Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Going Paperless Thanks to Docusign and PDF Creator

Going Paperless Thanks to Docusign and PDF Creator

I hate papercuts, who doesn't? When Docusign first came out, I thought it might be a fad. It was argued back and forth about electronic signatures not really being accepted in real estate so I waited and waited to get that confirmation that they weren't going to be allowed... that confirmation never came. Electronic signatures started being more and more common. I jumped on the Docusign bandwagon about a year ago, and looking back, I can't believe I didn't do it much sooner.


Previously to Docusign, I was always printing and scanning and printing and scanning and even though it doesn't "shrink" like a fax, the type starts to get blurry.  Docusign is awesome because changes can be made right within the program. I can X out a term and "data field" the counter term, then put it through the system and have my clients initial the change. Sometimes just one page had changes and I would have to print that one page out, scan it back in so I didn't have to print an entire document... more time with the little stuff.

What I added to save more time and paper was PDF Creator.  I could take a document and instead of sending an entire document to someone, I could create a new PDF with only the pages that need to be sent, and that saves paper and printing as well. In my market, the sellers and listing agents don't care to see the inspection report, but when you need to reference something in the inspection report, it's good to be able to single out that page without having to print it and scan it back in.

I've had clients in other states. I've had clients in other countries. They are all a little nervous at first, but when I describe Docusign to them and how it will take under 2 minutes, they get excited. When I mention that they get to pick their own font, they get even more excited. I had clients close over the summer and they were in their 70's.  They absolutely loved the ease of Docusign and were amazed that we didn't have to drive around town anymore to get signatures and initials on documents.

There are still some companies that don't allow electronic signatures, and to those companies, I say,

"Get with the times!!"

**Are You Packed Yet?**

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

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Comment balloon 10 commentsDonna Harris • September 26 2012 01:40PM


This does us all wonders! :)


Love and light,


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Donna I am working on it I really am. Good luck and happy posting

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 8 years ago


Thanks for sharing a very informative post the real estate in moving in the direction of a paperless business.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 8 years ago

I'm hoping my Brokerage offers DocuSign soon, but if not by 2013, I'll bite the bullet and sign up. Your recommendation means a lot!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

echosign is tad bit easier, cheaper and more efficuent. try the free demo, Donna. plus they'll take your call 24/7, no extra chg, unlike docusign. when a customer signs a document it comes back as a pdf file, u dont have to log in to view it! I had docusign for two years.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 8 years ago

Laura, Thanks!

Charles, Work quicker...

Lou, You're welcome!

Lori, It's not expensive, so you should sign up now. Like $15 a month or something like that.

Greg, I don't have a charge for customer service, and it does send the completed PDF to my email when all parties sign, in addition to sending it to the people who signed.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 8 years ago

Love love love using Docusign and I use it for more than just my real estate transaction.  I think  our Austin Board is working on including a paperless signing service as one of the benefits we have as participating Realtors with the Board this coming year!  Wouldn't that be wonderful!

Posted by Deb Dahlberg - Rowland, Deb Sells Texas! (Hart Land Real Estate) almost 8 years ago


I am just getting used to docusign. I guess I am just stubborn as i get older

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) almost 8 years ago

Donna-PDF Creator sounds like another tool I need to add to the bag. Thanks.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) almost 8 years ago

I love the technology that allows us to be so much more productive these days. It would not be possible to transact business in the days before fax machines and now, pdf creators and electronic signatures.


I can only gnash my teeth and say words that my grandchildren are not allowed to hear when I see mls instructions that say “no electronic signatures allowed”. Do those Neanderthals really think that a signature on a fax is an original signature. The law deems fax signatures to be legal. The law also deems electronic signatures to be legal. Come on you people…get with the times!

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) almost 8 years ago