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First Team Real Estate Joins RealtyTrac's Broker Network as Its Exclusive Member in Southern California

First Team's Coverage Area in the Network Includes Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and the City of Long Beach

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/08/14 -- RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com), the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing information, announced today that it has selected First Team Real Estate, Southern California's No. 1 independent real estate company, as a member of the RealtyTrac Network. The RealtyTrac Network is a licensed network available to leading independent and franchised brokerage companies throughout the country that provides its members with extensive data, unparalleled media reach and exclusive leads.

First Team Real Estate was founded in 1976 by President and CEO Cameron Merage with five agents in one office. Today First Team Real Estate and its family of companies have more than 40 offices and more than 1,800 agents throughout Southern California. Their services include residential and commercial real estate as well as title, escrow and mortgage operations.

"First Team Real Estate is one of the top brokerages in the country producing more than $5 billion in annual sales volume with a high standard for enhancing the real estate transaction process, making them a prime pick for our broker network," said Jamie Moyle, CEO of RealtyTrac. "We look forward to providing First Team Real Estate the benefits of RealtyTrac's powerful technology, big data offering and far-reaching media efforts to help further increase their already impressive growth and success."

First Team Real Estate will gain a competitive edge in their market by incorporating data and marketing tools made available through network membership. The unique offering includes access to RealtyTrac's proprietary and robust data sets, exclusive leads from RealtyTrac.com for potential sellers and motivated buyers, impressive media reach for the broker's brand on a national and local level, as well as integration of housing related data from RealtyTrac's subsidiary HomeFacts (www.homefacts.com). HomeFacts provides data and statistics on 30 key local and neighborhood dynamics for residential properties nationwide.

"Buyers and sellers of real estate rely on dependable data. At First Team, our mission is to measurably increase our clients' quality of life by helping them to make educated and informed decisions," said Cameron Merage, founder and CEO of First Team Real Estate. "We are excited to partner with RealtyTrac as their exclusive partner in Southern California. The result of this partnership will represent a quantifiable increase in the value we deliver to our agents and the homeowners they serve."

For more information on First Team Real Estate please visit: http://www.firstteam.com.

About First Team Real Estate
Growing from a single office in Huntington Beach, CA in 1976, First Team Real Estate is now Southern California's largest and most trusted private real estate agency with offices across Southern California. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, First Team was recognized as Best Real Estate Company by the annual Orange County Register survey of 100,000 Southern California households. First Team Real Estate can be reached at (888) 236-1943.

About RealtyTrac Network
The RealtyTrac Network is a licensed network that provides leading residential real estate brokerages with a means to align with a proven, forward-thinking, online strategic business leader. Licenses in the network are awarded on an exclusive basis in each market, and are available to both franchised and independent brokerage companies. Those interested in applying for an exclusive RTN license may visit http://www.realtytrac.com/network and submit an inquiry.

About RealtyTrac
RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com) is the nation's leading source of comprehensive housing data, with more than 1.5 million active default, foreclosure auction and bank-owned properties, and more than 1 million active for-sale listings on its website, which also provides essential housing information for more than 100 million homes nationwide. This information includes property characteristics, tax assessor records, bankruptcy status and sales history, along with 20 categories of key housing-related facts provided by RealtyTrac's wholly-owned subsidiary, Homefacts®. RealtyTrac's foreclosure reports and other housing data are relied on by the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury Department, HUD, numerous state housing and banking departments, investment funds as well as millions of real estate professionals and consumers, to help evaluate housing trends and make informed decisions about real estate.

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