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Thanks everyone for your recent comments.  I wanted to share the wonderful insights from our readers:

Jim: Start a petition! I’ll sign it and pledge no more business to First American – boycott!

Larry: They need to ship the land over there too.

Sal: Hello!? I raised this issue two years ago! I even sent it to FOX news and local channel 7. First American copied Ocwen Corporation. Ocwen has all of the BPO and REO operations in India. I’m sure that there must be others too.

Amelia: What can I do to help?

Belen: It’s not the first time a US company sent business elsewhere. They have been doing it for years; why is it a surprise now? The US has lots of red tape and the cost of doing business is high; not to mention workers compensation cases and other policies involved, including sexual harassment.  Employees do not want to work more than they have to and most people are not willing to go the extra mile for their employers, so what can they do? They go where people want to work and are willing to go the extra mile for half of the wages.

Keep Real Estate Jobs in California – Stop the Off-Shoring of Work to India

Our government is showing a callus lack of regard for the well being of workers and consumers in California. Just how, you might ask?

A great example is in 2008 the U.S. government stepped in and bailed out Freddie Mac as part of the effort to save the mortgage industry – jobs and all.  What did Freddie Mac do after it received our hard earned tax dollars? It turned nearly all of its settlement services needs over to one company – First American.

And what did First American do? Replaced jobs in California and sent them to India.

First American makes a significant percentage of its business from California Real Estate professionals, home buyers and sellers and tax payers.  But it continues to send jobs out of state, and out of the country. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you!

Chances are, if you bought a home recently in California, something used in your transaction that was previously “Made in the USA,” now isn’t.

Like you, I am extremely worried about the dwindling number jobs in the California real estate industry.  Especially when a major player like, First American, is dramatically off-shoring American jobs to their subsidiary company First Indian Corporation.

What First American jobs are being performed in India?  Read their press release which states, “The First Indian Corporation’s primary areas of focus include title insurance, property tax, flood certification, default management services, and credit and property information.”

To give you an idea of the scale of how many jobs they are shipping to India’s Bangalore & Hyderabad, check out this link: http://jobsearch.monsterindia.com/searchresult.html?co=xfirstacinx&cat=22

At this difficult time we should consider focusing our tax dollars and support for creating and holding on to American jobs. Let’s keep Californians and all Americans working. What’s so bad about that?