A Real Estate Broker With A Notary License

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A Real Estate Broker With A Notary License

Bob Timm, Real Estate Broker, Notary Public

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.

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Erin Bates
CMG Financial and Expansion Marketing Services - Aurora, CO

Now that's thinking outside the box.  Good job.  Who knew you would get so much exposure from this activity.

Jan 21, 2015 12:52 AM #1
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Hey Erin Bates next to Ar it's been my best lead generator.

Jan 21, 2015 12:55 AM #2
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Belinda Spillman
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Hi Bob.  That is a great idea.  I can't believe you generate business off of your notary.  Good job.

Jan 21, 2015 01:45 AM #3
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Thanks Belinda Spillman, it all happened by accident but I make sure it keeps happening now.

Jan 21, 2015 02:56 AM #4
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Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
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I'm a Notary Public as well Bob. Can you give me any more information on how to go about getting involved with what you do? I could do this in my market.

Jan 21, 2015 06:22 AM #5
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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Bob, That is the way to work it. You've created a niche market and you did not pay someone $10,000 to help you do it.  I gave up my Notary years ago. I know many in real estate that have generated more money with their notary business than they did directly selling real estate.

Jan 21, 2015 06:32 AM #6
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert I have sent you a message through AR to explain the process.

Kathleen Daniels there have been years where I made more as a notary but now that I'm the principle broker of my company I need to be more focused on the Real Estate.

Jan 21, 2015 09:42 AM #7
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Bob, there is definitely a benefit to being a Notary in addition to providing a valuable services to your customers.

Jan 21, 2015 09:46 AM #8
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

That's true Silvia, I believe it helps give a little extra credibility. Having a lot of extra Realtor initials behind your name is great but the general public rarely relates to those initials (even a lot of Realtors have no idea what those initials are) but everyone has heard of a Notary Public and holds some honor to that.

Jan 21, 2015 09:52 AM #9
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

I am a state-approved notary training instructor in Colorado.  I teach a 2-hour course.  My course information and a notary blog is on my website.  I am also a mobile notary and a Certified Notary Signing Agent. 

Senior citizens often need a notary to notarize a will, trust or power of attorney.  If they move into a senior apartment or assisted living center, they may need help selling their home.

Several states require notary applicants to take a state-approved education course, including California, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania. 

Some states do not require training, but you must pass a notary exam in Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New York and Utah.

Four states require a notary training course and an exam: California, Colorado, North Carolina and Oregon. 

Jan 21, 2015 11:12 AM #10
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Jerry, Thank You so much for the added information.

Jan 21, 2015 11:06 PM #11
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Bob, you're welcome.  For anyone in a state that does not require notary training or an exam, be sure to learn and follow your state notary laws.  Many states also have a notary handbook.

Do not treat notary work in a complacent manner.  A notary has unlimited personal liability for notary errors and omissions.  You can buy notary E&O insurance for about $25 per year for a $25,000 policy.

If you don't take a notary training course, I suggest buying the Notary Home Study Course book from the National Notary Association at http://www.nationalnotary.org/

Notaries have been around since ancient Rome.  A notary came with Christopher Columbus in 1492.  I have some interesting articles about notary history and notary tips on my notary blog on my website. 

Jan 22, 2015 02:43 AM #12
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Jerry, I do keep up on everything notary and have E&O for about a million. As a member of NNA I read everything they put out.

Jan 22, 2015 03:13 AM #13
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Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training

Bob, you're doing things the smart way.  Unfortunately, many notaries are not properly educated because most states do not require training or an exam, and notaries then get into trouble making mistakes.  I am an NNA member and a notary mentor for NNA. 

I do lots of training for banks, credit unions, law firms, paralegals, law enforcement, government employees, financial advisors, insurance agents, accountants and private citizens.  Here in Colorado, medical marijuana users must get their paperwork notarized.  So, I also do training for medical marijuana dispensaries. 

 

Jan 22, 2015 06:53 AM #14
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

WOW, I'll bet that is good business, never thought of it (Notarizing Medical Marijuana).

Jan 22, 2015 08:18 AM #15
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Cindy Dudley
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX

Bob "RealMan" Timm , I had been considering getting my notary for years (for other reasons).  Thanks for the additional incentive.

Jan 22, 2015 11:43 PM #16
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

You are welcome Cindy Dudley , I recommend you also read Jerry Lucas points/comments above as he seems even more knowledgeable that I on the subject.

Jan 23, 2015 12:38 AM #17
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I can see how having a notary license could be a lead generator. 

Jan 25, 2015 02:52 PM #18
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It's worked GREAT for me Michelle, I'd recommend it to any agent.... that doesn't live in my territory.

Jan 25, 2015 08:36 PM #19
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Jacob Coleman
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Nice article, Bob. Getting real estate leads from the notary signing business is really a good point! 

Another why I think being a real estate salesperson would be a great match for this profession is loan officers are the one who decided which signing agent to use. At the same time, they also want referral business from real estate salespeople.So they could ideally form a referral circle.

But I guess you can't be the notary signing agent for deals that you have financial interest. However, for real estate deals that you are not handling, it should be fine. 

Here's a post which explains why being a real estate salesperson and notary signing agent would be a good match. Hope you'll find it useful. 

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