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Friday, December 05, 2008

Sr. Home Price Index Analyst - First American (San Francisco, CA)

First American is the nation's largest data provider, supplying information resources and services that impact the major economic events of people's lives. We serve mortgage, real estate, and consumer-related businesses, as well as consumers themselves, with the data to help them make decisions, operate their businesses, and advance their lives. Tracing our history to 1889, The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is based in Santa Ana, California. Today, with revenues exceeding $6 billion, our company has 31,000 employees and 2,000 offices throughout the United States and abroad. For more detailed information about First American, please visit our Web site at: www.firstam.com.

LoanPerformance, a division of First American CoreLogic (FACL), the nation's largest provider of property and ownership information, analytics and services is the leader in mortgage finance, securitization, servicing and real estate information and analytics. We created and maintain the industry's largest and most robust mortgage securities and servicing databases and provide state-of-the-art analytical tools that our banking, investor and regulator clients use to analyze and manage their loan portfolios.

LoanPerformance uses collected data to be the 'voice' of the mortgage industry. Since our inception in 1983 LoanPerformance has become the "brain trust", the definitive source of expert information about the state of the mortgage securities and mortgage servicing marketplaces. As a member of The First American Corporation family of companies, LoanPerformance has access to an unrivaled set of data assets, including real estate information representing 99.1% of the population of the United States.

For more information, please visit our website http://www.loanperformance.com. Join us as a Senior Home Price Index Analyst working among the smartest and most often-quoted real estate analytics professionals in the business. You will develop ZIP code-level, econometric-driven home price models for inclusion in LoanPerformance's industry-leading Home Price Index (HPI) and RiskModel products. You will also perform regular validation and surveillance to track and analyze home price model performance. The position also provides analytical support to our product management, sales and client services teams. Note: This position can be located in San Francisco, Sacramento or Santa Ana, CA.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • An advanced degree (Ph.D. or ABD preferred) in Economics, Econometrics, Finance, Mathematics or Statistics
  • Minimum of 2-3 years' exposure/experience in housing and real estate economics including home price analytics, valuation and forecasting
  • Knowledge of statistical/econometric modeling techniques (e.g., time series analysis, survival analysis and Monte Carlo simulation methods)
  • Experience in spreadsheet applications and advanced use of statistical applications/databases
  • Experience in working with MS Office (especially MS Excel) and business intelligence tools (preferably MicroStrategy)
  • Advanced programming ability in SAS
  • Ability to write customized programs for meaningful data analysis
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), team driven, client-focused and strong innovation/creativity
  • Authorship of technical papers, whitepapers, or published analytical studies
  • Experience in preparing and delivering presentations both to clients and at conferences Preferred:
  • Advanced knowledge of home price index methodologies, including the use of Fast Fourier Transform-based techniques
  • Experience in the application of home price models to mortgage portfolios
  • Expert-level skills in systems design - to design flexible, scalable, production-ready modules and interfaces for use across multiple platforms
  • Programming ability in SQL, C++ or Java
  • Programming ability in a matrix-oriented language such as Matlab, Gauss, SAS IML or S-Plus

Note: Position can be located in San Francisco, Sacramento or Santa Ana, CA.


First American offers an empowered work environment that encourages creativity, initiative and professional growth.

Our salary and benefits package is competitive including:

  • Health, dental and vision care
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan including a company match tied to profitability
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Discount stock purchase program
  • Tuition assistance program
  • Title and escrow fee reimbursement program
  • Company credit union E.O.E. M/F/V/D

The First American Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, religion, marital status or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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