FIRST AMERICAN eAPPRAISEIT NAMES ANTHONY MERLO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES AND MARKETING


September 11, 2001, POWAY, Calif.

First American eAppraiseIT, a service of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) family of companies, today announced the appointment of Anthony R. Merlo as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

In his most recent position, Merlo served as vice president of the Eastern region with First American eAppraiseIT.  In his new position, Merlo will oversee First American eAppraiseIT’s national sales and marketing efforts as well as eAppraiseIT.com’s account management group. 

Bringing more than 17 years of mortgage banking experience, Merlo joined First American’s largest subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company, in 1995 as a vice president and regional manager. He later moved to First American’s Mortgage Information Services Group in 1999, as an assistant vice president within the strategic sales division. 

“Under Tony’s leadership, First American eAppraiseIT experienced explosive growth in the Eastern region,” stated Chris Leavell, president of First American eAppraiseIT.  “With his mortgage banking and information services background, he is perfectly suited to drive our growth objectives.”

Merlo, who attended Pennsylvania State University, now resides in the San Diego area with his wife and three children.

First American eAppraiseIT offers a complete menu of residential appraisal and statistical evaluation products providing accurate appraisal information for first mortgages, home equity loans, foreclosures and tax assessments. The company’s use of advanced technology, combined with centralized processing, simplifies ordering and speeds turnaround of appraisal information.

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation’s three primary business segments include: title information and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information and services; and consumer information and services, which provides automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; direct-to-consumer public records reporting; resident screening; pre-employment screening; automobile title administration; property and automotive insurance tracking services; property and casualty insurance; home warranties; investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com 

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