Stewart and the Arizona Association of REALTORS® Announce the Successful Deployment of Transaction Management to Arizona Real Estate Brokerages

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HOUSTON, TX
(Nov. 7, 2008) – Stewart announces the successful deployment of SureClose® to the Arizona Association of REALTORS® broker membership base.

In January of 2008, Stewart announced their partnership with the Arizona Association of Realtors® to create the industry’s first statewide deployment of transaction management. In less than one year, more than 200 Arizona real estate companies have signed up for SureClose to streamline their real estate transactions – representing over 17,000 real estate professionals and nearly 38 percent of the Arizona Association of REALTORS’® membership.

“We strive to provide the best possible service to our member,” said Arizona Association of REALTORS® 2009 President, Mike Wasmann, ABR, CIPS, CRS, GRI. “The deployment of transaction management across the state is raising our level of professionalism, creating a better work environment for our brokers and real estate professionals, as well as enhancing the service we offer our homebuyers and sellers.”

“In addition to offering SureClose to Arizona brokerages, the Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance rates for our members have recently been decreased by select providers as a result of the Association’s promotion of strong risk management techniques, including the deployment of transaction management. Just another valuable benefit we are able to provide our members as a result of our technology offerings.”

“Stewart is pleased with the deployment of SureClose into real estate brokerages across the state of Arizona,” said Tom Groom, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Real Estate Segment of PropertyInfo Corporation, a Stewart Company. “It is our intent to not only streamline the real estate transactions, but also to create a better customer experience for every real estate brokerage in Arizona. In fact, every Arizona REALTOR® has access to SureClose allowing them to be invited into any real estate, title or lender file in the state of Arizona. Imagine the transparency and service level increases if each of the parties in the transaction has online access to their files.”

About SureClose

SureClose gives real estate brokerages, MLS’ and associations the ability to manage and share digital documents online during the home purchase or home sale process – allowing for a more streamlined real estate transaction, the ability to further attract and retain real estate agents and reduce liability and monitor for regulatory compliance. In addition, real estate brokers and real estate professionals can easily index and archive closed transactions online for future reference by the homebuyers and sellers. More information can be found at http://www.sureclose.com. For more information, e-mail smarttechnology@stewart.com or call 1-866-60-TOOLS (86657).

About PropertyInfo Corporation

PropertyInfo Corporation, a Stewart company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Title Company. PropertyInfo delivers state-of-the-art real estate information solutions to the real estate, closing and mortgage industries. As a global provider of online transaction management and e-closing solutions, real estate information services, title/escrow production systems, hosting services, software development and online product distribution via its Web portal, PropertyInfo.com, PropertyInfo provides title and real estate professionals with the electronic data and integrated applications needed to increase their business efficiency and improve the quality of information used throughout the real estate transaction process. For more information, visit www.propertyinfo.com or e-mail smarttechnology@propertyinfo.com.

About Stewart

Stewart Title Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), 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 through our network of company-owned offices and independent agencies across 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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