Coastal Title Agency in Jacksonville, Fla., is 7,000th issuing agent for Stewart

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HOUSTON (Dec. 18, 2003) - Stewart Title Guaranty Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp., has signed its 7,000th issuing agent, Coastal Title Agency of Jacksonville, Fla.

"We are delighted to welcome the 7,000th agent to Stewart and are very pleased they are from Florida, a market we have specifically targeted for growth," said Malcolm S. Morris, president, Stewart Title Guaranty Co., and chairman and co-chief executive officer, Stewart Information Services Corp.

Dianna Smith, president, Coastal Title, opened her office in September 2003 after working several years for a local attorney who also is a Stewart agent. Smith has been in the title business for more than 16 years in Jacksonville, a city with more than 800,000 residents in northeast Florida.

"I know the support that Stewart gives its agents is wonderful," said Smith. "I would not have wanted to go out on my own without knowing that Kevin (Baldwin) and others are there to help me with tough underwriting questions or other problems. My business so far has been great, and I'm proud to offer my customers the security of having a Stewart Title insurance policy."

Kevin Baldwin is the district manager for Stewart Title Guaranty Co. who signed Smith as a new issuing agent. "I have known Diana for more than 10 years, and I am so pleased to have her join our roster of excellent independent agents in the Jacksonville market," he said.

"Coastal Title is representative of the fantastic growth we've seen all across the Florida market," said Harold Hickman, executive vice president and region manager, Stewart Title Guaranty Co. "With more than 7,000 affiliate and independent issuing offices across the nation and in several international markets, Stewart is able to offer title insurance, escrow and closing services to local, regional and national customers everywhere."

Coastal Title Agency is located at 4309 Pablo Oaks Court, Suite 3, Jacksonville, telephone number (904) 223-8884.

Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) is a technology driven, strategically competitive, global real estate information company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services through more than 7,100 issuing locations in the United States and several international markets. Stewart meets the needs of the real estate and mortgage industries through the delivery of information services required for settlement using e-commerce. These services include title reports, flood determinations, document preparation, property reports and background checks. Stewart also supplies post-closing services to lenders, automated county clerk land records, property and land ownership mapping, and GIS for governmental entities. Stewart provides expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information about Stewart can be found at www.stewart.com.

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