Alain Pinel builds modules and bridges

With her Saratoga, California, office securely networked (see "Alain Pinel: Second office networked," NeXTWORLD, Spring 1992), Helen Pastorino has turned toward enhancing Alain Pinel Realtors's custom software. She is developing a close working relationship with escrow agents in the area and has started putting together a real-estate accounting package.

A new module has been added to Areas, the software developed in conjunction with Adamation, of Oakland, California, to help agents at Alain Pinel track escrow closings. A second update to the software incorporates buyer net sheets, on which a home buyer's fee schedules, appraisals, and projected tax payments are figured.

"Agents can be on-line at all times and know where the escrow process is," says Pastorino. "Communications between the client and agent is much better."

Pastorino solicited feedback from escrow and title companies in an attempt to "standardize the escrow industry and get them to work with us," she says. Fidelity National Title of Los Gatos, California, has purchased three NeXTstations and a laser printer. Alain Pinel personnel are training Fidelity users in the basics of NeXTSTEP and Pinel's custom software.

The Areas software has also been expanded to automatically store data and modify an in-house database based on information received during the escrow closing. The information also updates an internal accounting package under development.