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Bringing notarization into the 21st Century

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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Officially Opening the Notarize Title Network to Title Agents Across the Country

For more than 100,000 title agents nationwide, there has always been the promise of offering a more convenient, on-demand real estate experience. Life happens, and fewer buyers and sellers are able to make closings during a 9-5 business day. To stay competitive in the title market, and offer a closing experience that is centered around speed and convenience, title companies are looking for technology to help them make one of life's most important moments memorable.

Today we're excited to officially open up our title network, empowering title agents nationwide to place orders for online closings in five minutes or less.

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Introducing the World’s First Intelligent Closing Automation Platform for Lenders

Notarize is proud to pioneer the ability for anyone to buy, sell, or finance their home entirely online. We’ve facilitated more than $1 billion in online real estate transactions and helped thousands of borrowers close on their dream homes from anywhere in the world.

The last four years have taught us plenty about what it takes to serve lenders -- from the fastest-growing national lenders to small banks and credit unions.

Today, we’re excited to introduce the world’s first closing automation platform. Lenders can now serve every type of closing -- from fully online to hybrid closings.

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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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The Path to $1 Billion in Real Estate Transactions, Entirely Online

On August 7th, 2017, Notarize completed the country’s first online real estate closing with United Wholesale Mortgage and Stewart Title. I’ll never forget sweating bullets as we watched in real-time while every single edit was made to 284 pages of closing documents. And it wasn’t just us - a reporter from the Wall Street Journal followed along as we sought to forever transform how millions of Americans buy and sell their homes online.

Today, it's incredibly humbling to announce that we’ve helped people buy and sell more than $1 billion of real estate online. We've saved tens of thousands of hours for our partners and helped thousands of people get into their homes faster.

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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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How Notarize Helps Thrive Mortgage Fund Loans in Minutes

Kelley Cooper Spencer never wants to sign a piece of paper ever again. In fact, Thrive Mortgage COO Selene Srnensky Kellam has told Spencer and her colleagues that she will only eClose her personal mortgage loans in the future. Becoming a fully digital mortgage company, thus, wasn’t just an ambition: it was foundational to the DNA of the Thrive Mortgage family.

“We wanted to lead the mortgage industry in how we helped homebuyers get into their homes,” said Spencer. “And if we could do it well – if we could move the mortgage industry – then we could help shift every other industry away from paper and manual processes.”

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