2019 HW Vanguard: Robert Karraa

First American Database Solutions President

Under Robert Karraa’s leadership and vision, First American DataTree delivers cutting-edge technologies that fuel the growth of the real-estate market with robust, quality data and service solutions.

According to First American, DataTree boasts the industry’s largest database of property and homeowner information, spanning 100% of U.S. housing stock and including nearly 7 billion recorded document images. As president, Karraa has sponsored the application of new technologies – like artificial intelligence and optical character recognition – to enable customers to search for documents using any combination of keywords, phrases or numbers, such as notary numbers, legal descriptions or estate names. As a result, customers are no longer limited to searching by owner name, address or APN.

Now, all segments of the real estate market, including lenders, servicers, title insurance, title production, attorneys, appraisers and more can leverage extensive coverage with the highest data accuracy and search enhancements, including abstract property search; capabilities not possible with legacy technologies.

In the past five years, DataTree has experienced significant growth by delivery of unique, value-centric data capabilities. According to First American, DataTree was the first to market with 100% coverage in every U.S. jurisdiction. With Karraa at the helm, First American DataTree is capturing 75% more data in 33% less time, bringing new real estate transparency to the market and delivering value-added data and services to the industry and customers. His vision is that First American customers will have the data they need, when they need it and how they want it.

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