Category: eClosing

The Future is Here: Florida Property Undergoes Bid and Transfer Using NFT

Florida Property Undergoes Bid and Transfer Using NFT

News outlets are reporting that a home in Gulfport, Florida, was put up for auction for non-fungible token (NFT). The property was subsequently transferred for about 210 Ethereum, a type of cryptocurrency, which converted in cash to approximately $631,790.

Although the transfer was billed as the first property exchange using cryptocurrency, the truth is hundreds of properties have been transferred with cryptocurrency, although this is the first using NFT, where an actual “coin” or “token” of real estate was produced.

Like traditional cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, NFT is a unit of data stored on a blockchain. However, unlike most cryptocurrencies that are equally interchangeable, each NFT represents an underlying asset. According to a Forbes Advisor article “an NFT is a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos.”  In fact, NFT gained popularity specifically in the world of art and music.

Real estate seems to fit the NFT exchange model in the same way, since the transfer is also of a “real-world object.”

According to news reports, this was the process:

  • Bidders on the property had to have cryptocurrency worth at least 650,000 in a “crypto wallet”
  • Ownership of the house was transferred to a limited liability company
  • Ownership of the LLC was automatically transferred to the auction winner
  • Payment was immediately transferred to the seller’s digital wallet

The process was managed by Propy, a Silicon Valley company, led by CEO Natalia Karayaneva. Propy was designed to automate the real estate sales process, allowing the transfer of property to take place entirely online. Our own Aaron Davis has worked with Propy in the past, even posting a blog about his experiences.

Though it all appeared instantaneous at the moment of the bid and the transfer, the usual activities took place prior to the auction process, including prospective buyers visiting the home and reviewing the relevant paperwork. And on the title side, Propy handled the required title work on the property prior to the auction.

Handling cryptocurrency funded real estate purchases is not for the faint of heart. There are many things to consider and processes to set up to manage the out-of-the ordinary steps in the transaction.

FAN/AMD CEO Aaron Davis took a deep dive on cryptocurrency closings in 2018 when the first transaction took place in the U.S., discussing title insurance underwriting requirements, creating a crypto escrow account, a Bitcoin to USD conversion account and obtained a certification for Anti-Money Laundering/Know Your Customer (AML/KYC) in order to manage more sophisticated foreign and crypto transactions.

We’d suggest that title agents do their research now to understand what they need to put into place to facilitate these transactions for their customers. This won’t be the last cryptocurrency transaction in real estate—far from it. This is especially true in Florida, where real estate transactions with foreign investors take place every day of the week; the transactions most likely to employ cryptocurrency.

Want to brush up on blockchain and cryptocurrency? Check out Aaron’s PowerPoint Presentation (


FAN’s Aaron Davis discusses RON & eClosings in National Mortgage News

RON & eClosings in National Mortgage News

The mortgage industry is also talking about eClosings and RON. Naturally, one of its leading trade publications approached our own CEO, Aaron Davis for his thoughts recently. (Subscription required)

A recent study by Notarize found that lenders can save up to $444 on per loan costs with full eClosings. Title/settlement firms can save up to $97. These are significant numbers during a time of margin compression and heightened competition.  One would expect the premise to drive lenders and title agencies alike toward full digital closing adoption (by the way, FAN has some of the nation’s most advanced RON and eClosing capabilities—and has had them for some time).

However, as Aaron pointed out, while adoption of RON and digital closings was spurred, in large part, by the daily realities of the COVID pandemic, the historic surge of refinances that came with unprecedented interest rates forced lenders to put their focus—and resources—on processing refinance volume instead of on RON or eClosing initiatives. So we still have some way to go before digital closings are the norm.

Aaron’s spoken on this issue several times before. If you have some thoughts for him, or questions, contact him now.

Our Closing Experience Technology Enhancements

Our Closing Experience Technology Enhancements: Making it Safe, Secure, and Faster

While we all hoped and crossed our fingers, toes, and everything in between that we would be returning to a sense of normality in 2022, we know that you still need closing options to keep you and your clients safe.

Through this tough time, we have been able to create safe closing options and learn to bring you a more enhanced closing experience using secure technology.
We are offering a variety of ways to complete your real estate transactions while decreasing the number of in-person interactions needed to close your deal safely and securely.

Here are our enhanced closing options we have that makes closing with us your top choice:

  1. Electronic EMD Delivery, without the need to bring a check in-person to one of our offices.
  2. Remote Online Notarization (RON) Closings allow customers to close from anywhere they want. These closings are 100% secure and completed in less than an hour with one of our trained RON closers, ensuring you get the same closing experience you would as if you were in person. This is our preferred closing method during this time for everyone’s health and safety, and FAN is leading the charge on increasing the adoption of RON statewide. Your Account Executive can advise you on if a RON closing is an option for you!
  3. Alanna.AI virtual Closing Assistant is available to you and your clients 24/7 via text message or chat feature on our website. Real estate agents can get answers anytime of the day or night. Text Alanna.AI now at 813-710-4126.
  4. Faster commission checks are now available. We will wire your commission checks directly to you. With a few documents in place, this can reduce your wait time to receive a check by mail or a trip to one of our branches. Let your closers know if you’d like to receive your funds via wire on your next transaction.

From start to finish, our investment in secure, easy-to-use technology helps to reduce unnecessary trips to our office.


Aaron Davis Talks RON, eClosings

AMD Enterprises’ Own Aaron Davis Talks RON, eClosings in This Month’s ALTA Title News

Aaron Davis Talks RON eClosings

AMD and FAN CEO Aaron Davis is a little bit bearish on RON and eClosing crossing the adoption threshold in 2022. Yet, he’s also a little bullish, too. He shared his thoughts in an article written by ALTA VP of Communications, Jeremy Yohe in the January issue of Title News. (Membership Required)

(The feature, an industry outlook for 2022 featuring a number of the industry’s most successful and thoughtful decision-makers, is well worth the read if you’re an ALTA member).

Aaron observed that more than a few REALTORS and mortgage lenders do want to see digital closings go mainstream for a number of reasons. So that alone will likely drive the percentages up this year. However, he also sees headwinds—namely, in the form the practical ability for all parties to collaborate and the politics surrounding which party (buyer or seller) is calling the shot on the title company to conduct the eClosing.

Aaron’s spoken on this issue several times before. If you have some thoughts for him, or questions, contact him now.

Busting RON eClosing Myths

Florida Agency Network boasts its very own network of eNotaries that are all title professionals to handle your RON eClosing. With our network on your side, let’s dispel some of the common myths surrounding eClosings:

With FAN’s title professionals ensuring you have a smooth and thorough closing, you can’t beat the convenience and safety of a RON eClosing, especially when FAN agents are available to communicate and troubleshoot your closing at every step of the way.

Be sure to download the PDF dispelling the RON eClosing Myths and share them with your clients.

For questions about eClosings and requirements, please contact your title professional or visit

eClosings: Welcome to the Future!

businessman-hands-signing-digital-signatureYOU Are a Time Traveler!

Congratulations to you, the time-traveling realtor, for helping to advance closings of the future. If you’re not as excited as we are, it’s likely that you don’t know you’re a part of the future of real estate – eClosings.

What Is an eClosing?

An eClosing is any closing where documents are delivered and executed electronically. If you’re a customer of any Florida Agency Network title agency, you have probably participated in an eClosing as we stay on the cutting edge of closing technology.

If you’re not already one of our lucky time travelers, here’s what an eClosing can look like for you and your customers:

  1. Using our online portal, your customers are not at the mercy of office hours to have documents sent or received. There is no need to fax or come into the office.
  2. Some documents will be sent directly to your customers to be signed electronically. Most modern mortgage documents are signed with services such as Docusign or Adobe Sign.
  3. A digital PDF copy of the Closing Disclosure is sent electronically for review by you and your customers.

Then, most importantly, when it comes to the actual closing day, you and your customers have many choices on where – and HOW – to execute the final documents:

  1. Come to any of our 25+ offices to sit with one of our licensed title agents who can answer any questions you might have. They may have you sign at least some of the  documents electronically.
  2. Next, have your customers meet you at their home, place of work, or your office. We can send one of our “Mobile Closers” to you to make the closing completely convenient and have someone guide your customers through the documents.
  3. With RON, or remote online notarization, you may be able to have your customer close anywhere in the WORLD – while they are on vacation, a work trip, or just sitting on the beach. They just need to be a U.S. citizen and have a strong WiFi connection.

So, while we’re still waiting for our flying cars and robot maids, you can join us in the future today!



What can RON do for your clients?

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Who can you help with eClosing technology?

For months, your Title Agent has told you about how 2020 is the year of remote online notarization (RON), and we’re proud to be the first title company in Florida to offer completely paperless eClosings! While it’s certainly a cool new way to complete your closing, the real question is – how can WE help YOU help YOUR customers?

We’ve put together a few examples of real world customers that would benefit from our eClosing and RON solutions.

Closings with Multiple Signers

Florida has one of the highest rates of inherited properties, and many times, the children who are inheriting these homes live all over the country or even abroad. This can create confusion and lengthy procedures because, under a typical closing, the title agency must provide a mail-away package or arrange for each person to visit a separate closing room. Now, all parties involved can sign at the same time, regardless of physical location – saving everyone involved time and money!

Sellers Traveling or Stationed Internationally

Traveling or working out of the country is usually planned well in advance, but sometimes, members of the military, those with jobs that call them abroad, or even vacationers can get caught with a closing before they make it back to the States. While there are solutions available for out-of-country sellers, it usually requires finding a notary at a US Embassy/Consulate, and there have been cases where transactions fell through because this wasn’t possible. RON is an excellent solution to help facilitate this and can help make the process that much easier.

Have you ever traveled and needed to sign documents for a closing but can’t find a witness to assist the Notary? With the new RON technology, witnesses now potentially can be anywhere in the US using this technology!

Older Individuals Who Cannot Travel Easily

For some customers, the simple act of traveling to one of our 20+ offices can be too cumbersome to manage. Completely mobile closings are popular and offer these customers the ability to close in the privacy of their own homes without requiring them to invite strangers onto their property. RON is an excellent solution for them and allows them to complete a secure closing without ever leaving home.

As you can see, there are many ways you can add RON and eClosings to the toolbox of services that you offer your clients. If you’d love to learn more about RON, the eClosing process, and what we can offer you in this new digital age of closings, simply schedule an in-office training for your team. To set up one of these educational events, contact your Title Rep today!

Florida Agency Network Partners with Notarize as the First Title Company to Utilize the Notarize Platform to conduct its own closings

Florida Agency Network (FAN), a conglomerate of independent title agencies, settlement service providers, and innovative technology companies within the State of Florida, announces a new partnership with Notarize to perform remote online notarization within the FAN title insurance offices. This partnership marks a historic shift in the title industry and how it handles the ever-changing needs of the consumer. FAN is the first title insurance operation in the nation that will leverage the Notarize platform to perform their own remote online notarized closings, using its own title agents and notary closers.

The partnership was announced on stage in front of 300 attendees representing 200 companies at Notarize’s conference, REWIRED, in Miami this week.

“Today, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that Florida Agency Network will be the first company to leverage what we’ve built at Notarize and perform their own closings on our platform,” said Notarize Founder and CEO Pat Kinsel. “The real estate industry is ultimately local, and we’ve heard from title companies and closing agents that they want to be able to use this technology to deliver a better closing experience. What the industry has been asking for over the last four years, today, is becoming a reality.”

Since meeting Pat Kinsel, CEO and Adam Pase, COO of Notarize, in June of 2017, Aaron M. Davis, CEO of Florida Agency Network, knew working together would evolve into a broader partnership over time. What started with achieving Florida’s first fully digital closing, expanded to a much larger-scale goal of overhauling Florida’s title insurance landscape for the better.

 “We completed the first online closing in the state of Florida in 2018 and have done hundreds with Notarize since,” said Davis. “By being the first partner to work with Notarize on a platform to help our title agents use this technology to perform their own closings, we’re changing the title industry and the way that our agents serve customers. We’ve seen first-hand the impact Notarize has had on the real estate industry, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the next chapter.”

Backed by Notarize training, support, and technology, Florida Agency Network will work closely with Notarize on the development of a platform that both empowers its agents to close completely digitally, while still leveraging Notarize’s staff and notaries during off-hours, weekends, and for added assistance during heavier volume closing days.

FAN CEO Educates Title Agents at a Statewide Conference on eClosing

Aaron M. Davis presenting to title agents at Alliant Conference

As technology progresses, title agents must stay up-to-date on trends and advancements – or risk getting left behind. At FAN, we have embraced the digital age and are helping title agents across the State of Florida learn the ins and outs of title closings in this digital era.

Earlier this month, our CEO, Aaron Davis, led a presentation at a conference for licensed title agents at the Gaylord Palms Conference Center in Orlando with the aim of providing resources for title agents to get ahead of the game on upcoming legislation and the changes that will soon sweep the industry.


At the conference, attendees enjoyed learning more about the various types of eclosings available. They were also educated on the different types of eClosings, including hybrids, in person, and RON, or Remote Online Notarization, and discussed numerous digital closing topics, such as:

  • Ethics, Laws & Rules Governing RON
  • Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Securities of the Paperless Closing
  • Effects of eClosing on the Industry
  • The digital Closing Room Experience
  • and More!

The attending agents were able to earn CE credit as a result of their participation and are now better prepared to transition into the era of eClosings and remote online notarization.

How are you and your team preparing for the upcoming legislative changes? Are you prepared to offer eClosings and accommodate closers who wish to utilize RON during their closing process? If not, you can now request a course from FAN to better prepare you and your agents before the New Year. Email us now to find out more information or to schedule your course.