Eliminating Inefficiencies with Active Rain DocuSign and more

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Best Homes Hawaii RB-13537

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working gearsPast Inefficiencies: traveling to and paying for Real Estate Education, plus no knowledge of SEO and the importance of internet branding.  Traveling to and meeting with customers and clients to sign documents, scanning, faxing, storing documents and 'over handling' of paperwork.  So much so that I have an allergy and sneeze profusely around old paper.  

Now much has been reduced or eliminated due to the three below:

DocuSign- Even though my original use was intended to be for ease of working with sellers and buyers, I just began using this system for RENTAL customers.  Rather than go spend time reading over material and discussing with a new tenant moving in, I have recently begun having them sign documents via DocuSign.  This knocks off a 1/2 hour to one hour of time in travel and having to meet with the people.  When all documents are signed and reviewed, then all I have to do is go collect the funds in person, answer a few incidental questions and they have the keys to their new abode.

Active Rain- My Active Rain Profileif you are new to or visiting AR, then you have come to the right place. Want to join?  You will learn so much, it will stimulate you to greater heights! You are Invited by Bruce Hicks  Browsing through these blogs will give you enough information to allow your business flow like an electronic clock plus fill a digital Real Estate Library.  Reading the daily blogs have helped me to re-think new systems in our office life.


Digital Office - I can't think of a better scanner than any of the Scan Snap models from Fujitsu.  2 years ago,Messy computer Honolulu I used a Fujitsu to scan old closed sales files from 1980-1990, which filled a 4 drawer legal sized cabinet.  It took a month of part time evening hours to sort the documents, and scan them to only ONE DVD; however, I emptied the cabinet.  Now that cabinet is being filled with all new files.  Only a month ago, a client called and wanted to know if I had a record her closing documents from 1990.  All I did was pull out the DVD (which has 2 backups in different locations) and emailed a PFD.  She was so tickled and surprised that my wife and I were invited to lunch.  Isn't that just wonderful?

If you are a buyer wanting an agent who will save you time which interprets to money, reach me!

If you are a seller hoping to get the best price in the shortest amount of time, reach me!

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Comments (10)

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Bruce,  anything that quickens the process is great news.  thanks for sharing with us.

Mar 09, 2012 04:58 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Nice entry into the contest and I really appreciate your story about the files on DVD. I'll bet the client was thrilled - :)

Mar 09, 2012 04:59 AM
David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City

DocuSign has been a good tool.

Mar 09, 2012 05:09 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Roland, there's more to the story but I just couldn't write it all on these three.  I am a true believer of the Scan Snap scanner, if you shop around, you can get the full verson of Adobe Acrobat Professoinal along with the machine.

Debb, the client was amazed that I had his closing papers after soooooo long!

David, now there are new companies trying to emulate DocuSign.  Our MLS is planing on incorporating one into our MLS membership.


Mar 09, 2012 05:13 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Roland,  you picked two of the best ways to eliminate inefficiencies for sure!  I've not used docusign yet but here so much about it now...  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

Good luck in the contest!

Mar 10, 2012 10:51 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Bruce, welcome to ActiveRain. You are right about understanding how to save time with docusign and an office of digital tools. You may be on an island, but you are certainly well connected for your clients!

Mar 12, 2012 01:35 PM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Living Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Bruce:

I have been a subscriber of DocuSign for close to a year now.  I think it is an excellent tool.  It is awesome


Mar 12, 2012 01:46 PM
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Great advice Bruce and using ducusign has been a blessing no don't

Mar 25, 2012 05:52 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bruce, Excellent submission for the contest. Would you consider doing a tutorial on ways to use the Scan Snap.


Mar 27, 2012 07:53 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Bruce, Thanks for contacting me. I am looking forward to your tutorial on all the ways you use Scan Snap

Mar 28, 2012 11:01 AM