Hunter Jones, Denver Metro and mountain markets (Lokation Real Estate)

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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
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Luckily, unlike in the UK, there are lots and lots of Notaries in Germany. It does require an advance appointment but if the seller knows the closing date, they can approximate the time frame when closing documentation will be available. Most likely, not everything will need to be notarized so there is always a possibility that some paperwork can be prepared in advance. Seller will also have to plan for delivery back to US. Next day shippping often turns into a two or three day delivery.  You may work with your closing agent here in the US to make them aware of the time frames. 

On another note, you may want to discuss how seller is getting their funds back to Germany if they are not here. Once funds have been transferred into a stateside account, it may not be easy to transfer them elsewhere without seller being present. 

All the best!

Apr 08, 2020 11:24 AM
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Caroline Gerardo
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1. Have them make an appointment with US consulate https://de.usembassy.gov/

here is another one : https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/08-Documents,CertificationsandApostille/notarization-signature-certification/922174

What city are they in?  most US military bases are closed call and find out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Army_installations_in_Germany  MAKE Sure they have TWO forms of current dated identification They will need to pay someone and be fingerprinted She CANNOT use a German notary it must be an AMERICAN with the book. Allow time for originals to be shipped to your attorney or escrow officer- this may take a couple days

 

Apr 08, 2020 11:11 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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The US Embassay/consulate should be able to notarize the documents for you.

Apr 08, 2020 12:52 PM
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Whenever we've dealt with over seas clients the siging has either been in an embassy or JAG office on a military base (if they are military).  I have no experiece with Germany specifically.

Apr 08, 2020 01:53 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Hunter,

I think that Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES has a perfect answer for you.  A

Apr 08, 2020 12:49 PM
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Nina Hollander
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There should be plenty of notaries in Germany. At this stage of the game, worry about the cost should not come into play, if you ask me. If she's close to a US Embassy or consulate she can do it there... but that could take longer to get an appointment.

Apr 09, 2020 04:54 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I was going to suggest the US Consulate. Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES has some good info, too.

Apr 08, 2020 10:32 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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American Embassy....Long may she waive

Apr 08, 2020 01:15 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
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Not exactly Hunter Jones but 100% of my income these days is derived from me being a Notary Public and NNA Certified Signing Agent. I simply can not imagine it being expensive for your Seller. When I do mobile notary work it's usually $150.00 for Sellers docs. Can't this be rolled into closing costs, my fees always are.

Apr 08, 2020 11:45 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
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Sorry there but.  I have  friend here who is licensed in both countries and might have suggestions.  contact me off line and I will share her informaton,  

Apr 08, 2020 10:57 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
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Why worry about the fees? Just contact the German notary service (they can easily do that given they live there) and discover what are the fees and the process. I'd start with the simple, local solution first.

Apr 08, 2020 03:29 PM
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Silvia has a great answer for you. Best of luck Hunter!

Apr 08, 2020 01:11 PM
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Roy Kelley
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I have no idea. This will be a good blog topic for you when the deal is done.

Apr 08, 2020 11:58 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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What happened to Docusign? Pretty easy. I am sure that it's possible to do but be sure the title company will let it happen.

Apr 08, 2020 11:48 AM
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Tony Lewis
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I'm sure there is an arrangement that can be made locally.

Apr 08, 2020 02:08 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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The only time that I has an off-shore seller was during the short-sale days. The sellers had moved to China. Signing was done at a U.S. Embassy as I recall.

Apr 12, 2020 05:20 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
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It looks like you have some great suggestions here.  

I wish you all the best with this! 

Apr 09, 2020 09:13 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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NotaryCam is a company that does notarization virtually, while watching a live signing.  Maybe that would work.

Apr 08, 2020 04:56 PM