why we're excited to offer our business partners a new, complementary suite of training tools through our Notarize Academy that will teach you how to quickly get up and running on the Notarize platform.

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Notarize Welcomes Denise Forestier as Senior Director of Operations

On-demand is in demand, and at Notarize, we're building solutions to help you anytime, anywhere. It's why we recently opened our platform – to connect people in need with people who are ready and eager to help.

Our goal is to scale our platform and onboard notaries across the country who can help meet the on-demand notarization needs of our customers. That's why we're so excited to share that Denise Forestier has joined the Notarize team as our Senior Director of Operations.

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Notarize Welcomes Mike Atwell as Enterprise Sales Lead for Real Estate

It's no secret: At Notarize, we believe online mortgages are the future of real estate.

To realize this fully digital future, we're constantly adding team members who understand the mortgage landscape – its strengths, its pain points, and how we can build eClose strategies that will work for your business and your customers.

That's why today, we're excited to share that Mike Atwell has joined Notarize as its Enterprise Sales lead for real estate. Mike will spearhead the company's lender sales initiatives, with a focus on our game-changing integration with Ellie Mae's Encompass.

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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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