Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and Governor Doug Ducey have issued an Executive Order allowing Arizonans to use Remote Online Notarization (RON), effective April 10, 2020. RON is the process of signing paperwork using audio-visual technology to appear before a notary instead of being physically present. As such, Pioneer Title Agency, which is the largest family–owned title and escrow company in Arizona, with more than 75 offices across 13 counties statewide, is pleased to announce a full staff of trained notaries ready and able to begin offering RON for real estate transactions immediately and at no additional charge.
Signings can be done safely and securely from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional times able to be scheduled as needed.
Governor Doug Ducey explained, “We are taking proactive measures to protect public health while ensuring Arizona can still take care of their essential needs. This order allows key components of business for bankers, real estate agents, legal companies, health care professionals, and much more to carry on during the COVID-19 outbreak in a safe and secure way that protects public health.”
In order to use RON, the buyer, seller, lender, underwriter and escrow support must all approve its use, which Pioneer can assist with as well. To get the process started, a RON consent form must be signed by the buyer and seller. It is also helpful to review a checklist of items to have on hand or be prepared for in the process, which is available here.
“Like usual, only the notary and signer are required to participate, but it is possible for the escrow officer, lender, and/or agent to join the signing as well using this technological process,” says Tyler Newlon, vice president of digital closings at Pioneer Title Agency. “The notary and signer are required to have both audio and visual connections; however, the other parties may choose to join with audio/visual as well or by phone only, if desired.”
Pioneer Title Agency has proudly been serving Arizona since 1985, handling all types of real estate transactions, ranging from the smallest secondary loans to the transfer of large sophisticated commercial properties. With more than 75 offices statewide, Pioneer Title Agency is able to focus on ensuring the rights of one’s property are clear, and the transfer of title is completed in a timely fashion, with the upmost professionalism. A local, family-owned business, Pioneer has grown to 13 counties across Arizona by remaining focused on a “Commitment to Service” since its inception.