Jennifer Mackay, Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582 (Counts Real Estate Group, Inc.)

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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

We don't have closings around a table in our area. Loan docs are signed, loans are funded, docs are recorded and new owners get their key. No one physically has to be here

Apr 25, 2016 11:43 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

We don't have a "closing table" in California and I have never heard the term "mail out closings".   AR continues to show that real estate is practiced differently market by market.  

Apr 25, 2016 11:51 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Have only had one in tenyears and it was not a problem.

Apr 25, 2016 11:29 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Most of mine are. I have gotten a bill pushed in Oklahoma for e-notaries and have meet with the title company association and we should be doing all electronic closings next year.

Apr 26, 2016 07:56 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Yes we have done it many times

Apr 26, 2016 05:57 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Quite common in our area as well either on buyer or seller side and sometimes both.

Apr 26, 2016 05:07 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jennifer Mackay Most of our closings are at the closing table with both parties. I've only done a couple where the documents were over-nighted.

Apr 26, 2016 04:44 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Yes, most of our closings are like this.

Apr 26, 2016 04:29 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Nope, buyers have to be here in IL in person unless it's cash.

Apr 26, 2016 02:52 AM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I have done quite a few over the years, including two where the Buyer/Seller was in another country.   Usually it is someone in another state who is selling their Florida property.

Apr 26, 2016 02:52 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jennifer,

No, each state has their own ways, as Michael Jacobs stated.  A

Apr 26, 2016 02:39 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

in 38 years, I had one or two and they worked out just fine....

Apr 26, 2016 02:28 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

No closing table up here.

Apr 26, 2016 02:20 AM
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

We do a lot of mail-outs, and I would agree with you. They seem to go much smoother. 

Apr 26, 2016 02:15 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I do maybe one a year for "whatever" reason. 

Apr 26, 2016 01:58 AM
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JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Yes, doing one this week for three borrowers and all are out of state.  

Apr 26, 2016 01:27 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes...When only nd party at the table no one to argue with

Apr 26, 2016 12:51 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

My jurisdiction allows real estate agreements to be signed via e-signature.

Apr 26, 2016 12:38 AM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

We're in a market where it is not unusual for the buyers or sellers to be unavailable for closing.  Rarely do the buyer and seller close at the same time or the same place as split settlements are more the norm these days.  Typically the sellers will go in and sign in advance, so only the buyers and their agent are at the actual settlement table. 

Apr 26, 2016 12:35 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Did one last Friday; all goes smoothly when using pros!

Apr 26, 2016 12:27 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Yes, we are in the same situation in Naples as you are.

Apr 26, 2016 12:11 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

45% of mine are out of area buyers, so yes we do a lot of overnight mail and mobile notary signings. The mail can cause issues with closing at times, but nothing we're not used to.

I have sold 5 listing in San Diego so far, for sellers I've never met in person and have no clue what they look like. 100% by phone, Internet & mail.

Apr 25, 2016 11:56 PM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Many sellers pre-sign but we do close at a table, so buyers are normally there, attorneys and title company have to be there. Attorneys can have full POA for their clients.

Apr 25, 2016 11:50 PM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Most of our closings are mail away and i love them.

Apr 25, 2016 11:43 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Same situation as you

Apr 25, 2016 11:42 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Mobile notaries - and Buyers and Sellers in AZ are not at a "closing table" - they sign separately.

Apr 25, 2016 11:40 PM
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

In Wisconsin, our local title companies call this a "mail-away" closing. We have a resort community office like yours. Buyers and sellers often reside a couple hundred miles away, in places like Minneapolis, Madison (Wisconsin), Milwaukee or Chicago. These closings by mail are a convenience to our clients and I have not yet met a single client who complained about the results.

The only lamentable part about closing by mail is the closure that takes place in a closing where the parties are face-to-face. There a good, human elements in handling a closing in person.

Apr 25, 2016 11:39 PM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I do a lot of relocation closings and they typically involve long distance closings. 

Apr 26, 2016 10:40 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I only use a mobile notary if clients are living out of the area/state or if they happen to be traveling when docs need to be signed.  Otherwise, we sit at the table and sign the docs.

Apr 26, 2016 09:22 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Rarely, but sometimes we use them. Our escrows usually send a notary to a client if they can not come to their office. 

Apr 26, 2016 08:43 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Very few, most see the buyer and seller attending. Except my bank owned listings where we just see the buyer

Apr 26, 2016 08:40 AM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Jennifer Mackay I have not used Mail out closing.

Apr 26, 2016 08:11 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Same as Jeff Dowler.  No closing table here and only a handful of docs need to be signed in person/notarized.  The rest can be mailed/docusigned.

Apr 26, 2016 05:56 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is correct. 

Apr 26, 2016 12:36 AM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

We do them a lot. The title company lines up a notary where the clients are and they sign and the notary overnights the papers back for closing.

Apr 25, 2016 11:34 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have done many mail outs, and working with relocation families, many are not here for the closing.

Apr 29, 2016 12:56 AM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Re/Max Real Estate Connections - Haymarket, VA
HOME~There is no place like it!

I have many, many times for clients who buy but are out of state, or for sellers who move before closing. It's so easy.

Apr 28, 2016 12:37 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Jennifer,

 

If there is enough time in advance to prepare, they tend to go well.

Apr 27, 2016 12:49 AM
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jennifer. Yes, we're done it, but I really don't like it, as I want to make sure my clients are represented correctly.

Apr 26, 2016 05:47 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

for sellers sometimes, not so much with buyers

Apr 26, 2016 03:25 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jennifer Mackay - we still do the old style closings....lol!

Apr 26, 2016 03:05 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I let my favorite title company take care of all that.

Apr 26, 2016 02:22 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We do them often since we are a military community and buyers and sellers are rarely here at the same time. I have a mail away on my Friday closing. They go very smoothly.

Apr 26, 2016 01:28 PM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I have used them in the past but ususally it is when one of the parties is not available.

Apr 26, 2016 12:36 PM