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First American Senior Commercial Real Estate Economist Xander Snyder Named a HousingWire 2024 Rising Stars Award Winner

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), a premier provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions and the leader in the digital transformation of its industry, today announced that Senior Commercial Real Estate Economist Xander Snyder was named a winner of HousingWire’s 2024 Rising Stars awards, which honors industry leaders under the age of 40 for their innovative and valuable contributions to the mortgage, real estate and fintech industries. The winners were selected by HousingWire’s selection committee based on their professional achievements within their organizations, contributions to the overall housing economy, community outreach, client impact and personal success.

“Xander’s proprietary analysis looks beyond current market dynamics and trends to identify potential shifts in the commercial real estate landscape, so it’s not surprising he has become a trusted industry expert,” said Ken DeGiorgio, CEO of First American. “His unique ability to connect the dots between the commercial and residential real estate markets and the broader economy helps our customers and other industry stakeholders make more informed business decisions.”

Snyder was recognized for his role in furthering First American’s industry leadership, providing data-driven analysis of economic and commercial real estate market trends via speaking opportunities at industry events and media interviews. His research and commentary address the state of the commercial real estate market in a way that is easily consumable and informative, positioning First American as a valued source for economic perspective. In addition to written analysis and speaking engagements, Snyder features in a monthly video series, The Inside Look, and he regularly joins Chief Economist Mark Fleming and Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi on The REconomy Podcast™.

“As the housing industry navigates the higher-for-longer rate environment, many emerging leaders have come to the surface to guide their companies, teams and clients to a more successful and promising future," said Clayton Collins, CEO of HW Media. "Through Rising Stars, HousingWire has identified these leaders who are making their mark with leadership qualities and innovative ideas. The future will look different, and I'm confident these Rising Stars will play prominent roles in housing's forward evolution.”

About First American

First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a premier provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions. With its combination of financial strength and stability built over more than 135 years, innovative proprietary technologies, and unmatched data assets, the company is leading the digital transformation of its industry. First American also provides data products to the title industry and other third parties; valuation products and services; mortgage subservicing; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. With total revenue of $6.0 billion in 2023, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2024, First American was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine for the ninth consecutive year. The company was named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators by Fast Company in 2023. More information about the company can be found at


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Marcus Ginnaty

Corporate Communications

First American Financial Corporation

(714) 250-3298

Investor Contact:

Craig Barberio

Investor Relations

First American Financial Corporation

(714) 250-5214

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