Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have closed at a Dunkin Donuts. Closed on a clients desk in her work as her boss would not let her off. Yesterday was my first post virus closing. The closer dressed in Hazmatt attire. The seller signed by mail and buyer sat flinging papers across the table.

Mar 24, 2020 05:55 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Folding card table in a burned out shell of a house, counting out 20k in cash.

Mar 24, 2020 02:30 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Any closing I've been at has always been in a conference room at a table.  This week's closings will be in my car, alone & waving to my clients when they're done executing the docs 6 ft from their attorney, one at a time. 

Mar 24, 2020 05:59 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

On the hood of a car. It was a short sale and sellers really were not too accommodating thus closer came to the house and we literally signed in the drive way while sellers were still moving stuff out of the house. 

Mar 24, 2020 05:58 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I don't have any interesting stories about closing locations since in NY we always did them in an attorney's office with everyone present. When I signed my closing papers to purchase my land in Montana, the notary came to my house and we signed at my dining room table. That's my most interesting closing.

Mar 24, 2020 05:02 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Back in the day before electronic signatures, purchase agreeements(contracts) have been signed in some interesting locations(hoods of cars, restaurants and such) but nothing awkward for closings.  In Southern California, escrow officers handle the closing process and gemerally, as a group,  they seem to have a history of being well-coordinated even in times that don't seem so normal.  

Mar 24, 2020 04:06 AM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Had a closing last week at a house in a very remote area.. less than a 100 people rural area. Notary on board and done in shifts. Distance back and forth like a dance, did not touch anything, everyone has their own pen and the bottle of sanitizer going in, washing hands vigorously coming out. Done in less than 10 minutes.

Then to save mileage and time went off to drive into a lake cottage, found the hidden key, paced off dimensions inside and out and made notes of each room. Then shot images, shot video loops, studied deed and found boundary lines, put up sign and did the same process with two more different lake waterfront properties. The other two drove in to a point and heathy walk in and out. Spent the day all alone, listening to BBC, CBC, NPR and other news channels traveling between new property listing process. Out of state owners, information from registry and town office retrieved electronically. Bumped into no one. Neighboring properties on lake empty and closed for season. 

Brought a lunch and excited to one by one get three new listings in the pipeline. In small rural areas, there are way less people to worry about catching something. And we make sure to reach out with safety measures to help them get everything they need. Small communities are intimately connected and often you are distantly related to most.

In real estate it is A to Z you the agent or broker do it all and don't come into contact with many layers of players. Stage, media collection, put up the sign. Me, myself and I army of one. List it, sell it, one attorney (repeat) over and over. Is it like that where you live? Over the years lots of cash sales, bag of money. Everyone helps count it. One time enough travelers checks for a cash purchase that took an afternoon to endorse... buyer was getting divorced, did not want to carry cash, spent a fortune on traveler's checks to get funds away from the wife running away to Maine.

Mar 24, 2020 03:58 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hood of my car.  

Mar 24, 2020 08:39 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not recall any awkward settlement locations.

Mar 24, 2020 07:22 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Executed a RESPA statement on the door of a moving truck in the street shortly before it moved away! Closing on the fly!

Mar 24, 2020 06:49 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I am a NNA Certified Signing Agent and many of the title companies are suggesting we do curbside signings. I refuse. Besides recent temps below zero (highs in the 40's at very best) we usually have 10 to 30mph winds and I'm not about to chase paperwork across the neighborhood. I have my dignity and there best be a table or desk in front of me or they can find someone else to close the loan.

Mar 24, 2020 06:17 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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not sure that you can get 6 feet apart in a normal size car even if caddy corner. 6 ft is much further than more people realize.

Mar 24, 2020 04:38 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have never had a signing of a contract or a closing in an awkward place.

Mar 24, 2020 04:35 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

In a rest area

Mar 24, 2020 10:19 AM
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Caroline Gerardo
Pinnacle Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Public swimming pool little table with umbrella It looked like this but fabed and the fiberglass would cut you if you didn't sit on a towel. Whatever works!

Mar 24, 2020 09:44 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Inside hospitals, back of cars, coffee shops, offices on a coffee break.

Mar 24, 2020 08:47 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

A retirement home and the airport.

I have a feeling we're going to be seeing a lot of different places for signing in upcoming weeks, Paul!

Mar 24, 2020 09:13 PM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Have crossed the state line to sit with client at the bank with a Notary to close the transaction. She did not travel or do online communication. Also, I close all my transactions across the state as well. It's the least I can do for clients who have put their trust in me.

Mar 24, 2020 12:21 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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I have met a lot of people at the Cow Statue at Stew Leonard's, even prior to the virus. 

Mar 25, 2020 08:09 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

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Mar 25, 2020 12:55 PM