DocuSign is a Key Tool for a Busy Real Estate Agent

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

land park east sacramento agentI managed to sell 4 homes in the Sacramento area yesterday, show homes in Land Park and East Sacramento, plus, list another short sale in Elk Grove. Let me tell you, it's not every day that kind of activity happens, but the month of April has been especially brutal. Probably because so many buyers are trying to get into contract to qualify for that home buyer tax credit. While I ordinarily stop working at 7 PM, except for answering emails (hey, I start at 5 AM, gimme a break), last Friday I was up way past my bedtime catching up on my work.

I'm not telling you this to make you feel sorry for me or boast about my deals. It's just the way the real estate business in Sacramento is lately. Agents are busy. I often eat at my desk or grab an apple on the run, which partly accounts for all the weight I have lost. Well, that, and we've finally finished off the Valentine's Day chocolate, thank goodness.

One of the business management techniques that I use to keep my sanity is I always clean up my desktop before retiring in the evening. Even if it messes up my schedule. Organization is essential. All of my emails are answered, and my folders and files are tucked away where they belong. That way I am prepared to meet the new fresh hell waiting for me the following day.

And one of the tools I use to help me in my business is DocuSign. Without it, I would be hosed. It lets my clients sign paperwork electronically. There is a tiny problem with DocuSign, though. It doesn't always respond well when set up from a Mac. It's cross-platform, but like with all cross-platform applications, many apps prefer a Windows PC and Internet Explorer. When I added a counter offer to a purchase contract, the system would not let me insert a signature box, so this morning I will need to reload those docs. Oy.

A Land Park seller called yesterday to ask why her husband's initial on one of the pages ended up in the spot for the buyer's initial. Oops. I hung my head in shame. Admitted that mistake was not a DocuSign problem, it was operator error. It was OK, though; we'll fix it later. "Oh," she laughed, "And would I be speaking to the operator?" Uh, oh, busted.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Julia Odom
Select Realty Professionals - Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga Homes for Sale

I have a few investors that I work with on a regular basis and I don't think they'll go to anyone else now as long as I keep using e-sigs. Saves me & them so much time that it's ridiculous to think of going back to faxes or tracking them down in person. Totally worth every penny (and more but don't tell them I said that).

Apr 25, 2010 02:34 AM #1
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Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
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Elizabeth, I just signed up myself and we are very excited on how much time it will save us. Everything that can save me time is so valuable. Great post....we have a bit of learning to do...but can't wait. I look foward to the day when no client tells me they don't have email.

Apr 25, 2010 03:09 AM #2
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  I've been wondering about implementing Docusign in my business.  Knowing tha t=it helps you so much is about as strong an endorsement as I can imagine.

Apr 25, 2010 06:19 AM #3
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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
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I sent a listing agreement off this week, a contract last night and will have another offer tonight to send off all using Docusign.  I had another agent this week that was scrambling with faxes and driving to their clients house late to get a document signed.  Why?

Apr 25, 2010 06:34 AM #4
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Every so often I get a client who wants me to meet with them to sign a contract. But it's rare. When they ask if we can meet, I suggest they look at the document in question and speak with me by phone. My being there in person isn't going to change a thing. I don't need to be there in person. What do they want to do? Look at my charming face?

Fortuantely, most of my clients really love signing online. But I do have 2 different sellers without email right now, and that does make my job a bit more difficult. It's funny how quickly we adapt to new stuff. Makes us wonder how we ever got along without that new gizmo in the past. Spoiled. That's what we are, you know.

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Apr 25, 2010 12:39 PM #5
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
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Elizabeth, I cannot imagine how busy you are, and if you can get all that accomplished in a day and only have a few mini "oops" - that says a world about you and docusign!

Apr 25, 2010 02:42 PM #6
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

I've been thinking for awhile about signing up. I renewed my zipforms and ask about it, but they passed me off said it was a 3rd party vendor. I use a Mac so now I am not sure, but it would be so helpful, especially now with so much going on.

 

Apr 26, 2010 03:28 PM #7
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Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor

Elizabeth,
We have included a similar service that is very powerful it's called  Instanet and Instadoc   it works awsome and everything is paperless even you can send and receive faxes from there, it's included in our MLS fee.

Apr 26, 2010 04:46 PM #8
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Missy: DocuSign works pretty well on a Mac. I get an occassional hickup now and then but it's rare.

Hi Ray: Oh, man, I'm jealous now. You get free online signature with your MLS? I wish we did.

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Apr 27, 2010 03:35 AM #9
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
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I am also a fan of DocuSign.  I just wish they had an option that was more economical for some of my agents that are not as active as i am here in Boise, Idaho.  I would think if they had a per transaction option or x number of signatures for $x for the part time agents, that would help more people implement it.  I have also partnered with them as a Marketing Partner to help them sell their services. 

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