Recently I downloaded a document signing tool aptly named DocuSign. Wow. Why did I wait so long?
Like many people, I get set in my ways. I don’t like to change. I do the same things in the same ways mostly because I’m comfortable doing things that way. I don’t embrace change, I have change thrust upon me.
But after I adopt a change I always find that it is a good change and I wonder what took me so long to make that change.
The world is changing fast and we may bemoan change but change is good otherwise why would we have it, right?
Here is a case in point. Early this summer, I went on holiday to Newfoundland and to the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. I am used to working remotely. A great number of my clients are relocating into Waterloo Region so it is very typical for me to scan and send documents and talk on the telephone or through Skype or Google Hangouts, WhatsApp or some other social media platform.
I’ve also always preferred to work from coffee shops and other public spaces rather than offices. I like to say that I can work from anywhere and I also like to say that real estate is like nothing like brain surgery but if it was, it would be like doing brain surgery in a moving automobile.
Anyway. I resisted electronic signatures for a year and a half. I was fine with printing and scanning and sending offers and agreements and having my clients do the same on their end. It almost always worked perfectly or near perfectly depending on the tech savviness of my out of town clients.
But then, I was away, staying in an Airbnb without easy access to a scanner. I took the plunge and signed up for DocuSign the recommended and approved signing software for the real estate industry. Holy smokes is this great software. It was easy to figure out how to use, even easier on the receiving end. It is fast and efficient. I don’t know why I waited so long. It is already one of my favourite tools in my real estate tech bag. I’m mostly retiring my scanners. The amount of paper I generate is likely 80% less now.
I often marvel about how much things have changed. How I do my job now is 80% different than how it was when I started a decade ago.