Quoted in Inman News because of my Blog

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Keller Williams on the Water

Quoted in Inman News because of my Blog -  About a year and a half ago I started using digital or electronic signatures. I wrote a blog post comparing 2 providers, mostly just sharing my thoughts and trying to figure out which worked best for me. Last month a reporter from Inman News contacted me to ask about my experience. We spoke for about 20 minutes and last week the article came out in Inman News.

Inman News

E-Signatures a Real Estate Reality - Inman News

I use e-signatures on every contract and listing agreement I can. I use them for every offer I submit. If we need to go back later and do wet signatures, than I do. It's the best time saver I know. Contracts are clean, have a documented history of who received it and when it was opened and signed, and best of all I am nearly paperless. My files used to be really thick with all the paper, now the only thing in my paper file is the HUD1 settlement statement. My last closing I scanned the HUD1 and then had no paper file.

E-signatures are great because anyone who has an email address can use it. No special equipment or software is needed. Just click and sign.  Digital signatures have been legal for a decade now, hopefully as digital signatures get more exposure, we will see more of them.

Thanks to Inman News for the article! Thanks to Active Rain for the forum to post in!

If you are thinking of buying or selling real estate in Atlanta please contact me at 404-456-5024. Jen Bowman, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners.  


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Anna Maria Island Realtor, Jen Bowman is a Broker licensed with Keller Williams on the Water in Florida. She has been featured on HGTV's My First Place, HGTV's Buying and Selling 20 Best Kept Secrets and acted as a consultant for HGTV's Property Virgins.  

She has been featured in Inman News - where real estate and technology connect.

Jen is a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a member of Keller Williams Realty Luxury Home Division, catering to luxury home buyers and sellers

Jen also serves as an eEdge Technology Ambassador and Trainer for Keller Williams International.  

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Comments (43)

Christina Miller
Sarasota Bay Real Estate - Sarasota, FL

Something I definately need to look into! Thanks for the post!

Dec 15, 2010 09:30 AM
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Jen (re: comment #5) ~ Fannie Mae does take faxed and scanned documents. They no longer require "wet" signatures on contract documents. I am a Fannie direct listing agent, and I send everything via secure email.

Dec 15, 2010 09:40 AM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Tom, It never ceases to amaze me how big the blog reach is.

Thanks Elizabeth! I think so too.

Thanks Jordan, I'll try!

Gina, you won't regret it! Happy Holidays to you too!

Jeremy, It was indeed a bonus!

Christina, I highly recommend it.

Hi Liz, What I meant was that Fannie Mae won't take e-signatures. At least not the one I closed 2 weeks ago. Yes, they take faxed (I rarely fax because it diminishes the quality) and scanned docs but the signatures have to be live or wet first so it requires printing the document to sign it.  That unfortunately eliminates using electronic signatures, which as you know is my favorite. :)


Dec 15, 2010 10:01 AM
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

Hi Jen,

Congrats on the article and plug for AR.  I find this very interesting and am going to read the blog on them to see how I can use it in my business.

Dec 15, 2010 11:13 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Great job....bully for you!

Happy Holidays to you and yours.


Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Dec 15, 2010 11:42 AM
David Mayes
Realty ONE Group - Mission Viejo, CA

Hi Jen,

Thank you for your post. Your journey has inspired me to start using docusign.


Dec 15, 2010 02:31 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It's the power of the Rain. And it's great to know that others are taking notice of our posts!

Dec 15, 2010 02:33 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It's the power of the Rain. And it's great to know that others are taking notice of our posts!

Dec 15, 2010 02:33 PM
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Jen -- Congrats on the exposure, and I love comparisons, so I'm off to read yours! :)

Dec 15, 2010 03:12 PM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Jen- Congratulations- things like that will help your business! Leverage all you can from it! 

Dec 15, 2010 03:37 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Congrats on the recognition. It can only help.

Dec 15, 2010 03:46 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Congratulations on your article with Inman.  I've found that electronic signatures are a big time saver as well,

Dec 15, 2010 06:48 PM
Joel Gwillim
CIR Realty - Condo Specialist - Calgary, AB
Associate - REALTOR®

Hi Jen.  Congratulations on your mention in Inman News.  It goes to show that people are watching.   They've also notice my website.  I've been interviewed on CBC Radio about mortgage fraud, and televised on Global TV. A nice little 2 or 3 minute segment.  People are definitely noticing.  It's fun to be a bit of a local celebrity, and they both came to me!

Dec 16, 2010 02:55 AM
Un-Real Estate Blog
Residential Home Funding Corp - Teaneck, NJ
The Real Estate Blog

Congrats Jen - That's really exciting.  BTW, speaking of "Signatures" - how did you get the Twitter and Facebook icons on the bottom of your blog?  I've been trying to figure this out.  Thanks, Jason

Dec 16, 2010 03:41 AM
Matt Johnson
Home87 - Bellevue, WA

Congrats :-) 
Hope you get some leads because of it or sometimes the fame is just a good enough boost of our confidence. 

Dec 16, 2010 08:35 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Jen - how exciting!  Just another example of how blogging really does work.  Congrats to you! :)

Dec 16, 2010 10:25 AM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Thanks Jeffrey! Electronic signatures can be used in most businesses that require contracts and signatures.  I just used it to sign a contract for a moving company.

Thanks Patricia! Happy Holidays to you too!

David, I'm glad. I think you'll love it. It will save you a lot of time.

Richard, Yes it is!

Thanks Chris!

J. Philip, I intend to! :)

Thank you Eric! I hope so.

Thanks Christine, I can't imagine going backwards and not using e-signatures.

Mike, Thanks and Congrats to you too! That is exciting.

Thanks Jason! I'll shoot you an email with instructions on getting the icons on the bottom of my blog.

Matt, Thanks.  Both are good!

Coleen, Thanks. You are right, blogging does work. In addition to recognition, it brings business! :)


Dec 16, 2010 11:09 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I love e-signatures. I just wish more people did, such as buyers, sellers, and other real estate agents.

Dec 24, 2010 01:26 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is so good. The article gave you great exposure..


Dec 26, 2010 10:46 AM
Jen Bowman
Keller Williams on the Water - Holmes Beach, FL
Realtor - Anna Maria Island & Bradenton FL

Jim, Just keep using it. My buyers and sellers love it! 

Thanks Ginger!

Dec 26, 2010 11:42 AM