New version of AIM for Windows offers SureClose integration, other efficiency features

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HOUSTON - (May 12, 2003) Landata Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) announces the release of AIM® for Windows® 4.1, offering integration with Stewart's SureClose® transaction management system, plus other features to increase efficiency and improve customer service.

AIM for Windows 4.1 is a SQL release, available as a stand-alone application or accessible on the Internet via Titlelogix®, Stewart's Managed Solutions Partner (MSP) service.

SureClose Integration

AIM for Windows is a powerful title and escrow system for order entry, document preparation, closing, escrow accounting, file tracking and management. It creates the title and closing documents that are accessed by all parties to a real estate transaction through SureClose, Stewart's transaction management system. Sellers, refinance customers, buyers, real estate agents and brokers, builders, lenders, title agents and other settlement service providers can access the latest transaction information through SureClose's secure, password-protected Web site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

With integration between the programs, order information electronically exports from AIM for Windows to SureClose, populating the appropriate SureClose fields. AIM for Windows uses the AIM Extract Router to transport and transform data for electronic SureClose access, and it provides confirmations of orders sent and received. The integration also allows the automatic flow of AIM for Windows documents and association with the proper files in SureClose.

David Busch, executive vice president for Home Abstract and Title Company in Waco, Texas, participated as a beta test site for AIM for Windows 4.1.

"We anticipate a major increase in efficiencies," Busch said. "With such a seamless process, we're going to be able to more efficiently use our staff resources."

"The way that we integrate automation in our business is drastically changing," Busch said. "Though one technology by itself can provide many benefits, when you use all available automation in concert, the benefits become unlimited. Companies that let the technology pass them by will eventually see their market share slip away."

Other New Features

In addition to providing integration with SureClose, AIM for Windows 4.1 offers other new features to help increase efficiency:

  • Ability to pull existing AIM for Windows data into a customer invoice using AIM for Windows Invoicing.
  • Ability to create multiple HUD templates based on lender/customer requirements. The user can select the desired template upon entering the closing module.
  • Enhancements to the Closing and Escrow Accounting modules.

About AIM for Windows

AIM for Windows is easy to use, flexible, expandable, highly efficient and a solid base for building a company's electronic future. AIM for Windows is a part of Landata Title Office®, the award-winning suite of cutting-edge software solutions developed to enhance productivity and connectivity.

For more information about AIM for Windows, contact the Landata HelpCenter at 1-888-LANDATA (526-3282) or helpcenter@landata.com, or visit www.landatatitleoffice.com.

Landata Systems, Inc. (www.landatasystems.com) is a software developer and technical services provider to the title insurance and real estate industries, offering excellent software development, consulting and support. Products offer: order entry; document preparation; closing and escrow accounting; online underwriting and real estate information; imaging; title plant; and electronic commerce.

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 6,600 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, background checks and online property auctions. 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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