Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Back to the RE Dark Ages: Driving to Meet Client & Get Contract Signed

Back to the RE Dark Ages: Driving to Meet Client & Get Contract Signed

Buckhead Atlanta
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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Sincerely, Lynn


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Comment balloon 8 commentsLynn B. Friedman • August 26 2015 10:00PM


I need this one guy who refused to do anything electronically at all. It happens now and again.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 3 years ago

Love it!  Not that your day was full of frustration, but that you pointed out how we tend to get comfortable with technology.  I too, found myself actually signing documents in the back of my car this week because the computers and fax were not working for my seller.  I have to admit it was kind of nice to enjoy the sunshine for a few minutes.

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Lynn, some days technology just does not want to work, it is good that you had Fred Flintstone ready to give you a ride though.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 3 years ago

 Good Thursday morning Lynn. I feel your pain! I don't think that I would want to drive across town in Atlanta. The traffic is horrible.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lynn. Tenhnology is fickle for sure and sometimes the drive is easier.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Fred's way may be a lot slower but you have proven, once again, getting  it done is the way to  sell homes. Congratulations. Thanks for the mention 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

Laura Cerrano  Luddite?

Anna Hatridge SO true - and actually being with the Client as well - sunshine and companionship!

Bob Crane Yes, had to hunt to find the right vehicle photo!

Michael Thornton Don't you know it! Traffic was manageable even though it was 4:55pm! Lucky us!

Thanks for commenting!

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 3 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 
You are the best teacher of the "getting  it done " philosophy! 
And you always do it Margaret Rome style - with class!

Have a happy day -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 3 years ago