The First American Corporation traces its roots to 1889, when the then -largely agrarian Orange County, California, split off from the county of Los Angeles. Two firms were created to handle title matters in the new county, and in 1894 the two were merged to form Orange County Title Company. This was the immediate predecessor to First American Title Insurance Company.
For 70 years, the company grew steadily along with Orange County, earning a reputation for diligence, thoroughness, and friendly personal service. In 1924, Orange County Title became one of the first abstract companies in California to qualify to issue policies of title insurance.
In 1957, the company undertook an expansion plan that soon led it far beyond California's borders. By 1963, when its name was changed to First American, the company was operating in four states. A year later, First American became a publicly owned company. After a holding company was formed in 1968, the First American family of companies grew rapidly through acquisition and internal expansion. By 1982, First American served every region of the United States.
In 1979, Gateway Pacific Insurance Agency began business and when bought by First American in 1999, changed their name to First American Property & Casualty Insurance Agency (FAPCIA). At that time the company sold specialty insurance in a small number of states, but had plans for rapid expansion. In 2011 FAPCIA moved to new offices in Irvine, CA and opened sales offices in Modesto, California and Park City, Utah. In 2012, FAPCIA acquired Consumer Select Insurance of America in Winter Haven, Florida. Most recently, in 2013, SVI Insurance Services, an ancillary company owned by First American, was merged into FAPCIA providing the same great customer service all under one First American division. FAPCIA now provides homeowner, renter and auto insurance in eight states, and commercial policies in another 20+ states.
Our mission statement:
- To provide a competitive, reliable and convenient insurance quote in every opening escrow package with First American.
- To be an extension of the escrow process utilizing technology and business synergies in order to provide “evidence of insurance”.
- To incorporate all financial aspects of the real estate transaction with a unique cost saving bundled package of Title, Escrow, Property Insurance & Home Warranty.
- To provide superior customer service and to increase long-term visibility of the First American brand throughout the real estate ownership cycle.