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Bringing notarization into the 21st Century

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 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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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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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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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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Notarize and Tennessee Title Services Power First Online Closing in Tennessee

We're only three months into 2019, but this year has already been one of many firsts. Six states have passed remote online notarization legislation, and Minnesota completed its first online closing.

Today, not only are we excited to share that Tennessee Title Services has completed the first online closing in the Volunteer State, but that they’re committed to doing more than 50 over the next year.

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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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Title Agents Who Invest in Online Closing Technology Will Expand Their Business

Technology is unlocking opportunity throughout the mortgage industry. Lenders and realtors alike are leveraging technology that streamlines the mortgage transaction and puts the customer first.

Title agents are following suit. Sixty-five percent of title agents expect to soon adopt technology that helps home buyers close online faster and more efficiently.

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How Will Digital Closings Impact You? 4 Things Texas Title Agents Should Know

Digital closings are here to stay. And with more states enabling online notarizations, we predict digital closings will soon follow suit as the standard way to buy or sell a home in 2018 and beyond.

Here’s what Texas title agents need to know about digital closings and how to stay ahead of big changes coming to the Lone Star state this summer.

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Title Agents, Another Reason to Offer Your Customers Online Notarization: Announcing Live Title Agent Participation

Notarize allows anyone to connect with a notary public online to complete a variety of transactions from a simple notarization to an online mortgage signing [a full eMortgage]. We’re online 24x7 and have a platform that works for every transaction across a range of devices: the web, iOS and recently Android too.

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