SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 12, 2004 - Data Tree LLC, the world’s leading provider of online public land records and a member of The First American Family of Companies, today announced the appointment of Robert Karraa as chief operating officer. The announcement comes on the heels of another strong year for Data Tree. In his new role, Karraa will oversee all Data Tree operations, which include offices in San Diego and Sacramento.

Most recently, Karraa served as regional vice president of sales and client services for First American Real Estate Solutions, the nation’s largest provider of property and ownership information and applications, a position he’s held since 1999. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

Data Tree is owned by The First American Corporation and falls under the Property Information and Services Group led by Dennis Gilmore, group president and First American executive vice president.

Data Tree LLC is the world’s leading provider of online public land records. Available in 27 states and 219 leading markets, Data Tree’s online database contains more than 1.5 billion current and historical document images.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

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) 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 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 $6.2 billion in 2003, First American has nearly 30,000 employees in approximately 1,400 offices throughout the United States and abroad. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found at