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Gov. Abbott Appoints 2 to Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Frank Towery Jr., and reappointed Julia Hayes to the Appraisal Management Companies Advisory Committee for terms set to expire on January 31, 2024.

The Committee advises the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and makes recommendations on matters relating to the regulation of appraisal management companies.

What Happened During the First TALCB Meeting of 2022

The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board met on Friday, February 25, 2022, and approved a slate of new volunteer appraisal reviewers, appointed its representative to the new Audit Committee, and discussed complaints made in bad faith.

The meeting opened with Board Member Paola Escalante-Castillo sharing why she volunteers her time and serves on the Board. Read more in her mission moment.

Member Mission Moment with Mark McAnally

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board opens each meeting with a “mission moment,” where one Board member reflects on what it means to them to be a part of the Board or shares their motivation.  At the November meeting, Mark McAnally shared his thoughts on TALCB, recalling his years of experience on the Board:

From the Commissioner - November 2021

Last week we celebrated Veterans Day. We have many license holders who have served our country in the military. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed, and I am grateful for your service.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family.  I am especially thankful that it seems we can gather more safely this year.  This pandemic has lasted longer than I ever expected.  I see a potential light at the end of the tunnel and look towards the future with hope.

TALCB Complaint Portal Launched

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) is pleased to announce the launch of the TALCB complaint portal. This simple-to-use tool allows consumers to file complaints directly on the TALCB website.  It also allows consumers to check the status of their complaints online.  In addition, it integrates backend efficiencies for staff, which decreases complaint processing times.  The complaint portal is located on the Filing a Complaint page of the TALCB website.

From the Commissioner - September 2021

September in Texas. The month we wish for fall, with pumpkin spice lattes and cooler weather. In reality, we have to wait many more weeks before going outside without melting in the sun. Here’s to the first cold front coming soon.

This September, we remember the 20th anniversary of September 11. And as I listen to that day relived, I relive my own version of the day with the hope that we never experience another day of such despair and sadness. And may we never forget those who lost their lives that day, so many of whom were rushing to care for others.

Newly passed evaluations bill: What appraisers need to know

The 87th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2533 which allows Texas appraisers to complete evaluations without complying with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  Prior to this change, Chapter 1103 of the Occupations Code required appraisers licensed or certified in Texas to comply with USPAP when performing an evaluation of real property.  

2021 Legislative Session Overview

Memorial Day was the last day of the Regular 87th Legislative session. While there were several bills filed this session relating to the agency and its license holders, not all of those bills made it through the process.  The following is a summary of bills that passed both houses of the Legislature and have a direct effect on license holders. The agency is currently working on implementing the provisions of these bills. 

From the Commissioner - July 2021

Greetings to each of you.  I hope you were able to celebrate Independence Day earlier this month with your friends and family and had a wonderful time doing so.

Appraiser Evaluations Bill

During the 87th Texas Legislative Session this spring, the appraiser “evaluations bill” or HB 2533 was passed. This bill could impact the way some appraisers conduct their work. The Board and staff are currently working on a full overview of the bill and guidelines for license holders. This bill had an effective date of June 14, 2021, more to come soon.