Harry F. D'Elia, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio,  CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest)

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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I stopped checking decades ago not caring about the ink. I also never likde it when they also said only #2 pencils are only allowed either.

Aug 19, 2016 08:56 AM
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Carolyn Clark
Keller Williams - Riverside, CA
Inland Southern California Real Estate Services

I have always preferred black for business and blue for personal. That being said, I like the idea of using blue for contrast. 

Aug 19, 2016 09:47 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Black.  I've heard that the "new trend" is blue...

Aug 19, 2016 08:14 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Which ever one I have at the moment

Aug 19, 2016 11:31 PM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Who cares!  Get a crayon for all I care. Sign here please.

Aug 19, 2016 10:13 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I always used to hear that blue was preferable so that people would know the contract is original, but have not really thought about it for a long long time.

Aug 19, 2016 09:46 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Harry F. D'Elia Black

Aug 19, 2016 08:48 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I usaually reach for a blue pen so I can tell the origianlly from copies. Bottom line it doesn't really matter, either works.

Aug 19, 2016 08:26 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I prefer blue, always have. Years ago, blue would not copy on copy machines and black was required!

Aug 19, 2016 08:17 AM
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Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Docusign

Aug 20, 2016 02:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

BLUE! The reason is that until the advent of color copiers, a blue ink signature was further proof as to the authenticity of the original document. Old habits are hard to break!

Aug 19, 2016 10:56 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Blue - we used to be required to use only blue so, I've kept that 'tradition' going!

Aug 19, 2016 02:26 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Blue

Aug 19, 2016 01:56 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I use Docusign.  We don't have a choice.

Aug 19, 2016 12:19 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I like blue - it shows up when it is copied

Aug 19, 2016 12:05 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It's black - docusign!! But if wet signatures, blue, as in the case of new home sales. Almost all others are online

Aug 19, 2016 11:34 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Whichever one is currently on my desk or in my hand.  One bank always wanted signatures in blue ink not black.  Guess blue ink looked more original and not photo copied.

Aug 19, 2016 11:32 AM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

No preference.  Whatever pen is handy.

Aug 19, 2016 11:14 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

Before I switched to electronic signatures, I had a client ask if he could sign using a glitter pen.  It made me laugh, but I had him sign using blue or black.  I don't recall which one, but I figured the broker would prefer blue or black over glitter. 

Aug 19, 2016 10:51 AM
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Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I like using a blue pen. 

Aug 19, 2016 10:27 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Harry,

I am not particular, so either color works for me. A

Aug 19, 2016 10:01 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I prefer black, and my pens are black, though I realize blue makes it easier to distinguish between the original and a copy Harry F. D'Elia

Aug 19, 2016 09:49 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Working hard to keep all the signatures in a digital ink, which is black by default, not sure if it is changable.

Aug 19, 2016 09:37 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Always blue.  Much easier to distinguish original from copies.

Aug 19, 2016 09:27 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Digital only, have not signed an ink contract in years.

Aug 19, 2016 09:06 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Harry F. D'Elia,

I used all electronic signatures, but if wet signatures are needed, blue is best for me.

Aug 21, 2016 10:18 PM
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Sandra Steele
Wise Choice Properties, Sedona/Verde Valley Branch - Cottonwood, AZ
Integrity, Knowledge - 37 Years of Experience!!!

Away from new home sales, if I do not use docusign or a similar program, I prefer my clients sign with blue so there is absolutely no question which is the original.  Happy selling.

Aug 21, 2016 10:07 AM
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Christopher Albanese, GRI
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Broker Associate, Trainer & Real Estate Instructor

I heard that back in the day, lawyers wanted contracts signed in blue after the invention of the copy machine.  Blue didn't copy well so you knew it was an original signature.  Contract law moves slow, so to this day I still see title agents demanding blue ink at closing.  I think HUD also still requries blue ink on all of it's contracts.  I like the look of the blue ink too so I always carry a blue pen with me and use it whenever I have paper contracts signed.  If all I had was black, then we just sign with what we've got.  I never had glitter like Jill Murty, but I did have a contract come back with bright pink ink once:)

Aug 21, 2016 07:27 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Still blue on everything.

Aug 21, 2016 02:52 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I prefer blue ink, but in this day and age I don't think it matters. 

Aug 20, 2016 12:45 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I use blue on all contracts as it is easy to tell the originals from copies

Aug 20, 2016 12:32 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

I really don't care buy my wife demand black.

Aug 20, 2016 12:21 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Either one is acceptable in our state.  I think I have mostly black ones.  I do have a nice bright orange one I use for search and rescue though.  That's fun.

Aug 20, 2016 07:49 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Blue is my preference.  In the end ... it does not matter. 

Aug 20, 2016 06:14 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Harry F. D'Elia Generally, I use blue pen.

Aug 20, 2016 02:10 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

When signing "wet" I like blue but DocuSign doesn't provide a color option as far as I know.  

Aug 20, 2016 12:25 AM
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Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Does it matter?

Aug 20, 2016 12:10 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I buy fine point black pens with logo and contact info on it....

Aug 19, 2016 11:18 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I prefer blue.

Aug 19, 2016 11:15 PM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I did not know Docusign gave you a choice of colors.

Aug 19, 2016 10:23 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Legally here it is supposed to be blue ink.

Aug 19, 2016 10:20 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think it matters much anymore, though in the old days they would insist on blue so that one could tell which one was the original.

Aug 19, 2016 10:05 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Blue is the standard but online contracts makes this a moot point.

Aug 19, 2016 09:55 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Docusign!

Aug 19, 2016 09:49 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer blue to make the original obvious.

Aug 19, 2016 09:20 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Usually, it is black , yet most of my signatures now are digital. 

Aug 19, 2016 06:36 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Black

Aug 19, 2016 05:57 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Sometimes I use e-signing.

Aug 19, 2016 03:39 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Harry F. D'Elia - the one I can sign with! Blue or Black.

Aug 19, 2016 03:13 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I use blue Harry!

Aug 19, 2016 03:03 PM
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Andrzej Niemyjski
Realty One Group - Sun City West, AZ

I really dont care since most of the contracts do I do are via docusigns

Aug 19, 2016 01:51 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Digital contracts.

Aug 19, 2016 01:50 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We always use blue, to distingish the difference between the Original and a copy.

Aug 19, 2016 01:15 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL

I use black ink pens 99.9% of the time.  I hate using blue ink.

Aug 19, 2016 01:13 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I personally don't like black ink so I usually use blue ink for signatures ... but it also depends on if I'm doing digital signatures ... then it's black ink because the printer prints them out.

Aug 19, 2016 01:07 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Blue, I never use black unless it is required.

Aug 19, 2016 12:55 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Lenders used to require blue ink for signatures. Digital signing brought us out of the dark ages.

Aug 19, 2016 12:28 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Can't remember the last time I signed with a pen. It's all esigned these days. But if I had to sign it would be with a black pen, as that's all I use in general.

Aug 19, 2016 12:23 PM