ActiveRain/DocuSign Challenge: Going Paperless, is it possible?

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services

In February 2011, I wrote my entry to the contest which really got me thinking about going paperless. Placing that plan into action though, was sure harder than I thought. Buyers and Sellers still want paper copies.

I tried to break down the pros and cons of going paperless.

Pros: Saving paper, going green, saving ink and saving the high cost of ink and paper.

Cons: I had no back up if the electronic copy was ever lost. In addition I did not have it in my file when i needed it.

Fast forward a year and what have I accomplished. We only print 1 copy of our purchase and sales agreements, we only print one listing agreement and only 1 set of seller disclosures instead of the 5 sets of each we used to print.

Everything is scanned and sent to buyers, sellers and mortgage companies/banks. BUT what am i missing?

The answer is an easier way to do it. I will admit, I forgot about Docusign. Someone said I should be reminded many times each week by the ads sent through Active Rain. Again to be honest I see so many ads that I mentaly block them out becuase they are annoying. Now i can already hear the comments, this is not how you win a contest by forgetting about the sponsor?

However by the sponsor running this challenge, I have been able to read and learn more about DocuSign through fellow agents than I could have through the ads and blog posts they pay to feature.

I will be trying it and hope it is the answer I am looking for to mve forward to make my job easier and continue to save resources such as paper and ink. My Clients learn quickly that I am very involved in assisting them through each step of the buying and selling process, so anything that can assist the process is more then welcomed.

 

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Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH. With 25 years of Real Estate experience Scott specializes in Listing and Selling Bank Owned Homes, Short Ssles, Residential Properties, Condominiums, New Construction and Investment Properties. Scott services the counties of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap. To contact Scott Godzyk please call 603-661-2121 or email sctprop@aol.com. his website is www.ScottSellsNH.com.

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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I did have some buyers last week that don't use a computer. So I had the paper copies ready. It was more time consuming to make all of the copies needed.

September 10, 2012 06:11 AM #1
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Kathy Sheehan
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
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It is nice when you can use it, but not everyone will have that technology available to them.

September 10, 2012 06:49 AM #2
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Cathy Bureau
www.GreenHomeRealty.com - Austin, TX
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Hi Scott - congratulations on the 500,000 points, btw!

I love Docusign, it makes my life much easier. Yes, you have to back up but consider using drop box as your primary drive, it automatically backs up so you'll never lose your data!

I guess I need to go check out this contest now.  Have a fabulous day!

PS - It's a beautiful 66 degreees today!!!!!!

September 10, 2012 06:53 AM #3
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Debbie I have been finding similar types of clients. The paper copies come in handy and I still keep some in my car just in case. Thanks for the comment

September 10, 2012 06:59 AM #4
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

KATHY that is what i find. I do not think I could totally use or depend on it, but when i can, it is helpful.

September 10, 2012 07:00 AM #5
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

CATHY I have not checked out drop box so it looks like I have some learning to go to. Welcome back from your conference.

September 10, 2012 07:01 AM #6
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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
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Hi Scott - While I'm not 100% paperless yet.... I'm using far less than this time two years ago or heck even last year and I like it!  Saves me time, energy and money plus space.

September 10, 2012 07:53 AM #7
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC - Aurora, CO
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Scott,  the electronic sugnature world sure has cut down on the thousands of paper being printed.  It is such a great system.  I just love it.

September 10, 2012 07:57 AM #8
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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
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Scott....I need to remember to try to use DocuSign too!  I still am battling those who print out & sign 4 original copies!!  But recently another agent I was working with used DocuSign and I thought I need to just do it and the others will follow!  Oh - and I use Carbonite to automatically back up things. There's even a Carbonite app for my iPad so I can pull up things when I am on the road.

September 10, 2012 10:19 AM #9
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Scott,

I think DocuSign serves a purpose; however, I still like to have my hard copies for evidence in case I need it. I'm not 100% certain that things won't be available to me if I go green.

This is a great topic!

September 10, 2012 11:13 AM #10
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
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Scott, Looks like your Plan is working out well for you. We read a while back that everything will be paperless in the future. We're not there yet, but we're better than we were a couple of years ago...

September 11, 2012 03:29 AM #11
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Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
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Docusign has worked well for us Scott, for the buyers and sellers that have computer access.

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