Doing a real estate transaction? Skip the stacks of paperwork

You used to have to go into a real estate agent’s office to sign a daunting stack of papers. Today, many realtors send purchase and sale agreements, offer letters, refinance documents, and other real estate papers for electronic signing. These days, there's a good chance you’ll receive documents by email to sign, as a part of any real estate transaction.

How to electronically sign when your real estate agent sends a PDF

Your real estate agent may email you a scanned copy of your closing documents, as a PDF attachment. You don’t have to print the PDF to sign your refinance or real estate documents. Make your life easier by electronically signing them—even from your phone. Just sign up for the DocuSign free trial, log in, and follow the simple steps to upload the documents, electronically review and sign them, and send them to your real estate agent. Use the same process for electronically signing a Word document.

How to eSign real estate documents emailed via DocuSign

If your real estate agent emailed you DocuSign agreements for home buying or selling, you can sign them online. Just click the link in the email to review and sign them from your computer or mobile device. Follow the tabs and easy instructions to complete the signing process. When you click Finish, DocuSign saves the signed documents and sends a notice to your real estate agent that the signing process is complete.

Legality of electronic signatures on real estate documents

Thanks to a federal law passed in 2000, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, and to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), electronic signatures cannot be denied legal effect (enforceability) solely because they are electronic.

Documents electronically signed with DocuSign are encrypted, have a tamper-evident seal, and provide a clear audit trail so you and your agent can see—with each document—who did what and when. DocuSign meets and exceeds stringent US, EU, and global security standards. DocuSign is even the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) official and exclusive provider of electronic signature services under NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program.

Sign time-sensitive real estate documents, no matter where you are

When you’re buying or selling a house, you often have to move quickly. No problem. As long as you have an internet connection, you can electronically sign real estate documents from anywhere. eSign documents on a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop at home, from the gym, or anyplace!

DocuSign offers a free mobile DocuSign app to make eSigning on the go even easier.

 

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