So you would like to become a loan signing agent because you can make great money, part-time, and work on your own schedule?
Being a great loan signing agent means being an educated loan signing agent. Knowing the documents in a loan signing is a key component in ensuring a fast signing and the reason why loan signing agents get paid so well. The first step of doing a perfect loan signing is knowing basic loan terminology. The following are some of the most common terms found in loan documents. I've also compiled the most common escrow terms, which are available as a bonus to my Loan Signing System course, found at the bottom of this page.
Here are the top 28 loan signing terms:
An individual who applies for and receives funds in the form of a loan and is obligated to repay the loan in full under the terms of the loan.
Title is the document that gives evidence of ownership of a property. It also indicates the rights of ownership and possession of the property. Individuals who will have legal ownership of the property are considered “on title” and will sign the mortgage and other documentation.
The process of paying off one loan with the proceeds from a new loan secured by the same property.
An escrow company is a licensed neutral third party that distributes legal documents and funds on behalf of a buyer and seller. More simply stated, they are the middle man. They are the authority to make sure that the seller, lender, and borrower all follow through on their agreed-upon terms. The seller doesn't get any less than what they agreed and the buyer doesn't pay any more than what they agreed. The same applies to the borrower and bank. The bank agreed to only charge the borrower ‘x’ fees and escrow holds them accountable to that agreement. Escrow is the neutral third party to make sure everyone behaves. Their role is to keep track of what is going on between the borrower, the lender, and title company. Escrow keeps records of what is going on between all parties of the real estate transaction.
A person with fiduciary responsibility to the buyer and seller, or the borrower and lender, to ensure that the terms of the purchase/sale or loan are carried out.
Packaging loan documents is hands-down the best way to differentiate yourself from other loan signing agents and get the highest paying repeat loan signings.
Packaging is technically the escrow officer’s job. So if you can do something that takes a task off the escrow officer’s plate, it will separate you from every other signing agent out there.
This video and blog is an introduction to my step-by-step tutorial on how to package loan documents.
The reason why packaging is so valuable and what makes it tough to learn is that it requires you to have a basic understanding of the mortgage process. But once you understand that process, it’s much easier to comprehend the theory of packaging.
Instead of just memorizing what document goes in which pile (or package), try to understand WHY it goes there.
So let's get started.
There are three parties to every mortgage transaction: the escrow company, the title company, and the lender (also known as the bank).
Let's get to know who the three parties are and what role each plays in the mortgage process.
Let’s start with the escrow company
An escrow company is a licensed neutral third party that distributes legal documents and funds on behalf of a buyer and seller. Or more simply, they are the middle man. They are the metaphorical police who make sure that the seller, lender, and borrower all follow through on their agreed upon terms. The seller doesn't get any less they what they agreed upon and buyer doesn't pay any more than what they agree upon. Same thing applies to the borrower and bank - the bank agreed to only charge the borrower ‘x’ fees and escrow makes sure of that. In essence, escrow is the neutral third party tasked with making sure everyone behaves. Their role is to keep records of what is going on between the borrower, the lender, and title company.
Next, there’s the title company
The title company makes sure that a piece of real estate is legitimate, then issues title insurance for that property which protects both the lender and the owner from lawsuits as a result of title disputes. Their main responsibilities in a mortgage transaction is to accurately record liens, lien holders, and ownership to the property in the transaction. Title’s role is to be in charge of anything that is being recorded against the property. Lastly, their job is to make sure all the liens, ownership, and lien holders are recorded with the county in which the property resides.
Last, but not least, there’s the lender
The lender is the bank that is lending the money. The lender has the biggest role in the process since with out them lending money to the borrower, there would be no need for a title or escrow company. This is the reason why the majority of the documents in your loan signings are lender documents.
Now you know the three parties that are associated with every transaction.
So here’s the key: each of those parties wants the paperwork from the loan signing back in a specific way. In some cases they want the original, and in other cases they want a copy. So taking the loan documents you had signed and preparing it for each of those three parties is what comprises the act of "packaging".
Truly understanding everyone's role in the process will make it easier to remember which documents are distributed to each party.
For instance, if the lender is lending the money, and the note is what the borrower signs to ensure the lender gets paid back, it should make sense that the lender get the original note.
So before you can understand why a certain document goes back to its respective party, you should have a good understanding of what all the documents are.
Learn how to package today with my Loan Signing System Course Bundle by clicking the link below!
There are pros and cons to everything that we do in life.
In this blog, I’m going to talk about the pros and cons of being a notary loan signing agent who works for loan signing services and notary signing agents who bypass those signing services and work directly with escrow officers, loan officers, and real estate agents.
Step out of your front door. Every single building you see needed a notary public. Literally. Not one home that you see closed WITHOUT a notary public.
Now, how many of the homes you see has a mortgage!? Almost all of them...that's how many!!!
And a notary public loan signing agent made $75 to $150 dollars on every single one of those homes you are staring at!
Any time a home is purchased, anytime a home is refinanced, a notary public loan signing agent gets paid.
That is a lot of loan signing business for a notary public that becomes a loan signing agent.
So why aren't you a loan signing agent!?
Here are the facts. There are 13.9 million homes in California and there are only 160k California notary publics. Of those 160k notaries, how many do you think are loan signing agents? Even if it was all of them (which in reality is not even close), there are still way more homes than there are notaries!
The loan signing business is one of those rare industries where the client (escrow officer, mortgage officer, real estate agent, etc.) needs a loan signing agent more than a loan signing agent needs them!!
I frequently tell people who are interested in becoming a loan signing agent that it’s the perfect part-time work because most of the appointments occur on evenings and weekends - around your work schedule.
I want to take a moment to explain why that is... Why do most loan signings occur on weekends and evenings?
The answer to the question is quite simple:
The reason most loan signings occur on weekends and evenings is because banks lend to people who have jobs.
I'm often asked, "Do I really need multiple loan signing agent certifications? There are so many out there, which ones do I really need?"
The answer is that you only really need two.
While there is yet to be one authoritative loan signing certification the whole entire industry recognizes, there are two certifications that command respect and will give you the knowledge and skills to become a top notary public loan signing agent.
The two certifications you’ll need as a notary public loan signing agent are the National Notary Association (NNA) certification and the Loan Signing System loan signing agent certification.
The first reason you should have both is because various signing agent databases and mortgage professionals recognize these two certifications.
Most importantly, however, they are two separate and distinct certifications that compliment each other to give you the knowledge and skills required to become a top loan signing agent.
To see why each is unique and why it’s important to have both, you need to understand what both certifications are trying to teach you.
About the Author
Mark Wills is the course instructor of the top rated Loan Signing System agent training course. He has been an active professional loan signing agent for nearly 15 years and owns a loan signing service that does thousands of signings a year.