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TALCB Wins Big For Texas Consumers

AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) is pleased to announce a significant victory for consumers in Texas. Former real estate appraiser, Daniel O’Leary, was indicted in El Paso County District Court on felony charges stemming from fraudulent appraisals he is accused of having completed and submitted to lenders as part of mortgage finance transactions guaranteed by the federal government. This criminal prosecution protects Texas consumers from O'Leary's illegal and deceptive appraisal activities.

Longtime TALCB Appraiser Investigator Passes Away

Longtime Appraiser Investigator, Jim Jacobs, died on Saturday, July 4 after a fierce battle with cancer,  He worked for TALCB since 2012 as an appraiser investigator.  He was an appraiser for over 40 years and a familiar face at TALCB meetings and events for more than 20 years. TALCB Enforcement Director, Troy Beaulieu said, “his quirky sense of humor and commitment to our team’s mission will be missed.”  TALCB Board and staff thank Jim for all he has contributed professionally and personally to the Board.

Work Files No Longer Automatically Required For Audits

As part of the Board’s ongoing effort to reduce burdens on applicants, TALCB changed the experience audit process. TALCB will no longer automatically request a copy of work files at the start of the audit process. Appraisal reports will now be reviewed for general USPAP compliance and competency when they are submitted. If necessary, TALCB may request a copy of work files after the initial review to complete the audit.

Interim Rules Bring Changes to Industry Standards

Due to the Presidential Disaster Declaration issued on March 13, 2020, certain governmental entities (GSE’s) have issued guidance to assist financial institutions in providing necessary services to the public. On April 14, 2020, the GSE’s adopted an interim final rule to amend the agencies’ regulations regarding appraisals of real estate for certain transactions. The interim rule outlines existing flexibilities and temporary changes to industry appraisal standards and regulations.

TALCB's Process for the National Registry of AMCs

What is the AMC National Registry?

The AMC National Registry (AMC Registry) is a national online database of appraisal management companies (AMCs) maintained by the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC). Any AMC that meets the definition of an AMC under federal law is eligible for inclusion on the AMC Registry. The AMC Registry is also open to the public and may be used by clients and consumers to view certain information about an AMC. 

TALCB's Process for the National Registry of AMCs

What is the AMC National Registry?

The National Registry of AMCs (AMC Registry) is a national online database of appraisal management companies (AMCs) maintained by the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC). Any AMC that meets the definition of an AMC under federal law is eligible for inclusion on the AMC Registry. The AMC Registry is also open to the public and may be used by clients and consumers to view certain information about an AMC. 

Appraiser Continuing Education Provider Requirements

TALCB has adopted new rules to create an ACE program including measures to ensure compliance.  These rules are located in §153.40 and §153.41 of Board rules, which became effective on September 1, 2019.

How does this affect appraiser license holders?

License holders can ensure the courses they take for ACE credit are approved by referencing the list of approved ACE Courses available on the TALCB website.

AMC Fee Survey Launched

The Survey Research Institute at the Hobby School of Public Affairs is conducting a study on behalf of the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board to learn more about the experiences of appraisers in the state of Texas.

Appraisers have been invited to take part in the survey by email on May 29. This survey asks questions about experiences in the field, the types of appraisals conducted, fees paid, and the factors that affect these fees.