"Try It, You'll Like It!"

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Real Estate Agent with Today | Sotheby's International Realty CA BRE# 01215160
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invaluable business toolThe flood of new technology in recent years has definitely changed the way we practice real estate. Think for a minute:

  • Social Media - Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest -- all help us keep top-of-mind with our sphere
  • Hardware advances - the iPad, easy to use video cameras, and of course, our smart phones
  • Cloud computing - having ready access to all of our files keeps us prepared

 

It would be hard to function without utilizing most of these.

 

For me, the application for which I feel grateful each and every time I use it is my electronic signature program.

 

I started using DocuSign last spring, and can't imagine how I'd function now without it. It has enabled me to put deals together when I've been out of town. It has helped facilitate out-of-area purchases. It has kept my buyers and me competitive in our fast-moving real estate market. For example:

 

  • May 2011 - one of my first uses: I headed to Hawaii on vacation. The night before received word that an offer was coming in on one of my listings. Arrived at the hotel, set up my office in the open air lobby, reviewed the offer, called my clients, sent it off via DocuSign, all before our room was ready. Received the signed docs back, and sent them off to the buyer's agent. $20,000+ commission set to go, while I vacationed. And--very happy sellers!

 

  • July 2011 - one of my sellers found their out-of-area dream house; their offer was accepted, with a counter. Their agent on the buy side doesn't use an electronic signature program and my sellers no longer had access to a fax or printer. What to do? Call Lottie, who got the necessary signatures electronically. My sellers bought their new home; their agent became a raving fan of electronic signatures. And--my sellers thought I was a rock star!

And so it went all year - and so it continues:

  • April 2012 --two professional, two demanding jobs, two different locations -- wanting to make an offer in a multiple offer situation -- everything handled electronically so I could present their offer in person -- success!

 

  • Yesterday - sent pages to my 80+ year old seller who is living 400 miles away in southern California. It was time to get her to acknowledge receipt of 4 offers that she didn't accept on her recent sale. (She signed the accepted purchase offer electronically, too!)

Each time I send documents off for signature, I'm acutely aware of how wonderful it is to be able to keep transactions on track in this way. It's quick; it's easy; it's helpful to clients as well as their agents. Whether you use DocuSign, EchoSign, Digital Ink or another program, I suggest you remember the words of Mikey in the old Life cereal ad:

"try it--you'll like it!"

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Rainmaker
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Kalene Bagwell
Realty Executives Of Kansas City - Blue Springs, MO
Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro

I do like using docusign for transactions that occer when buyers or sellers are in another state. I haven't quite started using it all the time but I may in the near future. Nice post.

May 24, 2012 09:22 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Hi Kalene - I'm glad you've found electronic signatures--essential when clients are in other states; helpful when schedules are busy.

May 24, 2012 11:24 AM #2
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Nancy Laswick
REALTY ONE GROUP - Phoenix, AZ
Your Phoenix/Scottsdale REALTOR®

Electronic signature programs are a wonderful thing and once you used any of them you're hooked. A great tech addition to our industry. Thanks for sharing Lottie.

May 24, 2012 11:25 PM #3
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Signing electronically surely does make our businesses run more smoothly, Nancy. I love it!

May 25, 2012 06:17 AM #4
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Check out Cartavi, too, as doc storage on the go and shared access!
May 25, 2012 08:16 AM #5
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Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Sounds interesting, Cheryl. Thanks for the tip.

May 25, 2012 08:55 AM #6
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Bud & Beth McKinney
RE/MAX UNITED - Cary, NC
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

The world is all about convenience - and this is definitely one program for the better! Thanks for sharing your positive experience.

May 30, 2012 08:42 AM #7
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Beth and Bud -- do you use Docusign or other electronic signature programs? It surely works for me.

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