3. Document Signing: Although this is another area that varies by state, today more portions of the transaction are being done digitally. In many areas, agents and loan officers can set up accounts where you can upload the required documentation and sign electronically right from your home computer. 4. Sending Money: Whether you need to pay for an appraisal or submit closing costs, there are options available. Depending on the transaction and local regulations, you may be able to pay some fees by credit card, and most banks will also allow you to wire funds from your account. Sometimes you can send a check by mail, and in some states, a mobile escrow agent can pick up a check from your home. 5. Closing Process: Again, depending on your area, a mobile notary may be able to bring the required documents to your home before the closing. If your state requires an attorney to be present, check with your legal counsel to see what options are available. Also, depending on the title company, REALTOR Magazine indicates some are allowing drive-thru closings, which is like doing a transaction at a bank window. Although these virtual processes are starting to become more widely accepted, it does not mean that this is the way things are going to get done permanently. Under the current circumstances, however, technology is making it possible to continue much of the real estate transaction today. Bottom Line If you’re ready to make a move, technology can help make it happen; there are options available. Let’s connect to go over the specific regulations in our area, so you don’t have to put your real estate plans on hold.
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