Author Archives: Tim Gatewood

About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.

Some Perspective on Notary Signing Agent Fees 

When I became a notary in 1997, the National Notary Association  (NNA) was sending out promotional materials to every notary they could find, selling their services. I don’t recall when they started promoting the idea of this notary signing agent … Continue reading

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Where is the Reliable List of Deadbeat Firms ?

One of the questions that comes up often wherever notaries gather online is, “Where can I find a list of deadbeat (low pay/ slow pay/ no pay) firms to avoid?” There are lists, but they’re almost always based on reports … Continue reading

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What Notary Signing Agents Need to Know About Document Packages 

Recently, another notary asked me to rank the following jobs in order of difficulty: Full purchase, reverse mortgage, cash deal, HELOC, loan closing, Loan application. They said all the client sites asked them for their fees for each type and they … Continue reading

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On Lowball Fees for Notary Signing Agents 

I will not blame new notaries or newly-trained notary signing agents for taking lowball offers. Some money and some experience beats none of either. The thing is so many companies look at us as commodities, as if a newly-certified NSA … Continue reading

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On Titles of Documents and Sworn Statements

On Titles of Documents and Sworn Statements. (The “titles” referred to here are not real estate titles or car/truck/mobile home titles that show who owns property. They are the name of the document as shown at the top of the … Continue reading

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