process server: Billing clients after a busy month=better than day-time T.V. - 05/03/10 01:25 PM
     WOOHOO!! April  for "A Quick Note" turned out to be just what the doctor ordered for our Notary/Signing business.  We haven't had time to stop and count the total number of signings yet, but deposits prove that April has been our best month in over three years.  What's more is that we did other work that we've expanded our business to do in and amongst the many signings we completed.  We conducted many individual "mobile notary" type assignments, Occupancy/Photo Inspections and delivered Service of Process and messenger deliveries across Southern California.  This trend is continuing with early work (in the month of May) that holds the promise … (0 comments)

process server: New Offices...familiar ol' faces! Could it be a ramp-up for summer? - 04/23/10 10:38 AM
Having worked with and for a large number of Southern California Escrow and Mortgage Professionals at various companies, the '06/'07 melt-down saw them scattered to the four winds.  Recently, and not a moment too soon, my acquaintences have begun to "pop up" at new offices with new teams (looking alot like the old teams) and with many taking positions they are familiar with to crank out new work and most importantly-New Signing work for me [a Notary Signing Agent].  April has seen a vast improvement over March which was steady, but not earth-shattering.  My hope is that this is simply a … (0 comments)

process server: Optimism and Diversification sparks NSA's to a an Improved 2010 - 12/06/09 05:36 PM
The gradual increase in my loan signing business since September ['09] has been a welcome and long awaited return.  While business is still nowhere near 2005-06 levels, a glimmer of hope has made itself known, perhaps, just in the knick of time.  The "purchase" market here, in Southern California, fueled by adjusting home prices, low interest rates and the allure of once unheard of and amazing deals has ignited Realtors, Escrow Officers and thankfully, Notary Signing Agents alike.  A rather high percentage of these have been FHA deals and although the majority are indeed purchases, a rise in the number of refinance loans being seen … (1 comments)

process server: NO! I'm still part of that 89%...not the 11% (California Unemployment) - 07/23/09 12:49 PM
Self-employment continues to be a "double-edged sword" as we in Southern California mortgage-related businesses continue to meander through the trials of a foul economy.  While I've seen a fair amount of hardship all around me and experienced more of it than I'd like to admit personally, hanging in there and staying self-employed seems to have been the right move-at least for me. 
Clearly, income has not returned to 2005 levels.  Still, 2009 has shown great improvement over the prior two years.  When the bottom fell out during the first quarter of 2007, I was bewildered and somewhat broken-hearted.  Having finally [after 25+ … (1 comments)

process server: Fishing with Honey - 01/09/09 12:43 PM
What was that thing my Mother told me?  Oh yeah.  "If you can't say something nice, it's better to say nothing at all".  As a deeply passionate person with strong convictions, I am often coaxed out to comment upon or defend a belief or something I feel wronged by.  The problem with doing that is that while it makes me feel better for having stood my ground, I am often seen out of context by readers of social media where I participate.  I'm rather transparent (though I have complex opinions) and believe the world should take me as I am.  What … (1 comments)

process server: Diversification keeping Notary Signing Agents afloat during this soft market - 02/13/08 02:08 PM
     Yes, I'm a Notary Signing Agent.  I found this work much later in my career progression than I would have liked to.  Why? Because this is the job that I was made for.  I particularly enjoy meeting with new and different people each day and the freedom of being on the road daily and seeing new and different places.  I'm also good at what I do.  Borrowers who approach the document signing process with trepidation, usually emerge from our signing appointment feeling better and having a better understanding of what they have just signed.  Many contact me later to conduct other signing work or reccomend … (1 comments)