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BCE Emergis, FNC Inc. to Speed Mortgage Appraisal Services

[Montreal, CANADA] BCE Emergis and FNC, Inc. signed a two-year strategic alliance to speed and enhance delivery of mortgage appraisal services to lenders in the U.S. and Canada.

As part of the agreement, BCE Emergis will support the electronic delivery of FNC's AppraisalPort through hosting and customer support services, security, and network management. BCE Emergis will also provide installation support for AppraisalPort clients and promote it to Emergis' U.S. and Canadian customers. FNC, which provides scalable electronic mortgage automation and data-processing, will maintain functionality enhancements to AppraisalPort's for both FNC and BCE Emergis customers.

AppraisalPort is a transaction-based appraisal and valuation services fulfillment portal developed by FNC for mortgage lenders, brokers and appraisers. It is operating or being installed for residential and commercial lenders across the U.S., including Bank of America, Charter One Bank and Frost National Bank. It provides lenders with a means for Web procurement of valuation services that include appraisal services, automated valuation models and broker price opinions.

Lenders and appraisal service providers will be able to process orders across a secure business-to-business platform. AppraisalPort is a key component of FNC's Collateral Management System, an appraisal processing and data management system for lenders, brokers and appraisal management firms.

By building management systems with integrated e-procurement capabilities, FNC gives lenders instant and secure Web access to third-party vendors and analytical and data management tools.

BCE Emergis delivers e-commerce services to improve customer processes through secure business-to-business exchanges. Combining e-commerce, e-payment and security services, BCE Emergis offers clients in the healthcare, financial services, telecommunications and transportation industries a suite of core and vertical-specific services.