Would e-Signatures Change The Way We Do Business?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

   In real estate there are a lot of documents that need to be signed. Many times we need to set an appointment to meet up with the client so they can sign them or have them faxed or emailed to them to sign then scan and send back to us. Digital signatures is suppose to save us the hassle by just having the clients click on a link from the auto generated email where a digital signature is created for them and they can just click to have it signed. Quick and easy.

   I signed up with Docusign about 2 months ago after hearing from a few agents mentioned they were able to close a few deals while at the beach with his family by sending documents to them and have them digitally signed them. Nice. If this would save one trip to the client, the time and cost would be worth it. Yet not every agent is using it because it cost money, too complicated, etc.

   What is interesting is that the California Association of Realtors (CAR) recently announced that starting January 2011, CAR would provide unlimited e-signatures on ZipForm free. Suddenly the cost and complication are gone. Would more agents use e-Signatures? Possibly. Would we save more trees? Would it make the transactions faster and smoother? Could there be more fraud from identity thefts stealing the email accounts and adding the e-signatures? There would be changes but only time will tell if for better or worst. 

Comments (10)

Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D.
Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795 - Santa Maria, CA
Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879

DocuSign has truly changed the way I do business.  I do have a few clients that cannot/will not use it as well as a few agents that will not accept it.  But other listing agents I've worked with get so spoiled by it that they begin to expect documents to be signed the same day they send them over!

Nov 02, 2010 08:03 PM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

I have not signed up for this yet; however, I have had a number of agents that have told me they love it.  Anything that can save me some time is a welcome consideration.  I plan to sign up this week,

Nov 02, 2010 08:04 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I have not yet investigated nor mastered using this, although I plan to in the new year.

Nov 02, 2010 08:20 PM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

We have been using docusign for over a year in our office...I am a big fan...a few lenders (seems to be based on underwriter) haven't accepted it...I still endorse it....worst case is you sign listings and addendums and the original P & S and if you have to follow up with an original, fine...


Nov 02, 2010 11:11 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We have used DocuSign since 2006.  I can't imagine going back to the "old" way of doing business.

Nov 03, 2010 12:15 AM
David Lee ~ Orange County, Ca ~ Cash Flow Specialist
United Realty - Garden Grove, CA

Docusign saves time and the drive! I love using docusign as it simplifies getting the required signatures. Clients love it since all they need to do is click click click.

Nov 04, 2010 06:25 AM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

Tni: I also have a few clients who refused to use esignatures. So had to do the old fashion way.

Barbara: It does save some time and convience.

Michelle: Hopefully it bring you great results.

Nov 05, 2010 01:34 PM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

Rene: True. Hopefully more and more clients and lenders go the digital route.

Tony and Suzanne: Technology is very useful.

David: Saving the driving part is what converted me.

Nov 05, 2010 01:37 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I really like DocuSign, and that's a great proactive step by CAR. One glitch is that not all banks accept electronic signatures. That needs to change.

Nov 05, 2010 01:38 PM
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

 John, I believe CAR is going with eSignature that belongs to ZipLogic that also owns Zipforms. My understanding is that eSignature and Docusign are competing brands. I might still keep Docusign for my other non-real estate businesses.

Nov 06, 2010 07:28 PM