Yesterday, I received this email from Professional Notary Services, Inc and was quite disappointed to hear of the lack of quality control and customer satisfaction on the part of some in this industry. Though, I have not gotten an assignment from them since March 1, I still find this disheartening. The email reads:
**And Spring typically marks the start of the upswing of the housing market.**
Not this year.
The craziness and busyness of the past two years have ground to a halt. We know real estate to be cyclical. What goes up must come down. Right now, we are in the “up” stage: high rates, low inventory, supply chain delays, and shortage of goods, along with an exodus of people from the workforce. By all accounts, this is not going to be a short-term situation.
We are already starting to see the effects of our current economic situation. Companies no longer allow for overtime. Lenders, title companies, and attorneys are laying off. Mortgage applications are down, as are new home sales.
Why am I telling you this?
Because with the slowdown of work inevitably comes a slew of complaints. We have had multiple complaints daily for the past month.
- Documents not printed on the appropriate size paper.
- Documents are being cut off.
- Signatures and dates missed.
- Notarizations missed.
- ID not returned in packages.
- Notaries being excessively late for closings > than 30 minutes.
- Closing times changed without approval.
- Scans are not being done.
- Packages are not being dropped promptly.
- Funds are not being collected.
- Instructions are not being followed.
- Mistakes are not being corrected.
I had a paralegal today say, “If I get laid off, I will come work for you because your notaries are…terrible.”
That’s not what I want to hear from my customer, and that’s not what you want someone to say about you.
When it is slow, it is even more critical that we all do the best job we can. Customers have more time to be nit-picky. They are more inclined to cut fees because no money is coming. They consider using in-house notaries for in-person and RON closings. Please don’t give them a reason to take away our work.
Below are some articles that are relevant to the current environment.
As always, I appreciate all you do for us.