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Andrew Macdougall

Andrew Macdougall

Andrew is a journalist and content marketing manager at Notarize.

New Guide: 3 Easy Ways to Identify Real Estate Fraud

Real estate fraud is on the rise. As an industry, it’s on us to combat these growing threats head-on to ensure the integrity of online real estate transactions.

That's why we're proud to announce our latest eBook: 3 Easy Ways to Identify Real Estate Fraud. This free guide uses the latest research and real-life anecdotes to highlight the growing complexities of fraud, the clues that may hint at a fraudulent transaction, and the business processes you can adopt to stop fraud in its tracks.

Below is an excerpt from 3 Easy Ways to Identify Real Estate Fraud. You may access the complete guide here.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Remote Online Notarization (Slideshare)

Nearly half the country has adopted remote online notarization (RON), embracing technology that makes the notarial act safer, simpler, and more convenient.

With RON, trillion-dollar industries from auto insurance to wealth management are digitizing their businesses for the first time. In response to the nationwide support and to provide a resource for those looking to learn more about RON, we have built a Slideshare presentation that explains this emerging technology.

Here are three key things you’ll learn.

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Nebraska Passes Remote Online Notarization Bill

As of today, more than 2 million notaries now live in states that have passed or enacted remote online notarization bills. Technology is empowering life’s most trusted agents to help people when they need it most -- no matter where they are.

Nebraska has become the latest state to pass a RON bill, enabling nearly 30,000 notaries to join the movement. Legislative Bill 186 now heads to the desk of Governor Pete Ricketts for his signature. If signed into law, notaries in Nebraska will have a simpler, safer, more secure way to offer notarizations beginning July 1, 2020.

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Introducing A Guide to Digital Transaction Management: A Free eBook on Going Paperless

This is an excerpt from A Guide to Digital Transaction ManagementAccess the complete eBook for free here.

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Florida Passes Remote Online Notarization and Electronic Will Bills Together

Over the past few years, we’ve watched families, businesses, and communities rally around providing access to technology for life’s most important moments. Some of these efforts take time, but on the other side of these coalitions, lies impactful solutions that will benefit generations to come.

We’re thrilled to share that Florida not only passed its remote online notarization bill (House Bill 409), but also included an eWill bill as part of its legislation. Governor Ron DeSantis added his signature HB 409, bringing the efficiencies of remote online notarization to the half a million notaries that call the Sunshine State home. The bill went into effect January 1, 2020.

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Oklahoma Becomes 20th State to Adopt Remote Online Notarization

The remote online notarization movement gained incredible momentum in 2018. We saw the number of RON-approved states reach 10, and knew with a lot of hard work – and a little luck – we might see that number double in the new year.

We’re thrilled to share that our prediction came true. Oklahoma recently became the 20th state to adopt RON, and marks the 10th state to pass a RON bill this year.

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Introducing The Instant Mortgage: A New eBook for Real Estate Professionals

This is an excerpt from The Instant Mortgage ebook. Access the complete guide here.

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Remote Online Notarization Will Save Half a Million Trees Each Year

Millions of homes are bought and sold each year, and nearly every one of these transactions involves a giant stack of paper. While signing all those documents is sure to make your wrist sore, the amount of paper used for closings also negatively impacts the environment.

As we celebrate Earth Day, we’re reminded that people and companies alike have a role to play in environmental protection. That’s why we’re working to make a signing experience that is better for everyone - Mother Nature included.

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Washington Adopts Remote Online Notarization

Just four months into 2019, Washington is now the ninth state this year to pass a remote online notarization bill.

Governor Jay Inslee added his signature to Senate Bill 5641, certifying that the Evergreen State will bring the benefits of RON to an additional 74,000 notaries beginning October 1, 2020.

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Everything You Need to Know About eNotes

More than 95% of first-time homebuyers search for a home online, but less than one percent close on their home digitally. As the demand for simplicity and convenience grows, homebuyers will drive the adoption of electronic closings, but what does that mean for the industry as a whole?

The truth is: an eMortgage is nothing more than what you do today, just digitally.

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