|Notary Public in College Station, Texas|
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|Notary Public in College Station, TX|
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Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Washington
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Search in ZIP Code: 77845
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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. I NO LONGER SELL THIS BOOK. It has not been updated since 2006. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A PAYMENT. Thanks.
Thanks, Brenda Stone - TexasNotaryPublisher.com
| ||This profile was last updated on 12/30/2013 1:31:00 PM.|
| ||Has Laser Printer: Yes|
Recent Notary Talk Threads Authored by this Notary:
|How many forum members does it take to change a lightbulb?|
Posted by BrendaTx at 12/23/2013 2:27:00 AM
|How many forum members does it take to change a lightbulb?|
1 to change the light bulb and 1 to post that the light bulb has been changed
14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently
7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs
27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs
53 to flame the spell checkers
41 to correct spelling/grammar flames
6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb" ... another 6 to condemn those 6 as anal-retentive
8 to claim that when the Democrats are in power, lightbulbs last twice as long.
8 to claim that when the Republicans are in power, light bulb stocks go up.
2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp"
15 know-it-alls who claim they were in the industry, and that "light bulb"is perfectly correct
156 to email the participant's ISPs complaining that they are in violation of their "acceptable use policy"
1 exasperated moderator to post that this forum is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb forum or email
203 to demand that cross posting to hardware forum, off-topic forum, and lightbulb forum about changing light bulbs be stopped
111 to defend the posting to this forum saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts are relevant to this forum
306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty
27 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs
14 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's
3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group
33 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too"
12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy
19 to quote the "Me too's" to say "Me three"
4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ
44 to ask what is a "FAQ"
4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?"
143 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs"
1 new forum member to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again
|Be careful with keyword usage.|
Posted by BrendaTx at 12/6/2013 7:34:00 PM
|*In May, a judge found that Marks & Spencer's use of "Interflora" in Google AdWords, to produce results for its own service, infringed trademarks belonging to the flower delivery network.*|
A few years back, I discovered that a certain company was using the phrase "Notary Rotary" in its keywords for google ads. If memory serves, I let Harry know and he had it stopped.
According to this article, last year a judge determined that this kind of keyword placement is trademark infringement.
Be careful with keywords and using someone else's name or business name in your SEO keywords and don't be shy in demanding that others not use your own name or name of your business similarly.
|Organizing a Signing Agent Group [My ideal group]|
Posted by BrendaTx at 11/20/2013 2:30:00 AM
|A true Signing Agent Group must be a membership driven, with board members that are just, fair, and provide checks and balances. The goal must not be greed. The plan must be truly for the good of a group. The organizer(s) must be altruistic in his/her motivation for the good OF ALL, not just for an income/profit opportunity.|
They must go through the proper steps to set up the non-profit entity.
Here are the steps that non-profits should take (off the top of my head/my opinion only).
Have I set up one or two? Yes. I have been on the steering committee of two economic development organizations that were privately funded and operated by membership ballots and board decisions. Government entities executed contracts for services, but the entities were private. I learned a heep.
Also, have been on the task force of Big Brothers/Big Sisters to charter an entity, seat a board, and raise funds. Further, I have been the President of the Board-- not the executive that makes a salary -- of a few. And, a board member. I know of no one at this time, is qualified to be the kind of fundraising, membership building, motivational professional that a signing agent group needs to survive.
#1 - RIGHT NOW - Bylaws and entity creation--a must! Get IRC 503(c)(6) Status.
#2 - RIGHT NOW - Write a business plan / do ten years of projections
#3 - NOW - Draft mission and objectives.
#4 - Make a realistic budget that will pay travel, salary, market/promote fees, pay legal fees, rent, accounting fees, overhead. $250,000 first year; $400,000 second year; $500,000 third year.
#5 - Find your funding to operate the first year.
#6 - Form a special committee of stellar signing agents to provide guidance to the hired gun that is a professional non-profit membership exec with a proven track record.
#7 - MUST Hire a professional who knows how to guide you in a MEMBERSHIP and BOARD run organization. There must be a track record of proven success. Engage the membership. Seat a REAL BOARD, not a family board, or a board with a few people looking for ways to feather their own nests by decisions. There will always be conflicts of interest, but you must offset those with board members that will check and balance.
~~~Your MEMBERSHIP MUST HAVE INPUT and must be your board's compass. Otherwise, you are right back where you started with an organization that seems to make decisions based on income. Don't stack the board with family members of the organizer; keep it to a minimum or you will lose your 503(c)(6) standing with IRS.~~~
#8 - Guide the professional through the process of expectations; negotiate a job description that is appropriate and drawn with input from special committee of stellar signing agents.
#9 - Get said professional busy finalizing mission/goals. Update bylaws as needed. Decide on your message - Bid and print promo material; design a slick, professional website. Maintain oversight/not micromanagement.
#10 - Professional helps set a membership dues amount that will support the program; starts membership drive and fund raising.
#11 - Hire a part-time or full-time administrative person to help the professional at the outset with funds to help with services needed. Or, provide other means for support. Plan to hire others.
#12 - You must raise $50,000 - $75,000 in your first year. That should be easy - 500 members x $100 or $150 dues. If you cannot get that, your message isn't working.
#13 - You must raise $250,000 your second year - $100 x 2500 members.
#14 - You must raise $400,000 your third year - another $100 x 4000 members.
#15 - Have a plan to repay investors asap.
If you can do that, you've got a real chance at survival.
Not that I expect everyone to agree with me, but this is the way an ideal Signing Agent Group will be.
I will never join a start up group for which I have not seen a business plan and its mission and objectives. Transparency is necessary.
Am I wrong?
|A situation that is not addressed by the SPW|
Posted by BrendaTx at 11/15/2013 1:31:00 AM
|I know that this is something that signing agents from states that allow only low notary fees ($.50-$2.00, for example) do not like to ponder, but this scenario is meaningful.|
Many title companies and lenders have leaned toward sending packages off to a borrower with instructions to find his or her own notary.
In fact, I believe that Wells Fargo (an SPW member) may be one of them.
Wonder how this scenario will work when a borrower hires his or her own notary public? The notary is not under the lender or title company in this case and, therefore, would not require a test or training.
I might be looking at this wrong, but I believe that the fact that this is (apparently) fine to do makes a significant statement that the CSS designation is not quite as far reaching as it appears to be.
I also wonder if the SPW will suggest that lenders and title companies cease this practice.
It is something to think about.
|Perspective: Ca. Notaries as Advocates for Seniors|
Posted by BrendaTx at 10/24/2013 10:27:00 PM
|[I realize this isn't about BGC or HVR, but perhaps some will be interested in this article. If it has already been posted, I apologize.] |
The link below revisits the new law resulting from AB 477 that made notaries in California responsible for reporting issues that relate to Senior citizens. There are pros and cons for both sides of the argument. (Read about AB 477: http://goo.gl/zoMm9W.)
First, my praise and thanks goes to notary PJ Garcia (whoever you are) for testifying in legislative hearings on AB 477. Garcia went to lawmakers and told them how it was for notaries who would be taxed with this new responsibility. She is right, but she lost.
The argument of the 87-year old woman who was the driving force behind the bill and who also testified for passing AB 477 fell on the ears of lawmakers like a ton of bricks. She could not be ignored because she had a passionate and persuasive story to tell. Notary Garcia could not win against that on her own. My praise also goes to this active lady for taking action on her passion for protection of seniors.
This is well worth the read. I believe that the wisdom in this story is "We have to go to our statehouses and make them listen...oh yeah, and we should all be taking pilates."
87-Year-Old Advocate Wants To Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse
Everything fell into place except for the happy ending.
June Glasmeier, an 87-year-old Thousand Oaks resident with red hair and a one-track mind, knows about financial scams that victimize seniors.
A year ago, a man in a parking lot offered to fix her dinged Cadillac for $220 while she shopped for groceries. Then he wanted her to take him to an ATM.
The scam went awry only because she didn't have a debit card.
"Basically, it all comes down to money," she said. "We're targets."
Glasmeier, who serves on several boards and takes Pilates class two days a week, doesn't like seeing a bull's-eye on anyone's back. She decided to do something...
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE:
Posted by BrendaTx at 9/17/2013 8:56:00 PM
|Two years ago, I posted a message about how many notaries are doing this kind of work. It is ridiculous...they are everywhere.|
What kind of document scam are they getting themselves into?
|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.
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: 77842
|Over 900 signings. Punctual and efficient. Will go the extra mile to be sure closings are handled with reliability and courtesy. Pet and children friendly. Many of my closings are with animals or children in my lap. I have access to an office of a local attorney to provide cash out loans. |
| ||This profile was last updated on 12/18/2013 10:39:00 AM.|
| ||Has Laser Printer: Yes|