First American DataTree President Robert Karraa Named 2019 HousingWire Vanguard Award Winner

Karraa’s emphasis on innovation and customer-focused solutions helps DataTree power the lending, housing and settlement services industries with best-in-class real estate and mortgage data and cutting-edge technologies

December 4, 2019, Santa Ana, Calif.

First American DataTree®, the leading national provider of property data and document images to mortgage and real estate-related businesses, announced today that Robert Karraa, president of First American DataTree, was named a 2019 HousingWire Vanguard Award winner.

The HousingWire Vanguard Award recognizes C-level industry leaders within housing and mortgage finance — those whose leadership is moving markets forward every day. HousingWire Vanguard Award winners are carefully selected by a panel of HousingWire editors and reporters, chosen for their vital contributions to their companies and the growth of the housing economy in addition to the dynamic way they are changing the industry.

“This recognition reflects the commitment of our skilled team of data solution experts, whose collective experience building, curating and growing the industry’s largest public record database coupled with their expertise developing new technologies is unmatched in the industry,” said Karraa. “Our continued investments in data, technology and people have helped our customers succeed and made DataTree the property, homeownership and mortgage information solution that mortgage lenders and servicers depend on – from customer acquisition and underwriting to post-close, servicing and capital markets.”

Under Karraa’s leadership, First American DataTree has become the mortgage industry’s trusted source for the broadest data coverage, including public record data covering 100 percent of the U.S. housing stock, nearly 7 billion recorded real estate document images, title plants, homeowners association (HOA) information, real estate listings and more. His deep industry expertise and continued commitment to delivering best-in-class data and technology solutions have helped drive the company’s leadership position in the market.

“Our Vanguard Award is reserved for the true trailblazers in the housing industry, the visionaries that are leading the charge into the future. This year’s winners are the embodiment of that vision. In each corner of the housing industry, they are forging the path, setting the pace, and guiding housing into the next generation. And we couldn’t be prouder to honor them as Vanguards,” said Ben Lane, managing editor at HousingWire. 

About First American DataTree

First American Data Tree, LLC, is a national provider of property data and document images to mortgage and real estate-related businesses. As the trusted source for nationwide real estate and mortgage data, First American DataTree delivers the data, property reports and document images that help bring clarity and insight to business decisions. More information about the company can be found at