2011 – The Year of Electronic Escrows and Closings
After more than a decade of the passage of the e-Sign Act we’re pleased to announce that the Escrow/Settlement Industry is poised to adopt electronic signature technology into their paper intensive processes. In our recent Escrow Survey an overwhelming majority of respondents (67%) stated that they would be adding e-Signatures to their escrow workflow, contracts and agreements within the next 12 months.
Seems like the rapid acceptance and adoption of electronic signatures by real estate agents, buyers and sellers may be the primary cause for this recent change of priorities. Escrow officers and settlement/closing agents generally carry out the instructions from the principal parties and are not particularly known to be ‘early adopters’. Buyers/Sellers/Borrowers, who are becoming more comfortable with e-Signing upfront purchase and counter offers, instructions and agreements, will now be able to complete their transaction over the Internet (anytime, anyplace-even at the airport on their mobile phone) removing most, if not all, the friction associated with current paper-based processes. No paper, no faxing, no scanning, no expensive overnight FedEx or UPS shipping charges and most importantly, no more chasing down missing documents, pages or signatures!
Removing the stress for all parties, especially the overworked escrow officers and closing agents, will be very much appreciated!