Boone County recorder releases Android app

Thursday, September 15, 2011 | 6:24 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Boone County residents are now able to access real estate information on their Android phones with a new application from the Boone County Recorder of Deeds office.

Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson said that the app, called iRecord Search, is available to registered users of the iRecords website. The app and website have the same format, but the app only provides access to real estate documents.

The recorder's office began working on the app at the beginning of the year, after recognizing the growing demand from mobile device users.

"When you look at the general market place, that's how a lot of communication is taking place, through these services,” Johnson said. “It's a venue people will be using from now on.”

So far about 40 people have downloaded the app, Johnson said. She expects that the people interested will mostly be people who work in real estate, such as surveyors, real estate dealers and appraisers who need to access information on the go.

She does, however, think that members of the general public will use the app as well. For instance, if someone needs to view their property title while they are at a meeting or away from a computer, they could access it from their mobile device.

Beth Arey, a broker at Tracy Arey Real Estate, uses the website to look up documents. She said she will download the app as long as it's easy to use.

"When you're out showing property, if there are no documents in the home, it'd be nice to pull them up on your device quickly and view them,” she said.

Stan Shawver, director of resource management for Boone County, plans to use the app in his department as well when working with property owners to develop land and check on past ownership and surveys.

Residents can access the app by searching for “iRecord Search,” in the Android Market. The download is free.

In order to view records, users must first register with the Recorder of Deeds' website.

Johnson said the recorder's office is the first Boone County department to use a mobile application to provide information. She knows of no other recorders who have similar technology.

The software was developed by Mobilis Technologies LLC, which also created the recorder's website.

Johnson had budgeted $8,000 to $10,000 for the full project, which includes the Android and iPhone apps. She expects it will fall within that range after completion.

For now, the app is only available to Android phones, but the department is developing apps for iPhone and iPad as well, according to a news release.

No plans exist to make more types of records available, Johnson said, until the department is certain of the success of its current app.

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