Executive Title Insurance Services, a Stewart Title affiliate, acquires Hardee County Title and Abstract Co. in Wauchula, Fla.

HOUSTON (Feb. 27, 2007) – Executive Title Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Hardee County Title and Abstract Co. of Wauchula, Fla., from owner Margaret C. Bennett, who has retired.

Closer Julie Watson and Pam Cornelius will remain with the office. Watson will remain the closer and also will manage the office, which will become a branch of Executive Title.

"We are excited about being a part of this community," said Richard S. Yankowski Jr., chief executive officer, Executive Title. "Julie and Pam are the most important part of the transaction.

With 19 closing offices located in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Dade Counties, Executive Title is the largest title insurance agency in southwest Florida.

"With properties along the Gulf Coast becoming increasingly expensive, many home buyers are looking toward Florida’s interior counties for more attractive prices," added Yankowski.

The office is located at 107 E. Main St., Wauchula FL 33873, phone number (863) 773-2245.

Executive Title Insurance Services Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-oriented, technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 9,500 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com.