Is to get a “real job” now…refi’s are gone, for good-or, at least for several years, and title companies are opening to the public again.
We won’t be seeing anything even remotely close to what we have enjoyed these past few years! Rates are climbing and folks who refinanced (many more than once) are done. For purchases and sales, escrow officers will be handling the signings because a) their client prefers them to do so, and b) they get paid for signings. Not sure anyone knows this, but an EO charges buyers, borrowers and sellers for their notary services. Shoot, I used to pull in a minimum of $2000/month in addition to my salary as an escrow officer and I know for a fact, the EO’S want that income back. They won’t be looking for a notary!
We can strategize all day long about how to boost our signings now, but the fact remains that the volume is just NOT there anymore.
Personally, I came to a screeching halt this month and went from 7-8 a day (and turning down so many I couldn’t keep track) to 1 or 2, and I’m a preferred notary for 7 SS’s and 3 direct lenders.
Fortunately I didn’t get into this as a permanent career, I knew I would be riding the wave and OHHHHH boy has it been fun BUT I saw this coming in October and started looking in January. I start a new job Monday, in an entirely different industry where my income will be good, but not even close to what 2020 and 2021 were…however, it’ll be stable and I’m personally sick and tired of the instability of the real estate industry as a whole.
In this industry, when things are good you can command high fees because of the sheer volume and the lack of notaries available due to said volume BUT when things are bad, it’s horrid. Escrow officers will be laid off left and right, lenders just simply won’t have work for notaries, and it’s about to get miserable - there’s never a gray area in real estate.
Good luck to all, it’s been wild!!