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Notarizing a Grant Deed- no big deal,right?

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties 01238708

This post was inspired by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  & Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  for the Active Rain Challenge for the month of March.  

Notarizing a Grant Deed - no big deal, right?   Of course not, provided you live in the United States that is. 

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 As many of you know, I have had quite a few sellers over the years who were living in different parts of the world, and not just the United States. They would have to make an appointment at the American Embassy and spend about $100 or so USD to have the Grant Deed notarized by the resident American Consul. I happened to be in the midst of a not-so-simple land sale, nor was it an all-cash transaction. The seller was Canadian, the buyer had a land loan, and there was a time constraint involved in getting the Grant Deed signed. The timing of this was the first quarter of 2020, so now you can probably guess where I am going with this.   Lo and behold, here comes the onset of the Covid Pandemic shutdown, hence the American Embassy was closed.  To make things more interesting, the land was located in the Montecito Heights area of Los Angeles, the buyer and the buyer’s agent were in the Arroyo Seco District of Los Angeles, the Escrow Company was in Beverly Hills and as I already mentioned, the seller was in Canada. The final piece of this puzzle is that the hard money land lender was located out of state.

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The Title Company made it clear that the Grant Deed needed to be signed by a U.S. Notary.  How could we accomplish this if the American Embassy was shut down because of the Pandemic? The Escrow and Title Officers were not very helpful with suggestions, but of course this is not something with which any of us had prior experience.   The Seller was kind and remained motivated to make it happen, but again, because of the Pandemic Shutdown, he could not cross the U.S./Canada border.

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In spite of all of these hurdles, the Seller and I remained creative, and we managed to find a U.S. Traveling Notary who was willing to meet the Seller at the U.S./Canada border.  There they sat - masked and six feet apart with the Seller on the Canadian side and the Traveling Notary on the U.S. side. The Seller signed the Grant Deed, the Notary notarized it, returned to the nearest FedEx location and off the Grant Deed went to the Escrow Company in Beverly Hills.

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The loan documents had been signed earlier and the hard money Lenders reviewed them for a few days. We were ready to close, but now we had to wait for the buyer who took five more days to bring in the remainder of the funds.  All in all, it all turned out well at the end but not without some stressful days and weeks in between. 

 

Once the sale was recorded, I was so thrilled to send an email to my client saying “Congratulations! You are no longer the owner of this vacant land”.  He wrote back saying “Many thanks it could not have happened without you.”  Truth be told, it really took the creative efforts and willingness of not only me, but my Seller too, and the Traveling Notary.  It really does take a village sometimes, and real estate can be very fulfilling when you work with a good team of people and your clients know you are truly doing your best for them. As much as we like smooth escrows and closings, we wouldn't have stories to share for challenges such as this without a few that are out of the ordinary!

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Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath, Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

 

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Endre Barath, Jr. It is amazing how sometimes we really do have to go that extra mile. It takes teamwork, know-how, and perseverance. Great job Endre 

Mar 12, 2023 03:17 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you for your support, Endre

Mar 12, 2023 03:23 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - I will always support you.

As far as I am concerned, you are the Man on Top of the Mountain in Beverly Hils Sales who is ethical, intelligent, a critical thinker, and a great problem solver. 

Congratulations on this excellent FEATURE on ActiveRain!

Mar 23, 2023 08:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  you are so kind thank  you for stopping by again, Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  we all have some Pandemic Stories to share this one was a positive one:)Endre

Mar 12, 2023 03:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  the Pandemic shutdown made it a little more challenging. Endre

Mar 12, 2023 03:25 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  clearly you can relate having experienced international buyers and sellers:)Endre

Mar 12, 2023 03:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mimi Foster  thanks to cell phones, texts a lot of coordination:)Endre

Mar 12, 2023 03:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  thank you for the Feature, appreciate it, Endre

Mar 12, 2023 03:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, I had something very similar with an American Consulate who took WEEKS to get an appointment, Endre! Sourcing others who can get us to the finish line is KEY to our success in my opinion - or perhaps, it's simply knowing who to call!!

Love what you said about it taking a village - it DOES! And, your client's comment about not being able to do it with you - SOOOO true! You more than earned your fee, as you normally do, Endre!

Great post and congrats on the feature. Love this entry into this month's challenge - thank you for participating!

Mar 14, 2023 10:04 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Your post reminded me of our 1031 exchange at about the same time.  We had just closed on the sale side and had to find the buy side property.  Of course, everything closed down just as we closed the sell side.  It created some closing issues for us when we did find the replacement house, but we had a bigger issue.  Canadians were being told to go home.  Perfect time to advertise a new rental property, right?  It all worked out, but it was stressful.

It must have been something to see the notary and the seller signing papers on the border.  Covid was a time of uncertainty and creativity.  Congratulations on getting the sale done under such difficult conditions.

Mar 16, 2023 07:39 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  thank you for the kind words, Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:35 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nina Hollander, Broker I had Philippine clients and Italian clients to name a few, who had similar issues like your client a long trip to the US Embassy, Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne Martin  I always joke with my dentist that instead of wearing the night guard I should wear it in the day time:)Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:37 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Brian England  I have three niche markets, Land, International buyers and sellers and relocation specialist hence it is almost too often I have issues but nothing as bad as this one:)Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  read my comment above to Brian England :)Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:40 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Leanne Smith  thank  you for stopping in and commenting, Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rocky Dickerson  nice to see you stopping in, Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!  thank you and how often does a double feature happen?:))Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hannah Williams  my middle name is perseverance:)Endre

Mar 23, 2023 09:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe Maxwell, CRS  thank you for your kind comment now with that said not all sellers will thank us :)Endre

Mar 23, 2023 10:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ray Henson  I always joke with my Dentist that the night guard should be worn in the day time:)Endre

Mar 23, 2023 10:44 PM