Stewart's SureClose® Version 5.7 Changes the Face of Transaction Management

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HOUSTON (Sept. 19, 2006) - As part of Stewart's ongoing commitment to enhancing the real estate technology process, Stewart Transaction Solutions Inc. announces the release and availability of SureClose Version 5.7. This release offers a new look and feel with additional functionality, security enhancements and the ability for consumers to upload documents into their own transaction file.

"SureClose v5.7 is a major step forward for Stewart's flagship transaction management system - creating a HomeFile™ for the consumer," said Travis Wright, president, Stewart Transaction Solutions Inc. "With SureClose, real estate agents, brokers, title agents and lenders can invite consumers to not only participate in their real estate transaction online, but also to post documents to their file for their future reference."

"With more than 1,000 installations of SureClose throughout the United States, 2 million-plus transactions hosted online and more than 25 million documents stored, our focus with version 5.7 is on improving long-term performance and scalability of document processing," said Tom Groom, vice president of software development, Stewart Transaction Solutions Inc. "And, to better serve our growing customer base, version 5.7 features customer-focused enhancements based on feedback from extensive usability testing and focus groups."

SureClose v5.7 introduces the three-pane Landing Page which allows users to access the most widely used of the most common tasks in SureClose immediately upon logging into the system. The three major panes included are: Current and Overdue Tasks, Recent File List and Uploaded Documents.

  1. The Current and Overdue Task pane permits users to manage and customize tasks scheduled within a 30 day window - providing an immediate 'To Do List' upon entering the system.

  2. The Recent File List allows users to instantly open and view up to the last 15 recently accessed files - reducing clicks and improving efficiency.

  3. The Uploaded Documents pane provides easy access to document uploads via Upload Document Wizard™ or through the proprietary SureClose Print Driver™.

SureClose v5.7 also offers enhanced capabilities for SureClose administrators. These new features include: the Concurrent File Report, enhanced security profiles and the ability to re-open previously archived files.

About Stewart Transaction Solutions

Stewart Transaction Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), delivers state-of-the-art real estate information solutions to the real estate, closing and mortgage industries. Stewart provides transaction management, title and escrow production, commercial closing, vendor management, underwriter information, title plant and artificial intelligence-based examination systems. www.stewarttransactionsolutions.com.

About Stewart

Stewart Information Services Corp. is 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 9,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, mortgage default management solutions, 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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