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August 7, 2013

The Alaska Real Estate Broker & the Notary

A realtor in Alaska hired an Alaska Notary to go see a property… They took a dog sled out there… The Alaska Notary wanted to get paid in salmon… “I charge an extra piece of salmon if there is an accompanying oath.”

It takes 8 hours to get to a tiny shack that is being sold. They have to sleep in a tent.

Realtor: “I don’t know if I like this because it only has one bathroom.” Seller: “Next to that bush outside–that’s the other bathroom.”

Finally, once the signing has commenced, the notary public Alaska learns that the borrower has no ID. So, they use a sled dog as one of the credible witnesses… “Rover has known me his whole life”, explained the borrower. But, they need another credible witness. So, they take the sled all the way back to the city to get the other credible witness — a friend of the family… The witness has to go to the bathroom… ask Connie if you can use the bathroom– credible witness says “Ask WHO?” There was only one bathroom.

The last time they attempted this loan signing with a notary it was not so easy. This part of Alaska is serviced by planes that drop supplies once every six months. So, if you need a credible witness, they can dump one off on their run.

They flew a witness in…and they flew in a credible witness 6 months after the notary was there… Unfortunately, in Alaska they didn’t understand that the credible witness needs to be there at the same time the notary is there. That complicates things.

In any case, the borrower took an Oath. But, since they live in such a cold climate, he had questions.

Borrower — “Do you think my oath will keep? I’ll just take the oath right now”
Notary — “It will keep if you leave it outside because it’s just below freezing.”

Tweets:
(1) The Alaska Notary wanted to get paid in salmon
(2) Alaska Notary: “I charge an extra piece of salmon if there is an accompanying Oath.”
(3) Broker: “You want to get paid in salmon? That’s wild.”
Alaska Notary: “Well, actually it’s farm raised.”
(4) I thought you said this was a 2-bathroom igloo!
Well, next to that bush-that’s the OTHER bathroom.
(5) The borrower had no ID, so they used the sled dog as one of the credible witnesses.
(6) They used the sled dog as one of the credible witnesses since “Mush” had know the signer his entire life!

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