How can electronic signatures help your real estate business?
If you’re helping clients buy a house, you know it’s imperative to close the deal as quickly as possible. Do you usually schedule an in-office appointment to review and sign offer letters, purchase and sale agreements, and closing papers? It doesn’t help when you have to juggle calendars to find a time that works for both you and your client. And then there's that mountain of paperwork that greets clients when they arrive.
To speed up the process and to improve the home-buying experience all around, provide your clients with electronic signing—no more paperwork to mark, manage, and store, and no more time-constrained, in-office appointments for physical signing. And with most electronic signing software, document tracking is built-in so that you know where each document is in the process. Nothing gets misplaced, home buyers and home sellers are guided with simple instructions, and a document won’t move forward in the signing process without the proper signature or initial.
DocuSign lets you manage the entire real estate eSigning and document-tracking experience online, with any file type, from beginning to end. The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) uses DocuSign as the official and exclusive provider of electronic signature services under NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program.
Are electronic signatures for real estate legal?
Yes. Passed in 2000, the well-established United States federal law, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, ensures that electronic signatures are on par with handwritten signatures and subject to the same legal scrutiny—meaning that they can’t be denied legal effect just because they are electronic. In fact, real estate agents should know that the “sale, lease, exchange, or other disposition of any interest in real property” is specifically called out in the ESIGN Act.
How do you know that real estate documents are secure during the eSigning process?
Good Digital Transaction Management (DTM) software meets high security standards. An important standard to look for with your electronic signature product is certification in the ISO/IEC 27000-series of security standards, published jointly by the International Organization for Standardization (IOS) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Document encryption is also key, ensuring that all data is private and is accessible only to authorized users.
As an eSignature industry leader, DocuSign’s electronic signature service can generate documents that are encrypted and that include a tamper-evident seal. Every transaction is confidential, and DocuSign maintains a full audit trail of all signing events.
Use what you know
As a real estate agent, you use certain tools every day, and your electronic signing software product should integrate easily with them. For instance, send out closing agreements through zipForm® Plus, sign a contract using your Gmail account, and upload documents directly from Dropbox or Box. DocuSign works with all of these tools and more.
Go mobile—and close more real estate deals
Very few real estate agents work solely from an office or glued to a desktop computer. You need to be able to send out purchase and sale agreements and to receive signed documents from anywhere—your office, home, or neighborhood coffee shop. And you need to do so on your tablet, laptop, or mobile device. Being mobile increases your ability to compete and improves your clients’ experience, because they know they’ll hear back from you quickly.
DocuSign supports you wherever you work. Download DocuSign’s mobile app, and get that offer in first. Prepare and send documents to your clients for electronic signing, and track signing status—anywhere, anytime.