The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is considering how to investigate complaints against appraisers made in bad faith—filed for the purpose of harassment or to gain a competitive advantage. Under Tex. Occ. Code Sec. 1103.452 and Board Rule 153.24(d), complaints filed in bad faith must be dismissed.
TALCB is accepting applications for Volunteer Appraisal Reviewers (formerly called Peer Investigative Committee members). Serving as a Volunteer Appraisal Reviewer is an opportunity for experienced appraisers to serve the public interest and give back to the appraisal profession. Volunteer Appraisal Reviewers serve for a two-year term and conduct appraisal reviews for aspiring appraisers.
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.
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.
The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) recently amended several rules to allow more transparency in the complaint process. These changes are a result of discussion and consideration of the Board, Board committees, and feedback from stakeholders. The changes include:
The Board recently adopted rule amendments to TAC 153.11(a)(4) that reduce the number of hours of additional qualifying education required when an applicant fails a licensing examination three times, from 30 to 15 hours. Please be sure that you update any references to this requirement on your website and any other advertising materials.
What is the AMC National Registry?
The AMC National Registry (AMC Registry) is a national online database of appraisal management companies (AMCs) maintained by the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC). Any AMC that meets the definition of an AMC under federal law is eligible for inclusion on the AMC Registry. The AMC Registry is also open to the public and may be used by clients and consumers to view certain information about an AMC.
As of September 8, 2020 TALCB began copying any appraiser that supervises an appraiser trainee on correspondence sent to the trainee from TALCB on enforcement-related matters (including complaints) and licensing matters related to deficiencies with an application, education evaluations, experience evaluations, and whether required experience has been met.
TALCB will begin copying supervisors on other licensing-related correspondence sent to trainees over the next two to three weeks. This includes correspondence with the trainee regarding: