Executive Title Insurance Services Acquires Hardee County Title and Abstract Co. in Wauchula, Fla.

February 27, 2007

HOUSTON--Executive Title Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Hardee County Title and Abstract Co. of Wauchula, Fla., from owner Margaret C. Bennett, who has retired. Closer Julie Watson and Pam Cornelius will remain with the office. Watson will remain the closer and also will manage the office, which will become a branch of Executive Title. "We are excited about being a part of this community," said Richard S. Yankowski Jr., chief executive officer, Executive Title. "Julie and Pam are the most important part of the transaction.

With 19 closing offices located in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Dade Counties, Executive Title is the largest title insurance agency in southwest Florida.

"With properties along the Gulf Coast becoming increasingly expensive, many home buyers are looking toward Florida's interior counties for more attractive prices," added Yankowski.

Source: Stewart Information Services Corp.