I am aware of the fact that Title pays a significant price for notary, and I also understand the signing service is in this business to make money too, however, I am not willing to leave my house for less then $100. If there is travel involved, I add an additional $50 EACH WAY, there and back. I am aware that some signing companies negotiate a flat rate with Title, which is none of my business, but I am aware of the fact that Title pays and pays well, to get the job done.
I have only worked for 2 signing companies (1 has treated me very well and one I am pursuing collection efforts with) and I am not interested in working through many others. They throw signings out to us notaries for crumbs, while they capitalize on this part of the process in this industry and new notaries accept low fees because they aren't aware of the process and the money involved and are simply not informed.
The secret here is to network with the actual "client" the Lender, who can tell Title what notary to use. This is a topic that nobody is talking about!!! We think that Fidelity Title and Chicago Title are the big fish, but they are not!!! It is the Lender that dictates how they want it and if they tell Title that they want you to do the signing, they will accommodate their client and do what they are being told to do. This is something that a corporate contact at Fidelity told me directly after she told me "everyone wants to work with Fidelity" and that "I needed to be sponsored or referred by a direct contact at Fidelity" to work directly with them.
I have focused my business model on building relationships with Lenders, not Title and certainly not signing services!!! This will ensure I, the notary doing all of the work, making all of them look good when I show up and do a fabulous job at the signing table with the client, will receive a rate comparable to my professional services and work as a notary. A topic I have been reading for years now, is how signing services are not paying notaries, paying significantly late, or paying pennies on the dollar for the work WE do!!! You have to ask yourself why does this continue to be a SIGNIFICANT topic of discussion across several social platforms from notaries all over the country.