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Stewart Title of Pinellas, Fla., acquires Title First in St. Petersburg; Stewart Title acquires Gulf Coast Title Co. in Brooksville, Fla.

HOUSTON (Feb. 15, 2007) – Stewart Title of Pinellas has acquired Title First Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Stewart Title Co. has acquired Gulf Coast Title Co. LLC in Brooksville, Fla.

At Gulf Coast Title, existing management and staff have remained with the office, with Kent Eppley continuing to serve as president and manager. The company is the oldest title company in Hernando County.

“Our company is similar to Stewart Title, in that we were established in 1923 and have a longstanding history in the title industry,” said Eppley. “We were also very impressed with Stewart’s technology, and are really looking forward to combining our history with this new technology to offer a complete package for better service to our customers.”

Stewart Title of Pinellas bought a controlling interest in Title First from former owners Dean and Faye Mlinarch. The new office manager, Karen Knoop, moved from the Pinellas organization to Title First to assume her new responsibilities.

“This acquisition gives us a relationship with a mortgage company and real estate brokerage, First Atlantic Mortgage and HomeVestors,” said Kevin Hussey, president, Stewart Title of Pinellas.

Gulf Coast Title is located at 111 N. Main St., Brooksville, FL, phone number (352) 796-9416. Title First is located at 5338 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL, phone number (727) 822-1483.

Stewart Title of Pinellas and Stewart Title Co. are wholly owned subsidiaries 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.

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