100,000 REALTORS Renew With MarketLinx Solutions

—Multiyear Contract Renewals With Sandicor and Other Major MLS Customers Widens MarketLinx’s Industry-Leading Position—


August 3, 2005, SANTA ANA, Calif.

MarketLinx Solutions, a division of First American Residential Group and a member of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) family of companies, today announced that Sandicor, Inc. has renewed its service and license agreement with MarketLinx. The signing of the renewal agreement is a significant milestone for MarketLinx, bringing to more than 100,000 the number of members whose real estate organizations have signed contract extensions or renewals with MarketLinx this year.

“MarketLinx has proven to Sandicor during the past contract term that its TEMPO™ product  can be customized and is powerful enough to serve a regional MLS (multiple listing service) the size of San Diego County,” said John Holley, president and chief executive officer of Sandicor, Inc. “The MarketLinx staff has been able to implement all of our business rules and still keep up with the dramatic growth we have experienced these past few years. We are pleased to continue our partnership with MarketLinx Solutions.”  

Currently ranked among the top 25 largest regional MLSs in the country, Sandicor is a California operation owned by the five Associations of REALTORS® serving San Diego County: Coronado Association of REALTORS®, East San Diego County Association of REALTORS®, North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®, Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® and the San Diego Association of REALTORS®.  There are nine Sandicor Service Center locations in San Diego County, serving more than 22,500 REALTORS®.

“Sandicor has been a MarketLinx customer since November 2000, and as one of our longest-standing clients, we’re delighted they’ve chosen to continue this partnership,” said Doyal Hodge, president of MarketLinx Solutions. “Their continued confidence and support are testament to our commitment to providing dependable technology and excellence in service to our customers.”

Sandicor is one of several major MLSs in the country to employ MarketLinx as its vendor.  Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service—with more than 30,000 users—and Chicago’s 15,000-member MAP MLS have also renewed within the past several months. 

About MarketLinx Solutions
A division of First American Residential Group, 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 140 people and currently provides MLS services to over 285,000 Realtors in 20 states. The company’s 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 key markets as Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Memphis, Dallas and San Diego. More information on MarketLinx can be found at www.marketlinx.com.

About The First American Corporation
The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a Fortune 500 company that traces its history to 1889, is the nation’s largest data provider. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people’s lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. 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 $6.72 billion in 2004, First American has 31,000 employees in approximately 2,000 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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