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Meet Rewired: The Real Estate Industry’s Fastest-Growing Conference

Millions of homes will soon be bought and sold entirely online, replacing pen and paper with clicks and keystrokes. That’s why today we’re proud to announce Rewired: a conference aimed at tackling the future of the real estate industry.

With featured speakers including Shane Hartzler, Fannie Mae’s Director for eMortgage Strategy and Operations, and Selene Kellam, Thrive Mortgage’s COO, we believe that Rewired will serve as the pulse for the future of the industry. 

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Introducing Notarize Academy: The #1 Training Program for Online Closings

Since completing the first online closing in 2017, more than 10,000 real estate professionals have joined the Notarize platform to embrace technology that makes the home-buying experience easier, faster, and more accessible to all.

With the rapid adoption of eClosings and a growing appetite for better education and training, we saw an opportunity to create the industry’s-leading educational resource hub to bring home buying into the digital age. And, our customers have asked for more training about remote online notarization. That’s why today, we’re excited to launch Notarize Academy!

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How Title Agents Can Prepare for When Lenders Want to Close Online

There’s no doubt that the future of real estate is digital, but everyone’s journey there is likely to be a little different. Some folks jumped right in. Others are waiting for their partners to voice interest, and until then, believe that online closings have no place in their workflow.

The truth is there’s plenty that companies can do to prepare for fully digital closings and help their partners understand the value of moving their workflow online.

Here is what title agents can do to prepare for when lenders want to close online.

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50 Statistics That Show the Threat of Real Estate Fraud in 2019

More than half the world’s population is now online, and as we look for simpler, more convenient solutions to everyday issues, we’ll move our most sensitive information online – if we haven’t already.

This is a great concern for many in the real estate space, where thieves have used this information to steal the down payments – often the life savings – of thousands of prospective homeowners.

Fraud is becoming more common as Internet scams become more creative and complex. Here are 50 statistics that show the threat of real estate fraud in 2019.

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How Community Title Network Used RON to Identify Real Estate Fraud

Wire fraud and phishing scams are growing issues in the real estate space. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) reports an 1100% increase in Business Email Compromise scams: financial fraud that targets wire transfers by both businesses and individuals.

Unlike most Internet scams, there are several vulnerable targets in a single mortgage transaction – buyers, sellers, real estate agents, attorneys, mortgage lenders, title companies, notaries. Here is how one title agency, Community Title Network, uses remote online notarization to identify real estate fraud.

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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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Introducing the Notarize for ResWare Integration: Supercharge Your Closings in Minutes

Since we announced our Notarize for Title Agents product just over a year ago, we’ve heard a ton of feedback on how to make a more seamless experience for anyone placing closing orders with Notarize.

Today, we’re thrilled to share that any title agent can integrate with ResWare right from their Notarize dashboard in 30 minutes or less. Every title or closing agent who has a Notarize account now has the ability to add their ResWare credentials and start sending transactions right from their ResWare accounts.

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How Elevated Title Completed Over 50 Online Closings with Notarize in Just One Year

When Brian Lemke joined Elevated Title as Chief Business Officer nearly three years ago, he was determined to take the national title company through its next phase of growth. A pillar in the real estate industry for more than 15 years, Elevated Title was seeking new technology to drive a consumer experience built for the 21st century.

“We knew that homebuyers were becoming more tech-savvy, and the way we wanted people to close on their home simply wasn’t the way they wanted to anymore,” said Lemke. “We needed to use technology to bring the home buying and refinance process to them, on their terms.”

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Announcing Notarize’s Free eSignature Product, Digitizing How Businesses Operate with a Single Line of Code

Over the last four years, we’ve solved some incredibly challenging problems. From notarizing documents online to completing fully digital real estate closings, our platform has more than 200 years of combined human effort invested with countless first-of-their-kind innovations to show for it.

No one thought we could digitize some of the most complicated and cumbersome industries, but four years later, we’re averaging nearly $1 billion of online real estate closings per month and powering the customer experiences of thousands of businesses across the country.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce our new free eSignature solution that makes Notarize the world’s first comprehensive digital transaction management platform. Customers can now digitize and automate their operations in a single line of code and run their business more efficiently -- all from one place.

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Fidelity Partners with Notarize to Transform the Way People Buy and Sell Homes

Changing an industry is no easy feat. Not only are you changing the way that businesses operate, which in our case, has been done the same way for hundreds of years, but you’re also changing consumer behavior. You’re entrusted with major moments in people’s lives, on the pursuit to build a better way for technology to deliver an experience built for the digital age.

Along our journey, we’ve been fortunate enough to partner with the nation’s largest homebuilder, real estate company and fastest-growing lenders. Today, we added the nation’s largest title company to the list, Fidelity. Together, we’re excited to transform the way people buy and sell homes across the country.

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