The First American Corporation Expands Title Operations in Turkey

Posted by RIS Media — May 9, 2006

The First American Corporation Expands Title Operations in TurkeyRIS MEDIA, May 10, 2006—The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), one of the largest provider of business information in the United States and the leading provider of title insurance services internationally, has announced the formation of First Title Istanbul Inc. in the Republic of Turkey. First Title Istanbul has been established to provide title insurance for foreign investors and title guarantee programs for Turkish banks and consumers. The Republic of Turkey is expected to introduce the development of a conventional mortgage market in the next several months. Turkey’s State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Abdullatif Sener said a bill regulating the implementation of Turkey’s new mortgage system is one of the top priorities on the agenda during the 2006 parliamentary year. Currently, individuals seeking to finance a purchase of real estate in Turkey only have short term loans available. Consequently, only a small amount of property acquisitions are financed. Pending legislation will enable financial institutions to offer mortgage loans with maturities of up to 30 years and for the securitization of mortgage loans. “The new regulatory environment will foster new and significant real estate activity in Turkey by residents and foreign purchasers and lenders,” said Phillip Oldcorn, European Underwriting director of First Title, plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation. “With the expertise of First Title and its local partners, First Title Istanbul is uniquely positioned to provide the title underwriting and warranty services necessary to encourage and expand the Turkish real estate market.” First Title Istanbul was formed by the association of First Title plc, Barbaros Mühendislik Ticari Danişmanlik San. Tic.Limited and Trans-Euro Asia Services LLC. The establishment of First Title Istanbul represents another step in implementing international practices in Turkey and First American’s international title expansion strategy. With more than 1,000 title employees in Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia, First American continues to grow beyond the United States by adapting its product offerings to meet the regulatory guidelines and land conveyancing policies of international markets. More information about the company, visit www.firstam.com.

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