By Katie Brown
Since 1893, Stewart Title has been committed to providing comprehensive service, deep expertise and quality solutions for customers throughout any real estate transaction. Formerly known as Gracy Title Company, Stewart Title of Austin holds up these same principles, making it one of the top title companies in the region.
While the name of the company recently changed, the commitment to its customers hasn’t wavered. “Our customers have been our top priority since we began as Gracy Title in 1873,” says Wanda Frederick, division president for Stewart Title of Austin. “The same personalized service is still waiting for customers in every transaction.”
Specializing in commercial and residential title insurance and closing and settlement services, Stewart Title of Austin works with an array of customers and industry experts, including homeowners, home buyers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, banks, builders, developers and investors. Additionally, they work closely with many home-related vendors, such as insurance companies, surveyors, inspectors and contractors to ensure a seamless customer experience from start to finish.
Stewart Title of Austin includes 16 offices, 170 associates and multiple builder title companies across the seven surrounding counties: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Burnet, Llano, Caldwell and Bastrop. Voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Austin American-Statesman seven straight years, Stewart Title is also well engaged with the community. “We believe strongly in giving back to the communities we serve, and we support Foundation Communities, Austin Pets Alive, SafePlace, Front Steps and other local charities,” Frederick says.
For Frederick, ensuring the team’s associates are providing quality service and expertise is a company-wide commitment. “My role is to oversee daily operations, enhance associate performance and teach industry best practices,” Frederick says. “To continue delivering the best possible service to our customers and stay in front of the industry, we groom our talented associates with our own Academy and training certification program.”
In addition to training its associates, Stewart Title has a team of business development officers who are constantly in front of clients and coordinate continuing education classes that are in high demand. “All of our instructors are practicing professionals with expertise and experience in various areas of the real estate industry, including legal, title, technology, luxury homes, market trends and social media,” Frederick says.
As the Austin market continues to see a rise in population, particularly among millennials, Stewart Title is eager to assist all types of clients—from first-time home buyers to new residents to families looking for a new home. “Anyone choosing to use Stewart Title of Austin for their title industry needs will receive consistently superior service,” Frederick says. “Our many experienced underwriters, examiners and escrow staff are dedicated to finding ways to close deals.”
To ensure a quality experience from start to finish, Stewart Title works with REALTORS in a uniquely collaborative way, delivering personalized service and drawing upon the resources of a global company. “We respond quickly to their needs, provide the guidance necessary to close their deals and make sure they look good to their customers,” Frederick says. “We are experts in the Austin market and the title industry and use our expertise to streamline and simplify transactions for REALTORS.”
A longstanding commitment to comprehensive service, deep expertise and quality solutions makes Stewart Title one of the top local, national and international title and closing providers. As we embark on 2017, the company is excited for what the New Year will have in store.
“On behalf of Stewart Title of Austin, we would like to say ‘thank you’ to all our loyal clients who have continued to be a part of our success,” Frederick says. “We wish each of you a Happy New Year and plan to see you very soon!” RL