The Appraisal Institute wants to ensure background checks aren't too much of a hassle for appraisers.

Appraisers are under a lot of scrutiny - from more intense training to increased regulation - and background checks present additional challenges for these professionals.

Costs and regulations are two factors impacting drone usage in the real estate industry.

Small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are slowly becoming a more common sight, and many professionals in the real estate industry are using these devices to revolutionize the sector.

Real estate appraisers are not home inspectors.

Borrowers who have never had a real estate appraisal before may not be completely aware of what they can expect from the process.

Six agencies have suggested regulations for AMCs, but there isn't a clear federal definition for AMCs yet.

With a general understanding of what makes an appraisal management company (AMC) different from an appraisal firm, one can begin to dig deeper into what defines an AMC.

AMCs serve as middlemen between lenders and independent appraisers.

Since the housing downturn, the term appraisal management company (AMC) has become a misused generic term in the residential real estate industry.