I love efficiency.
So when it comes time for my real estate clients to sign piles of paperwork as part of buying or selling a home, I like to offer the option of using electronic signatures for my clients.
That means no more printing, figuring out where to sign exactly, and faxing back the forms. That means no more wasted paper. That means no more "PC LOAD LETTER" errors on your fax machine (isn't that right, Michael Bolton?).
We still spend time going over the contracts and disclosures - that part doesn't go away (and shouldn't!). But now my clients can sign a time-sensitive counter offer right on their Android phone (or iPhone, Blackberry, etc.). We can put together an offer and get it packaged and submitted to a listing agent within a half hour, all while you're out to lunch (assuming of course that you already know what you're signing!). And sometimes being the first to get an offer in can make all the difference for a buyer.
Even those who are self-proclaimed "non-techy" folks can do this. One of my past clients was out of town, and we had to sign several disclosures during that time. No sweat - as long as they had an internet connection, an email account, and a computer that they could use to get to the secure site online, they were able to review and electronically sign everything in a snap. They kept telling me that they were not computer-savvy, but apparently that myth was de-bunked because they did it without any trouble...and in record time.
I currently use the service called DocuSign and love it. Not only can I save time, I also can save a tree in the process. Sweet.
For more info on electronic signatures or other real estate tech tools and services, feel free to contact me.