A DocuSign of the Times... Because the Times They Are A Changin'

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A DocuSign of the Times...

Because the Times They Are A Changin'

Q. What do the 8-Track player, rotary dial phones, fax machines, and running all around town trying to catch up with clients to sign documents all have in common?

A. All these things are either now obsolete or are soon to be.The Times They Are a Changin'!

And, if you ask me, the last two in this list can't come soon enough for me.

Now don't get me wrong, all these things served us well in their time.

But, my friends, the times they are a changin'.

I have been using a digital signature program that, much like DocuSign is safe, secure, and was instrumental in keeping a recent closing of mine from being delayed... or quite possibly not happening at all.

I'll spare you all the boring details. But suffice it to say that the offer was written, accepted and sent to the closing attorney all from the office of a new home construction site using a laptop and an electronic signature application.

The problem arose when the buyers were hundreds of miles away and one additional addendum was needed just a few days before the closing.

Fortunately, and within minutes of being notified, I was able to generate the form and highlight where initials and signatures needed to go.

They were able to sign, initial and date everything in record time!

Total time elapsed: Less than 30 minutes! And, it would have been even sooner if my clients weren't driving down the highway when I called them.

Could this have ever happened as quickly using "yesterday's" technology?

I think not!

What's the moral of the story? It's really quite simple folks.

The money you're about to spend on new toner for your fax machine, and the money and time you'll be spending on gas trying to chase down your clients for signatures, is much better spent on a service like DocuSign (or some other electronic signature program).

Because remember, the times they are a changin' and this story is a DocuSign of the Times that are rapidly approaching. 

"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"

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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Love, love, love this post Craig!  This is a very creative way to describe Docusign.  I need to get on board with this.  I had a tablet pc that my clients would sign and that made it easy...but it was kind of messy.  So looks like I will be switching up :)!  Terrific post and worthy of a win in the contest...of cours it almost isn't fair to others that you participated :)!

Jul 22, 2011 03:04 AM #2
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

With all the real estate activities we are involved in, anything that speeds up or makes our jobs easier is always welcomed. 


Jul 22, 2011 03:11 AM #3
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Craig, how clever! And, you're not kidding with the change! I am set in my ways but now I see the light! HA! For real...I'm signing up.


Jul 22, 2011 04:03 AM #4
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

What.... The times are changing?  I'm ready to take the leap.... I think!  Great post Craig!

Jul 22, 2011 04:07 AM #5
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

H-m-m-m-m, might make a great theme for a song. I wonder if it would catch on...

Jul 22, 2011 05:14 AM #6
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Craig - Very creative the way you introduced the old in with the new. Get with the technology people.

I have used Docusign one time but did not feel the need to pay monthly something I rarely used. Now we can use Digital Ink for free from my Winforms. I tried a few times and it was not real receptive on the clients end.

So I will look into docusign again.

Jul 22, 2011 05:20 AM #7
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Waht do you mean rotary dial phones are gone????????? and I don't need an 8 track tape because I have one better, a car mounted record player, but the records are getting hard to find. As for taking the real estate transaction to the next level, we're all over that as it does make life simpler.

Jul 22, 2011 05:57 AM #8
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass

There has been a LOT of posts on this subject today. It may be time to take a look.

Something took the place of the 8 Track player ? When did this happen ?

Enjoy the day Mr. Dylan


Jul 22, 2011 06:10 AM #9
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Craig - I couldn't agree more.  I use Suredocs for my mortgage paperwork.  My clients love it because they sign ontheir desktop and can save a copy on their computer.  No need to print!  It also is a great redundant record keeper.  Suredocs keep all of my documents for 5 years.

Jul 22, 2011 06:17 AM #10
Denise Roberts
New Colony Properties, LLC - Pinehurst, NC
e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area

Hi Craig!  Hope all is WELL with you up there in Raleigh!  Are you surviving this heat??? 

GREAT post!  BTW...I just watched a film with Bob Dylan in it this past weekend..."Masked and Anonymous"...it was pretty bad ;-)   I wouldn't recommend it.  Have a great weekend!

Jul 22, 2011 06:59 AM #11
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I use my rotary every day Mr. Rutman!  As for DocuSign you have convinced me that is the way to go!  ==:>



Jul 22, 2011 07:55 AM #12
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

But I like to chase all over town using my gas and time to chase down clients.  They don't always like it when I do this, but it's a great excuse to pay $5.00 for a fancy coffee!  Iced preferably these days. 

Jul 22, 2011 08:43 AM #13
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Craig, I haven't seen any of the other posts, but you definitely have my vote.  There might be a bit of a learning curve with all the new technology, but wow what a time saver they have become.  Great post.

Jul 22, 2011 12:03 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Craig, I had coworkers who have been praising Docusign for  a couple of years. Sadly Banks still do not accept them on REO's some day soon I hope:)

Jul 22, 2011 01:55 PM #15
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Wanda - Thanks Wanda. The competition's fierce on this one. But I'm giving it a shot nonetheless.

Brenda - Ha! Ha! Ha! (Your check's in the mail!!!)

Anita - Electronic signing has saved me a great deal of time over the past two years. I'm on board!

Deb - Thank you Deb. I've been working on my clever this year! Glad to see it's paying off!

Amy - Do it Amy! You won't regret it. As long as your clients are comfortable with it, it's a great time saver.

Jul 22, 2011 02:15 PM #16
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Michael - Nah. It'll never catch on. That tune is just blowin' in the wind!

Ken - Look into it Ken. You will NOT regret the convenience and time savings of electronic signings.

Ed - I don't know Ed. That keorsene powered in dash record player wasn't the most efficient piece of technology you had in your car when you drove me to the loony bin the other day!

Don - I hear they're coming out with a round wheel too Don! You better look into that too!

Nevin - Cutting edge guy that you are, I know you've adopted the electronic signing long ago and you've been very successful with it.

Jul 22, 2011 02:20 PM #17
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Denise - I'm a huge fan of Dylan, so in my eyes he can do no wrong! I'm surviving the heat. Hope you are too! But man it's hot out there!

Debra - Well as a card carrying member of the "rotary club" I can forgive you!

Laura - Iced coffee it is with the weather we've been having lately!

Nick - Thanks Nick. The learning curve was really quite small. Even I picked it up in relatively short time!

Endre - Soon enough my friend. The banks will realize that this is the way of the future... and the future is now!

Jul 22, 2011 02:25 PM #18
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

You mean I should throw out my 8 tracks. I need to get with the times myself. I could save myself some paper, ink & time.

Jul 22, 2011 02:54 PM #19
Donna Malone
Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals - Bridgewater, NS
Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia

Craig, Ain't technology grand? I am constantly amazed and impressed with the things we can do to increase convenience and productivity.

Jul 22, 2011 05:01 PM #20
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

James - Yes James. It's time to retire the 8-Track player, the Jimi Hendrix black light poster, and the VW van!

Donna - I'm constantly amazed that I can turn on my computer and the world is at my fingertips. Ain't technology grand!

Jul 23, 2011 03:59 AM #21
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