Electronic Signatures & Authorizations

A host of online tools allow REALTORS® to manage many aspects of a property transaction without touching a sheet of paper, and knowing how to use this technology is key to running a successful real estate business. Electronic signature and authorization systems technology allows buyers, sellers, lenders, title agents and other parties to a transaction to remotely review, revise and approve documents using a computer or mobile device—helping REALTORS® avoid stress-inducing bottlenecks and speeding the path to closing.

Remote Online Notarization (RON)

Remote online notarization (RON) is when documents are notarized in an electronic form where the signer uses an electronic signature and appears before the notary using online audio-video technology. Simply put, you can connect with a notary anywhere, anytime, without physically needing to meet them.

To help promote social distancing, many states issued emergency orders to allow for the temporary use of remote online notarization during the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of U.S. states have enacted laws that permanently allow for the use of RON technology by every certified notary in the state, provided that adequate safety and cybersecurity measures are met.

In November 2018, NAR passed policy supporting this legislation as a means to help facilitate the move towards a totally electronic home closing.