Mobile Offices: Are they necessary?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Mobile Notary Services

It usually goes like this:  I'll have a closing at 4 p.m.  I'll have another closing at 6 p.m. Normally there would be no problem handling those two assignments.  Colorado Springs isn't that big.  I can finish the 4pm closing, then go straight to the 6pm closing.

There's just one problem: I haven't received the loan documents for the 6 p.m. closing.  The title company is waiting for final HUD approval.

Now it's not a simple matter of going from one closing to the other.  I have documents that I need to print.  And if I drive back to my office to print them, there is no way that I will be able to make it to the 6 p.m. appointment on time.

The solution: print the documents without having to drive back to my office.

But how?  The answer: a mobile office.  For a notary signing agent, it doesn't require much.  All that is needed is a

  • laptop computer with an internet connection,
  • a laser printer (and paper, of course), and
  • a way to power the printer (a power inverter).

laptop computer - mobile office     internet - check email - download documents  laser printer - mobile office   power inverter - mobile office

Colorado Springs - closing assignments - mobile officeInstead of driving back to my office, I find a place to park and print the documents from my mobile office

It might even turn out that I'm printing the documents parked in front of the borrower's home. At least I am there and ready to commence with the closing. 

If the title company calls to tell me that they had to send over some additional documents, that's no problem.  Print those out from the mobile office too. 

Yes, it's possible that the borrower has a computer and a printer. But it's probably an ink jet printer that won't print legal size documents.

So to answer the question: Are mobile offices necessary?  No, they're not necessary.  But they sure make life simpler. 

And they can make you more productive.

Good luck.

 

 

 

 

Colorado Springs - remote locationP.S. And if you're thinking that going to a Kinkos is a solution -- there are no Kinkos out here.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (8)

Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Wow-you certainly do things differently in Colorado than we do here in Utah.  Very rarely does the closing officer go to the buyers or sellers home to close.  It sounds like a great service.

Jan 08, 2009 06:35 AM
Leon Austin
Mobile Notary Services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Mobile Notary

Erika, yes, the borrowers love it.  And not all of the closings are in their home.  Sometimes they choose to do it at their favorite restaurant or coffee shop, or where they work.  The closing can be anywhere.

 

Jan 08, 2009 06:38 AM
Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Leon, great post about using technology to your advantage.  Think of the gas and time savings - it adds up!

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Jan 08, 2009 07:00 AM
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Providence, RI

Interesting idea. I like it. You got to have a low power printer though. Certainly a laser one.

I think that is the beauty of staying in a franchise office, you can actually borrow some spaces as needed.

Jan 08, 2009 07:39 AM
Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA

How you get the power inverter?

Jan 08, 2009 03:35 PM
Leon Austin
Mobile Notary Services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Mobile Notary

Joan, I had my power inverter installed at Best Buy. They sell them there too.  There are some good threads on power inverters if you check Notary Rotary.

 

Jan 08, 2009 08:38 PM
Beverly Richardson, REALTOR
BMR Mobile Notary-CSA - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Mobile Notary Rancho Cucamonga

Great idea.  I have to stop at Kinkos most of the time.  I am going to invest in a mobile office. Thanks for this great tip.

May 03, 2009 11:44 AM
Leon Austin
Mobile Notary Services - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Mobile Notary

Beverly, good luck with your mobile office. You can also find a lot of information on Notary Rotary.

 

 

May 04, 2009 03:20 AM