Colorado Springs Notary - Leon Austin

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Being a mobile notary: pros and cons

As with just about any occupation, there are pros and cons to being a mobile notary.

THE PROS:

mobile notaryMobile notaries provide a valuable service. People depend on notarized documents for many things: getting a job, taking care of financial matters, estate planning, health matters, travel, ... and a lot more. Many people are unable to travel to a place where there is a notary on staff. This is especially true of the elderly and infirmed.  And there are times when people need the services of a notary at times when most businesses are closed. Mobile notaries bring the service to the people.  It gives me great satisfaction in helping people in these situations.

No waiting to get paid. I received a check a couple of days ago for a closing I did more than 90 days ago. It was a frustrating experience. The company had gone out of business and was refusing to answer its phones or email. Mobile notaries don't have this problem. Payment is made at the time of the notarization.

No set working hours. Mobile notaries do their best to accomodate the needs of the people requesting their services. But they are free to set their own hours.

There are many more pros to this job. And if you provide this service long enough, you will discover them. But there are two sides to being a mobile notary.

THE CONS:

Mobile notaries are ... mobile. We have to drive. So as much as I would have liked to watch the AFC Championships last weekend with a few beers, I had to abstain:

Coors beer

Don't drink and drive.  Thank you.

 

Comment balloon 6 commentsLeon Austin • January 29 2008 02:05PM

Comments

just curious... what type of fees can one expect to pay, especially if after hours?  do you charge based on distance to travel, time of day etc?
Posted by Tamara Davis (Manhattan Properties Inc.) over 12 years ago
A mobile notary is great to have.  A few title companies I work with offer this, and it can be very convenient for my clients.
Posted by Clint Haynes (Peoples Home Equity, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Tamara, the fees vary depending on the distance. I don't charge very much. I do it mostly as a service. My primary source of income is being a notary signing agent.

Clint, yes, mobile notaries are a real convenience.

 

Posted by Leon Austin, Colorado Springs Mobile Notary (Mobile Notary Services) over 12 years ago
I love the rise of use of the mobile notary - it gives everyone involved an easier and smoother transaction.
Posted by Chris Pollinger, Consulting for Luxury Teams and Brokerages (Berman & Pollinger, LLC.) over 12 years ago

I have been a Mobile Notary for 2.5 yrs. In 2007 drove app. 15,000 miles. (Work related) My main income is of course witnessing the signing of loan documents. Called a Signing Agent. I think that many people do not know the terms/duties of a Notary Public.

 
A Notary Public is a commissioned public official. A Notary's role in the transaction is to act as an impartial witness in the transaction.
Who also performs certain duties and makes a certified statement about the transaction and its principals.
How Does A Notary
identify a signer?
The Notary will ask to see a
current identification
card with a photograph,
physical description
and signature.
ex: current drivers license,
military ID,  or passport
will be acceptable.
and signature.
ex: current drivers license,
military ID,  or passport
will be acceptable.
 
This is for the state of California, I am unsure of guidelines for other states. In California per signature notarized there is a 10.00 fee. So one doc with 2 signers we can charge 20.00 plus if any travel/gas fee applicable. I for one do not charge in excess. If I leave my home and go 5 miles to do a signing of 1 doc, I will normally charge the 20.00 allowable Notary fee. If I travel further I will charge for other expenses. I offer my services 365 days per year and all hours.  So call me on Christmas Day and ask me to travel 20 miles to sign one document and yes my fees will be higher. So a Mobile Notary is one that travels to the principals home or business instead of them coming to our home or business.
Posted by Maureen Lazar (1st Choice Mobile Notary) about 12 years ago

Thanks for the post, Leon. (Always a good reminder to don't drink and drive)

As for a notary signing agent, I think being a real estate salesperson would be a great match for this profession. After all, loan officers are the one who decide which signing agent to use. At the same time, they also want referral business from real estate salespeople.

So they could ideally form a referral circle. But I guess you can't be the notary signing agent for deals that you have financial interest. However, for real estate deals that you are not handling, it should be fine. 

Here's an article which outlines why a real estate salesperson should also be a notary signing agent. Hope this would be helpful. 

Posted by Jacob Coleman, Content creator of a real estate career blog (RealEstateCareerHQ.com) 5 months ago

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