MarketLinx® and JAR Agree to Five-Year Contract Extension


October 18, 2004, KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

MarketLinx Solutions™, a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) family of companies and the leading provider of browser-based multiple listing service (MLS) systems to the residential real estate industry, today announced a 5-year contract extension agreement with the Jackson Association of REALTORS (JAR).  MarketLinx has provided its TEMPO™ MLS technology to JAR’s 1,500 Realtors in the Jackson, Miss., area since 2000. This agreement extends TEMPO services through 2009.

“Throughout the term of our initial contract, MarketLinx has continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service,” said Cheryl Bullock, JAR’s chief executive officer.  “In our opinion, their TEMPO product continues to be the best in the industry, and we considered no vendor other than MarketLinx for our MLS services.” 

Doyal Hodge, president and chief executive officer of MarketLinx, said: “As one of our first customers, we have enjoyed a great, long-term relationship with the Jackson Association of REALTORS.  This commitment by JAR represents the significant faith that their management has in our product and our company, and we are very pleased that JAR has chosen to continue utilizing our services for another five years.”  


About JAR

The Jackson Association of REALTORS and its 1,500 members serve seven counties in Central Mississippi:  Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Scott, Copiah, Simpson and Yazoo.  For more information on JAR, call (601) 948-1332 or visit their Web site at
www.jacksonrealtor.com.

About MarketLinx 

MarketLinx began operating as a privately held company in 1996 and was acquired by The First American Corporation in September 2003.  Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., MarketLinx employs more than 120 people.  MarketLinx currently provides MLS services to over 310,000 Realtors in 20 states.  Its TEMPO MLS system is used by more major MLSs than any other browser-based software system, supporting MLSs ranging in size from 1,000 to more than 30,000 subscribers, including Realtors in such notable cities as Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Memphis, Dallas and San Diego. More information on MarketLinx can be found at www.marketlinx.com.

About First American

The First American Corporation is a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889. As the nation’s largest data provider, the company supplies businesses and consumers with information resources in connection with 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 six primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Mortgage Information, Property Information, Credit Information and Screening Information. With revenues of $6.21 billion in 2003, First American has 29,000 employees in approximately 1,800 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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