Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate agents’

NJ Allows Electronic Signatures for All Real Estate Contracts and Agreements

September 5th, 2013 No comments

On August 9, 2013 the NJ Legislation approved A3818 that offers clarification to the NJ UETA laws that allows for electronic signatures on all real estate transactions. We applaud and support this legislative effort which now enables real estate professionals and consumers the ease to legally e-Sign and execute documents over the Internet, anytime and from anywhere.

Opening and closing deals digitally has been the focus of Settleware for more than a decade and excited that this amendment now streamlines the entire real estate process and will eliminate most, if not all, of the inherent stress that buyers/sellers endure while processing the largest transaction they are mostly likely ever to make in their lifetime.



Settleware® Partners with FormsRus

October 29th, 2012 No comments

Settleware® Partners with FormsRus

For Immediate Release

Electronic signature and e-Notary leader partners with formsRUs providing Settleware’s pioneering and patented e-Sign service to more than 100,000 real estate agent members.  Settleware streamlines cumbersome process by eliminating all associated paper-based friction and allows parties to securely process contracts and agreements in the Cloud-anytime and from anywhere.

October 29, 2012, Newport Beach, CA – Settleware Secure Services, Inc., the visionary electronic signature leader, announced today that it has partnered with, a leading provider of an online forms management system specializing in real estate associations, to bring its associations and members secure e-signature capabilities.

For over a decade, Settleware has been a pioneering leader in the area of electronic signatures. Based on patented secured technology, Settleware’s real-time signing solution fully automates contract execution – collapsing to minutes a cumbersome process that often takes days or weeks.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with,” stated C. Richard Triola, President & CEO of Settleware. “With their expertise and expansive footprint and, as purchasers of real estate become increasingly tech-savvy, industry professionals will need the tools to function in a fully electronic, compliant and paperless environment. in conjunction with our on demand service provides this tool,” Rick continued.

The formsRus online forms management system provides users with the capability to create, manage, organize, work on, mark-up, share and store forms files electronically. With the addition of e-signature capabilities, users will be able to take a document from creation through execution and to final storage in an entirely electronic format – eliminating the need for paper.

Matt Maynard President of stated “ With our ongoing commitment to improving workflow and eliminating paper-based processes, Settleware was a logical and synergistic addition to the formsRus platform.” He went on to say “By licensing Settleware’s e-Sign platform and intellectual property, our customers will be able to further capitalize on the cost-savings and efficiencies derived from working in a truly electronic environment – well into the future.”

Real estate associations that have currently deployed formsRUs and their respective 100,000 member agents will have immediate access to Settleware’s electronic signature services.

About, Inc., an Ohio corporation headquartered in Columbus, OH, provides innovative online document forms management solutions that help businesses reach their potential by putting all of their company/association forms securely online. This leads to businesses becoming more efficient, using less paper, and collaborating more effectively. More information about and the online forms management system is available at

About Settleware Secure Services, Inc.

Settleware® has been a pioneering leader in the area of e-signatures to the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry since 1999. Its patented secure electronic signature solution has been certified by County Recorders, Secretaries of State, MERS e-Registry and Fannie Mae – providing the only end-to-end transaction in a pure compliant, electronic and paperless environment. Cloud computing services reduces time frames and eliminates paper-based delays by enabling users of its technology to securely send, e-sign, return, track and e-Vault any contract and agreement requiring  signatures or initials. If you would like to learn more about Settleware, call 888.632.3833 or send an email to Join the discussion by subscribing to the Settleware’s blog at and become a Friend on Facebook.




Apple Wins Big in Patent Case

August 28th, 2012 No comments

Wall St Journal, August 25, 2012 Apple Wins Big In Patent Case.

Among other findings, the jury at the US District Court found that many of the Apple patents were willfully infringed by Samsung. That means that federal Judge Lucy Koh now has the discretion to triple Apple’s damages award, said Brian Love, Santa Clara University School of Law, who has been tracking the case. ” This is a huge, crushing win for Apple,” he said.



Compliant Electronic Real Estate Transactions – It’s All About Collaboration

December 3rd, 2011 No comments

If you bought or sold a home within the past year you certainly understand the challenges around the implementation, processing and closing this high-valued transaction. You also might have concluded that in this day and age ‘there must be a better way’? You may not have realized that there was and is  a ‘better way’ - which would have eliminated most, if not all, the stress and friction you just experienced with this paper-intensive process.

Less than 5% of the today’s real estate agents (most responsible for getting the deal started) have taken their business to the next level and have incorporated electronic signatures into their workflow, contracts and agreements. An E-signature is the ‘glue’ that connects all parties and documents over the Internet-100% paperless with secure real-time execution. There is no longer the need to drive all around town to chase down signatures or to find a fax machine (95% of consumers have Internet access and only 5% have fax machines at home) or to pay for expensive overnight deliveries. As a long time real estate veteran I can recall those calls late on a Wed aftrenoon that all parties must meet at 10:30am Friday in some office typically 20 miles away from no where in order to close the deal (on the East Coast still deploys face-to-face sit down closings-which in reality become a long winded 11th hour art of negotiation session). Buyers, Sellers, their agents and all the ‘suits’ –personal attorneys plus the banks attorneys and title attorneys had to re-arrange all their schedules – crazy. Talk about stress – last minute day off at work for principals, running around finding  last minute baby sitters, running to banks to get cashier’s checks, etc..

Imagine if all you had to do was open your email, type in your name on contracts, click consent and submit? I think we would all agree that this would definitely be the ‘better way’. Although the E-Sign Act was signed into law by President Clinton back in June, 2000 it has taken many years of collaboration and ‘buy-in’ for all the Industry participants to get on board with a complete electronic and paperless transaction: Agents, Title, Escrow/Settlement/Closing agents, County Recorders/Registrars, Lenders, Attorney Generals, District Attorneys, Secondary Investors, MERS e-Registry, Desktop Title Lien Search and Secretaries of State. The sense of those of us that were  trying to solve ‘the pain’ in this high-liability transaction is that we needed to sit down with all these folks and get them to agree to accept these legally binding documents. As you can imagine, this was not an easy chore and has taken twice as much time than we expected.

As the Industry continues to ramp adoption it is important to understand most vendors were started by ‘technologists’ in search of an opportunity while others, solving the pain, compliance issues, garnering Industry wide certification, brought to the table extensive domain expertise, know-how and collaboration skills to have all parties to raise their hand  - “I’m In”. Welcome to the future – the all digital real estate transaction.


MBA Says FHA and IRS 4506-T Allow E-Signatures 2012

November 13th, 2011 4 comments