First American Title Supports First Online Home Buyer Education Workshop in Series For LGBT Community

—First American Title to host inaugural workshop in series created
by NAGLREP and the non-profit Housing Opportunities Collaborative—

American Title Insurance Company
, a leading provider of title
insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of First
American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), today announced its support
of a series of free online home buyer education workshops designed
specifically for the LGBT community under the national program “Project
HOME: Homeownership Opportunities Made Equal.” First American Title is
the first organization in the nation to support the inaugural online
workshop, “Thinking About Buying a Home,” which will be accessible
online at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST on November 2. It is the first workshop
in a series created by the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real
Estate Professionals (NAGLREP), a 501(c)(3) organization that connects
LGBT real estate professionals and LGBT buyers and sellers online, and
the Housing Opportunities Collaborative (HOC), a 501(c)(3) HUD-approved
housing counseling intermediary.

“First American is a strong advocate for home buyer education and have
worked closely with NAGLREP to reach out to the LGBT community,” said
Maria Valentin, vice president, First American Title. “Our support of
the launch of this important home buyer education initiative represents
our ongoing commitment to promote homeownership opportunities for the
LGBT community.”

The free workshop on November 2 will provide participants with an
overview of the pros and cons of homeownership, homeownership
affordability and the importance of good credit. Experts will cover
subjects like typical housing costs, the tax benefits of owning a home,
the long-term value of equity and more. Participants can register for
the free 45-minute workshop directly via the VCN website at,
or by calling 800-826-1502.

“In a 2015 survey of LGBT home buyers and sellers, 51 percent of
millennials indicated they have little to no knowledge about the home
buying process,” said Jeff Berger, founder of NAGLREP. “Preparing the
next generation of homebuyers for this responsibility is fundamental to
creating sustainable home economics that offer LGBT families stability.”

The full calendar of free online home buyer education workshops will be
announced in January 2017. The live workshops will be delivered using
the HOC’s Virtual Counselor Network, which enables consumers to
participate and interact in home buyer certification courses from the
comfort of their home. The workshops are intended to benefit first-time
home buyers and people wanting to learn how to prepare for the
responsibilities of homeownership.

“Historical data shows that homeownership is the best way and sometimes
the only way for many to build financial wealth. Still many individuals
are not aware of the benefits of homeownership and are turned off by the
home buying process,” said Vino Pajanor, president and CEO of the HOC.
“Through the VCN Workshops, we intend to leverage professionals’
expertise, eliminate the barriers to access homeownership education, and
dispel myths regarding the home buying process.”

About First American Title Insurance Company

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of First
American Financial Corporation
traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the
nation, the company offers title services through its direct operations
and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and
abroad. First American Title provides comprehensive title insurance
coverage and professional services for real estate purchases,
construction, refinances, and equity loans. For more information, visit


The National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals
(NAGLREP), a mission-driven non-profit 501(c)(3) trade association, is
dedicated to providing LGBT people access to LGBT and LGBT-friendly
professionals that can assist them with the home buying and selling
process. NAGLREP advocates housing rights and works to eliminate
discrimination laws that impact fair and equal rights for the Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. Based in Jupiter, Florida,
NAGLREP has 1200 members and 35 affiliate chapters. For more information
about NAGLREP, go to

About HOC

The Housing Opportunities Collaborative (HOC) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt
HUD approved counseling intermediary, established in 2005 by a coalition
of HUD approved housing counseling and fair housing agencies, other
housing related nonprofit organizations, business organizations, and
government agencies that support all aspects of housing rights and
responsibilities. It was created to serve as an information
clearinghouse by consolidating housing and related information, making
it easily accessible to the public and partners. To improve the delivery
of services to the community, the HOC developed the Virtual Counselor
Network (VCN) in 2013 to digitally connect social services agencies and
partner organizations to the community using the power of technology.
HOC through its collaborative partnerships has assisted to date more
than 30,000 individuals on various topics, namely, home buying,
foreclosure prevention, reverse mortgage, financial coaching, credit and
debt management, tax preparation, tenant-landlord education, and fair
housing. For more information about HOC checkout and for
more information about VCN checkout


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Craig Barberio
Investor Relations