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08/09/2018  10:03:33 AM by: LindaH Jump to Last Post

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signingTRAC.com I received the following email from signing.TRAC.com. Has anyone have any knowledge in regards to this company? So far,my searches have come up with zilch. Hi Kimberly, We are excited to announce the launch of the industry's first online application, signingTRAC, specifically designed to help title and settlement service companies manage their signing service and mobile notary process. signingTRAC is not, "just another notary directory", it is a robust software application that will be used by title and settlement service companies large and small across the US. What does this mean for you the mobile notary? A 100% FREE profile has been created for you in our network which makes you available to ALL the companies using signingTRAC. When they add a new signing to their account that falls in your service area, they will see you listed as an available notary for the signing and contact you. You will work directly with and paid by the Title or Settlement company, no middle man signing service. Your Mobile Notary Profile in signingTRAC is 100% FREE. No premium/paid listings to show up higher or highlighted for signings. No paid “certifications” to help you stand out. Complete your 100% FREE profile, deliver professional and accurate service and the companies using signingTRAC will add you to their preferred list and continue to use your services. It is important your information is current and accurate so they can contact you! Your Notary profile was created using the following email, which can be changed at anytime in "My Settings" from the top menu: Click on the link below to set your password and complete your profile: http://app.signingtrac.com/ChangePassword/78WNuE2VQva2FBpr/ We look forward to helping you grow and better manage your mobile notary business! Best Regards, signingTRAC.com  
Heh..apparently I signed up for this...I don't even remember doing it - also can't say I've gotten any calls from it.. Linda http://www.columbiacountynotary.webs.com  LindaH
I haven't received any business from this either.   lightk
I know I never signed up for this company and I'm getting offers to do signings for $75. Take a hike! I'm also getting emails from Global Notary - I may have signed up with them, but I don't believe I expected the business to be strictly electronic. While I don't subscribe to satanism :-) I certainly agree that dealing with live people is absolutely the only way to conduct business. And Global Notary's fees are all over the map, and very low - $40 - $70 tops. I don't leave the house for less than $90 - the costs of doing business have gone through the roof!   LeslieO
I'm proud of you Leslie. I bet I've received 20 calls this week all for refinance edocs that were under $100. I even had one scheduler tell me if I took a signing (2 1/2 hours one way) for $60 (yes, edocs AND faxbacks), they'd send me all their business. She was VERY shocked when I told her what my fee would be. NOTARIES -- STAND YOUR GROUND -- IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU'RE WORTH HIGHER FEES, THEN GO TO WORK FLIPPING BURGERS FOR MINIMUM WAGE How can notaries think they are making any profit by accepting $60 for edocs and fax backs???? even if the alternative is that you're just sitting at home, $60 doesn't cover printing approx 230 pages (ink and paper and time); driving to the signing; conducting the signing; faxing back docs; getting back in the car to go to UPS/FedEx. I wish more and more notaries would stand their ground instead of accepting ridicously low fees.   lightk
I told them my fee is $125, payable up front. Neil L. Kleeger  nkleeger
I too have received emails from this company and I know for a fact I DID NOT sign up with them. I would respond by letting them know MY fee, they never acknowledged my response to them. I have told them to quit sending me emails, but they have not stopped so I'm sending them to SPAM I am!! Go Fer You Mobile Notary - TX  TexasRose
I have done three signings for them. My thoughts are as follows: 1. They offer lowball rates, between $60 and $85 2. They do have live people you can talk to on the phone. They are not always available but they are there 3. They DO pay, but their terms are net 45 days. I have received 2 checks from them already 4. Their online platform is awesome, logs all times and keeps everyone updated 5. Docs sometimes come late, in which case they will bump your fee. Personally not worth it in my opinion for the hassle 6. Bottom line, they are not the best company, but if the alternative is sitting at home making NOTHING, some of you will choose to do so, I might pick up one job from them in a blue moon if it is close to me  josephlei
I waited 3 months and many emails, as they do not have a live person to talk to when trying to collect payment, just trying to collect a print fee of $10!!!   mariabakies
I dislike SigningTrac very much. The low low fees they offer to pay are insulting. I will never accept an assignment with this organization. But my vent today concerns their refusal to take me off their non-stop flurry of emails that beep and distract constantly. I keep asking them to remove me. My request is not being honored. I'm fed up with them completely. Anyone know how to get them to remove you from their mailing list? Penny - Georgia Mobile Notary /Penny Henritze  Penny
Hi Penny. I don't know what email provider you use, but I have gmail and I just mark unwanted, incessant emails as "spam" - goes straight to my spam folder after that and I never see it. LindaH/FL   LindaH
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08/17/2018  12:22:58 AM by: jbelmont Jump to Last Post

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Certification especially helpful for new Notaries I just ran some stats on certified members now that I have cleaned up who can have the certification icon. By the way, if your certification was suspended, you have the right to study and retest at no cost. Notaries with one or less year of experience with our certification got 2.3x the number of clicks that Notaries who did not have our certification got. That translates into close to three or more times the business as click ratios and job ratios are not proportional. More clicks = even more jobs because more clicks means people are interested in you and clicking on your profile more times rather than just looking once and losing interest. Notaries with one to two years of experience got 37% more clicks if they had our certification. Notaries in general got 25% more clicks if they had our certification, and 60% more clicks if they had our Elite. Summary. Having 123notary certification is useful in general for the knowledge, especially with our new scenario section on Notary Public 101 which is designed to make life safer for you and your clients. However, for new people, certification is even more important. Old timers have name recognition to fall back on and reviews. New people are not recognized by the title companies and need to prove themselves.  
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08/12/2018  3:11:40 PM by: Lee-AR Jump to Last Post

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Hazard to health I had a signing yesterday that put me in a bind. When I got out of my car, one of the borrowers came out of her house holding her hand to her mouth. She said she just came home from her doctor a few hours before the appointment. The doctor told her that she had contracted mono and was I know you can't catch mono without an exchange of saliva, but I had no idea at that point if she was going to cough throughout the signing and possibly passing the virus to me. Even if she coughed into her hands, saliva can spray a couple of feet, across the small table where I was sitting. I was also freaking myself out thinking that if she did cough and handled her pen and documents throughout, I would catch it. When she saw my apprehension, she tried to assure me that it should be okay if we sat outside. I am not a germaphobe, as evident to the fact that I've resigned myself to the possibility of catching colds and flu from my kids every school year. However, the question is, should I have asked the borrower to call her loan officer to reschedule because of the risk to my health, and not being able to work for several weeks if I got sick? Or should I have continued like I did, and completed the signing as quickly as possible? Sitting outside on a hot and humid 86 degree day, and constantly smacking mosquitoes and scratching myself rounded out the torturous experience. :-( Has anyone come across a situation like this? Thanks! 
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I had a signing yesterday that put me in a bind. When I got out of my car, one of the borrowers came out of her house holding her hand to her mouth. She said she just came home from her doctor a few hours before the appointment. The doctor told her that she had contracted mono and was I know you can't catch mono without an exchange of saliva, but I had no idea at that point if she was going to cough throughout the signing and possibly passing the virus to me. Even if she coughed into her hands, saliva can spray a couple of feet, across the small table where I was sitting. I was also freaking myself out thinking that if she did cough and handled her pen and documents throughout, I would catch it. When she saw my apprehension, she tried to assure me that it should be okay if we sat outside. I am not a germaphobe, as evident to the fact that I've resigned myself to the possibility of catching colds and flu from my kids every school year. However, the question is, should I have asked the borrower to call her loan officer to reschedule because of the risk to my health, and not being able to work for several weeks if I got sick? Or should I have continued like I did, and completed the signing as quickly as possible? Sitting outside on a hot and humid 86 degree day, and constantly smacking mosquitoes and scratching myself rounded out the torturous experience. :-( Has anyone come across a situation like this? Thanks!
Poor lady - and poor you!! Sitting outside doesn't cut the risk - coughing and sneezing, as you said, can spread it too. ANY exposure to her secretions puts you at risk. That said, I'd probably have gone on and got it done anyway because I'm foolish like that - I'm already there. If this had to be canceled because of her diagnosis, they may have lost their rate, their loan and everything since it's so long-lasting. Guess this is a good example as to WHY we should carry those masks - I might have made her wear one - or would have suggested it and told them I'd come back later in the day when they have all precautions under control. I might even have gone and bought some for her...lol Hope you're okay. I, personally, have never run into anything like this. Linda http://www.columbiacountynotary.webs.com http://www.notary.net/websites/LindaHubbell  LindaH
Sounds like this signing needs to get cancelled, or at least wear a mask.   jbelmont
Think Linda made all the points that needed making. And, I, like Linda and you, would have completed it as quickly, far away and touchless as possible...and left her with a nice pen, too. I did do one where the lady had 'something', but she greeted me wearing a mask and rubber gloves...hubby was a doctor & offered me a nice pair of rubber gloves like they were wearing (I accepted)...they still both got nice pens, too.
If you don't value your time and experience, nobody else will.
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New Posts by KHSTjudi

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08/11/2018  10:54:39 PM by: jbelmont Jump to Last Post

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Employee versus independent contractor? More and more, signing companies are trying to control the actions of NSAs. Many of their demands are crossing the line. For example: scheduling a specific time breaches Washington State Independent Contractor statues. In what ways do you feel you are controlled? 
I believe there is a list of qualifications that distinguish an employee from a subcontractor. Sometimes it is a fine line. A subcontractor is paid by the job, and does not require training, does his/her work their own way as well which means they would probably do the scheduling their own way. But, on the other hand, when you hire a plumber, you say, come at 1pm, so you are offering them only one choice for an appointment time. You would have to talk to a specialist to see if the middle man company can do scheduling for an independent contractor.   jbelmont
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08/11/2018  10:51:54 PM by: jbelmont Jump to Last Post

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Notary Rotary's forum crowd went to Facebook Much of Notary Rotary's crowd on their forum went over to Facebook. The quantity of conversations is down by 75% from two years ago. Part of that is because the industry is slower. But, part is because Notaries want more privacy and freedom to talk about or bash people. In any case, there is not just one Facebook group that is popular with Notaries, but about 30 private ones not to mention public ones such as 123notary, National Notary, etc. It seems that the Notaries who go to these private Facebook groups are very vindictive, not too bright, and don't get much work. Would you want to hire people this hostile, or would you want to hire a seasoned pro? Meanwhile 123notary's Facebook is doing okay, but the quantity of commenting is down also from two years ago. People are reading our posts almost as much as before, but the people with something to say seem to have left the industry for greener pastures. Personally, I feel the industry will pick up in a year or two. Interest rates are not sustainable at such high rates with the amount of government borrowing. The government cannot afford to pay high interest rates, so they will find an artificial way to control rates just like they did in Japan and parts of Europe where they have negative interest rates in certain countries. So, stay positive and keep your skills up.  
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08/10/2018  9:49:24 PM by: jbelmont Jump to Last Post

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2019 will be a good year for Notaries I had a feeling today that in 2020 I would have enough money to buy a house. But, where would this money come from? Would I inherit it? The feeling I got was that 2019 would be so good, that I would be able to buy a nice house on my savings from that year alone. Maybe it will be the best year of our lives. What goes up, must come down, and when those interest rates come down, we will see a very different Refinance market.  
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08/08/2018  7:10:22 PM by: jbelmont Jump to Last Post

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Now I know how you guys feel when I test you My driver license expired because I got behind on my mail due to my work load. I had the option to renew by mail, but decided to go in person. I had to take a cab to one DMV and then walk to another because DMV #1 did everything except for licenses. Once I got to location #2 which was one mile East of location #1, I had to wait two hours, and then fill out forms on the computer. After that, they gave me a number and I had to wait another hour and a quarter. Sheesh. Finally, the lady at window 4 gave me a visual test. I thought I might have a little trouble, but my left eye has really deteriorated over the last few years. I could read the chart fine with both eyes but had big trouble with the left eye alone. So, then we went to a machine and I had to read line one and then line three. It was so blurry, or small or dark. She finally gave me a choice of lines to read. I was panicking because it was so hard to see. The lady was very nice to me and I expressed my appreciation for her patience. But, I was sweating as I tried to read the fine print. Honestly, I drive just fine. Reading distant road signs is a small problem, but the daily act of driving is not. I think their test is a little too constrictive. But, now I know how you guys feel when I quiz you... uncomfortable and terrified. At any rate, I had to walk 65 minutes home in the heat and had Indian food on the way. I was on time for acupuncture thank God. The moral of the story is, besides understanding how you feel, I think it is time to eat large quantities of kale which is about eight times as good for your eyes as other green leafy veggies. Just found that out today. Hmm. (leafy) Food for thought.  

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