A Real Estate Broker With A Notary License
One of the biggest lead generators for me has been my Notary Public license. I originally applied for a Notary Public license so that I could close mobile home sales in my office and eliminate the need to take said sales to the title company. That was 7 years ago... I don't think I've used my Notary Public license more than once or twice for that purpose BUT it has been GREAT for business.
There are several organizations focused on Notary Public's but the most well known is The National Notary Association of which I am a member. The NNA offers training and certification in specialty areas. One such specialty is "Notary Signing Agent" which I also am certified as. Some people would call this a "Mobile Notary" which is not entirely accurate.
How this works and how it has greatly benefited me as a Realtor is this: A large number of home buyers receive their loan through lenders that they applied to via the internet. These lenders (including Wells Fargo) will work with a national title company who hires a signing company who calls a local Notary Public (me) to sign/witness the docs.
Again, I am not a "mobile" Notary Public. The signers come to my Real Estate office and we do the signing here. This of course has lead to a much greater awareness of my Real Estate office in the Minot community. Many of the loans are refi's of homes they are trying to sell in another state, thus they have often told me (and later followed thou) that once they sell that house in another state they would like to work with me to purchase a home here in Minot. Along with that I've received many referrals from these folks.
As a snowbird state I've also signed a lot of docs for folks purchasing homes in a warmer climate that they will later move to. Guess who gets to sell their home here when they retire down South, you got it... ME.
One last benefit to mention, I get paid (well) for my hour of work which is really an hour of getting to know more people in my community.