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PAREA Grads Incoming: First 2 Are Texans

The graduates are trickling in nine months after the first ever launch of the Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal (PAREA). It took off commanded by the Appraisal Institute (AI). Sticking the landing as the first person to complete PAREA is a stay-at-home dad in San Antonio named Chris Tindal (pictured, left). He spoke with the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) about his May 13 finish.

PAREA Update: 6 Days Until First Launch

The highly anticipated rollout of the first Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal (PAREA) program is now around the corner. After three years of development and one test release, the Appraisal Institute (AI) team says they are ready to release a licensed residential module.

“I have not heard of any glitches or significant problems, so all indications are that things are moving along pretty well,” said Scott DiBiasio, AI state & industry affairs manager.

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. 

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.

ACE One-Time Course Offering Online Transaction Now Available

The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) is pleased to announce a new online transaction for ACE Providers.  This transaction will allow Appraiser Continuing Education (ACE) providers to pay the fee for a One-Time Classroom Course Offering (i.e.: lunch and learn) online using TALCB Online Services.

Submit Your Course Evaluations to TALCB

TALCB ACE providers are required to provide students with a course evaluation form. These forms are approved by the Board and offer valuable feedback to Board staff and providers.

There are two versions available to students, and both can be found on the TALCB website. The recently updated online version of the course evaluation form allows students to search for a course by the provider. Students can access this evaluation any time after the course has concluded.