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Texas county leads paperless real estate parade

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A major bottleneck on the road to the paperless home sale may have been smoothed out – at least for one Texas county that just adopted an electronic recording system. Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman demonstrated the county's new Landata e-STAR Plus document records system to 12 local title companies Friday. "As far as efficiency goes, this could be tremendous," said John Short of Angleton, Texas-based Alamo Title Company, which sent a representative to the demonstration. "Any time there are issues with title work and people want to close, it happens faster if it's electronic." He said Alamo definitely plans to use the system, though not for every filing. There is no cost to submitters, whether title companies, attorneys or lenders, to use the system. The software can be downloaded over the Internet, installed by the company or sent on a CD, according to Alan Cellura, president and chief executive officer of Landata Technologies. The buyer and seller each pay a sum, for ex...