HOUSTON (Feb. 14, 2006) - eTitleSearch, Ultima's Web portal for publishing land records and title plant information, conducted more than one million transactions in 2005.
"We are very pleased but not at all surprised by this milestone," said Neal Morris, Internet services director for Ultima. "When we published our first county five years ago, we knew this program would be a success. We now have 86 counties publishing online.
"The fact that this application was utilized over one million times last year tells me our vision is being realized - title companies are seeing the benefits of eTitleSearch and are realizing the contribution to their overall financial success, while users benefit from searching online with premium features," added Morris. "It's a win-win situation."
Users across the World Wide Web search land records and related documents for 86 counties, employing such search criteria as document number, book and page, property address, name and legal description. Advanced searching features are also available such as phone book and hyper-link name searching, range of dates, book and page range, instrument types, SoundEX and initial name matching.
Another key feature of eTitleSearch is SearchManager™, which allows users to reorganize the search results. Users may then print/save the resulting listing.
Evan Quiros, CEO of Border Title in Laredo, Texas, has been publishing his title plant on the Internet for two years via eTitleSearch.com.
"We have doubled our online transactions from a year ago," said Quiros. "eTitleSearch allows us to recoup the investment made in our title plant. And our users especially appreciate the 24-hour access and superior searching capabilities offered by eTitleSearch."
For more information on how to better utilize your title plant, visit http://www.etitlesearch.com or contact Ultima's Neal Morris or Steve Culver at (800) 528-4853.
Ultima Corp., a subsidiary of Stewart Information Systems Corp., has been developing imaging and indexing software for the title industry since 1991. The company is headquartered in Hardy, Ark. For information about Ultima Corp., call (800) 528-4853 or visit http://www.ultima.com.
Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) 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 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.