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July 7, 2016

Here is my proof of how slow the industry has been

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Every few months, I visit the Notary Rotary forum. I go to see which new signing companies people are talking about. I also like to see if there is any interesting gossip. Sometimes I find people compaining about us there too — usually about petty issues that don’t seem important to me. But, this visit to Notary Rotary yielded the smallest number of pages per month that I have ever seen in human or rather “notarial” history.

Normally NotaryRotary had two or three pages per day of gossip. But, this time, there was only about a third of page per day. It looks like things are functioning at 20% of normal speed over there.

Clicks on 123notary are also down. We have done so much to improve the quality of our site. We manually tested a few thousand Notaries free of charge. It was annoying for them, but we got 350 to pass in the last few months. I am proud of my success and theirs as well. But, even with this huge and sudden improvement to our site, the numbers went from 180,000 visitors per month in August down to 125,000 in December. December is always slower, but not normally this slow. So, at least I can see that the slowdown is also happening with NotaryRotary and not only on our site. Maybe things will pick up again. Not sure.

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  1. We manually tested a few thousand Notaries free of charge. It was annoying for them, but we got 350 to pass in the last few months.

    Or, less than 20 percent passed a simplistic test? That’s shocking.

    Comment by Kenneth Edelstein — July 8, 2016 @ 6:21 pm

  2. Although business for the year started to slow down (especially the first part of last month) my July so far has been gang busters. What I am seeing is many more seller docs. This means to me that the RE market has picked up and as long as rates remain where they are I think that notary business will remain decent.

    Comment by Morrie Shoob — July 18, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

  3. Business is down for notaries that are not really skilled in signing situations. In speaking with many of my title companies that I work for, they report that idiotic mistakes drive them crazy and that they are resorting to even delaying signings so they can use their good notaries. The things you see on the Notary Rotary website are not very informative and are rife with a lot of weird content. Business is as usual for all of the really experienced notaries that I know in my area. We are not falling prey to the absurd offerings of $65 for signings.

    Comment by Ralph Wedertz — July 19, 2016 @ 1:06 am

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