Federal Compliance: In 2010, new regulations were introduced called the 2010 Inter-Agency Appraisal & Evaluation Guidelines or “IAG”. These new regulations not only reaffirmed the separation of the appraisal order management process from loan production, but also highlighted the importance of an Appraisal Review Process.

The Advantages of Using an AMC

Two Appraisal Management Options:

Banks/lenders create an in-house appraisal/evaluation management and review department at their own expense. This department not only has to separate the appraisal/evaluation order process from the loan process, but they also have to review each appraisal/valuation to ensure it meets USPAP and Appraisal Standards.

Banks/lenders order appraisals and evaluations through an appraisal management company (AMC), with the AMC fee being passed on to the borrower.

Key Difference

The key differentiator is that with an AMC, the expense of the review process and the fees all falls to the borrower, which saves the Bank/Lender money, time, and resources. The overall cost of the appraisal process is part of the borrower’s typical expense. Also, licensed and registered appraisal management companies go through the process of learning about compliance with current regulations so you, the lender, don't have to. That's just another way that using an AMC saves lenders money and time.

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Reduce Costs

This is a key area where Fastapp can help banks and lending institutions. The labor it takes for appraisal order management, managing the appraiser files, and most importantly, conducting a USPAP and Appraisal Standard review is expensive. This is a cost that cannot be passed onto the consumer due to federal regulations, but an AMC cost can be passed onto the consumer. Banks can essentially make the same income from that mortgage loan, but at a significant cost savings. On top of that, Fastapp is reliable and fast, saving you time and resources.

Additional Reasons To Use An AMC

AMCs help ensure that banks are getting the most qualified and accurate appraisals/valuations from their appraisers. Asset quality is the foundation of solid and profitable mortgage lending, so this is a crucial area where appraisal management companies can benefit lenders.


It greatly reduces the opportunity for fraud between lenders, salespeople, and the appraiser, thus reducing losses due to overvalued security.


It saves the bank money! The AMC fee gets passed along to the borrower rather than the lender.


It’s difficult to define and recover the cost of an in-house management department as a closing expense that is compliant with RESPA. In-house costs are at the bank’s expense, directly affecting bottom line profit.


Using an AMC frees community bank/credit union management and staff for other more productive responsibilities.


Most appraisal management companies have stringent quality control programs that increase the overall quality of the appraisal report.