Unique obstacles trip up paperless real estate adoption

Part 3: Paperless NOW ... or never?

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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 2.) We've come a long way, but still have miles to go. That was the conclusion of industry leaders speaking about the state of paperless real estate transactions and where the industry is heading next. "We're moving remarkably fast, and we've made remarkable progress," Mark Lesswing, vice president of the National Association of Realtors Center for Realtor Technology, said during an Inman News audio conference Monday. Go to to learn more about the Paperless NOW ini...