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4 Tips for Choosing an E-signature Tool for Real Estate

by Jennifer Rees

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It’s not always easy working out what software to buy. Here are a few tips for choosing e-signing tools and other software for real estate businesses.

Adopting a digital approach to documentation in real estate is no longer a nice-to-have, but the most effective way to enhance efficiency and get deals done faster. When adopting digital tools for a real estate team or business, it’s really important to be strategic and ask the right questions before signing up. An electronic signature solution is a central component to any real estate business in the digital marketplace. That’s why we’ve put together these four essential tips for choosing the right e-signature tool for your real estate business.

Which Tools Do We Actually Need?


Before signing up for a tool or software for electronic signing or digital signing, it’s wise to do some research first. You’ll want to figure out how you, your team, and your business in general work with documents and what kind of e-signature tools and other software you might need. You can use methods like a quick show of hands, a questionnaire, or a survey, which will give you a fair overview of what kind of features and tools are needed across the board. This will help you in your purchasing decision.

Tip: Take this time to consider how many licenses you will want to sign up for. You might get better pricing if you’re opting for a bulk plan.

What’s My Budget?


You can do a quick internet search to find out surface-value pricing for different types of e-signature software. This will help you work out a rough estimate of the prices of different solutions. You’ll get a better idea of what you could expect to pay depending on how many licenses you sign up for and for how long. Understanding the budget in advance helps to cut through the clutter when you’re doing your research and be more direct when searching for the best software for both the team and budget.

It’s Okay to Negotiate


Software for signing documents and legal contracts doesn’t need to be costly. Once you know what your team needs, what your budget is, and how many licenses you'll need, you'll be in a better position to negotiate a better price (and perhaps even features and services) for your business.

Don’t be afraid to be upfront about seeking better pricing. This could make a real difference in what you end up paying. Most e-signature providers expect you to look for special deals when you’re looking for a teams plan.

Ask Questions


Once you’re talking to customer service or a sales representative at a software company, take the opportunity to learn everything you can about the product, tools, and features. Ask about how their solution might make a different for your business and what sets them apart. Don’t worry about getting really granular in your questions. The more you know, the better informed your investment will be.

Some useful questions to ask when buying software:

  • What security features come standard?
  • What level(s) of customer support is offered?
  • How might your business be eligible for better pricing?
  • Does the product or service come with onboarding and training?
  • Do you get a customer success manager as a standard?

We hope these tips have been helpful to you and welcome you to try out eSign from Smallpdf, the fastest and easiest way to get contracts and legal documents signed.

Jennifer Rees
Jennifer Rees
Senior UX Writer