Real estate transactions typically involve the execution and delivery of written documents that must be notarized in order to be recorded. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have put in place emergency measures to assist notaries in carrying out their duties. Georgia’s emergency order has been extended through July 12, which means Origin Title and Escrow can assist in notarizing and witnessing documents via video conferencing.
During this process, documents are physically sent to the buyer or seller, they sign during the video conference and then send the documents back for the notary to stamp and witness. Keep in mind that a borrower or seller should not leave Georgia during the transaction because a notary public’s power is confined to a specific state.