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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 to help you choose e-signing tools and other software for your practice.

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 in a real estate team or business, it’s really important to be strategic and ask the right questions before signing up.

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 to figure out how you and your team or wider business work with documents and what kind of e-signature tools and other software you might need. You can use something 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 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 to work out a rough estimate of pricing and give you a better idea of what you could expect to pay depending on how many licenses you sign up for and for how long. Knowing the budget ahead of time 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 require, you'll be in a better position to negotiate more favorable pricing (and maybe 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.

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 these might better serve your team or business and 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:

  1. What security features come standard?
  2. What level of customer support is on offer?
  3. How might the business be eligible for better pricing?
  4. Does the product or service come with onboarding and training?
  5. Does a customer success manager come standard?

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

Jennifer Rees
Jennifer Rees
Senior UX Writer