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License Holders’ Contact Information Becomes Private September 1

A bill passed by the 88th Texas Legislature requires all licensing agencies, including the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board, to remove or redact certain details about applicants and current and past license holders in publicly available information, such as the TALCB website license holder search or via public information requests.

Appraisers Know Their Jobs Aren’t Going Away: Here’s How to Join ’Em

It was a room full of professionals with loads of knowledge that eager attendees were ready to pull from. This “How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser Workshop” was hosted in Houston by the Appraiser Diversity Initiative (ADI) on August 24. The series of speakers included Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification (TALCB) Director Melissa Tran (left, pictured at podium).

New info on PAREA as launch dates get closer

There is more demand than supply. Hands-on experience is a requirement to become a real property appraiser, however the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) has fielded numerous calls from appraiser trainees expressing frustration over there not being enough resources for them to fulfill experience requirements. 

Aspiring appraisers: Texas is 1 of 5 states with no additional licensure requirements

The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) understands that becoming a licensed appraiser can be difficult. Minimum federal requirements consist of hundreds of hours of education, thousands of hours of experience, and an exam; also, each state has a right to impose its own requirements. TALCB does not want to make it any harder on aspiring appraisers to get licensed, especially when the industry is facing an appraiser shortage and a lack of diversity. 

TALCB May meeting recap: addressing bias, PAREA launches, new online resources

The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board met on Friday May 19 at headquarters in Austin. TALCB Chair, Sarah Oates, opened the meeting by welcoming new Board Member John H. Eichelberger, III. Chair Oates also thanked outgoing Board Member Clayton Black for his service and acknowledged the reappointment of Board Member Rolando Castro. 


“Texas is ahead of this issue especially with our partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission,” said TALCB Commissioner Chelsea Buchholtz as she presented to the Board highlights of agency operations.

Appraiser Awareness: TALCB Receiving Tips on Discriminatory Language

The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) is receiving state tips from Fannie Mae on discriminatory language in appraisals. Both organizations are working to make appraisers aware of the issue. 

Be Mindful of Your Practice

Appraisers should exercise care to avoid comments in a report that may be perceived as biased or illegally discriminatory.

Appointees officially confirmed to the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board

The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) is pleased to welcome John H. Eichelberger, III as a new member, and the reappointment of Rolando Castro. Both were confirmed by the Texas Senate on April 26, 2023. Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed them with terms set to expire on January 31, 2029. 

Rolando Castro

of Cypress, Texas is a director at Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate company. He is also an MAI-designated member of the Appraisal Institute.

TALCB Makes Updates to Mentorship Program, Adopts Rules, and Discusses AQB Exposure Draft

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board met last month and appointed Board Member Mark McAnally as secretary with Martha Gayle Reid Lynch re-appointed as vice chair.

TALCB Mentorship Program Updates

The Board approved a new process for appointing new TALCB Mentors yearly. TALCB Mentors work one on one with appraisers required to complete remedial education.