Eliminating Inefficiences in Real Estate ~ A Contest

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty

Eliminating Inefficiencies in Real Estate - A Contest

How many of you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on April 22, 1970? I can. Strange you might say, but I was at an event that changed the way a new generation of Americans thought about the planet we live on and began to be concerned about how we were going to leave it for our children.


Save the Trees Be Ecological


I was a high school student in New York City and attended the first Earth Day Celebration in Central Park. On that day I realized we all had to do our part, no matter how small, to change our habits. Those were the days of the big V-8 leaded gas guzzlers spewing noxious fumes into the atmosphere and factories polluting our waterways with their toxic waste. We had our work cut out for us. Now I’m no self professed tree hugger, but I have always tried to do my part. I remember the early days of recycling in NJ, we had 8 different bins in our garage for the different products. We have tried to pass our values onto the next generation and hope they will follow suit..


Things have improved dramatically in the 40+ years since that first Earth Day. Some changes were made voluntarily by a concerned population, but some had to be done through legislation, but still things improved.


Now you may ask yourself “what has this to do with inefficiencies in Real Estate?” Fast forward to the present. One of the things that has always bothered me is the waste of paper. I envision forests being mowed down as we haphazardly crumple up pieces of paper and toss them at the waste basket.


In our real estate business we have always tried to conserve paper by printing on both sides or limiting the amount of printing required, but the best thing we have encountered to save both paper and time is Docusign.


We started using Docusign last year in conjunction with Zip Forms and we love it. I can create the document in Zip Forms, have it sent to Docusign to set up the signatures and parties to e-mail it too and then follow it every step of the way until it is e-mailed back. Not one piece of paper wasted, I LOVE IT!


All agents should be using it and  trying to educate all their clients about the simplicity of using Docusign. We will admit, we had one client print out a contract and mail it back and another attempt to fax a document until we explained how simple it is to use, but most people grasp the concept immediately and love it.

So we say to you, save a tree today, use Docusign.

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Rainmaker
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Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Frank & Karen, there are not many dates I could remember but then I was homme on leave from the US Air Force getting engaged!

Mar 11, 2012 05:57 AM #1
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
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A good complete buyer interview or pre-listing interview has gone a long way to help me eliminate inefficiences in real estate.

Mar 11, 2012 06:13 AM #2
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Jo Olson
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
Retired - HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt

I love the move to paperless.  Of course until we get some of the banks on board we will be printing contracts at closing for underwriting rules - ugh!  

Mar 11, 2012 06:26 AM #3
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Bob ~ What a sweet day for you to remember!!

Mar 11, 2012 07:31 AM #4
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Dan ~ Totally agree on that!! Buyers need to be aware of how involved a Real Estate Transaction is and what to expect!!

Mar 11, 2012 07:32 AM #5
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Jo ~ Banks and lawyers would be great to be paperless!!

Mar 11, 2012 07:33 AM #6
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First Priority Financial - Apex, NC
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In 1970 I was a four year old wreaking havoc!  I use suredocs by Alamode and have done so since 2004.  I wish HUD would adapt to paperless. They still make us have clients sign loan documents with ink forcing us to print paper.  Stupid I tell ya!

Mar 11, 2012 01:15 PM #7
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
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Our office has finally gone to paperless for our files, and part of me thinks it's terrific, the other part of me panics that I can't put my hands on it.  Very nice post.

Mar 18, 2012 02:43 PM #8
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
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Mimi ~ Thanks!! We wish more would be paperless also but Frank would panic for sure!! He is the contract man for us!!

Mar 18, 2012 02:49 PM #9
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Ohh impressive ssuent! Love it I think I love ssuent more than sunrise because well I get to see ssuent more than sunrise. For sunrise we have to get up really early for it. HeheThe food looks yummy wo especially the big prawn and satay.
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