I have noticed over the last two years that the profiles of Snapdocs members have been getting more impressive. You see Notaries with more experience, a better repertoire of loans under their belt, and better looking photos of Notaries as well. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that those Notaries were the top of the line. However, I keep test scores of Notaries and have learned that the Notaries who look good on Snapdocs don’t necessarily actually know anything about how to be a notary or signing agent. They merely look good and probably respond to texts really fast.
The equation here is speed versus knowledge. It is hard to get both in one Notary. Notaries who have experience and a wide variety of jobs under their belt have experience that is worth noting. However, book knowledge versus experience rarely seem to add up. I have quizzed those who have no experience who studied and they can sometimes score a high grade on my quiz while those with twenty years of experience can fail.
The moral of the story is that in the Notary industry, it is hard to find a single Notary with purely positive attributes. Here are the attributes I consider important.
1. Getting back to people (an attribute of communication)
No matter how smart or experienced you are, if you don’t return phone calls or emails, you are basically worthless. Snapdocs capitalizes on this and in essence requires responsiveness to survive on their platform.
If you are the best Notary in the world, but talk back to people and are generally rude, you will ruin everyone’s day.
Snapdocs seems to capitalize on this virtue quite effectively. If you get back to people fast, it is easier to work with you, even if you are not the best notary.
A well studied Notary is a lot less likely to make mistakes than one who is just winging it. This quality is more of a 123notary attribute.
Having experience on the street looks impressive on your resume and profile. It means you are less likely to make certain types of mistakes because you would have been put through the meat grinder many times already if you were making those mistakes. However, there are knowledge related mistakes that the most experienced Notaries make daily without even knowing it because most of them refuse to read notary manuals or study up!
6. Quality of Interaction
Some Notaries do not know how to have a professional phone call. If you read our articles on professionalism and etiquette you can see the details.
7. Maintaining a profile
Sometimes the best Notaries in the world write the worst notes sections and do not maintain their profiles.
To sum it up, Snapdocs is very good at point 1 and 3 which are at the top of my list. However, they are lacking in most other points. The reason for this is that the type of clients who use Snapdocs do not want to invest in knowledgeable Notaries as it is too expensive. After you pay Snapdocs their hefty fee and pay the Notary their low-ball fee, you will want a profit if you are a signing company.
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