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What Role Do Title Companies Play At a Document Signing?

After the loan is approved, the title company works with all parties to coordinate the closing day and time. Numerous papers will need to be signed and notarized. This is where the role of a notary closing agent becomes necessary.

Usually 80-125 pages of paperwork are generated by the lender and prepared for the loan signing agent to deliver to the borrower. But before any of this could happen, selecting a well-versed and qualified notary closing agent is essential. Most often, closing services or signing agent companies are utilized which provide help in choosing the loan signing agent.

From there on, the notary which is to be assigned the work gets called up for the task. Before this, they are enquired about their availability and if the agent agrees then a work order is sent by the notary signing agent service to the agent on the Title Company’s behalf.

This is when the main role of the signing agent comes into play. All the work done prior to this entirely depends on the agent as they have to have the signatures and initials of the borrower completely so that the notarization is carried out accurately. It is also up to the notary to ensure if there are any non-borrowing spouses so that they are also there to sign the paperwork according to state law.

Once all of this is done, the documents are delivered and copies are printed. If enough time is remaining after the printing, notary agents may prefer pre-notarizing the papers to give themselves ample time so that they can stay completely attended to the signing process.

Before the signing process begins, the agent shows his ID and asks for the borrower’s ID. Once this is done, the completion of the paperwork on a page by page basis begins. This typically takes up to an hour, but more time may be required depending on the amount of information that is due to be entered, the quantity of papers borrower wants to read, and the Loan Package’s size. Documents which are important require notarization by the agent to certify the signatures on them.

Title Companies and notary signing agent services ask the signing agent to provide details about the papers but refrain from giving legal advice.

In the end, the paperwork is finally signed and notarized and delivered to a shipping service so that it can be shipped to the Title Company.

All of this proves that the notary closing agent is indeed an essential part of the entire loan closing process.

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