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Clerk & Comptroller’s office the first in state to offer free mobile app

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (May 24, 2012) – Clerk Sharon Bock has an app for prospective Palm Beach County home buyers who want to know how much they will pay for recording fees, doc stamps, abstract fees and other charges due at closing.

The cost to record a mortgage, deed and other documents can add hundreds – even thousands – of dollars to the cost of a new home. Now buyers can know exactly how much they’ll pay in fees by using Clerk-Culator, a free smartphone app developed by the Clerk & Comptroller’s office.

Clerk-Culator, available for free download on iPhone and Android smartphones and tablets,
allows users to figure what they’ll pay when recording deeds, mortgages and other documents at the Clerk’s office. No other smartphone app of its kind is currently available in the Android, iPhone and iPad app stores.  

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to do business with our office, and our Clerk-Culator app is a prime example of that. Thanks to the app, it couldn’t be easier to figure how much to pay to record real estate documents in our office,” Clerk Bock said. “Saving citizens time is saving citizens money, and that is very important to me.”

In addition to the benefits it offers to home buyers, the new app makes it easy for real estate professionals – Realtors, title company employees and attorneys – to quickly tabulate fees on the go, or at their desks.

“This app makes it faster to calculate how much buyers will have to pay to close on a property,” said Bonnie Lazar, President of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches.  “Now Realtors will be able to figure out how much clients will pay in recording fees while showing a property.”

Getting the app is as simple as downloading it from iTunes or from Google Play. The Clerk-Culator also is available online by visiting our Recording page on www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

“The Clerk-Culator is just one of several technology initiatives launched by my office in recent months,” Clerk Bock said. “We successfully launched our new case management system for criminal courts. We’re working on electronic filing of court documents in our civil courts, and will soon overhaul our official records systems to allow electronic recording of documents. We strive to make our customers’ lives easier by bringing new technologies to our operations.”

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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