Upgraded web sites, new Software Development Manager highlight January 2018 technical initiatives

With an 85% adoption rate of PreLien2Lien Online (www.PL2L.com) by customers at the end of 2017, TRADITION SOFTWARE is upgrading and consolidating in January 2018 it’s web hosting infrastructure from facilities in Denver, CO and Los Angeles, CA to a single facility near our suburban Chicago headquarters. Corporate marketing websites for TRADITION SOFTWARE (www.TraditionSoftware.com) and TRADITION LIEN SERVICE (www.TraditionLienService.com) have already been moved. PreLien2Lien Online (www.PL2L.com) will be moved the weekend of January 19-21. MyLienCenter (www.MyLienCenter.com) and MyLienWaiver (www.MyLienWaiver.com) will be moved at a later date to be determined.

TRADITION SOFTWARE has also hired a new interim Software Development Manager, Jim Boyd, along with two (2) additional software development professionals, to replace Miriam Liskin, who retired in early December after eleven (11) years working for the company. She was the chief technical architect of the PreLien2Lien software redesign in 2007. Miriam co-designed along with myself MyLienCenter in 2009, and PreLien2Lien Online in 2016. Her work had a far reaching positive effect for so many people, whether it was helping thousands of companies in getting paid, or in the resulting jobs, benefits and paychecks for employees of TRADITION SOFTWARE. On a personal level, Miriam helped me with programming homework for Computer Science classes I took for professional development. She even taught my son Randall and daughter Lauren how to geocache at a company party on a hot California summer day. For everyone she has helped through the years, we wish her the best.

Recording CALIFORNIA Mechanics Liens and Releases to increase by $75 in 2018

Legislators for the state of CALIFORNIA have enacted Senate Bill (SB) 2, Chapter 2.5 of the Statues of 2017 that will in effect increase by $75 the cost to record CALIFORNIA Mechanics Liens and Releases in all fifty-eight (58) counties in CALIFORNIA effective January 1, 2018. This is addition to the Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Trust Fund Fees that range from $3.00 – $10.00 in certain counties PLUS each counties respective recording fees that range from $9.00 – $28.00.

According to Jaime T. Pailma, Division Manager, Document Recording Division for Los Angeles County’s Registrar-Recorder/Clerk’s Office, “….the bill imposes a mandate on County Recorders to charge an additional $75 at the time of recording every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, except those expressly exempted from payment of recording fees, per each transaction per parcel of real property, not to exceed $225.”

The Nevada County Clerk Recorder-Registrar of Voters, Gregory J. Diaz, notes that a waiver of the $75 fee “….shall not be imposed on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded in connection with a transfer subject to the imposition of a documentary transfer tax as defined in Section 11911 of the Revenue and Taxation Code or on any real estate instrument, paper, or notice recorded with a transfer of real property that is a residential dwelling to an owner-occupier.”

For a listing of CALIFORNIA County Recorders with addresses and phone numbers to contact about the new law and price increase, you can visit our listing by counties at TraditionSoftware.com/county-assessors-clerks-recorders/california/.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Monterey County

A Sacramento, CA based painting company asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a TEX•COTE® exterior painting project on a residence in Seaside, CA within Monterey County. According to the TEX•COTE® manufacturers website, compared to traditional exterior painting ….”TEX•COTE® is 10 times thicker on average than ordinary paint, it also contains special reflective pigments – the same type of pigments used by the U.S. government to cool ships, and provide both reflectivity and reduced radar signature in Stealth bombers.”

The Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder’s Office fees to record are as follows: $21.00 first page , $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to MONTEREY COUNTY CLERK/RECORDER and they will accept out-of-state business checks.

Actual recording by mail is one (1) business day. The original document does take a while to be mailed back, 6-7 weeks after recording.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Yolo County

A Sacramento, CA based home improvement company asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a roof replacement project on a residence in West Sacramento, CA within Yolo County. According to Wikipedia, Yolo County‘s tomato industry accounts for 90% of the canned and processed tomato production in the United States.

The Yolo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office fees to record are as follows: $24.00 first page , $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to YOLO COUNTY CLERK/RECORDER and they will accept out-of-state business checks. There is additional $1.00 extra fee if an additional self addressed stamped envelope is not enclosed.

Actual recording by mail is one (1) business day. The original document does take a while to be mailed back, 4-5 weeks after recording.

Link for DYMO Internet Explorer / Firefox plugin for PreLien2Lien Online

The DYMO Label line of USB and ethernet print server label printers can be can be a tremendous time saver for printing mailing labels for PreLien2Lien, PreLien2Lien Online (www.pl2l.com), and any other software application where a mail address label needs to be printed.

Unfortunately, DYMO has failed to find an easy to way to work with Google Chrome, which according to many worldwide measurement authorities has between a 50-60% market share. Internet and Explorer are in second place depending on which measurement authority is surveyed.

To insure 100% success in printing DYMO labels on Internet Explorer or Firefox with PreLien2Lien Online (www.PL2L.com), which is currently used at 330 U.S. customer sites, download and install the latest DYMO print drivers from the following DYMO download link: http://labelwriter.com/software/dls/win/DLS8Setup.

Two hundred (200) companies migrate to PreLien2Lien Online in first half of 2017

PreLien2Lien Online, which was first developed in 2015 and released in 2016, has seen a 435% surge in paid annual subscribers for the first half of 2017 by national U.S. construction General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers. Two hundred (200) companies either transitioned from the software based version of PreLien2Lien or became new first year customers. The variety of companies includes national construction leaders such as 84 LUMBER, BEHR PROCESS CORPORATION, and FIELDTURF USA and smaller regional companies such as KING EQUIPMENT, PENSACOLA GLASS COMPANY and ROBERTS SAND COMPANY.

PreLien2Lien Online can be leased for $149-$749 in the first year and $110 – $330 each year thereafter.

For more information about PreLien2Lien Online, contact Sales at our Chicago based Headquarters at (800) 886-8770 from 8AM – 5PM CST Monday – Friday.

Recording a CA Mechanics Lien in Napa County

A Napa, CA based residential General Contractor asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a CALIFORNIA Mechanics Lien on a existing residence that needed sub standard carpentry and garage framing removed and rebuilt in Napa, CA within Napa County. The county is one of the top wine producing regions in the world, and is a designated American Viticultural Area.

The Napa County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s Office fees to record are as follows: $16.00 first page, $3.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Make checks payable to NAPA COUNTY RECORDER and they will accept out-of-state business checks. There is a $1.00 fee if you include an additional copy of the notice and an additional self addressed stamped envelope. Indicate that you are requesting a conforming copy.

Actual recording by mail is one (1) business day. The original document to be mailed back 5-6 weeks after recording.

PreLien2Lien Online Is The Future

Thirty percent of current customers using software as a service (SaaS) solution.

Companies aggressively converting to cloud based version.
In early 2016 our first online version of PreLien2Lien (www.pl2l.com/demo) was released for early adopters. Version 2.0 was released in July 2016, with a single screen data entry design users have greatly enjoyed. Currently two (2) companies per day on average are switching to the new version, with thirty (30) percent now using PreLien2Lien Online.

Companies are asking their employees to multitask.
People across multiple departments are sharing in the workload for simple sales, customer service, accounting and legal tasks. “Bob Smith”, Sales Manager, can logon to PreLien2Lien to enter basic information for a 1st notice. “Mary Jones”, Accounts Receivable Manager can logon and print a Conditional Waiver And Release Upon Progress notice to attach to an invoice to incentivize payment. And “Brandon Johnson”, Chief Legal Officer, can logon to PreLien2Lien to print a Construction Lien to record. Companies of various sizes can share one or more user licenses instead of installing software on multiple PC’s in multiple departments.

People increasingly don’t want to install software every year.
People are increasingly using their large cell phones for traditional computer business tasks. At times they are alternating from reading a book on a tablet to surfing the web. Someone could use their cell phone or tablet to enter project information into PreLien2Lien Online or even print notices to a Bluetooth enabled printer.

All data entry on one screen.
It was not that long ago that screen sizes and resolution prevented a large amount of data entry to occur on one screen. Now, monitors for desktop PC’s are large, cell phones and tablets let you magnify portions of a screen, and graphical user interface (GUI) design promotes ease of use on one screen so that there are not tabs to click for secondary data entry.

Annual subscription pricing remains the same for PreLien2Lien Online.
Unlike competitors who raise the cost of their subscriptions every year, PreLien2Lien has had only one small price increase in twelve (12) years. Annual Subscription pricing for PreLien2Lien Online will remain frozen at $220 (One-State), $275 (Regional) and $330 (USA). Customers who will not make the change to the cloud based version will see a $70- $80 price increase in 2018.

Redesign of software based PreLien2Lien will have data entry on one screen.
April will be our twelfth anniversary of acquiring PreLien2Lien from SIERRA PHOENIX. The tabbed data entry process has not changed much since the program’s original inception in 1996. But like the online version, the software based PreLien2Lien version will have a major (GUI) redesign that will eliminate the tabs in lieu of a single data entry screen design.

Recording a OK Lien Statement in Logan County

A national commercial hotel building supplier asked our TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division to record a OKLAHOMA Lien Statement on a new hotel in Guthrie, OK within Logan County. According to Wikipedia, Logan County was created as County One by the Organic Act of 1890. The town of Guthrie was designated as the county seat and the capital of Oklahoma Territory. The county was named on August 5, 1890 for U. S. Senator, John A. Logan, of Illinois.

Fees to record with the Logan County Clerk are as follows : $13.00 first page, $2.00 each additional page of 8-1/2″ x 11″ or 8-1/2″ x 14″ paper. Make checks payable to LOGAN COUNTY CLERK and they will accept out-of-state business checks.

Actual recording occurs the same day a notice is received. You can view indexing information on their website. The entire notice will appear the same day it is recorded. Your original document after it is recorded will be mailed back the same day after it is recorded.

TRADITION SOFTWARE revenue up 14% in 2016

TRADITION SOFTWARE, INC., the leading national provider of do it yourself (DIY) construction lien software and services since 2005, increased its overall annual revenues by 14% in 2016. PreLien2Lien software sales and leasing revenue grew by 19%, led by increased revenue from current customers of the Lien Service edition of PreLien2Lien. Major new PreLien2Lien customers included BENYON SPORTS SURFACES (Hunt Valley, MD), RFI COMMUNICATIONS SECURITY SYSTEMS (San Jose, CA) and ROCKY TOP MATERIALS (Knoxville, TX). A new leased software as a service (SaaS) solution, PreLien2Lien Online (www.PL2L.com), was introduced in January 2016 to customers. By year end ten (10) percent of the PreLien2Lien Annual Subscribers were early adopters and switched to the online version.

The TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division signed sixty-five (65) new service contracts in 2016, with revenue increasing by 14% over 2015. Major new customers included INTERIOR ELECTRIC (Henderson, NV, Orange, CA), OVERHEAD GARAGE DOOR (Fort Worth, TX) and QUALITY FIRST HOME IMPROVEMENT (Citrus Heights, CA). The revenue growth came in large part from increased construction lien recordings in fifteen (15) states. Liens and lien releases in California and Texas accounted for a major part of the construction lien revenue increase.

According to TRADITION SOFTWARE’s Founder and current President Craig Altman, early 2017 initiatives for TRADITION SOFTWARE include website redesigns and professional search engine optimization (SE0) for the current www.TraditionSoftware.com and www.TraditionLienService.com websites, which were originally designed in their current format back in 2012. Additionally, TRADITION SOFTWARE is soliciting outside venture capital investment to fuel the growth of PreLien2Lien Online (www.PL2L.com) while also adding national sales and marketing resources. Additionally, possible acquisitions are being explored of smaller regional lien services to merge into the TRADITION LIEN SERVICE division.