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A Certified Residential Appraiser is a person that is certified by TALCB to perform residential real property appraisals.  A Certified Residential Appraiser is authorized for the appraisal of 1-4 unit residential properties without regard to transaction value or complexity of the appraisal for federally related transactions and non-federally related transactions.

Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Provide 2,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 24 months
  • Meet TALCB's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

College Education Requirements

In order to become a Certified Residential Appraiser in Texas you must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Becoming a Certified Residential Appraiser

  • Meet the qualifications.
  • In order to become a Certified Residential Appraiser you need to complete 200 hours of qualifying appraisal education outlined by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and TALCB.
  • File your application to become a Certified Residential appraiser using My License Online Services. If you don’t already have a username and password for Online Services register now. If you have done business with TALCB or TREC online in the past, log in now. Include proof of meeting educational requirements. Documents may be submitted via email or faxed to 512-936-3899.
  • After the education and experience requirements have been met you will be notified of your eligibility to sit for the examination.  You may then access the exam candidate handbook for instructions on how to register to take the exam.
  • Get your fingerprints taken and pass your background check. You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. If you have previously submitted fingerprints for a TALCB or TREC license, no additional fingerprints are required. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted. A license will not issue if the background check has not been passed. Expect a delay if you are notified of an investigation into your background history.
  • All requirements must be satisfied within one year of the application being received by TALCB.
  • You will be notified to submit the National Registry fee once all requirements are successfully completed.

Upgrading from Certified Residential Appraiser

Once you are a Certified Residential Appraiser, you may work towards meeting the requirements for a Certified General Appraiser. You can do this by associating with a Certified General appraiser, who must sign the appraisal reports, in order for you to appraise non-residential properties. To upgrade you need to meet the additional education, experience, and examination requirements.

Certified Residential Appraiser Upgrade Requirements


Certified Residential Appraiser to Certified General Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

A Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university AND

  • General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (30 hours)
  • General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach (30 hours)
  • General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (30 hours)
  • General Appraiser Income Approach (Part I and II) (60 hours)
  • General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (30 hours)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (**may be satisfied with courses in Residential modules) (10 hours)
  • You must also submit proof that you have completed the 15-Hour National USPAP course after February 1, 2002 
Experience Requirements:

Provide 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 30 months (2 1/2 years) of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience. Experience may be acquired anytime during the appraiser's career when that person had legal authority to perform real estate appraisals. Appraisals must comply with USPAP.