|Notary Public in College Station, Texas|
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|Notary Public in College Station, TX|
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|County list: according to our records, College Station is in or near the following county(ies):|
Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Washington
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Search in ZIP Code: 77845
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Texas Notary Laws Update 5/18/13: Notary bills to require notaries to pay $$$$ for education in Texas did not pass in the 83rd Legislative Session. Everything that notaries need to know about their notary duties is at this link:
Texans, watch the video! It's not going to win an Academy Award, but it will teach you what you need to know.
The very best place to pay for a listing is here at NotaryRotary.com. I have been a paying member for 10 years.
5/18/13 - In the past, I sold a book on reverse mortgages. Disclaimer: The book has not been updated since 2006. It will give you a slightly dated overview. Do not contact me about it if you are looking for an updated book with the most recent changes. It is $9.95.
Thanks, Brenda Stone - TexasNotaryPublisher.com
| ||This profile was last updated on 8/3/2013 2:37:00 PM.|
| ||Has Laser Printer: Yes|
Recent Notary Talk Threads Authored by this Notary:
|How do I start a business like yours?|
Posted by BrendaTx at 7/21/2013 10:06:00 PM
|I was with two business owners over the weekend, ladies I have known since we were young mothers and attended church together.|
They own businesses that have both cash retail sales and services. They are clearing in the upper six digits. Guess what....they still get asked the same questions that NSAs do.
"How can I start a business like yours? Do I need a college degree?"
They love the college degree question because neither of them have a degree.
They were talking about these things and I probed them to get answers because I had not heard this discussion about people requesting business info of business owners anywhere but on NR. They discussed the answers that they give when people ask them how to start a business.
"First you have to figure out what business you want to be in--make sure that it will make money. You need to know what you are going to do, how you are going to run the business, know how much money you need, and you have to get the money to do it." and
"It's not what you make, it's what you spend. Profit may not come right away...yes, you can go into the hole! Save as much as possible."
The rest of the discussion we had was about how they got information on starting a business. They went to the library, made phone calls, and wrote snail mail letters. They sat down and figured out taxes, fees, licenses, laws, regulations, and marketing. And, one of them did it before the internet was available. The one who started up later didn't even think about calling her good friend for business advice or simple information that she could learn on her own!
One of them started her business when she was 28 years and the other friend started her business 15 years ago. Both had worked in businesses or banking where they learned about about bookkeeping and the BUSINESS part to figure out how to get started. They also learned from making mistakes.
When they were building their businesses, they worked 16-20 hours a day until they could hire help. Eventually they hired lawyers and accountants. They both employ around 15 full-time employees now. One of them tithes to her church, the other gives back in very significant ways to her community and those in need.
Oh, and they still live a lot like they did "way back when". For instance, they favor Target clothes over high end clothing and make a lot of their Christmas gifts. One of them takes care of all the yard work and the garden. Neither have anyone taking care of their homes or vacation homes. They do it all. Their husbands still get their hands dirty every day at work. They have nice homes, but they are not mansions filled with baubles. The one thing that has changed, though, is that they don't still bring their toddlers to the other's house so that they can spend a day doing each other's hair and saving $200 on a hair appointment. They do go to a salon now.
I don't have "the facts" to prove this; I gleaned this from "interviewing" them while we were making breakfast.
Starting a business is not magic, but it takes someone willing to do a lot of thinking, investigative work, and physical labor.
|Good deals on computer right now in Wally's|
Posted by BrendaTx at 7/7/2013 2:12:00 PM
|I picked up an AIO computer (ASUS) for $450 with a red tag. It is selling refurbed online for $700.|
They are clearing out the underbrush for new shipments of school computers. All of them are "while supplies last" kind of thing.
I had a fun moment there. The 12 year old sales assoc. asked me what I was looking for. I said a PC with either a small tower, or an AIO. She grabbed a box and said, this one is great. I said, won't work. It's not a PC. "UH huh...it's an AIO for only $398."
NO...it's an Android media device. I need a COMPUTER.
[scoff] "Oh." [/scoff]
Sometimes, the old gals know a thing or two.
|California AB 477 Update - Mandated reporting|
Posted by BrendaTx at 7/6/2013 9:45:00 AM
I am not a CA law smarty, but as of 7/3 the bill was noted "From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 2.) (July 2)."
The next hearing on this bill before it goes to the Senate is 8/12/13.
Yes, I know this has been discussed before, but I think that this update is worth mentioning.
|Any word yet on AB 477?|
Posted by BrendaTx at 6/11/2013 9:09:00 PM
|I tried to figure it out, but cannot see any movement.|
|MS Office 2013 - Have you tried it?|
Posted by BrendaTx at 4/19/2013 7:51:00 PM
|I just got my brand spanking new copy of MS Office 2013 Professional. |
How is it working for you?
|Notary Laws in Texas likely to remain unchanged|
Posted by BrendaTx at 4/19/2013 7:42:00 AM
|The notary law changes requiring notaries to have education seems to have stalled in committee. It's possible that they will resurrect, but unlikely. I am not against education, but I am against laws that cost citizens more and are put into action with no evidence of need.|
-The classes were to be at least 3 hours, but there was no cap on the hours or specification that it could be free on the website of the SoS.
-There are 420,000 +/- notaries in Texas. Out of those and millions of documents they have notarized every year, only an average of six commissions are revoked and only 175 +/- complaints are filed. That is less than one quarter of a percent of notaries.
-There is ample free education on the website of the TX SoS.
- Texas notaries can charge $6 for a certificate, plus $1 for additional signatures on acknowledgments and $6 for an oath or jurat. There would be no raise in fees to accommodate the extra expenses.
-The ONLY ones who would stand to benefit would be notary trainers. I could have taken a leave from my job and started training full time if this requirement would have gone into effect and made enough to retire on in a much shorter time. It is a lucrative business when one charges $50 - $100 (or more) per student.
-I would not be opposed to free education based on the website of the SOS, but the way this was written, it was going to become a nice annual stream of income (Millions) that would flow out of notary pockets and into big business pockets. The company that brought the suggested bills to the senate and house in Texas is not a Texas company, according to my sources at the capitol and open record lobbyist info.
I started a Change.org petition and over 400 Texans signed it. Other notaries called and wrote their lawmakers. The petition link is in my profile if you want to see it. With every signature, an email went to every lawmaker in Texas and the Governor's office. I thought that was pretty impressive.
|Marketing tool for mobile notaries|
Posted by BrendaTx at 4/14/2013 5:28:00 PM
Find out if you are listed...some free, some not.
Best Of The Web.
|Hugh - Lucy's memory is well-known at Ay Chihuahua Rescue|
Posted by BrendaTx at 4/4/2013 8:43:00 PM
|Lucy Nations had strong Texas juju....|
Last night I read on Facebook about a pretty little chi named Suzy and sent a little donation for Suzy in Lucy's memory. I got a very nice note on Facebook from the organization who said to tell you about this link.
TWO PAWS UP!
Ay Chihuahua Rescue would like to thank the following people for their generous donation in honor and or memory of someone special:
Jill T. in Memory of "Calvin"
Jill T. in Honor of Natalie Durkin
Katie M. in Honor of Natalie Durkin
MD Compton in Memory of "Calvin"
Susan Fischer in Memory of "Lucy Nations"
Misty, Keith, Duke, Baby, Sugars, Pookie & Sweetie Petie R. in Memory of "Lucy Nations"
Brenda S. in Memory of "Lucy Nations, loving 16 yr companion to Hugh Nations"
|Interesting fuss on Change.org|
Posted by BrendaTx at 3/31/2013 2:16:00 PM
|New/Veteran TX Notaries/pls test drive training from TXSOS|
Posted by BrendaTx at 3/21/2013 8:13:00 PM
|At this link, there are links to five sets of training materials. I have been through them all. |
I think that many do not realize how many resources that Texans have as far as training. Would like to hear your thoughts on them, if you get around to running through all of them.
Informational materials that accompany notary commissions
Video: Texas Notary Training (approx. 45 minutes)
PC (Zip file, 108 mb). Requires WinZip 7.0 or higher. Please refer to Instructions for opening a zip file if you are unfamiliar with this format.
Mac (Zip file, 112mb). WinZip Mac edition may be required. Please refer to Instructions for opening a zip file if you are unfamiliar with this format.
PowerPoint Presentation: Notary Public Educational Information (PPS) PowerPoint presentation.
Lost in Translation: Texas Notary Public v. Mexico Notario Publico by Jonathan A. Pikoff and Charles J. Crimmins
Educational information may also be available from your notary association
|In 1999, I bought an eMachine computer; now I get a new one.|
Posted by BrendaTx at 3/14/2013 10:01:00 PM
I am getting a voucher worth $365 towards a new Gateway, Acer, or eMachines computer. My emachine would probably still be ticking if I had not replaced it. It was a good machine.
I registered the machine and got a card in the mail to go online and plug in my number.
Since 1999, I have moved three times. But, hot dog! eMachines found me.
|Oklahoma, is this a problem?|
Posted by BrendaTx at 3/10/2013 9:04:00 PM
This bill seems to reach a little too deeply into the business of notarizing loan documents.
|Help request: Required Notary Education & Costs /all states|
Posted by BrendaTx at 3/9/2013 9:38:00 AM
|Thanks for reading this. If passed, (83rd Session) TX SB 1037 is going to require Texans to complete certain educational requirements.|
I am sizing is up and drafting a letter of concern to my lawmakers with facts on impact on Texans, and suggestions that will make it work for Texas.
I am **FOR** notary education. But, the bill, as it stands, will almost certainly negatively impact the finances of the state, notaries, and those who employ notaries. It needs to be amended or other things need to change to make this workable. This needs to slow down and get input from those who will be impacted by it: Notaries...not just lobbyists from those who can provide those expensive courses!
I have done several searches, but find it's hard to get all the facts at the speed of light...and, that is what I need.
IF your state has educational requirements, please cut/paste and add your answers to the following in your post. PMs welcomed, but this kind of info is of benefit to readers now and in the future.
My state is:__
Type of course required (i.e., online, live class) is ___
Hours of course required for NEW notaries is ___
Cost for NEW notaries is ___
Hours of course required for renewing notaries is ___
Cost for RENEWING notaries is ___
Test required? Yes or No
What are you allowed to charge for notarizing with an ack cert? $___
If you know, what year did this take effect? ___
|Free business training - More Cowbell, it's the Rx|
Posted by BrendaTx at 2/24/2013 10:40:00 PM
|Okay - There's a fever on this board and the only prescription is "More cowbell." Oh...wait, that was for Don't Fear the Reaper. |
What I meant to say was that are a lot of folks here who may be great notaries, but they are desperately in need of business training on the basics of how to run a business.
Free business training - visit this link.
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But, since I mentioned it, to learn about the Rx benefits of "More Cowbell" go here:
|Those who need to know this, won't read it.|
Posted by BrendaTx at 2/23/2013 6:44:00 PM
|Yeah, that sounds like a chain letter come-on, but it's so true. Those who are charging enough for their services and will be IN business and IN the black already know this. They are marketing to find bigger fish each day. |
Those who don't have a plan in place to get their fees up to a level that dignifies their work and self-employment status won't be interested...they'll sell themselves short until they don't have enough money to cover their costs of doing business and bills.
|Ring, ring...D.O.J. calling...|
Posted by BrendaTx at 2/20/2013 7:13:00 PM
|In 2006, I got a call from a Sandra at the Dept. of Justice. She left a message on my voice mail. I listened to the voice mail and blew it off thinking that it was a prankster or scam because (1) what the heck would the DOJ want with me? and (2) I had not done anything wrong. |
Guess, what. It was not a prank. Ms. DOJ was not playing. She was investigating me and several other notaries!
The reason for the call to me? Well, because notaries were establishing statewide networks and getting work directly from title companies that SSs felt that they were entitled to. One or more of them called the DOJ.
Fortunately, I could direct Ms. DOJ to this site to read my posts about networking and to discredit the claims that networks were fixing prices. I have never discussed fixing prices, nor did any network member say that we should not take lower fees. We said we wanted to cut out the middle man. Pure and simple. When the DOJ understood that, they moved on. (For those who do not know, the theme of networking is that notaries bring their title company contacts to the table and shared them. Network members make rosters of notaries in their networks and share those with each title company contact. It worked well. Well enough to bring the ire of SSs and false reporting of this as a price-fixing scheme. It all went away.)
The point of sharing my experience is because you should be aware that I know of at least ten notaries who are NR posters who belonged to networks who got calls just like I did. Some said that it was because of the XYZ -- the XYZ suggested $55-$65 fees for signings back in '05 and SSs didn't like that. I know that because of who all was called, the networks were targets as well.
Today, I strongly caution you all to be very, very careful about publicly banning together to raise the fees of independent contractors and your own competitors above a certain amount. In fact, it may be collusion and illegal.
We who read here know that the costs of doing business cannot be covered by low fees, but that is up to each independent contractor. It is a wonderful thing to want to help students and beginners to learn that they are worth more than they perhaps think that they are. Teaching others how to analyze the cost of doing business is not illegal. However, banning together to do away with the competitive trade of not taking fees below a certain amount might be.
Either way, I didn't like talking to the DOJ!
Don't take my word for it. Google <doj price fixing> and see what you find on this topic.
The esteemed member of NR and our community who made me reflect on this topic is someone who truly cares about our industry. She is very sincere and helpful and a great business woman. However, this is my experience and as much as I hate to remember those calls seven or eight years ago, any my visits with Sandra while she recorded my explanations and answers, I thought it should be shared as food for thought.
The DOJ is required to investigate all reported issues of this kind. I am definitely not saying that anyone has made a price fixing post here, I just felt it was a good time to suggest that others might want to learn more about it for themselves. Keep in mind that every word on this board is public.
Price Fixing impacts procurement when business is conducted through purchase order or direct purchase. In this situation, >>>>competitors may agree to raise or fix prices they will charge for their goods or services, set a minimum price that they will not sell below, or reduce or eliminate discounts.<<<<
Suspicious Indicators (of price fixing):
Look for situations where competitors always announce their price increases at the same time for the same amount or have staggered price increases with some pattern, such as appearing to take turns going first.
Look for competitors reducing or eliminating discounts at about the same time.
Generally, be alert to situations in which all prices seem to be uniform and all suppliers refuse to negotiate those prices."
Search in ZIP Code: 77840
|I have had ten years as a licensed Realtor currently with Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS assisting more than 700 clients sell and purchase homes since 2001. I am a NNA Certified Signing Agent. I know the closing process. I have complete more than 8000 notary signings since July 2009 including, Refis, conventional, VA refi's, structured settlements, reverse mortgage, HELOC, loan modifications, property tax loans, etc.
I also can be your partner in assisting you in getting depositions signed and delivered, out of the area automobile purchase agreements signed, and also the recording of deeds at the various county courthouses in my coverage area.
Ask me what I can help you will and you will be surprised and very satisfied with my service.|
| ||This profile was last updated on 7/15/2013 8:27:00 AM.|
| ||24 Hr Service: Yes|
| ||Does Fingerprinting: Yes|
| ||Has Laser Printer: Yes|
| ||Home Inspections: Yes|
Search in ZIP Code: 77845
|My experience includes senior management in mortgage operations to include originating, underwriting, due diligence, and managing a pipeline of loans. I worked in a title company and did public relations. I am a licensed Realtor with 36 years experience in sales and managment. I have done over 2800 signings in the past 4 years. I am detailed, organized and always strive to deliver a complete and accurate package as quickly as possible. I am familiar with all kinds of lending documents and have a great rapport with people. I understand last minute calls, and I do well under pressure.......... I have expertise in refinance signings, purchase signing for buyers and/or sellers, HUD purchases, Reverse Mortgages, debt settlement signings, structured settlement signings and cash out refinancing. |
| ||This profile was last updated on 6/27/2013 11:35:00 AM.|
| ||Has Laser Printer: Yes|
| ||Home Inspections: Yes|
Search in ZIP Code: 77842
|Over 300 signings. Punctual and efficient. Will go the extra mile to be sure closings are handled with reliability and courtesy. I have access to an office of a local attorney to provide cash out loans. |
| ||This profile was last updated on 7/17/2013 1:42:00 PM.|
| ||Has Laser Printer: Yes|