Back to the RE Dark Ages:
Driving to Meet Client to Get Contract Signed
Here we are at Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty, late afternoon and ready to submit a Counteroffer to the Buyer's agent. Seems simple - right?
But no, it wasn't simple. We were in Buckhead Atlanta and yet Back in the Real Estate Dark Ages! Here's the comic tale -- eSign from our FMLS didn't work. The first time I went through ALL the steps and the message on the screen said "Didn't Load. Try again." , I thought I must have made a mistake.
Second time, a bit more slowly, I went through ALL the steps again. Still eSign would not upload the scan of the Counteroffer to Unaccepted Original Offer. All I could get was the message on the screen which said "Didn't Load. Try again."
THIRD TIME - well - same story and also my last attempt to use the FMLS-offered eSign program for electronic signature today.
We use eSign frequently and these issues hardly ever occur. Hmmm, as Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland says - "When stymied, say "NEXT" and move on."
Switched to trying to SCAN. I loaded the document into the scanner. Planned to send as an email attachment to Seller for her signature. Sorry - SCAN didn't recognize my printer on the network! UGH!
Switched to trying to FAX. Call the Seller and ask if she can receive a fax of the Counteroffer to Unaccepted Original Offer so she may sign it, scan it and send it back to me. She said she couldn't remember the last time she even used a fax but she'd turn the machine on for me.
ALAS --- she tried but was unsuccessful. They'd had a new modem put in and no one knew how to link to the wireless printer!
Then I went back to my computer to try ONE LAST TIME to re-set the printer and then scan. Actually tried another three times and still no joy.
Let's see - electronic signature option, scan and fax --- all no luck. If you can't join it, beat it!
Called and asked the Client if she would meet me in the parking lot of a shopping center halfway between her home and mine. Being the perfect Client that she is, she agreed to meet me there. Perhaps more about her "Perfect Client" status in another post.
Back to the Dark Ages in Buckhead Atlanta as I DROVE to get the document signed!!!!
The END OF THE STORY? Maybe instead of the Caveman photo, I should have taken a photo of the two of us standing in a parking lot at her car as she signed the document! Back to the Dark Ages in Buckhead Atlanta today!!
After she signed, I took the document and found a way to attach the Counteroffer to Unaccepted Original Offer to an email when I got back to the office. Buyer's agent acknowledged receipt.
The Counteroffer to Unaccepted Original Offer is in the hands of the Buyer's Agent tonight. Now we just wait until sometime in the next 24 hours when they respond.
Haven't we all gotten comfortable with the speed and convenience of electronic document sharing and signing?
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