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NSA Directories: Are you paying a signing service for closings?

If you're a Notary Public working as a Notary Signing Agent, some may have heard of and are current members of at least one of the Big 3 Notary/NSA directories, namely: Notary Rotary, 123 Notary and Notary Cafe.   

The Signing Agent website is owned by the National Notary Association but for whatever reason, they were never  really included in the "Big 3" phrase, at least not that I know of, nor do I know why, nor do I know who coined the phrase the "Big 3". Maybe one of the readers of this blog will enlighten us on this little tidbit.  

Okay, so let's ask the obvious....


WHAT is the deal with all of these new Notary Public/NSA Directories popping up all over the place online?  Well, the first obvious answer that comes to my mind, is to make that $money$ $money$...

WHO are the folks creating these very annoying directories?  Get ready folks, as this may be disturbing for some to read but from what I've learned, the majority of the owners are either current or former NSAs and Signing Service owners

WHY?  So why are signing agents falling for these notary directory listings...I believe for one reason, if not the main reason which is: FEAR.

Those who have been working in this industry for more than 10 years, can recall getting slammed during the mortgage meltdown which began in late 2007 and ended... well, who knows if it has really ended...but my point is now more than ever, some notary signing agents are so desperate and hard up to continue working in this industry, that they would pretty much do whatever it takes to get ahead of their competition. We see this daily when those low ball fees that are emailed or text to us, are then snatched up quicker than you can blink, and now we are seeing the same fear with the rise of these uptine number of notary signing agent directories popping up all over online, like zits on a teenagers face! 

With the advancement of website technology, creating a really cool fancy directory listing of any kind, is easier now than ever. Its also easier for scammers, spammers and like scum, to utilize this tech, and create websites that strive to rob most users on the internet. Notary signing agents and those in this business are no different. 

I'm saddened to see very well known training programs drinking the notary signing agent directory kool-aid. I mean why not right? Its FREE ADVERTISING!  However, what's sad is the belief that their graduates (myself included) will be the first pic off of these endorsed notary signing agent directories? That's not how the real world of picking and choosing NSA's work, and they know this. Having worked in this business for some time now, I've realized that its not ones credentials that get us work, its how cheap your fee is compared to your competition. We can thank platforms like Snapdocs for that, which is the topic of my next blog post ..stay tuned. 


If a signing service is the owner / behind the creation of a fancy smancy notary signing agent directory, in which you are paying your hard earned money to be listed, like I don't know, say Notary Stars for example, then later you are getting closing gigs from that same SS, well um hate to break it to you but HELLO!! you are PAYING FOR WORK!  Think about it for a minute. Its a very sneaky thing to do, to make money off of the backs of hard working notary signing agents whose fees are already at the bottom of the settlement industry barrel.

Not saying you shouldn't join these NSA directories, do what you will obviously, just saying if you are, do the research first or better yet, join  and get access to our extensive Notary Reviews & Ratings List©, where we also include various NSA directories as well as platforms.  Join to read the latest, and then add your Review & Ratings>>Member information NEVER POSTED in the listing.  

The Big 3 NSA directories have been around forever, and are paying big bucks for search engines like Google and Bing so that their members NSA listings and directory listings stay on top of the search page. Investing in these directories will give you a better return for your money, in one or two closings that come your way as a result of your listing. 

....oh and for the cynics>>no payment was received for endorsement of the aforementioned notary signing agent directories. 


-Carrie, Founder of Notary Reviews, the Good, Bad and the Uglysm


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