Updated August 19, 2020

On March 31, Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order allowing for residential real estate closings conducted via video conference.

Here is the process:

  • Origin Title will send documents via overnight mail or email (if possible) to borrowers/signing parties one or two days prior to closing.
  • At the arranged closing time, all parties will connect via video conferencing software to conduct the closing.
    • All signing parties must have a web camera, microphone and an internet connection to close their transaction this way.
  • The attorney will serve as notary and another member of the Origin Title team will observe as a witness to the signing.
  • All signed documents must be returned via overnight mail (a shipping label and envelope will be provided) the next day.
  • Lenders and real estate agents are welcome to “attend” the video closing, but their presence is not required.

Borrowers/signing parties are welcome to come to our office, if they don’t have the equipment or the desire to do a remote closing.

In mid-March, we implemented the CDC’s recommendations for creating a safe environment. Here is a brief summary of our actions:

  • The waiting room has a supply of hand sanitizer (and the building has a supply in the lobby also). 
  • We are scheduling more time between closings in order to clean the room and limit the number of people in the office. 
  • The conference room is wiped down with disinfectant after each signing.
  • Any staff member with a connection to a person diagnosed or in quarantine with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is directed to stay home.
  • Any staff member exhibiting any signs of illness are not allowed to come to work.
  • Any client exhibiting symptoms or who has had contact with a person exhibiting symptoms will be re-scheduled or required to make other arrangements.
  • We are limited physical contact with clients and the public. (No handshakes). 
  • Following the recommendations from OSHA, staff washes their hands frequently and uses hand sanitizer in the office.
  • Clients/borrowers/sellers who are high-risk will be re-scheduled or make other arrangements to have documents signed remotely.  (Risks include older age; presence of chronic medical conditions, including immunocompromising conditions; pregnancy).
  • Waiving any fees for accommodating buyers’ and sellers’ needs. 

We are performing remote closings now. The executive order will expire when Georgia’s state of emergency expires.  The expiration date was extended to September 10, 2020. We will continue to update this statement as things change.

Please call or e-mail us with any questions or concerns.  We share your concerns about the new virus and are doing everything we can to mitigate the risk. 

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John Bennett takes such personal interest in my clients. His integrity is incredible, his knowledge is spectacular and his personal touch with the clients at closing is remarkable. He has worked with me on loans to take care of tax liens, judgments, sewer and water rights and other title concerns. He handles these complex title issues with ease.

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John Bennett and his team are very professional. Each and every client is considered important, and they go the distance to make closings easier for borrowers. Each title order is processed in a timely manner, and John takes care of our out-of-state orders, which is a great help. I would not take my business anywhere else... as they are the best!

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As manager of a mortgage branch, I have referred hundreds of clients to Origin Title in the past two years. John Bennett's staff is second to none and he is always willing to take extra time for a customer's particular level of need. John understands that the lender, agent and attorney are a team focused on the best interests of their mutual clientele. Given the choice, he is my first and only call for closing services.

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We had the pleasure of requesting John as our closing attorney for our refi. He has a great Closing Cost Calculator on his website which quickly showed what our closing costs would be (almost a $500 savings!) Our closing took less than 25 minutes since John had all of the paperwork in good order. John is an expert in his field and I would highly recommend him and Origin Title for your closing, refi or title search.

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Thanks so much for all of your assistance with our refi. We certainly will not hesitate to recommend your services to others.

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