SOURCE: Metroon, L.L.C.

A New World of Research

October 21, 2009 08:00 ET

Metroon, L.L.C. Announces Big Brother Technology for Legal, Financial, Mortgage, Media, and Foreclosure Companies, as Well as Other Private Entities

HARRIS COUNTY, TX--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - It's no secret that public records are a treasure trove of sensitive data. Anyone can go to the courthouse and pull all sorts of documents about a person: real property records, DBAs, divorce and marriage records, foreclosure records, or federal, state, and county liens. Anyone with a driver's license can also pull a person's court records, lawsuit results, current address, and car make and model. Of course, the researcher also has to know what to ask for and has to find the hours necessary to drive downtown, stand in line, and wait for the clerk to pull all that information.

That is, until now.

Metroon, L.L.C.'s search engine goes online on October 21, 2009, and will provide online access to all Harris County public records to any business that can pay a nominal fee for a basic annual subscription. Advanced search capabilities are available at an additional cost. Most current sites provide access to public records and return only bare-bones information such as name, document number, and date. Until now, no site has provided comprehensive access to actual original images of the public records -- the same documents that you receive from the courthouse or county clerk. In addition, these online records are updated in near real-time -- so search results are always current.

According to Dan Kems, Metroon's conceptual architect, the ability to search and retrieve original public records online is likely to change the way many companies in Houston do business. For example, consider the legal industry. Before taking a plaintiff's case, attorneys can now instantly search to see if the defendant already has judgments or lawsuits, and what assets may be available for collection. Probate attorneys can research estate assets. Corporate attorneys can research businesses. Divorce attorneys can review data on the recent real estate transactions made by their client's former spouse and ensure all assets are accounted for.

But legal research is just the tip of the iceberg: banks, mortgage and foreclosure companies can pull all original documents associated with a single property, including warranty deeds, deeds of trust, liens, and judgments. Loan officers can validate applicants' assets. Underwriters can research prospects' actions in civil court, which will aid in the assessment of risk and liabilities. Mortgage companies can research bank-to-bank assignments, tax liens, mortgages, contracts, and easement information. And, of course, media outlets can pull documents on any court case within 24 hours of it being filed -- powerful stuff.

Kems says, "We have more robust search capabilities and more accurate county public records data and information than any other service. For example, you can search probate records by docket or sub-docket number, applicant, counsel, film code number, dates, or descriptions. And the searches are lightning fast. We've been in development for over five years to make this all possible."

Kems also has big plans for Metroon -- plans that sometimes seem to border on the impossible. He's not releasing all of his future blueprints, but suffice it to say Metroon has not stopped at Harris County's public records. Metroon also provides access to non-public records, such as social security numbers, driver's license numbers, and non-public criminal records; and the company will soon be selling online access to this information to businesses with the proper legal clearance, such as collections agencies. Metroon already has Texas state records, and is adding records for new counties approximately every 90 days.

"The tools in development are truly jaw-dropping," says Wintress Odom, marketing and PR director for Metroon, L.L.C. "For example, users will soon be able to do timelines for an individual or business, where they can search under an individual's name and pull up public records and documents in chronological order: from birth to death and all the records in between. Information will be available on businesses they owned, bankruptcies they have filed, campaign contributions they have made, and property they own. It's like having someone's whole life in front of you."

For more information about Metroon (www.metroon.com) or the online research suites available for purchase, please contact: Wintress Odom at 713-498- 9642 or email wintress@metroon.com.

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