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Pat Kinsel

Pat Kinsel

Founder & CEO

Notarize Welcomes Liz Graham as Chief Operating Officer

When we launched Notarize in 2015, we set out to jumpstart a stagnant notarization industry. Along the way, we’ve changed laws, partnered with some of the best in the business, and learned a ton about what it means to bring an online notary platform to millions of people around the world.

As we embark on our next stage of growth, I’m excited to welcome Liz Graham to Notarize as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

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Trust & Will and Notarize Partner to Deliver Nation’s First End-to-End Digital Will

Life is full of unforgettable moments, few of which carry more weight than planning an estate. We all want what’s best for our loved ones, and part of that is ensuring the people in our lives are taken care of when we’re gone.

Today, we’ve helped make estate planning easier.

Trust & Will, the easiest way to create, edit, and manage your estate documents, completed the first end-to-end digital Will powered by Notarize. The nation’s first, end-to-end digital Will was completed in Las Vegas, Nevada in minutes -- a process that would have normally taken over an hour.

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Lessons learned in closing over 1,000 mortgage transactions online

In the summer of 2017, we made history. On a Friday in July, an Illinois resident bought a home in Texas using a Texas title company, a Michigan lender, and a Virginia notary. The buyer completed their closing online, saving thousands of dollars in travel, hundreds of sheets of paper, and days in shipping.

Notarize has done over 1,000 online mortgage transactions since then, and we’ve learned a few things. The most obvious lesson is that no two stories are alike.

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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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