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Pat Kinsel

Pat Kinsel

Founder & CEO

Notarize and Redfin Partner to Empower 100% Online Closings

Our mission at Notarize is to build technologies that support life’s most important moments. We completed the first online mortgage closing, and continue to develop and refine our focus to get people into the home of their dreams sooner.

Today, we're excited to share that Redfin customers can now close on their homes using Notarize, no matter where they are. 

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Welcoming Title Agents to the New Age of Online Closings

When we launched Notarize for Mortgage in August, we said it was only the beginning of our efforts to transform the home buying and mortgage closing experience. Today, we’re announcing the next iteration of the Notarize Mortgage Platform with a suite of new services that enable title agents to connect and collaborate with lenders, buyers and sellers around online closings.

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Indiana Passes Remote Notarization Bill

We’re thrilled to report that Indiana has just voted to empower Indiana notaries to conduct notarizations online. The Indiana State Legislature made a clear statement with today’s passage of SB-372. The vote was decisive with a tally of 95 to 0 and is now headed to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk to be signed into law.

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National Association of Realtors® makes strategic investment in Notarize to help scale online notarizations across the country

We’re thrilled to announce that Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) (the largest trade association in America), has made a strategic investment in Notarize. This follows our participation in the REach Accelerator program. REach reviews hundreds of companies every year and 40 companies have participated in the REach program over the past 5 years, but we’re honored to be 1 of only 13 investments that NAR has ever made through its venture fund, Second Century Ventures. The investment from Second Century Ventures is not only significantly larger than what is provided within the REach program, it also signifies that NAR is making a clear bet that we’re the company to scale online closings across the country and we’re up to the challenge!

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Extending Free Notarizations for Hurricane Victims in Florida and Puerto Rico

On September 1st, we announced that we'd offer free notarizations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. It's remarkable that we're here again, but we're going to extend the program to help the victims of the hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico.

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Notarize wins Best in Show at Digital Mortgage Conference

It’s an honor to win Best in Show at this year’s Digital Mortgage Conference.

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Working with MISMO and MBA to set Standards for the Mortgage Industry: Jennifer elected Co-Chair of MISMO Committee

Pat, Michael, Jennifer and I have traveled the country to promote online notarization and online mortgage closings. Collectively, we’ve been to nearly forty states in the past eighteen months, testifying in state legislatures, presenting to county clerks and bar associations, assisting or leading the drafting efforts for new laws and regulations, and consulting with countless trade or regulatory associations. These efforts have been extremely collaborative, partnering with other state organizations across the housing finance market, land title and other industries to ensure all voices are heard. Our efforts with key industry stakeholders have also culminated in new laws passed in Texas, Nevada and Ohio as well as the launch of our mortgage product, the first ever to execute fully online mortgage closings with all necessary approvals from title underwriters, the GSEs, etc.

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Notarize for Mortgage Updated: Instant MERS Registration

As I outlined in my blog post about the complications of eMortgage, an electronically executed promissory note must be delivered into the secondary market in a specific and timely manner. Given the concerns about the ownership and control of the note, the eMortgage ecosystem has developed standardized requirements that the promissory note be executed by the borrower in the form of a MISMO SMART Doc eNote. eNotes must also be stored, transferred, and registered via an eVault with connections to MERS for delivery into the secondary market. MERS is the legal system of record for identifying the Controller (holder) and Location (custodian) for the authoritative copy of a registered eNote and is the industry standard for this practice. These rules are enforced by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who will not purchase electronically executed notes if they do not comply with this process.

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Announcing the Notarize Mortgage API. Fully automated online closings are here.

Today’s an exciting day at Notarize. The Notarize Mortgage API is now live.

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Notarize Partners With ResWare: Accelerating the Mortgage Closing Process for Title Agents

In the average mortgage closing over 280 pages are presented to the borrower for their review and execution. Roughly half of those documents come from the lender. The remainder are generated by the title agent involved in the transaction. No matter how much we do to integrate with lenders, it’s impossible to accelerate and digitize the mortgage closing process without the assistance of title agents. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with ResWare to do just that…

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