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Deal makes Solidifi 3rd-biggest independent AMC

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Solidifi has acquired Kirchmeyer & Associates.Solidifi Inc. says it's now the third-largest independent real estate appraisal management company in the U.S., having acquired competitor Kirchmeyer & Associates Inc.Both companies are based in Buffalo, N.Y., and will consolidate their offices and operate under the Solidifi name, the companies said. Terms of the deal, characterized by Solidifi's parent company as an acquisition, were not disclosed. "Solidifi is in growth mode and Kirchmeyer is an important part of our overall growth strategy. It is the ideal fit for Solidifi," said Jason Smith, Solidifi's president and CEO, in a statement. Solidifi is a U.S.-based subsidiary of Markham, Ontario-based property information and technology company Real Matters. Last year, Real Matters announced new investors had provided the company with $22 million in growth capital financing.With more than half of the nation's to...