Has anyone received the inquiry below? Do any towns already provide this information and if so, how do you charge – “rent, borrow or purchase”?
Mary Ann Wilson
Town Clerk and Treasurer
Town of Morristown
43 Portland Street
Morrisville VT 05661-0748
Dear Ms. Wilson,
The Warren Group collects and compiles data on real estate sales and ownership throughout New England and offers a range of real estate products, information services and printed and online publications, including the weekly newspaper Banker & Tradesman and monthly magazine The Commercial Record. The company also produces and organizes trade shows and events for a variety of industries, including bankers, mortgage brokers, credit unions and lawyers. Based in Boston, the company was established in 1872 and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and management. The Warren Group’s suite of data products includes market reports and statistics, research tools, marketing and business strategy solutions, analytics and research that helps serve the real estate and financial markets throughout New England. You can reference some of our testimonials by going to www.thewarrengroup.com/testimonials to find how others think about our services that we provide to them.
The purpose of this letter is The Warren Group is looking to rent, borrow or purchase a copy of images or microfiche for all of the mortgage, mortgage assignment, mortgage discharge, and pre-foreclosure documents that were filed between the dates of January 1, 2005 - current date. As one example, if we were to rent or borrow the microfilm or fiche from the Town Clerk that was needed, we would be willing to pay for the reproduction fees involved so that the original would stay in the hands of the Town Clerk.
Please be assured that we do not have any intent to re-sell, repackage or repurpose these images or microfiche, rather to utilize these documents to continue to provide a complete data set of resourceful information to our real estate and financial communities that we serve. We have been in the public records industry for 140 years. The relationships that we have fostered over that time are extremely valuable and we treat all our relationships and the people that we work with like family, thus the reason for our longevity. We do not hold public records offices accountable for data errors or inaccuracies. This understanding has led to valuable and beneficial relationships between The Warren Group and public records offices around New England and beyond.
Partnering with the towns directly is a win-win situation for both of us. The Warren Group does not need to hire staff to collect the data, or take up terminals in the public records room, which can be used by Title Abstractors, Title Examiners, Paralegals, etc. At the same time, The Warren Group can save valuable time and money and give the Town Clerk’s office unbudgeted funds to be used on projects that have been tabled for a variety of financial reasons.
Morrisville would not be the first in offering this type of data set to the private sector. We are actively working with many towns and counties throughout New England.
Because we have contractual obligations to gather this historical data, we will need to proceed with the collection within a few weeks. We would prefer to partner with your office and rent or purchase the data, but if you choose to forgo this opportunity, we will have to use our own resources to collect it.
We look forward to hearing from you after you have discussed this with the appropriate people. I can be reached at 617-896-5348 or at [log in to unmask]. We will also follow up with an original letter in the mail.
Thank you for your time and consideration on this very important matter.
David B. Lovins
David B. Lovins
The Warren Group
280 Summer Street 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02210-1131