AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is pleased to announce the appointment of David Mentesana, of Dallas, as a new member of the Appraisal Management Company Advisory Committee. Mr. Mentesana replacing Tony Pistilli, and his term will expire on January 31, 2020.
Many of you know that the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) is currently undergoing a review by the staff of the Sunset Advisory Commission. But what is a Sunset review and why is it necessary?
In the mid-1970s, many states, including Texas, established Sunset laws as a method to introduce an additional level of accountability for state agencies. Here’s a breakdown of how the process works in Texas:
The Board held its regular quarterly meeting earlier than usual on April 23rd at our HQ in Austin. We did this in order to ensure we considered whether to adopt the new Appraiser Qualification Board’s criteria for education and experience that went into effect at the federal level on May 1, 2018.
The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board takes pride in providing high quality education and licensing services, and effective consumer protection across Texas. In recent months, there have been significant issues with the quality of customer service we are providing to consumers and to our license holders. I take personal responsibility for addressing these issues. I want you to know that I – along with the entire Texas Licencing and Certification Board staff – recognize your frustrations, and we are committed to solving these issues.
At its meeting on February 9, the Board approved for adoption an amendment to rule 153.21 that, once implemented, will allow an experienced Supervisory Appraiser to supervise up to five Appraiser Trainees at one time under certain conditions. Current rules allow a qualified Supervisory Appraiser to supervise up to three Appraiser Trainees at one time.
The Board held its regular quarterly business meeting on Friday February 9th , and we offered appraiser continuing education (ACE) hours for attendance, so we had a number of extra license holders join us that day. The Board members elected Martha Gayle Reid Lynch as Vice-Chair and Earl “Buster” Renfrow as Secretary for the next 12 months.
The Board met on Friday May 5th for its regular quarterly meeting with 100% of members in attendance. In addition to hearing updates on customer service, license processing, exam administration, complaint investigation and enforcement, and financial performance matters, other administrative business was also accomplished, including an update on the long-term facilities master plan, appointment of investment officers and the annual report of appraiser demographics in Texas.
Governor Abbott has appointed five new members to the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) and reappointed three. James Jefferies and Clayton Black have been reappointed with terms set to expire January 31, 2017. Alejandro Sostre-Odio and Joyce Yannuzzi with terms set to expire January 31, 2019 and Chance Bolton, Tony Peña and Martha Reid for terms set to expire January 31, 2021. Abbott has named Jamie Wickliffe of Midlothian, as Chair of the Board for the remainder of her term which is also set to expire January 31, 2019.
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Volunteering to become a Mentor for the Board is a way for experienced appraisers to serve the public interest and contribute to the appraisal profession by working one-on-one with appraisers required to complete remedial training and education. Mentors agree to serve for a two-year period and are a key component of the agency's process to ensure appraiser competency.