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A Closer Look at the 2019 Legislative Session

The 2019 Legislative Session concluded on May 27. With over 7,000 bills filed by legislators, this session was a busy one.  While the Agency’s primary focus this session was on our Sunset legislation, we did keep our eye on the progress of several bills that could have impacted the Agency in one way or another.

Below is a list the bills that passed and a brief summary of their impact the regulatory authority of the Agency. In case you missed it, we hosted a Facebook LIVE session where we discussed these bills and more. Check out the video below: 

From the Chair - June 2019

The Board met for its regular quarterly business meeting on Friday, May 17th and we had an extensive and important agenda.  We heard progress reports from all of our committees, each of which had met since our last regular meeting in February, some more than once. Enforcement, Budget, Education and Executive all had very productive working sessions. The agency is making steady progress on several key issues and we are so grateful for the members who offer extra time and effort to advance our mission.      

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. 

Using Recognized Methods and Techniques – Part II

In this article, we continue our discussion from Using Recognized Methods and Techniques - Part I published previously, as we explore the use of recognized methods and techniques to develop adjustments when using the sales comparison approach for a residential appraisal, answer a frequently asked question, and identify resources available to assist an appraiser.

Using Recognized Methods and Techniques - Part I

Clients and intended users of appraisal services are paying greater attention to whether appraisers employ and document the use of recognized methods and techniques (sometimes referred to as generally accepted appraisal methods). While this has long been a requirement of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), clients and other users of appraisal services have increasingly looked to the appraiser to support the analyses used when developing an opinion of value.

From the Commissioner - April 2019

Even without a legislative session, April is always a very busy month. So this year, that is especially true with our agency focused on the final steps of the Sunset review process as well.  We greatly appreciate the anticipated improvements this process will bring to the services we provide to the people of Texas and the license holders we also serve. It has always been this agency’s policy to partner with our license holders in order to better serve their clients, the ultimate objective of both the profession itself and our regulatory efforts.