ActiveRain/Docusign Contest: Stories From the Field

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Happy HomeownersI agreed to buy our first house with my wife sight unseen.

One of the happiest days of my life was the day my wife and I became homeowners together. If you've bought a house for the first time with the person you love, you know the feeling. My story is a little different than the average person though. When Christa found the perfect place for us, I was not in Ann Arbor to share in her joy. Instead, I was back in Seattle spending my week with my son. It was going to require a leap of faith for me to sign a purchase and sale agreement without ever having seen our new house. She has better taste than I do though, so it was an easy choice.

5 years ago, it would have taken a few days to get the original documents signed and would have involved expensive overnight shipping or continual faxing to the point where I couldn't read what I was actually signing. Not to mention I didn't have easy access to a fax machine. In November of 2010, it was a breeze. Our great agent was using DocuSign and I was able to receive the documents, sign from my computer and we had a pending contract in hours.

When it comes to electronic signatures, there are two camps on ActiveRain. In one camp, we have the folks who now use electronic signatures and wouldn't go back to the old way if you paid them. In the other camp, we have the people who like doing things like they've always done them and just haven't taken the leap of faith.

An ActiveRain divided against itself can not stand! (with proper credit to 'Honest Abe' of course) So those of you that haven't tried using electronic signatures just yet need to immediately get over and get a completely free 30 day trial of Docusign (no credit card required).

So it makes sense then that our ActiveRain Contest for July includes our friends at DocuSign.

The Contest:

Have you used DocuSign or another electronic signature provider? If you have, we'd like you to write a blog post that tells the story of one of your closings that was made easier because of the use of electronic signatures. Did your client sign using the WiFi on the plane? Was one of your clients in New York while the other was in Los Angeles and they were both able to sign easily? Was it a divorce where the husband and wife wanted to stay as far away from each other as possible? Whatever the case, share the story of your use of electronic signatures to make your life (and more importantly your client's lives) easier.

Have you never used electronic signatures? If you've never, we want to hear your best horror story from the good 'ole days (which you seem to still be living in). Tell us about that transaction where you had to spend $500 to overnight the contract to Singapore for your client to sign. Tell us about your fax machine running out of ink right before the signature page spit out for that million dollar deal with multiple offers. If you've been in real estate for any amount of time, you have a story about faxing or mailing contracts that turned out bad, we just know it.

You may decide to write a post for either the first part or the second part. Each person will be allowed one submission.

The Rules:

Posts must be at least 200 words in length.

A link to your post must be placed in the comment section of this post by the deadline.

At the end of your post, please include a phrase similar in nature to this: "This post is a submission to the DocuSign/ActiveRain Electronic Signature Stories Contest. It's possible I will win a prize for writing this post. You could win a prize too by going to the Contest Announcement and sharing your own story"

That phrase will help keep you out of water with the FTC and will also allow other members of the community to participate.

Once you have written and submitted your post, please let DocuSign know about your post on Twitter by tweeting them a link to your post @docusign

Once your post is live, please become a fan of the DocuSign page on Facebook and leave a link to your post on their Facebook page (this one is optional.....Facebook's terms of service dictate that we can't force you to do this to qualify for the contest)

The Deadlines:

All posts submitted by July 22nd at Midnight Eastern Time will be eligible for 1000 bonus points above the 1000 points you will get for entering.

The final deadline for submissions will be July 31st at Midnight Eastern Time. Submissions will be considered submitted once your link has been placed in the comment section of this post.

The Prizes:

There will be two categories for judging on this contest. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from DocuSign and ActiveRain. Winners will be selected from the 'Have Used' group as well as from the 'Have not used' group. There will be a first, second and third place winner from each group.


1st Place: $200 Visa Gift Card and 5000 ActiveRain points

2nd Place: $100 Visa Gift Card and 4000 ActiveRain points

3rd Place: $50 Visa Gift Card and 3000 ActiveRain points


All submission to the contest will be given 1000 ActiveRain points. If you submit your post prior to July 22nd at Midnight Eastern time you will be given an additional 1000 ActiveRain points


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Comments (183)

Toni Hogan - Houston, TX

My DocuSign blog post.

Jul 31, 2011 01:52 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Here is my entry - just in time, I guess ( I should win an award for being last one in time - all the time!)

Land Up With Listings...eSigning the Listing Agreement

Jul 31, 2011 04:38 PM
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Ok, here is my entry to the contest using electronic signature:

Jul 31, 2011 04:58 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

BOB - When will the AR points be distributed for this contest? Will we receive notice?

Aug 02, 2011 04:30 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Looking forward to the List of Winners!    Hopefully the Announcement will come out soon.

Aug 03, 2011 05:05 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

I am looking forward to seeing the winners as well!!! Good Luck to you all! ~~

Aug 03, 2011 07:24 PM
Highland Beach Condos David Serle
RE/MAX Services - Highland Beach, FL
Boca Raton Agent David Serle

I am not sure why the winners have not been selected as of yet nor have the points been given out.  I would really like an update.  Its been a week since it ended an update so we know what to expect would be appreciated.  Thank you

Aug 08, 2011 03:55 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

AHHH!!!  I love Docusign and I completely missed this contest!  I totally would have entered it.  Darn!

Aug 08, 2011 05:14 PM
Highland Beach Condos David Serle
RE/MAX Services - Highland Beach, FL
Boca Raton Agent David Serle

Hello Hello Anyone Anyone?  I just wanted an update as to when we can expect to hear?

Aug 09, 2011 05:42 AM
Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology

Bob, what's up with the DocuSign contest will the winners be announced soon!

Aug 09, 2011 12:50 PM
Amy Jones Group
South East Valley - - Chandler, AZ

??????? that an echo???  Just joining the hordes wondering what's happening with this contest!

Aug 10, 2011 05:01 PM
Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology

HELLO DOCUSIGN..... I thought we were moving into an electronic technology document era!  We are just so excited and holding our breath.... who are the great story tellers of this contest?  Any news?

Aug 11, 2011 09:48 AM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

ditto the above. The drums are rolling...

Aug 11, 2011 02:49 PM
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates - Roanoke, TX
Roanoke Homes for Sale - Roanoke Neighborhoods

I think with all the great entries to sift through and some additional AR contest being added into the mix along with prepping for the first ever RainCamp online, oh and don't forget about the AR MeetUps, they might have their hands full right now.  I'm as anxious as everyone else to hear who the winners are, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

Aug 11, 2011 08:29 PM
Highland Beach Condos David Serle
RE/MAX Services - Highland Beach, FL
Boca Raton Agent David Serle

I am sure active rain has their hands full, but I would say that it certainly does not help the participation in future contests by not even responding to an expectation as to when the winners may be announced and the points awarded.  I belive in active rain and i love this forum, but it has been 11 days since the contest ended, and I think at the very least we should have someone let us know when the winners are expected to be announced?

It is all about managing expectations.  Not trying to be rude, but I think communication is important.

Aug 12, 2011 06:19 AM
Susan Gaieski
Water Pointe Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
Director for Social Media & Technology

I guess no news is goods news so they say... I'm sure we will be told shortly and it will be well worth the wait.

Aug 12, 2011 09:43 AM
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale


I received my 2000 entry points yesterday. I also would like to see who wins the contest. Hopefully it will be announced soon.

Aug 13, 2011 06:24 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Just wondering if we will be awarded points for our submission - thanks!  ~ Susan

Aug 17, 2011 04:02 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Posted submission on July 18th... no points awarded yet.   Is there a post of who won the contest?  ~ Susan

Aug 23, 2011 03:56 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORSĀ® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

It is a great tool. I don't know why it took me so long to become a user.

Aug 23, 2011 12:38 PM

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