2013 marks Stewart’s 120th anniversary. We have a long history serving the real estate industry, providing title insurance, settlement services and much more – a full range of offerings for a full range of real estate transactions. We are a trusted provider that has true longevity and integrity.
In the last 10-15 years, we’ve seen some significant changes across the industry and the economy. There’s been a lot of transition as the market downturn occurred, and there are a lot of title companies that are no longer in business. Stewart plans on being here for the long run.
The housing recovery we’re starting to see across the country is enhancing our business, not only in the number of transactions, but also in rising real estate prices. Stewart has spent the last five years restructuring for more scalable operations, and a lot of time and effort aligning our organization around customer channels. Our move to a centralized shared-service environment for all back-office operations gives us not only a much more flexible cost structure, but enhances the? ability to enter new markets with a much more scalable platform.
In the past, Stewart has talked about being a technology company, but at the end of the day, we are a service provider. The significant changes we’ve made help to ensure that we are the preferred provider of real estate services. In-depth vetting of our independent agency base allowed us to really focus on the quality of our issuing agents, and on our ability to deliver a higher level of service and customer experience.
From 1893, when we got our start in Galveston, to the present, 120 magnificent years later, Stewart and its people have upheld our heritage of integrity, even as we adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing market. Thank you for coming along on our journey. We look forward to the next 100 years of serving our customers across the United States and around the world.