Technology tools I can't live without..

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Real Estate Agent with CB Select Real Estate at Lake Tahoe - 775.691.3855 - DRE: NV28254 CA01139667

THAT'S IT...   I CANNOT BE WITHOUT MY ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE SOFTWARE !!  This tool has made the biggest leap forward in my business.  Background:  We live and work in Lake Tahoe.  Most of the sellers and buyers live elsewhere.  As the years have come and gone it became easier to do business.  First we hand wrote the one page contract, and three or four other disclosures then faxed them from the office to the parties.  Most of us did not have a fax machine at home and besides, they where about as big as a desk.

The pages came back too light, too dark, smeared, with strips down the full page, blurred.  On and on this went.  Every year they improved the quality.  Units got smaller and the prices came down.  Finally there were enough of the old big things that we could buy used ones pretty cheaply and have one at home.  A bit cumbersome with the telephone lines and all.  But it was a big step forward.  Then, the offer and disclosures all became online and electronic.  Another huge step forward.  We could fill in the blanks, print it out and fax it................wow..  What a time saving change this was.

Then, then we could fill in the blanks, save a copy on our computer and send it to someone as a pdf, which could be pirinted, signed and faxed back.  Another step saver..  Still labor intense but clearly improving.  We also added tools to take these PDFs, re-arrange the pages, split groups of pages to be individual, make our own documents and much more.  Wow, how cool is that?

We began to hear about electronic signatures, but there were apparently legal issues.  We had just had the state legislature pass into law, a facsimile was legal.  Now someone is trying to set up a signature that is not really a signature.  How is that going to work?  The answer?  Very well thank you.

Today:  So about 2 years ago we signed up and started using electronic signature programs.  Fantastic !!  Now we go through many of the same steps, but much faster, more professionally and we love it.  What was once more than two hours to prepare and fax to someone far away, is now about 45 minutes tops.  Travel time to the office, missing the PGA tournaments and baseball is now something we do from the couch while watching sports, movies etc.

We can even be on a trip anywhere in the world, and no one knows the difference.  We type in the answers to the blanks on the various forms, mark them where initials or signatures are required, hit send and away it goes.  On the other end, the person simply opens an email, reads and clicks where needed, hits sent and boom, its back to us.  We have even had people ask us, do you use electronic signature software?  When we say yes, they are extremely pleased. 

How much cleaner, simpler and faster can it be??   Well, I figure something must be out there, but I am perfectly happy now.

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Sharon Parisi
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This is a good time to work as Realtors, as we have so many electronic advantages.  I remember my mom lugging around the heavy books filled with listings, picking up keys, and dropping off keys!

May 12, 2012 08:00 AM #1
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Lyn Sims
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I just signed up for DocuSign today with my MLS and to be honest - it's cumbersome. I was really surprised but I felt that I could just have done it the old way sending PDF's faster.

May 12, 2012 08:01 AM #2
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Ken Cash
CB Select Real Estate at Lake Tahoe - 775.691.3855 - - Incline Village, NV
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Lyn....  No no... Dont give up..   Yes, as always there is a learning curve.  But it is so well worth it..   Test it by preparing a document for signature, then send it to yourself, sign it and then send it back to yourself.   Trust me, you will love it..   Ken

May 12, 2012 08:05 AM #3
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Ken Cash
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Wow Sharon...   I remember that too..  Had a 3-ring binder and the agents would just swap flyers.  

May 12, 2012 08:09 AM #4
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Ken,

I am totally on board with you on this but us lucky agents at Keller Williams are blessed with an EXCLUSIVE lead to close system and once the client is in as a lead they automatically import to our transaction system and are imported on the contract documents then emailed to them for signatures then to the cobroke agent for his clients then to our electronic storage system then to the title company and finally to file.  All completely green now.  It is wonderful.

May 12, 2012 11:48 AM #5
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I am so glad that technology has finally caught up and is allowing us to do some pretty amazing things, saving time, time, paper, and toner.

May 12, 2012 12:21 PM #6
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Ken - Thank you for sharing detailed quality information on technology tools I can't live without.

May 12, 2012 01:16 PM #7
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