Heidi Drew from Stewart Title in Stuart, Florida Among the First to Participate in New Military Family Housing Education Program

Course aims to educate housing professionals on the unique circumstances of the military homebuyer

STUART, FL (Aug. 9, 2011) – Stewart Title in Stuart, Florida is pleased to announce associate Heidi Drew’s participation in a new military family housing education program.

USA Cares has launched a new education course designed to provide loan officers, REALTORS® and housing professionals with a clear understanding of how to work with military clients.

“Stewart Title is pleased to have a Heidi as a graduate of this new program and be among the first housing professionals to offer this level of expert customer service to military men and women,” said Richard Yankowski, group vice president of Florida.

Through the USA Cares Military Family Housing Education Program accessed online at www.usacares.org, the MFHE Course provides the tools and knowledge needed to effectively work with military borrowers, especially in a fast-paced and competitive market. It also includes timely advice for housing professionals regarding foreclosure prevention, with tips they can give their clients to help them avoid mortgage delinquencies in the future.

“This course aims to put greater numbers of military families into affordable homes through knowledgeable professionals who understand the unique circumstances brought about by military service,” remarked USA Cares Executive Director Bill Nelson.

The course’s author, Beverly Ray Frase, has a strong background as loan officer, real estate broker and career army wife.  “I’ve been on all sides of the home buying process,” said Beverly.  “I know where the speed bumps are, especially for our military men and women.  Working with a certified housing professional should move them down the path to an accurate and timely closing.”

The course helps all housing professionals make sense of the military language and rank and pay system. It even outlines what happens when a service member is injured, and explains how his or her pay will continue during hospitalization and treatment. Earning the Certificate of Completion for the MFHE Course indicates a significant knowledge base that active duty service
members and veterans can rely on for prompt and accurate service of their housing needs. Certified Housing Professionals will adhere to specific Standards of Practice, representing a commitment to provide quality service to military borrowers.

USA Cares is no stranger to supporting the homeownership goals of military families. “We’ve paid out more than one million dollars to save military family homes in the past three years,” said Jennifer Robinson, USA Cares Director of Assistance. “This new effort will help reduce the need for such assistance by supporting military borrowers and their lenders as they work together to make affordable and sustainable housing decisions.”

Stewart Title in Stuart, FL offers title and closing services to the greater Stuart, FL area and is located at 1111 SE Federal Hwy., Suite 128, Stuart, FL 34994. For more information, call (772) 521-0504 or visit http://www.stewart.com.

About USA Cares

USA Cares is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps post 9/11 military families bear the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support. Its mission: To help with basic needs during financial crisis, to assist combat injured Veterans and their families and to prevent private military home foreclosures and evictions. In seven years, USA Cares has received over 21,000 requests and responded with more than $7 million in grants. Military families anywhere in America can apply for assistance through the USA Cares web site, http://www.usacares.org/ or by calling 1-800-773-0387. For more information on USA Cares contact John Revell, jrevell@usacares.org or call (270) 352-5451 x101. For more information on the MFHE Course, go to the USA Cares website or email Beverly.frase@usacares.org

About Stewart

Stewart Title Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), is a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com, or by visiting the Stewart blog at http://blog.stewart.com, following Stewart on Twitter @stewarttitleco, becoming a member of the Stewart Title group on LinkedIn, or liking Stewart on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StewartTitleCo.