sellers signing closing papers
Seller signing escrow papers with a dog, my German Shepherd, at their side today was a sight to behold. This is not something I have ever done in over two decades of selling real estate. Well, there is a first for everything. I had booked an appointment today with the vet for my German Shepherd, Tangi at 9:45 AM with a quick chiropractor appointment for me after at 10: 00 AM. It is located 5 minutes from the vet’s office. What does all this have to do with a seller signing escrow papers with a dog? Well, everything.
Even my sellers of Sacramento short sales can get a mobile signer to come to them at no charge, providing the bank will allow the notary fee on the HUD. Yet, any seller can utilize a mobile signer. Other sellers, though, generally have to pay a little bit extra for the service. Almost all title companies charge some type of notary fee, although it is not much. Some do not charge a notary fee and consider it part of the transaction built into the escrow fee. However, when a person drives across town to meet a seller, there generally is an additional fee for that service, usually around $125.
I have a lucky seller signing closing docs next week on a short sale and the mobile signer is coming to her house, and the seller doesn’t have to pay anything out of pocket. This woman is in her 80s. The mobile signer fee is approved on the HUD by her short sale bank. We build that fee into our short sales, especially to accommodate older sellers who find it difficult or irritating to drive.
Moreover, very busy sellers love mobile signers as well. Not only will the mobile signer come to your house, but you can meet the notary at a Starbucks or your office or even at the local bowling alley, if that’s where you prefer. There is no reason to have to make the trek into the title company to close escrow, if that’s inconvenient. Ask your Sacramento real estate agent how you can get a mobile signer to make a house call. Twenty minutes to sign docs and you’re done.