HOUSTON (April 1, 2003) - Imagine if getting your utilities connected at your new home was as simple as picking up your e-mail. Now with StewartConnect from Stewart Realty Services, home buyers and sellers can connect, disconnect and compare prices for a host of home services through a free, timesaving, easy-to-use Web site.
Stewart Realty Services is a division of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), offering value-added tools that assist real estate agents and brokers to provide extraordinary customer service.
As many as 25 home services are provided through StewartConnect, including local and long distance phone service, high-speed and dial-up Internet service, cable/satellite service, electricity, alarm monitoring, local and national newspaper delivery, local and interstate movers, a change of address service, and even maid service to clean up after the move.
"With StewartConnect, users simply login on a secure Web site," said Kelly Hawkins, Stewart director of realty technology. "After providing certain demographic information, home buyers or sellers receive a list of service providers within their area to compare pricing and order services.
"Users can order services at their convenience, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Hawkins. "With StewartConnect, there's no spending hours on the phone with different companies to coordinate all your services. In addition, instead of calling multiple service providers to compare prices and features, users can compare companies with just a few clicks on the StewartConnect Web site."
The StewartConnect online residential service center is provided through Qcorps Residential, Inc., a private Houston-based company. Qcorps' existing agreements with more than 350 service providers in more than 25 service categories allow the StewartConnect service to be offered immediately on a national basis.
"We look forward to working with Stewart Realty Services to streamline the process of buying or selling a home," said Jack Meyers, chief executive officer, Qcorps. "Home buyers and sellers will reward companies that find innovative ways to save them time and money. StewartConnect does just that."
For information on how StewartConnect can work for you, ask your real estate professional to contact your local Stewart Title office.
Stewart Information Services Corp. is a technology driven, strategically competitive, global real estate information company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services through more than 6,400 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.