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Turning Every County into an E-Recording County: What You Need to Know About “Papering Out” and Recording Electronic Records

The entire real estate industry has seen a massive shift in excitement as it moves towards a world of remote online notarizations and fully online real estate closings. Thousands of homes have already been bought and sold online with the help of progressive underwriters and counties that are accepting electronic-recording, or eRecordings.

Until recently, you could only complete an end-to-end digital closing if your property was in an eRecording county. But as of January 1, 2020, a total of 10 states now have laws that allow recording entities, at their option, to record a true and complete paper printout of an electronic document.

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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 The Instant Mortgage: A New eBook for Real Estate Professionals

This is an excerpt from The Instant Mortgage ebook. Access the complete guide here.

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Here’s How You Can Close Online Without Your State Passing a RON Bill

At Notarize, we’re thrilled to see the growing support for remote online notarization across the country. By the end of 2019, we believe nearly half of all states could adopt laws that allow their notaries to provide their public service to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

But you don’t need your state legislature to pass a remote online notarization bill to start closing homes online. Lenders and title agents alone are completing closings online across the country.

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Digital Mortgages and eClosings Will Save the Real Estate Industry $1 Billion Each Year

United Wholesale Mortgage CEO Mat Ishbia believes that by the end of 2019, the majority of home closings will be done online. The market is moving in the right direction, but what if we took it one step further and imagined a world where the entire home buying process is completed online.

We believe this fully digital real estate experience – from instant mortgages to online closings – will unlock more than $1 billion in savings for companies across the country.

And that’s being conservative.

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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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Realtors Want Tech-Forward Lenders to Stream Online Closings

Real estate agents helped sell nearly six million homes in 2017, guiding buyers through one of life's most stressful moments. But as competition rises across the mortgage industry, agents are feeling the pressure to connect clients to a simpler, more seamless home buying experience.

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Notarize Wins Inaugural LendingTree Innovation Challenge at Digital Mortgage Conference 2018

Notarize began with the goal of making the notary process simpler. We built Notarize for Mortgage to provide the missing link in the complete digital mortgage experience, and our peers rewarded us with ”Best in Show” at Digital Mortgage Conference 2017.

But we didn’t see the award as the end of our journey. We saw it as just the beginning.

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Notarize Raises $20 Million Series B: How We’re Transforming a Massive Yet Untouched Market

(Today we announced our Series B - a $20M round led by Polaris Partners, Realogy, Lennar, and others. You can read the full announcement here.)

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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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