Stewart Title acquires Texas State Title of Houston

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HOUSTON (Feb. 7, 2005) - Stewart Title Co. has acquired Texas State Title of Houston, Texas. Existing management and staff will remain with the office.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The office will become a branch of Stewart Title of Houston, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Title Co.

"This acquisition is an example of our ongoing expansion in the Harris County market and also will strengthen our presence in the commercial arena," said E.D. Lester, chairman, Stewart Title of Houston. "This will boost Stewart's market share in Harris County to more than 21 percent."

"We have been a Stewart agent since 1979," said Steve Vallone, president, Texas State Title. "During that time, we have issued Stewart Title policies on many of the largest deals done in Texas. It will be an easy transition for us and our clients."

Texas State Title is located at 10000 Memorial Drive, suite 400, Houston, Texas 77024. Its phone number is (713) 680-1155.

Stewart Title Co. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a 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 8,500 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 www.stewart.com.

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