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November 27, 2013

Does Real Estate experience help as a notary?

We asked on Facebook which type of professional background helps if you are a signing agent.

Mortgage & Title Experience
Mortgage and Title experience helps to a point, but not that much. I keep telling people, it is a lot different when you are on the “other” side of the table with a notary stamp in your hand. The type of knowledge you need and the type of experience is very different.

Our Quiz
I give a little quiz to people where I ask them a few questions over the phone. People who claim to be experienced and know it all typically complain that I catch them off guard. I tell them that they should know loan signing terminology so well that they should be able to talk about it if they are drunk, stoned, or in a deep sleep. So, I ask people what the technical term for the date of the signing is — and even a loan processor with 30 years of experience couldn’t tell me. Mortgage brokers are notorious for failing our certification test. Additionally, NNA certified signing agents who think they know it all score an average of 30% on our phone test.

Notary2Pro
In defense of notary2pro’s course, the notary2pro graduates get more like 65% on our over the phone quiz which is excellent and comparable to those who pass the 123notary certification test.

Realtors
But, the worst luck I have had is with people who tell me all about their Real Estate experience. They tell me for 10 minutes how they know all about loan documents because they were a Real Estate Agent. Then I ask them what the APR is, and they say, “Huh?”. The APR, don’t you know the APR? How would you define the APR? Then if they are somewhat with it, they define the APR as being the Annual Percentage Rate which is not a definition, but another spelled out name for the APR.

Negative Advertising or Neutral Advertising?
In any case, from talking to enough Real Estate Brokers, being in that profession is nothing to brag about when trying to advertise yourself as a notary. In fact, I think it is neutral advertising. It is sort of like saying that you know nothing about being a notary, so instead — you will try to pass yourself off as someone who knows the documents — when in fact you don’t know the first thing about being a loan signer and don’t even know what the APR is in most cases. Additionally, many Real Estate Brokers will write three paragraphs in their notary notes about their Real Estate achievements when the reader wants to know about what types of documents and financial packages they have signed and more about their notary credentials.

OMG. Are all Realtors this bad?

The bottom line is that if you want to be a signing agent, study to be a signing agent. Study from 123notary if you want our certification icon on your listing. Otherwise, study from notary2pro for some good one on one mentoring from their staff. Being a Real Estate agent and mentioning that in your notary notes will not help you or harm you. Just quickly mention it, and then go on to describe the intricacies of your notary knowledge, memberships, equipment, credentials, coverage areas, and more…

Tweets:
(1) Drunk? Stoned? In a deep sleep? No matter! Know your loan signing terminology!
(2) It’s a lot different when you are on the “other” side of the table w/a notary stamp.
(3) A loan processer 30 year vet didn’t know the technical term for the “date of signing”
(4) Real Estate Brokers need to get real! You don’t know ur loan docs as well as you think you do!

You might also like:

A complete guide for beginner Notaries
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21023

Notary Marketing 102
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19774

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March 28, 2021

Life after Covid-19 for Notaries

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 5:01 am

People in Massachusetts always ask, ‘Is there life after Harvard?” That expression was from the old days when people had a good social life. Harvard folks were mostly upper class folks who didn’t apply themselves too much and enjoyed a good social life. Not anymore, or at least, not as much anymore.

But, what about life after Covid-19? What will it be like? How long will restrictions drag on? Will there be isolated cases? Right now many Notaries are cleaning up because half of the other Notaries refuse to leave their basements. I guess they will be voting for Biden not for his policies, but because they share a common lifestyle. Some Notaries don’t even know what city they’re in either. Looks like they have yet another thing in common.

It is likely that there will be many permanent business closures. Many restaurants are never coming back. I cry every time I pass Benjamin’s restaurant “Beverly Felafel.” He was the best and his food was the best… (sniffle). His gyros had the best lettuce, onions, tomato, sauce, and pita. Nobody else compares. And I met many nice people there too (wimper.) It’s not fair. He was a nice person and a pillar in our community. But, honestly, since he was in the Miracle Mile business with a Middle Eastern place, I think he should have used the term, “Miracle Nile” since he was from Egypt. Maybe if he reopens. I’ll mention that to him.

But, what if there are other restrictions that drag on until there is a vaccine? What if we keep having to wear N-95 masks indefinitely even when no new cases are being reported?

And what about the impending housing crash? Foreclosures can legally start September 1st, 2020. Many people are badly behind on their mortgages. Will the real estate market crash and most houses become worthless?

Another alarming trend is happening. People are leaving poorly managed cities such as San Francisco and New York and heading towards greener pastures in more remote locations such as Tahoe, or North Carolina or Florida. Perhaps housing values in the cities will plummet, but values will skyrocket in get-away spots where people feel safe raising their kids.

What is going on in the world sure is interesting, but it is not so nice to live through it. I’ll have stories to tell my … well not my, but other people’s grandchildren such as the riots that took place in my neighborhood where people burned cop cars and threw fireworks at people and threw stones at windows. All of this a five minute walk from my building. There were helicopters and sirens until about 1am. What a nightmare.

And what is there is a vaccine? Will you need to be notarized to say you got the vaccine or to say you want it or didn’t get it?

Basically, we live in an uncertain and very unpleasant world. I just want to be in nature honestly and distance myself from society by more than six feet. A lot more than six feet. Try 600 miles. It is unclear what will happen. I have some ideas in my head about what could happen. It is interesting to see things unravel. But, the real outcome will not be known until mid 2021 when the dust settles and settles hard.

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February 24, 2021

Older folks love being Notaries

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 4:15 am

If you look at the average age of people who are Notaries on 123notary, they are not spring chickens sonny. No they’re not. They are generally 50-75. Many are retired. Many have health problems including cancer, diabetes, and more. None to my knowledge have died of Covid19, yet the only thing we worry about is Covid19 because we let TV brainwash us.

We give television verbal consent to brainwash us, tell us what to think, tell us what our priorities are, what to worry about, and what to ignore. Television tells us that segregationists are anti-racist, and that those who provided more jobs to black people than ever before in America history ARE racists. TV has really gained “credibility” with me with all of this reliable information, what about you? But, I digress.

Some of our older Notaries are Real Estate brokers, or used to be, were in insurance, mortgage or some other related professions. People love the freedom of the job. I’m sure that elderly people with breathing problems love wearing an N-95 mask which makes it impossible to breathe. But, once again, I digress.

So, let’s look at some reasons why the 60+ segment of society love being notaries so much.

1. Meet new people and ID them
2. Make your own schedule so you don’t have to over do it. You take a day off work if you are having a day when you are fatigued or having a senior moment.
3. You get to drive around and get paid for that! Great if there is good scenery or foliage.
4. Make extra money to supplement social security
5. Not have a boss unless you consider yourself to be your own boss. And some self-employed people are mean bosses to themselves.
6. Talk about the good old days with the borrowers and signing companies.
7. Save up for that RV
8. Some people enjoy documents, FedEx, and the notarization process.
9. Some borrowers have cats, and many elderly people love cats. In fact, many elderly people have a dozen cats at home that like jumping on things.
10. Have something to talk about at the hair salon.
11. It makes them feel 20 years younger.
12. If they live beyond their “expiration date” they feel they won a moral victory.

Please comment if you have any other reasons why seniors would like becoming a Notary.

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February 2, 2021

Expressing yourself as a Notary for marketing purposes

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 1:34 pm

Business is booming for us after seven slow years. What a relief. We are getting a lot of new blood finally and it feels good. The newbies seem to have the same problem describing themselves as the people who preceded them.

Many Notaries want to tell the world things that count against them. Here are some:

1. I shadowed with such and such a Notary.
If the only experience you have is shadowing Penelope, then perhaps the person looking at your profile should hire Penelope, and not you. Shadowing is best left unsaid unless that is in addition to certifications from known agencies.

2. I became a Notary two months ago.
This makes you look like a real novice, wastes space, and counts against you. If someone asks, you can tell. But, you need to give people why they should use you vs. reasons why they should avoid you.

3. I am working on the Notary2Pro course
Notary2Pro is an excellent certification course. We recommend them highly as they do well when I quizzed them several years ago. Carol gets back to people fast with answers to their questions. But, let the world know once you have finished it. Nobody likes a half done job. We sell ten certification courses for every person who attempts the test, let alone who passes it. Buying a course doesn’t make you valuable, passing the test does.

4. I have 25K E&O but will soon be upgrading to 100K.
Don’t tell us what you will be doing, tell us what you have now, and then edit your listing once you have the higher Errors and Omissions policy.

5. I am background screened
By whom? Some companies like NNA and Sterling have a good reputation for background screening, others are relatively unknown and the procedures vary from company to company.

6. I am a Certified Notary Public from the State of Maine and I service Waldo County and do Refinances.
Once again, being “certified” means nothing unless we know who certified you. The testing standards and courses vary. 123notary has the hardest certification test. Pass ours and we will really respect you and you will get more clicks. The next problem is that you are mixing information about certification, your state of commission which is not necessary to put, as we assume you are commissioned in your state otherwise you can’t work. You next list your coverage areas in the same long drawn out sentence. I prefer to put certification(s) in one section with background screening and E&O. Then, in another section I put counties.

7. Hi, my name is Mary Smith
We already know your name is Mary Smith, it says that on the top of your listing. Why tell us twice? That takes up space when you could be telling us something else. The top of your notes section shows up in the search results. Tell us something that makes you stand out.

8. I travel
Everyone on our site travels, well almost. Maybe not the UPS stores and we have a few of them. But, the other 99% of Notaries do travel. People will assume you do.

9. I am reliable, responsible and punctual
Save it. Coming from you, that translates to — I am a novice, I have nothing to say about myself, so I will make unsubstantiated claims about how great I am with the hopes that the reader will believe me even though I have not demonstrated one ounce of credibility to anyone in this industry. Stick to the facts and let your clients put how great THEY think you are in your reviews, or pass my test.

10. I do all types of loans
Most people on my site claim that they know how to sign every type of loan. When I go through my list of 30 common types of signings most of which are Mortgages of one type or another, they typically do anywhere from 20-80%. I have yet to meet a 100%. So, basically, you are being vague, and deceiving the reader into thinking you really are experienced with every type of loan. List them one by one.

WHAT YOU SHOULD WRITE

Cold hard facts
Warm fuzzy “about you” descriptions

When you write about your skills, don’t omit the types of loans you know how to sign. It doesn’t hurt to mention you do refinances, Helocs, purchases, etc., But, 99% of Notaries out there can do those. Do mention it, but focus more on what you do that makes you special. If you are familiar (define familiar) with REO, USDA, Annuities, Applications, Reverse, and Debt Consolidations, that makes you more unusual. Most Notaries have either never done a Reverse Mortgage, or a Debt Consolidations, and the ones who have, typically don’t like doing them and half of the ones who have done them say they don’t want to do any more of them.

We think you should write briefly about your certifications (mention by whom you are certified), memberships, background screening, E&O insurance, and professional background. Don’t write a novel on your award winning Real Estate career. If it is so great, why are you a Notary in the first place? Wouldn’t you be busy selling houses unless you got tired of it? Mention that you do Real Estate, but not more than a sentence or two maximum for best results.

Warm and fuzzy descriptions are hard to teach. But, anything unique that has a nice feel to it about you will look really good. The readers are tired of cliche sounding notes sections. Seen one seen them all. If you have a classy line or joke, that sometimes can do well — it depends, but is worth trying.

We have many good articles about notes writing in the “your notes section” category of our blog. It is well worth investing a few hours taking notes on our suggestions about notes!

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December 2, 2020

Everything you need to know about writing a great notes section

Originally posted Feb 1, 2016.

Most Notaries underestimate how critical it is to have an amazing notes section on your listing on 123notary.com. They just write how they are background screened and have E&O insurance. They stop there. Yes, this is important information and it can be a deal breaker if you don’t have the right background screening from the right agency, etc. However, the Notaries who get lots of work from 123notary tend to have 123notary certifications, reviews from satisfied clients and a very thorough notes section. So, what is the secret? The secret is to be specific, unique and well organized in what you write about yourself.

(1) Selling Features
The top of your notes section should stress selling features. What can you say about yourself that others might not be able to say that would make someone want to hire you. “I’m reliable.” Everyone claims to be reliable, and then they show up late making a mockery out of their claim. Try something that you can put your finger on. But, I really am reliable? Yes, but your notes section can’t prove it — so skip it. Instead, let’s think about what types of loans you know how to sign. Don’t just say, “all types.” List them one by one. Do you have some unusual qualifications? Were you Notary of the year? Do you do jail or hospital signings? Are you fluent in Uzbekistani hill dialects? These are things that help you stand out. Were you a CEO of a Mortgage company? That helps too. If you have Escrow, Title, Underwriting, Processing, Settlement, or general Mortgage experience, that is a huge plus on your notes section. Make sure to indicate that high in your notes. Remember — the first 200 characters of your notes show up on the search results for your area, so digress to impress! (actually don’t digress, but use that space to squeeze in as many selling features as possible)

(2) Specialties
One of the most valuable pieces of information you can include in your notes are your specialties. Instead of bragging about how you are error-free or dependable (which nobody wants to read,) instead list the types of loans you know how to sign, types of major documents or procedures you are familiar with. Do you go to airports, offices, or jails? Do you do Weddings or Apostilles? People are very impressed when you have highly specialized skills, so mention them.

(3) # of loans signed
Most Notaries up date the # of loans signed once in four years. When I mention that their profile says they signed 200 loans, they say, “Oh, that was five years ago. I must have forgotten to login — I’ll go in there.” You need to “go in there” and update your info every few months or you will have information that is collecting cyber-dust.

(4) What is hot and what is not?
Radiuses are hot. If you have a wide radius, tell the world. 100 mile radius shows you are serious (or crazy.) Last minute signings are a good thing to mention. Do you accept faxes or are willing to do fax backs? That narrows it down. Are you background screened? Is it by NNA or Sterling or someone else — if you’re screened by the wrong agency, you don’t get the job! Do you know how to do eSignings? That will make you stand out!

(5) Professional memberships and certifications
Are you NNA Certified, Notary2Pro certified, 123notary certified, or trained by some other agency. It is impressive especially if you have four or five certifications. Mention these as well as your memberships. But, please don’t say you are an NNA member in good standing. The only way to be in bad standing with any agency is by not paying your bills or perhaps being convicted of a felony.

(6) What is unique about your service?
Is there something unique about the way you do your work? Or do you have a catchy unique phrase about yourself? It is very hard for most people to think of anything unique about themselves. But, if you really put some thought into it over an extended period of time you might come up with something good. We have two blog articles below with some of the best unique information we’ve ever seen.

(7) Avoid vagueness
Did you work for 10 years in the legal industry? What does this mean? Were you the company president or did you mop the floor for an Attorney. State your job title or what you did very clearly. If you were a legal secretary of Paralegal, that is good to know. Not a selling feature. Additionally, try to be specific about your claims. Rather than saying how good you are with people, give a concrete example of how you are good with people, or what experience you have that proves you are good with people.

Also read:
General (vague) vs. specific information in your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4602

(8) Avoid restating information
Many Notaries restate their company name, their company mission, phone and email in your notes. Your notes is to give additional information about your service, and not to restate what the reader already knows. Remember, those top 200 characters go in the search results, and if you say, “We are here to serve” nobody will click on you.

(9) Counties served
There are 12 boxes where you can indicate your counties served. If you wish to restate this info in your notes, put it near the bottom as this is not a selling feature. If you want to indicate which parts of which counties you serve, the notes section is the only place to go into such detail. Others choose to mention specific towns or cities served. Please avoid stating which zip codes you go to as that is too nit-picky.

(10) Writing about your mentor
New Notaries always want to bend my ear about how they don’t have experience, but their mentor has signed 10,000 loans and they have been to many signings with their mentor. After hearing ten minutes about their mentor I say, “I’ll hire him — I’m convinced — But, I wouldn’t hire you in a million years because you don’t stand on your two feet!” Don’t talk about your mentor. Talk about what training programs you have passed.

(11) Writing about your Real Estate background
Notaries regularly write, “I am a Realtor and therefor am familiar with the documents.” But, when I quiz them on the documents they fail almost every time. Also, many Notaries will write three paragraphs about their Real Estate business or Process Serving, etc. People are coming to 123notary to find a great Notary, not a Real Estate agent. If you want to quickly mention in the middle of your notes that you are a Realtor, that is fine, but don’t make it the central point of your notes.

(12) Educational background
If you want to write about your degrees or former professional experience, unless it is Mortgage related, it should go in the middle or lower middle part of the notes as it is not critical information in the eyes of the reader.

(13) Equipment
Yes, you can write about your equipment. Sometimes we recommend using bullet points for quick points such as E&O, certifications, and equipment. You can mention what type of printer, scanner, fax, or mobile office you have. Just don’t put this up top. It belongs in the middle or lower middle of your notes.

(14) Closing statements
Some Notaries choose to have a closing statement while others don’t. We like it when Notaries do. You can say, “Thanks for visiting my listing.” Or say something a little more unique.

(15) Don’t jumble everything in one paragraph
A good notes section is divided into several logical sections. We normally like to see an intro with selling features, an about you paragraph, some bullet points, and a closing statement. There are many formats for winning notes section and you can decide what is best for you.

(16) Ask for help
123notary gives free notes makeovers. However, we cannot write the content for you. We can filter and reorganize it though. When we redo people’s notes sections they average an increase of 55% more clicks per day to their listing. So, ask! And get some reviews on your listing while you’re at it!

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Other Great Notes Articles

How to write a notes section if you have no experience
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4173

10 quick changes to your notes that can double your calls
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4499

What goes where in your notes?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1076

2014 excerpts from great notes sections
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=13613

Unique phrases from people’s notes sections
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14690

Stating the obvious in your notes section
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14146

A Notary included a copy of her testimonial in her notes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4680

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October 14, 2020

Good Signing Companies – a thorough list

Filed under: Best Signing Companies — admin @ 12:08 pm

Originally posted in 2018.

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A Quality Signing Services
Boca Raton, FL

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Above and Beyond Closings
Lake Zurich, Il

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Accountable Agents, LLC
Reading, PA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1258&Accountable+Agents

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Accurate Closing Services
Walnut, CA

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Accurate Group
Charlotte, NC
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1224&Accurate+Group

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All Star Title
Baltimore, MD

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AMC Settlement Services
Coraopolis, PA

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America’s Best Closers
Tampa, FL
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=26&Americas+Best+Closers

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Ancona Title and Escrow
White Bear Lake, MN

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APAT Real Estate Settlement Services, LLC
Winter Garden, FL
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=719&APAT+Settlement+Services%2C+Inc%2E

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ASAP Signing Services, LLC
Citrus Heights, CA

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ATS Document Services
Long Beach, CA

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Avenue 365 Lender Services
Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Bankserv, Inc
Yorba Linda, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=104&Bancserv

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Blue Sky Closings
Tampa, FL
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=886&Blue+Sky+Closings

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Brooks Closing Service
Slatington, PA

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Central Signing Service
Grants Pass, OR
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=12&Central+Signing+Service+AKA+Initial+Here

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Champion Title & Settlements
Potomac Falls, VA

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Clear to Close Title Services, LLC
Coconut Creek, FL

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Close It Fast.com
Rumson, NJ

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Closed For You
Lewis Center, OH

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Convenient Closing Services
Mt. Laurel, NJ
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=62&Convenient+Closing+Services

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Cornerstone Signing Service, Inc.
Searcy, AR

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CRES Closers
Ashville, NC

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Cykix Closing Agent Services
Mt. Hermon, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1026&Cykix

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Diamond Star Notaries, LLC
San Jose, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1236&Diamond+Star+Notaries

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Direct Closers
Orange, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=967&Direct+Closers

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Door2Door Docs
Nipomo, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=933&Door+to+Door+Documents

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East Coast Abstract
Ivyland, PA

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Equity National Title Insurance Company
East Providence, RI
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=813&Equity+National+Title+%26+Closing+Services
Excel Notary, Inc.
Glendale, AZ

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Executive Notary Services, LLC
Dallas, TX

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Executive Signing Services, Inc.
Gilbert, AZ

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Express Signatures
El Segundo, CA

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First Class Signing
Pleasanton, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1014&First+Class+Signing+Service
First National Signings, Inc.
Santa Ana, CA

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First Preference Signing, LLC
Lakewood, CO

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Inscribing Persuits, LLC
Farmington, UT
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=6&Inscribing+Pursuits+Document+Service

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Integrated Real Estate Processing
Pittsburgh, PA

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JM Adjustment Services, LLC
Clinton Township, MI

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JMT Document Service
Visalia, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=313&JMT

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Kelley’s Mobile Notary Service
Houston, TX
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1083&Kelley%27s+Mobile+Notary

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Loan Doc Express, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ

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LSI
Moon Township, PA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=125&LSI+-+A+Fidelity+National+Information+Services+Company

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Madison Credit Management Services
Cherry Hill, NJ

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Maverick Signings
Mission Viejo, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=963&Maverick+Signings

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Merritt Services, Inc.
St. Johns, FL

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Metro Inspections
Glendale, AZ
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=899&Metro+Inspections+AZ

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Meymax Title
Columbus, OH
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=309&MeyMax+Title+Agency+of+Ohio+LLC

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Mortgage Closings, Inc.
Owosso, MI

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Mortgage Information Services
Cleveland, OH

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National Closing Solutions
Roseville, CA

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Negretes Notary Service, Inc.
Mansfield, OH

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Netco
St. Charles, MO

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Northstar Notary
Huntington Beach, CA

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Notaries in Motion
Corona, CA

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Notary Junction
Irving, TX

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Notary on Call
San Diego, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1067&Notary+on+Call

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Novation Capital
West Palm Beach, FL

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OCM Financial Group, Inc.
Overland Park, KS

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Old Republic National Title Insurance Company
Akron, MI
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=906&Old+Republic+National+Title+Insurance+Company

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OS National, LLC
Duluth, GA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1182&OS+National%2C+LLC

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Pacific Alliance Notary Service
Vista, CA

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Patriot Title Agency
Canton, OH

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Peachtree Settlement Funding
Boca Raton, FL

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Performance Title, Inc
Bay St. Louis, MS

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Premier Reverse Closings
Rocklin, CA

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PRISM Title
Des Plaines, IL

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Pro Mobile Notary
Novato, CA

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ProLink Signing Service
San Jose, CA

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Propel Financial Services
San Antonio, TX

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Real Advantage, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA

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Reltco, Inc.
Tampa, FL
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1180&Reltco%2C+Inc%2E

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Res Title
Westborough, MA

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Right Now Notary
Carrollton, TX

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RM Signing, LLC
San Diego, CA

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Robyn Allen
High Springs, FL

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S&P Closings
Asheville, NC
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=958&S%26P+Closings

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Safe Signings
Fullerton, CA

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Signature Closers, LLC
Columbus, OH
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=879&Signature+Closers%2C+LLC

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SLB Signing Services
Deland, FL

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Speedy Notary and Document Signing
Beverly Hills, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=830&Speedy+Notary+%26+Doc+Signings

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Statewide Document Services, Inc.
Indianapolis, IN
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1244&Statewide+Document+Services

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Superior Notary Services
Wylie, TX
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=932&Superior+Notary+Services

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Superior Signing Service
Ladera Ranch, CA

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The Doc Signers
Phoenix, AZ
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=949&The+Doc+Signers

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The Ink, A Signing Company
San Diego, CA

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The Notary Company
Yuba City, CA

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Ticor Title co.
Tustin, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=502&Ticor+Title

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Timios, Inc.
Westlake Village, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=864&Timios+Title

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Title Source, Inc.
Detroit, MI
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=610&Title+Source

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TitlePlus, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA

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TMR Notary Services
Brea, CA

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Trinity Document Solutions
Trinity, FL

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True Concept Title
Clearwater, FL
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=833&True+Concept+Title

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US Certified Signers
Sacramento, CA
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1266&US+Certified+Signers

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UST Global
Moon Township, PA

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Vantage Land Title
Vandalia, OH

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Watermark Services, Inc.
Folsom, CA

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World Wide Settlements
Rockville, MD

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X Marks the Spot Signing Services
St. Augustine, FL
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=224&X+Marks+The+Spot

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Xpress Title Services, LLC
Towson, MD
http://www.123notary.com/signco-idv.asp?sid=1272&XPress+Title+Services

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May 10, 2020

Notaries over 40 – a list of ten things that define your life

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:42 am

I published another article called Notaries over 50. But, Notaries in their 40’s have issues too. Let’s look at those issues. Most Notaries are older people. That is why we do better on Facebook than Instagram, but that is a different issue. Notaries tend to be women, and tend to be in Real Estate or Lending. Roughly 90% of our Notaries are over 40. Here are some issues you might have in your 40’s if you are a Notary.

1. You burned out in your career and now you want a free-er lifestyle.

2. You are fine but your industry got burned out due to changes in interest rates or other uncontrollable events and decided to become a Notary.

3. Your kids graduated from High School, now you have some extra time and foolishly decided to become a Notary.

4. You got pregnant, and how you need a way to support your (illegitimate) children. oops. That is for Notaries in their 20’s — wrong article

5. Your friends either moved away, ignore you because they are devoted to their careers, or got married and focus on the family and never call you any more. Meanwhile your family is busy dying one by one and you feel more socially isolated than any other time in your life. God, being 40 something sucks!

6. You get a gallstone and seek help from a Chinese herbalist named Qiao. You can spell her name but not pronounce it unless you took high school Chinese and learned Pin Yin romanization.

7. You start getting dizzy for no reason and decide to drink more water.

8. You put more money in retirement than you spend having fun because having fun is no fun anymore now that all your friends have abandoned you.

9. You spend more time reading 123notary’s blog in hopes of enlightenment, entertainment and becoming a master of your craft.

10. You wish signing companies would pay you on time so you send threatening letters which works, but leaves you feeling empty inside thinking — why is life like this? Why can’t they just be decent human beings and pay me?

I hope you enjoyed my list of realistic things that happen as a Notary once you turn forty. Let me know if you have other things you would like to share. Perhaps I could use the comments to write another article.

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February 16, 2020

2013 compilation of best blog posts

Filed under: Compilations — admin @ 9:53 am

Here are my favorite blog posts from 2013

MARKETING

Companies that will hire NEW signers!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=7059

We should be setting the fees, not the other way around!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3249

From 3 jobs per week to 3 jobs per day
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3940

$10,000 per month on a bad month
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3891

10 changes to your notes that double your calls!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4499

123notary elite certification, what is it all about?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8531

STORIES

The war between men and women notaries
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3693

Mistakes notaries make with title companies
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4412

A detailed look at the ninja course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4621

7 ways to use Facebook to market your notary services
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=5396

Getting what is due, a clever plan
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3221

Interview with a Title company
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3724

Notary quotes of the day
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4011

Interview with Title Course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6553

Notary Jokes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8471

TECHNICAL

Signing Agent best practices 63 points
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4315

How to write a notes section if you have no experience
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4173

Signature name affidavit: Not a substitute for an ID
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=3823

Notary journals from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8348

Notary Seal information from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8337

What tasks can I do worth $1000 per minute?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4113

Identification requirements for being notarized
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4299

Why notaries don’t last
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4087

When is it legal to notarize a document twice
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4305

How to get something notarized that doesn’t have a signature
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4695

How to explain the APR to a non-borrowing spouse?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4455

Why do I have to sign with our middle initial?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4452

What is a notary public?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6498

Optional information on an Acknowledgment certificate
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4407

Industry standards in the notary business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4370

How to get something notarized if you don’t have ID
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4692

Notary fines and notary penalties
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6903

Can you notarize someone’s initials
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=8269

Who are the parties involved in a Power of Attorney?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6738

Does Real Estate experience help as a notary?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4563

Common mistakes with the 1003, Crossing out the RTC, TIL & APR
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4553

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February 4, 2020

Cleaning up common mistakes in your profile’s notes section

Filed under: Your Notes Section — admin @ 10:56 pm

When I look over notes sections of our higher level members, I like to make suggestions that can help them appear in a more positive light to the users. There are a bunch of common mistakes people make. I want to go over those mistakes.

1. Real Estate Experience
It is common for those with Real Estate experience to claim that they have real estate experience the therefor they understand the documents. In real life, people who I quiz with Real Estate experience do not know their documents that well. If you want to prove knowledge, then please pass our certification test which is really hard. Another mistake people make is to put lots of information about their Real Estate career in the top of their notes section. This is a Notary directory, so please put notary achievements at the top of your listing and mention your Real Estate experience in the middle or bottom of your notes section as an additional point.

2. Mortgage Experience
Many of our members have some type of Mortgage experience. If you are a current Mortgage Broker, you might be seen as competition and people might not want to hire you. However, the mistake many Notaries name is to claim that they have “x” amount of years in the “Mortgage Industry.” They often do not disclose what job titles they had in the industry or what their tasks were. People who use our site reward those who give specifics and give you a clear idea of who you are, what you have done, and what you know how to do. Additionally, using the “x” number of years is a bad idea, because you might have a listing with us for ten or twenty years and you have to keep updating your # of years every year. It is easier to say, “Notary since 1986.” or “Mortgage Appraiser since 2009.” You could say, “I was a Mortgage Broker from 2004 to 2015.” which clears up when you did it, how long, and that you no longer do it which might com as a relief.

3. Business Experience
Many Notaries have run a business before. They put, “Former business owner.” In their notes. This is horrible. It doesn’t say what type of business you ran, what position you had, what your responsibilities were, or what time period you did it. Be specific and understand that the reader doesn’t know if you had a business collecting hub caps or if you ran a fortune 500 company. You need to specify!

4. Types of Loans
It is common for Notaries to say, “I know how to sign every type of loan.” This is bad, because there are so many types of financial packages that few notaries have signed them all. Just make a detailed list of the loans you have signed, i.e.: I have signed purchases, sales, refinances, FHA, VA, conventional, unconventional, conforming, modification, reverse mortgages, and debt consolidations. I suggest having another list of common documents that you have signed. If the user has one of the types of loans on your list, he is more likely to hire you than some other character who makes vague claims or no claims about their loan experience.

5. Number of Loans
Some Notaries who are smart keep their number of loans signed statistics up to date regularly. Others say that they have signed two hundred plus loans. Two hundred plus is not a number by the way. Two hundred is a number. Since the information is not date stamped, (hmm, perhaps I should add that as a feature to my directory) there is no way to know how accurate the information still is. Number of loans signed is a good indication of how much experience you have, and is much more helpful than how many years of experience you have. You might have one month of experience and have signed 200 loans, or you might have twenty years of experience only having signed one loan per year which would be 20 loans. Think about it.

6. Omitting to read through our thorough guides
123notary has published many point by point tutorials on how to write a good notes section, what buzzwords to add, which to omit, what to say and how to say it. By not spending at least two hours reading our comprehensive guides, taking notes, and writing a well organized and thorough notes section – you are losing business. We will even clean up your notes for free upon request, but we get very few requests.

7. Unique catchy phrases
It is hard to teach someone how to write a catchy phrase. I created some articles with the best phrases I could find. It takes time and thought to create a one liner. However, readers are so bored reading through notes sections that if you can write something spicy, they might like it, and they might call you first. So, put some time into thinking up something catchy to say, and see how people react. You might need to modify what you put at a later date.

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January 15, 2020

Your experience matters, but you need to document it clearly

Filed under: Advertising — admin @ 9:29 am

Notaries brag all day long about how experienced they are. Nobody wants to hear your bragging. These same Notaries who verbally boost themselves up are the same Notaries who don’t always login to their listing to document their experience.

Remember – when you tell a caller how experienced you are, only one person hears you; When you indicate in your listing how many loans you have signed (in the # of loans signed box please) and indicate in your notes what types of loans and documents you’ve signed, thousands can read that information and hence hear you.

I have found that many Notaries, particularly the free listings do not login to their listing much. I remove many who don’t login and we hear from them years after the fact. When I put them back online, they rarely update their # of loans signed. Often when I confirm the information with them I inform them that their profile states they signed 50 loans. I get this loud reaction such as, “Oh, no it’s WAYYYYY more than that.” My attitude is – don’t tell me, tell your listing. Thousands read it, so why not maintain it?

A well maintained listing gets over 1000 views per year.

Many notaries are vague about the type of experience they have and spend more time discussing their Real Estate or teaching career in their notes section. Be specific about what types of loans you know how to sign. Go through them one by one. Discuss your professional background clearly too. Don’t just say that you were in the mortgage industry. Tell us what role you played in that industry. Specifics sell.

SUMMARY
When you brag to a caller – one person hears your information; When you fill in your # of loans signed & notes – 1000 people hear your information;

It takes a minute to fill in your # of loans signed and you should update that several times per year. Many people let it slide for many years. If 123notary feels that your # of loans signed indicates that you are doing almost nothing, not maintaining your listing, or making outrageous claims of having signed more loans that humanly possible – we notice. Try to just publish helpful and truthful information and keep it updated. Thanks!

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