Paperless transaction slowly coming together

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Editor's note: We've come a long way in the race to slash paper from real estate deals, industry insiders say, but there's still a long way to go. More big companies, trade groups and entrepreneurs are investing in technology platforms, back-end systems and software to automate the real estate transaction, but most consumers are still closing the old-fashioned way. In this three-part series, Inman News examines where we are in the paperless real estate initiative. (See Part 1 and Part 3.) Bit by bit, piece by piece, the paperless real estate transaction is falling into place, with adoption continuing on a slow and steady basis, industry experts say. "There's only been a handful of complete e-mortgages done in limited trials," said Brad Eaton, vice president of mortgage products at real estate technology company a la mode. "But there are more and more individual pieces being done." Go to to learn more about the Paperless NOW initiative. "Hybrids," or mortgage...