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I can’t return to US to sign closing docs. Someone said the US Consulate would help me. I need the docs notarized. Anyone ever do this?

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Yes, they provide US Notary service at their LCS visits. They are expensive compared to being in the US but it may be worth it.

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.... or just go to the US Consulate in Guadalajara. 

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I am not sure that you can just go to the US Consulate in Guadalajara.  I believe you have to have an appointment.  Also, you are not allowed to enter with a purse so if anyone goes with you that has a purse they have to stay outside the building.  They are not allowed to stand by the building ... they have to cross the street.  I also read where it costs $50.00 U.S. per page notarized.  I don't know if this is correct but that is what was reported.  

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We sold a house last year while living in Mexico. We signed all the sales docs online as described here. We asked the title company to prepare power of attorney documents for both of us which we took to the consulate and had them notarized. You can make an appointment online. If you get a POA, each person on the deed must assign the right to sign which of course doubles the cost of the service.

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It might be more economical to fly to the closing than have the consulate notarize...

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Where is it  , that s would be that cheap to fly to the US?? How much is it to notorize a document at the consulate?

 

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I had closing documents notarized at US consulate in Guad. 5 pages, 50 USD for each notary signature/seal, total 250 USD. I setup appointment about 2-3 weeks in advance. For me, it was more cost effective than flying in for the closing.

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4 hours ago, Herman said:

You didn’t need to have your signatures notarized? 

Ask your realtor, but no, we didn't. This is all done virtually, as in the papers you are "signing" are presented as documents (pdf I believe). It was very easy for all involved. Again, ask your realtor.

 

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36 minutes ago, oregontochapala said:

Ask your realtor, but no, we didn't. This is all done virtually, as in the papers you are "signing" are presented as documents (pdf I believe). It was very easy for all involved. Again, ask your realtor.

 

I asked again. I guess the price of the house dictates a notarized deed. 

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It could be state law that governs the real estate process.  We sold remotely and everything was done via online signatures, UNTIL the last set of papers just prior to settlement; they required notarization (Arizona).  It also required a quick turn around time so the OP may want to inquire about that as well, and decide how to get the documents back for settlement in a timely manner. 

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We recently sold a home in AZ, and bought one in TX. Both transactions were signed electronically, online, and all arranged by the real estate agents and the title companies involved.  It was easy, but it is time sensitive, so do not delay.  Follow your realtor's instructions.

If you have actual documents in hand, in Mexico, you may simply go to a Mexican Notario and have them notarized. You must then send them to the USA, so use a secure method for that.  Many years ago, we sold an US property while we were in Mexico, and used a Mexican Notario.  At that time, the cost was about $500 pesos.

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Some title companies will not accept documents notarized in Mexico. Our realtor warned us of that possibility and strongly suggested getting documents notarized at the consulate.

The original contracts can be signed electronically but when it comes to closing and funding, a properly notarized signature or a POA is required.

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7 hours ago, rvanparys said:

It might be more economical to fly to the closing than have the consulate notarize...

Especially since the consulate charges $50 for each signature !

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Well for me it woupd be cheaper to fgo to the conculate.. It all depends where you have to fly back to .. 

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19 hours ago, John Shrall said:

Some title companies will not accept documents notarized in Mexico........

 

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Did you ask them why they choose to violate international treaties of reciprocity?   🙈

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