Article by Josh Sanders with Shiloh Street University
Real Estate Agent Software: Save up to 7 Hours on Every Deal without Faxing Contracts, Ever Again – Marketing – Marketing Tips
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How much time do you spend on each deal just trying to get your contracts signed around as a real estate agent?
You’re faxing contracts back and forth, driving to client’s homes, meeting clients at Starbucks, running to the office at 8:36pm all just to have your buyers or sellers sign their contracts. Go ahead; count up the hours you waste.
Ready for the solution? It’s real estate agent software called Docusign.
Docusign, a Seattle, WA based company, has absolutely incredible real estate agent software. They have a web-based, real estate agent software system where your clients electronically sign all their contract forms through email.
Plus, the other party to the transaction can use the same electronic signature software, which saves everyone a pant load of time!
Here’s how it works…..
Let’s say you’re working with a couple of buyers. You show them a home at 6:30pm on Tuesday and they decide they want to make an offer that night. But the sellers are reviewing offers at 9pm. Your buyers won’t be by a fax machine and you don’t have the contracts in-hand to write them up before they leave for their son’s ball game at 6:45pm.
If you don’t have the Docusign real estate agent software…..
Do you want to run back to the office, write up the contract, drive 45 mins. to the ball game, have your buyers sign, drive 45 mins. back to the office and fax off the papers to the listing agent?
Or would you rather turn on your computer, pull up the contract forms as you normally would, upload them to the Docusign real estate agent software system, edit and fill in the contract pages as you normally would, put little yellow tabs next to each signature line that your buyers need to sign and email the forms to your buyers? This would take, what…..20 mins? Right?
Your buyers open up the email with the contract on their laptop at their son’s high school basketball game at 7:30pm. They review the contract, electronically sign where you marked for them to do so and email the forms right back to you.
At 7:35pm you get the signed contracts back from your buyers, call up the listing agent and tell them the offer is on its way. You also tell the listing agent that when they accept the offer, their sellers can just e-sign the contract and email it back to you, using the same Docusign real estate agent software.
You don’t touch or even look at a fax machine and the listing agent doesn’t need to be with their clients in-person for the signatures.
How cool is that? So cool that you probably didn’t even know this kind of real estate agent software existed.
Now you might be wondering if this whole electronic signature thing is legal and acceptable in the real estate industry. The short answer is “yup”.
Bill Clinton signed the “Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act” into law in 2000, which legalizes the signing of contracts over the internet.
Plus, the big boys like ReMax and Prudential are already using the Docusign real estate agent software. Time to catch up to your competition!
It’s probably a little hard to picture the whole process in your head, which is why Docusign has a demo on their site and a 30-day free trial. Once you see that, you’ll be hooked like Pete Rose betting on a baseball game!
The first time I used the Docusign real estate agent software was when I was submitting an offer for my buyers on a new construction home. One funny thing I hate as a real estate agent is wasting time, especially the time it takes to shuffle the contracts all over the place.
The builder’s agent had been using Docusign for a long time, exclusively. They required all contracts to be written up using Docusign because of the obvious reasons I just went over.
The builder’s agent wrote everything up in the Docusign real estate agent software, marked off where my buyer’s needed to sign and emailed the forms to me and my buyers.
I looked over the contract and gave the ok to my buyers to e-sign, who were in another state at the time. They e-signed on their computer and emailed the forms back to the builder’s agent. I got a copy and notification and we were all set.
After that, I was sold. No question about it!
By the way, with the Docusign real estate software, the actual electronic signature is nothing more than picking a “signature style” from Docusign’s selection and pasting that on the signature line. You’re not actually writing with a pen on your computer screen, although you can do that now with some laptops!
When your clients are e-signing, they’re also agreeing to the terms and conditions, which is the legal “mumbo-jumbo” to protect everyone and verify that they are the signers. That way, all the bases are covered.
So if you want to save hundreds of hours of work-time each year (quite possibly literally), you need to take a look at Docusign’s real estate agent software; before you go to bed tonight!
It’s one of those things where you won’t know how you got by without it in the past.
About the Author
Josh F. Sanders is a Real Estate Broker and the Founder of Shiloh Street University in Seattle, WA.
SSU is an online marketing school for Realtors, providing step-by-step video lead-generation tutorials.
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Josh Sanders with Shiloh Street University