Victoria County officials expand online document filing choices

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Title companies, lenders, attorneys and other professions that deal with real estate documents can take advantage of expanded electronic filing services at the Victoria County clerk's office.

County commissioners voted Tuesday to expand the county's electronic filing system to include a fourth online recording system.

County Clerk Robert Cortez said the move is about free enterprise, convenience and freedom of choice.

"To some extent, there are variations of pricing," Cortez said. "Some charge by document; others have a flat fee."

The agreement approved Tuesday is with PropertyInfo Corp., based in San Antonio. Most real estate documents can be filed electronically through that company for $11 for the first page and $4 for each additional page, according to information from the commissioners court. The county only receives the required filing fee as set by the legislature.

The county also has agreements with Simplifile, Corporation Service Company and eRecording Partners Network for electronic document filing.

County Judge Don Pozzi said people could continue filing real estate documents in person at the county clerk's office, but the online system means people can do business 24/7 with the county.

Cortez said the only stipulation is that documents received after 4 p.m. may not process until the next day.

He said the new agreement does not come with any cost to the county.

Cortez said the system is cost-effective for businesses because they do not not have to use courier services, they can reduce staff time spent visiting the courthouse and, in some instances, can cut travel costs.