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April 5, 2013

Fake it until you make it with your number of signings.

We have many notaries on 123notary. Some are honest, others are clueless, a few are motivated, but most just want an easy ride. Recently, I have become aware, unpleasantly, that there is a small percentage of fakers.

We had one lady who claimed to have signed 2000 loans. When I asked her what type of loans she signed, she drew a blank. I immediately sensed that she didn’t know anything and was a fake signing agent. We had another who had signed 200 loans — allegedly who couldn’t name even a single loan type. I had to drag it out of him what the names of the documents were that he had notarized — and the answer sounded like he was reading a list from a journal, and not by memory. A sign of inexperience. We had a third gentleman who had signed 100 loans who didn’t know that the figure most commonly used to compare loans was the APR. How can he not know that?

The think you need to realize is that people who fake their number of signings do not get jobs. People who call them immediately sense that they are incompetent as notaries and shouldn’t be hired. 123notary is expert at presenting notaries to the public. But, if your presentation doesn’t match up to your oral skills, you will be standing in the unemployement line. Yes — present yourself well, but don’t fake it until you make it. You ruin your credibility and ours as well.

Rather than being dishonest, just evade the topic of how many signings you have done (if there are not that many) and talk about what you have done in terms of specifics. List loan types, or specific companies you have worked for. List documents you are intimate with. Specifics sell a lot more than generalities like “Lots of experience”, or “Professional and reliable”. People want real information, not unverifiable claims.

So, as Martin Lawrence used to say

Keep it real!!!

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  1. My question is how do you get experience if you no one calls and gives you work? I am confident and competent with the notary laws of my state. I have taken two signing agent courses. When I apply to signing companies they want 2 years experience. If I don’t get calls during the two years what’s the difference of getting work now and experience? I am retired and have a wealth of life experience and confidence dealing with the public, but it is all a wash. I am not into throwing money at something when I’m not seeing a little of it now. The first advice my mentor notary gave me was to lie about my experience and never say I hadn’t done something.I don’t like that way of marketing, it’s the used car salesman scam. Thanks for letting me vent.

    Comment by Alan — April 6, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

  2. There is a closer that was brought to your attention years ago. Fourteen years ago, and even until today, she has listed 20,000 closings on every listing site she is on. When asked about it 14 years ago, she acted surprised and said it was a mistake, yet she continues to join other sites and misrepresent herself with this info.

    Comment by Kris — March 2, 2020 @ 6:38 pm

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