To Notaries in Georgia Who Want to be Notary Signing Agents
— by Tim Gatewood
I have a soft spot for Georgia, as it’s where my mom’s family is from, going back several generations. So, please accept the following as my attempt to help out some Georgians who are also notaries, which makes them my people twice over.
Normally, for a notary who wants to be an NSA, I would suggest a specific article from this website to help you get started. However, as you’re in Georgia, which is an attorney-only state, I’m going to take a different path.
Being a notary in Georgia means that, unless you’re working with an attorney, the only NSA work you can do is for properties that are not in GA (but the owners happen to be there at the time of the closing).
There’s going to be very little of that, and what there is will mostly be clustered in two areas:
- around military bases (if the service member is living on base but owns property in another state) or
- in rich areas (if the rich folks own more than one home).
If you happen to be near one of those, you’re going to be competing against already established NSAs, as well as other new NSAs who may be willing to take fees that are too low to cover costs just to get some experience.
This is going to be very intense competition and there may simply not be enough business there for even one more NSA.
You can get some NSA-related work doing applications, but actual loans that involve GA real estate require an attorney.
Your only other option for NSA work is to get in with an attorney, which presents its own set of challenges.
You can make money doing general notary work. For how to do that, I recommend Laura Vestanen’s book called _Marketing Your Non-Loan Notary Services_. You can find it on Amazon or abebooks.com or alibris.com or eBay.
I wish the NNA would stop selling certification in attorney only states and that all the online training would be very clear about this before they take your money. It’s hard enough to launch a new NSA business without that attorney-only barrier to success in your way.