Data Tree Adds Owner, Property Search Functionality

–Increases Accessibility to World’s Largest Database of Imaged Land Records–


September 16, 2002, San Diego

Data Tree LLC, the nation’s largest provider of imaged recorded property documents and a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) family of companies, today announced the integration of owner name and property information search functionality to its electronic document retrieval systems.  

For the first time, customers can locate documents within Data Tree’s repository of more than   1 billion records without knowing the recording number assigned to those documents by county registrars.  Electronic images of publicly recorded deeds, mortgages, judgments, easements and maps can be retrieved and instantly delivered to the customer’s PC by entering a property’s street address, owner’s name or assessor’s parcel number as search criteria.

“Data Tree has long been a backbone repository that large title companies and other high-volume land record search organizations have depended upon for fast, quality results,” said Peter Gorrie, chief operating officer for Data Tree.  “With the addition of this search capability, we have opened up our system to an entirely new market of smaller firms and individuals, particularly in the Northeastern states where large-scale title plants generally don’t exist.”     

Adding owner/property search capability to the Data Tree repository was made possible through collaboration with other First American database information companies which, when viewed as a whole, possess systems and data far superior to competing providers of property information services.

“First American continuously searches for new ways to maximize the synergies between our companies and develop new and enhanced products,” said Dennis J. Gilmore, president of First American’s Property Information Group.   “In this case, we were able to leverage Data Tree’s strengths in building large, indexed databases and combine that with First American Real Estate Solutions’ industry-leading property records search engine.  The result is a unique and flexible product that satisfies the needs of several customer categories.”

The new search functionality has been added to Data Tree’s existing document retrieval and management platform, Data Tree for the Desktop.  A WindowsÒ-based client application that connects to the Data Tree image repository via a dedicated network connection or via the Internet, Data Tree for the Desktop is an ideal solution for offices—allowing multiple users to share and review documents in a workflow environment—or individuals who regularly conduct land record searches. 

“Instead of going to the courthouse for copies of recorded documents, Data Tree customers can now efficiently search for and retrieve land records online,” said Gwen Sorensen, director of marketing for Data Tree.  “Our new search capability increases the flexibility of the most robust land record retrieval system in the world, vastly increasing its usability for attorneys, engineers, genealogists and other nontraditional land record searchers.”

For more information about the property search and recorded land record document images, please contact Data Tree at 800-789-7244, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time.

About Data Tree

Available in 24 states and 188 leading markets, Data Tree’s online database contains more than 1.3 billion current and historical document images. Data Tree delivers hundreds of thousands of quality images, instantly, online, every day to companies conducting title research.  Data Tree’s proprietary software platform enables workflow automation by allowing users to process, share, annotate, print and store images in a networked or Internet-connected environment.  With “scan-on-demand” and office document integration capability, Data Tree greatly reduces research times and makes title automation and paperless processing a reality. More information about the company can be found at www.datatree.com.

About The First American Corporation

The First American Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889. As the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information, the company supplies businesses and consumers with the information resources that affect the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job; renting an apartment; buying a car, house, boat or airplane; securing a mortgage; opening or buying a business; and planning for retirement. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within seven primary business segments including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Trust and Other Services, Mortgage Information, Property Information, Credit Information and Screening Information. With revenues of $3.75 billion in 2001, First American has more than 22,500 employees in approximately 1,300 offices throughout the United States and abroad. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found at www.firstam.com.

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