April 9, 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 current expiration date was extended May 13, 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. 

Contact Origin Title

Real estate and property law since 2003

Origin Title & Escrow, Inc.

John C. Bennett, Attorney
160 Clairemont Ave
Suite 490
Decatur, GA  30030

PHONE: 404-377-6783
FAX:        404-377-6841

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Parking

January, 2018

Park in the parking deck at the Fidelity Bank building.

Enter the deck and drive up to the parking gates. Get a ticket and park. Bring your ticket to Origin Title for validation. Do not park in the “open” spaces before you get to the parking gates. Origin Title cannot validate parking for those spaces.

Handicapped parking is available in the Fidelity Bank Building lot, but is first-come, first serve and there are very few spaces.

Download Origin Title Parking Details flyer (PDF).

Holidays

2019 Holidays

Wednesday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day

2020 Holidays

Wednesday, January 1 ~ New Year's Day
Monday, January 20 ~ Martin Luther King Day
Monday, February 17 ~ Presidents' Day
Monday, May 25 ~ Memorial Day
Friday, July 3 ~ Independence Day
Monday, September 7 ~ Labor Day
Monday, October 12 ~ Columbus Day
Wednesday, November 11 ~ Veterans Day
Thurs.-Fri., November 26-27 ~ Thanksgiving
Friday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day

Friday, January 1, 2021 ~ New Year's Day

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