Stewart Title hires new branch manager for San Francisco office

Title and Escrow Veteran Completes Bay City Team

SAN FRANCISCO (June 19, 2007) – The San Francisco division of Stewart Title of California, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE:STC), has hired Steven Rascher as branch manager of its Bush Street Office.

Rascher rounds out Stewart Title’s San Francisco team of Sheila Santangelo and Connie Choy, branch managers of the Presidio Center and Sunset offices, respectively.

Rascher began his title industry career with Stewart Title in 1987. A Certified Escrow Officer for 15 years, he has been president of the Bay Area Escrow Association four separate times, director of the California Escrow Association for 10 years, and a delegate to the American Escrow Association for five different conferences. Because of his extensive and distinguished escrow career, Rascher will continue to run an escrow desk while managing the Stewart office. He says his goal for his first year as branch manager is to “increase revenue and market share while increasing the staff both in size and in education.”

Michael Patricio, division president for Stewart Title’s San Francisco unit, explains that Rascher’s strengths lie “in his escrow knowledge and in his longevity as an established escrow officer in the Financial District.” Patricio continues, “Steven has an excellent reputation in the escrow community and has established several lasting relationships with builders, lenders and real estate professionals in San Francisco.”

Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Rascher has a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree from St. Louis University. He has taught theater, speech, directing and set design for 16 years and has lived in San Francisco for 21 years.

About Stewart

Stewart Title Co. and Stewart Title of California Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Stewart Information Services Corp., 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, mortgage default management solutions, 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