As a mobile notary/loan signing agent, I deal with pets on a daily basis. I recently asked my wife and kids to guess how many homes in America own pets. We all guessed anywhere from fifty to eighty percent. It didn’t surprise me when I discovered that roughly two-thirds of all homes in America own a pet.
When I dug deeper I found that 63% of Americans own a dog which is one dog for every 3.5 humans in the US. My research confirmed what I’ve learned after having been in thousands of homes to conduct mortgage loan, purchase and refinance closings.
When ur human says "who's a good boy" and u already know it's u pic.twitter.com/Iv9mFqAnyB
— meg (@meglizf) October 23, 2016
People love their pets!
Americans are crazy about their animals. And while your success as a mobile notary/loan signing agent doesn’t depend on whether or not you feel the same, I believe it can help if you’re a dog person.
Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. – Shopenhauer
In northeastern Kentucky, when you pull up to a house about half the time you’ll be greeted by a dog before you even get out of your car. I ran into three geese the other day and I certainly wasn’t exiting my vehicle while they were around.
Many people keep pets in their homes. Our beloved mutt, Linc, even sleeps with us, so I understand the connection. Not all dogs are as well behaved as the good boys below who work as service dogs.
Here’s the Problem
The problem comes when a dog is unfamiliar with its subject and “would never bite you” and “only likes to play rough.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 4.5 million dog bites occur in the US each year. This equates to one out of every 73 persons being bit by a dog.
Fortunately, I’ve never been bit and I hope this post doesn’t jinx me. But if you’re a homeowner and you’re getting ready to sign those refinance documents, your notary signing agent would appreciate it if you’d put ‘Zeus' up for the 20-30 minutes it will take to sign.
Follow These 4 Simple Steps
As for the loan signing agent perspective, if you’re not a dog person then these tips may help you prevent a traumatic situation.
- When confirming your signing appointment, find out whether or not your customers have pets.
- Alert your customers of any fears or allergies that you may have as far as pets are concerned.
- Politely ask your customers to contain or otherwise temporarily pin up their pets in order to prevent contact.
- Thank your customer for accommodating your requests.
I’ve Seen It All
Glowing lizards, service dogs, pheasants, hairless cats…I could go on and on. And I certainly could’ve lived my whole life without having snakes on my list, but I happened to see a 14-year-old boa constrictor just this week!
I enjoy taking pictures of the pets I run across so I can share them with my family. One of my favorite moments came the other day when I asked ‘Daisy' if I could take her picture. I swear this dog was smiling and was not even close to growling at the time I captured her image. How sweet is that?!
Once I was asked if I wanted to hold my signers’ bird…what are you going to say?! You end up with a picture of yourself holding a huge bird (see above).
It Is Our Privilege to Serve You
When people ask, “So you have to go into people’s houses as part of your job?” This is my typical response: As a member of the Kentucky Notary Network, we consider it an honor and a privilege to be invited into our clients' homes.
The one thing we do ask though, is that you properly secure your animals – especially if your notary isn’t a dog person!
If you are a realtor, loan officer, title agent or real estate attorney and need help with getting your real estate documents signed and notarized, please call the Kentucky Notary Network today at +1 (833) GOT-NOTARY. We have Kentucky covered and we'd be glad to help you with your business.