By Michael H. Wasserman
Closing on residential properties in Chicago generates a lot of paperwork. Particularly if when mortgage financing is involved. Part of my job as an attorney for home and condo buyers is to help with loan application/documentation and to review the at-closing loan package with them. The number of documents presented at closing seems to grow every year. It can take a while to slog through the reams of disclosures, authorizations and certifications most lenders send to the closing table. Pens run out of ink. Rest breaks are often needed. Stacks of paper get pushed from one end of the table to the other and then back again.
The two most typical reactions to all of the signing are (A) recognition of all the trees that "give their lives” in service to the lenders and title companies, and (B) Hopes / wishes for paperless closings.
The mortgage financing process for some home buyers is getting a bit "less inconvenient" and a step closer to paperless. Effective immediately, FHA is accepting e-signatures more broadly from the lenders it works with - and their borrowers/applicants. This offers some wonderful convenience and efficiencies in an otherwise inconvenient, aggravating and grossly inefficient process.