Zoom Call 3.28.23 Bob Timm, Stories of a Mobile Notary

Real Estate Agent with Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

Bob Timm, Stories of a Mobile Notary

https://activerain.com/profile/realmanThe call this week was on a topic that is essential to all real estate transactions but often not given its importance, the certification of documents by a notary public. In CT, all closings are done by lawyers, who are all certified as notaries as well. In states where title companies handle closings, Notaries are far more common.

ActiveRain member, Bob Timm, a retired real estate broker now working as a Notary offered information on the services he provides in the Minot, ND area as we as some of experiences as a mobile Notary.

The process he described of being assigned as a notary for a transaction sounded similar to the process an appraiser might undergo. The buyer, through a lender needs a notary to close and certify the documents. The lender contacts a title company, who in turn looks at their list of signing companies that then offers the job to a notary that may be closest. The stipend that will be paid is offered and the notary elects to pass or accept the job.

To be allowed to handle most jobs as a notary, one must be a member of their national society, National Notary Association, NNA.  There is a set of requirements to be a member of the NNA, is similar to being a member of NAR: must be a licensed notary; pay the annual fee to the NNA; be bonded by the state and carry E& O insurance; pass their annual background test, and also pass some the requirements of some of the signing companies.

Zoom Call  3.28.23 Bob Timm, Stories of a Mobile Notary

Bob, also gets a lot of business through walk-ins to his office as well as from title companies and lenders directly.  As there is a military presence in his town, he will be called on to certify documents for a serviceman whose spouse back in their home state is making a large purchase that requires signature verification. There would be a notary in that state verifying documents as well as him doing the same locally. He also certifies documents for divorces and debt consolidation.

He mentioned that he has his 'naughty list' of companies that he will just not work for as they will give him a job and simultaneously seek out another notary that will work cheaper. He also does not work with some companies that are completely automated as they tend to be non-responsive. He cited an example were there were questions at a signing table, and it took an inordinate amount of time to get an answer.

He has been a notary for 25 years and has made a comfortable living in his 'retirement job'. He will get calls direct from signing companies who will request his services and will let him know how many pages and the location of the call. When he asks how much its paying, he rejects any that are less than his $100 minimum charge as he needs to go to the job as we as print out all the documents and express them back. 

He also is particular as to the distance he will travel as there are few notaries in the state.  His normal radius is up to 60 miles and the nature of the job.

He mentioned doing work for people from Canada, who will come across the over from Canada to get their documents notarized, that ill then be expressed around the country. He has also been asked to notarize gambling proceeds from people returning from Las Vegas.

The tools for his job are a hard briefcase, and a good combination B & W and color printer.

He saw a drop in business due to Covid as title companies closed. Before he developed his retirement mindset, he would do 3-4 transactions a day and now is down to 2 a week.

It was a different yet informative call and was well attended.

Zoom Call  3.28.23 Bob Timm, Stories of a Mobile Notary



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Comments (22)

AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Ed ~ A great summary of the Zoom with Bob Timm on mobile notary services... unfortunately, I missed this one.

Mar 30, 2023 11:24 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I got on the call late, so thank you for filling me in on what I missed.

Mar 30, 2023 11:36 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Roy Kelley, thanks for stopping to comment.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®   I got in a few minutes late as Zoom wanted to update

Mar 30, 2023 12:11 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

AJ Heidmann ~ CRS   It was a very laid-back call and Bob was most informative.

George Souto   I suppose we have to give you a pass on this.

Mar 30, 2023 12:12 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Ed great recap.  Bob did a good job of presenting and it was interesting!

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Mar 30, 2023 02:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- thank you so much for providing this summary each week. Even though I do attend, I still enjoy reading it. It's hard to remember everything. 

Mar 30, 2023 05:45 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Ed Silva thank you for the kind recap. I enjoyed doing it and if anyone would like to see my presentation notes I'd be glad to share them.

Mar 30, 2023 06:47 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Ed Silva, Thank you for highlighting the Tuesday Zooms. You've done another stellar recap. 

Thanks to Bob "RealMan" Timm for all the information on Notary signings and what one may do instead of total retirement.

Mar 30, 2023 09:35 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 . I love the flexibility being a mobile notary gives me. I can be as very busy and make a lot of money or accept a job a week and enjoy doing retirement things.

Mar 31, 2023 06:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Bob did a great job with his presentation - as someone who just got a mobile notary license, I found it very interesting.

Mar 31, 2023 04:51 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like he had a lot of great stories to share and I heard through the grapevine that #NoPickleballForBrian was brought up on my behalf, haha.

Mar 31, 2023 05:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

You KNOW it was!! LOL Brian England

Apr 01, 2023 06:17 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... I was sorry to have missed Bob's presentation, but was tied up with client meetings all Tuesday afternoon. 

Mar 31, 2023 05:49 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Great recap Ed! Glad I was able to tune in on Tuesday it was interesting to hear how the notary process works.

Mar 31, 2023 07:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks for an informative recap. I"m sorry to have missed Bob's presentation.


Mar 31, 2023 09:35 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - thank you. This was very informative. 

Apr 01, 2023 04:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, thank you as always, for sharing the recap of the Zoom meeting with Bob, sounds interesting.

Apr 01, 2023 09:35 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Love your re-caps for those of us not able to join in. I have enjoyed following Bob over the years.

Apr 01, 2023 04:30 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Loved getting to meet Bob "RealMan" Timm, Ed and thank you for the summary post. Great question and answer period on this call. Bob did a phenomenal job!

See you on Tuesday!

Apr 01, 2023 06:19 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS .

Apr 01, 2023 06:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

You're so welcome, Bob "RealMan" Timm! Hope you can join us each Tuesday. We have a great group who participate!

Apr 01, 2023 06:31 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Ed Silva,

I enjoyed the Zoom meeting and appreciate  your great summary of the Zoom with Bob Timm on mobile notary services. It was a good meeting.

Apr 01, 2023 06:38 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX . I was scared to death to do it but it was very enjoyable once we got started.

Apr 02, 2023 07:12 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ed Silva  wonderful re- cap of the Zoom meeting so sorry I missed it 

Apr 05, 2023 10:18 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Ed Silva Sorry I missed this zoom call.  Unfortunately I seem to always have something on the calendar and miss the live zooms.  But I so appreciate your re-cap summary -- very informative.  I have thought about doing remote notary in the future!  Glad Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Apr 18, 2023 11:36 AM