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A Licensed Residential Appraiser is a person who is licensed by TALCB and has met the educational, experience, and examination requirements for licensing. The scope of work includes appraisal of non-complex residential 1-4 unit properties with a transactional value less than $1,000,000 as well the authority to complete complex federally related transactions (FRT) and non FRT transactions with a value less than 250K.   

Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Provide 1,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 6 months
  • Meet TALCB’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

Requirements

File Your Application

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Apply Online

Submit your application to become a Licensed Residential Appraiser using our Online Services. If you don’t already have a username and password for My License 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.

Apply by Mail

If you prefer, you can also apply for your Licensed Residential Appraiser license using our paper application.   This may take longer to process and you will need to pay a paper filing fee and include copies of your education with the application. 

Complete Qualifying Education

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.

Take The Exam

License exams are administered by PearsonVUE, a testing service company.

You will be sent a notice with instructions for scheduling the exam and obtaining a copy of the exam Candidate Handbook. 

If you fail the exam three times, additional education will be required.

You will be notified to submit the National Registry fee once all requirements are successfully completed.

Upgrading from a Residential Appraiser License

If you are a Licensed Residential Appraiser and your license is current, you may work towards meeting the requirements for a Certified Residential Appraiser or a Certified General Appraiser.  To upgrade a current Residential Appraiser License, you need to meet the additional education, experience, and examination requirements.

 

 

Upgrade Requirements


Licensed 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)
  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (30 hours) (**may be satisfied with courses in Residential modules)
  • 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 18 months (1 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.


Licensed Residential Appraiser to Certified Residential Appraiser

Additional Education Requirements:

One of six college-level education requirements set out by the AQB AND

  • Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours)
  • Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies (15 hours)
  • Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • You must also submit proof that you have completed the 15-Hour National USPAP course after February 1, 2002
Experience Requirements:

Provide 1,500 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 12 months (1 year). 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.