(Sept. 16, 2005) McCone County in Montana recently became the 75th county database to be published using eTitleSearch™, Ultima's Web portal for publishing title plant information. Ultima's eTitleSearch customers, title companies and recorders in 12 states, utilize the e-commerce capability of the Internet publishing portal to increase revenue, expand markets and improve customer service.
"Our vision for utilizing eTitleSearch is a means to expand our regional markets and generate higher revenue," states Chris Bowman of First American Title Co., a recent eTitleSearch client and long-time customer of TitleSearch®, Ultima's document imaging software for title plants.
Another eTitleSearch customer, Evan Quiros, CEO of Border Title Group, has been utilizing the product since early 2004. Quiros and his staff have been invaluable to the development of eTitleSearch. Border Title's use of eTitleSearch and their helpful feedback to Ultima's software engineers have helped improve a product that is both user-friendly and extremely feature-rich. Mr. Quiros states, "We have been using eTitleSearch for 18 months. As with any new technology we were a little skeptical but eTitleSearch and the people at Ultima have exceeded all expectations. We have doubled our online transactions from a year ago."
eTitleSearch users employ search criteria such as document number, book & page, property address, name and legal description but also utilize advanced searching features 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 is Search Manager™ which allows users to reorganize the search results. Preview and phone book features are also available for express searching. Users may then print/save resulting listing.
Neal Morris, Ultima's director of Internet services, is pleased with the company's recent milestone. "We anticipate adding two new counties per month in the coming months," Morris states. "More and more title companies are realizing they are sitting on a gold mine in their own offices. Our software is helping them realize the income potential-and they are improving customer service simultaneously!"
eTitleSearch Professional Version Now Available
Ultima also now has released the professional version of eTitleSearch, offering an order module and Advanced Search Analysis™ as addidional features. These exciting features, in addition to AIM® for Windows® integration, bring the full power of TitleSearch's search and examination tools to the Internet.
Additional user features will be released within the next quarter. More information will be posted as it becomes available on Ultima's Web sites, etitlesearch.com and ultima.com.
Information regarding eTitleSearch may be obtained at www.etitlesearch.com or by contacting Neal Morris at 888.4.ULTIMA, Steve Culver at 800.528.4853, or Julie Murray at 877.885.8462.
Ultima Corporation, a subsidiary of Stewart Information Systems Corporation in Houston, has been developing imaging and indexing software for the title industry since 1991. They are headquartered in Hardy, Arkansas. To find out more information about Ultima Corporation, call 800.528.4853 or visit their Web site at 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 8,000 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.