How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in Texas

 

To become a real estate appraiser in Texas, you must first apply to be authorized by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) as an Appraiser Trainee.

 

Real estate appraisers inspect and take measurements of real property (land, homes, apartments, office buildings, etc.) in order to arrive at an accurate value of the property.

In any real estate transaction that needs a loan, a real estate appraisal will be required by the bank or lender. This includes purchase as well as refinancing transactions.

Consequently, there are many career opportunities for real estate appraisers in active real estate markets.

Real estate appraisers can be self-employed and work for themselves or they can work for mortgage firms, banks, lenders and government agencies.

 

Here's what you need to know to become a real estate appraiser in Texas:

1) Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Requirements in Texas

2) Real Estate Appraiser Job Duties

3) Income Potential

4) Texas Real Estate Appraisal Schools

 

How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in Texas

 

1) Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Requirements in Texas

In Texas, real estate appraisers MUST be licensed by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB)

 

To become an authorized Appraiser Trainee, you must:

 

If you're unable to find a sponsorship as an Appraiser Trainee from at least 2 certified appraisers after making a diligent and good faith search, you can apply for a Provisional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser.

To do so, you'll need to:

 

After receiving a minimum of 2000 hours of appraisal experience in no less than 2 years,  an Appraiser Trainee may apply to become a State Licensed Real Estate Appraiser.

There are 3 levels of real estate appraiser licensing in Texas:

 

 License Levels Education Requirements Experience Requirements Exam Scope of Practice
 Licensed  Appraiser A minimum of 90 hours of required appraisal  education , including 15 hours on USPAP. Minimum 2,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience over at least 2 years. Must pass the AQB approved residential examination. May appraise non-complex 1-to-4 unit residential property up to a transaction value of $1 million, and commercial properties up to $250,000.
Certified Residential Appraiser A minimum of 120 hours of approved appraisal  education, with at least 15 hours on USPAP. Minimum 2,500 hours of acceptable appraisal experience over at least 2 years. Must pass the AQB approved certified residential examination. May appraise all 1-to-4 unit residential property.
Certified General  Appraiser A minimum of 180 hours of approved appraisal  education  and 15 hours on USPAP. Minimum 3,000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience, over at least 2.5  years. Must pass the AQB approved certified general examination. May appraise all types of real estate.



 

NOTE: Education, Experience, Testing, and Continuing Education are subject to change based upon criteria established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation

 

 

2) Duties of Real Estate Appraisers

A real estate appraiser's job is to estimate the value of real property. Real property consists of land, buildings, and even natural resources such as water, oil, or minerals.

The estimate of value is known as an appraisal. A real estate appraisal is made when real property is bought, sold, assessed, taxed, condemned, insured, or mortgaged.

A real estate appraiser's job duties also include:

 

 

3) Income Potential in Texas

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the 2003 median salary of Real Estate Appraisers in Texas was approximately $49,300/year.

Salaries ranged from under $22,000/year to over $86,000/year.

 

4) Real Estate Appraisal Schools in Texas

If you are interested in becoming a real estate appraiser in Texas, you will need to take classes that are approved by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB).

Please call the Board at (512) 465-3950 prior to signing up for classes.
 

Name of Provider

Real Estate Appraisal Schools for Texas

 

Abilene Christian University

713.981.9647

 

Academy of Real Estate

915.779.0096

 

All State Professional Training Inc.

972.641.0077

 

Amarillo College

806.371.5262

 

Austin Community College

512.223.7724

 

Austin Institute of Real Estate

512.453.0900

 

Baylor University

713.270.6061

 

Center for Career Education

214.221.0971

 

Champions School of Real Estate

281.893.4484

 

Collin County Community College

972.985.3707

 

Columbia Institute

210.804.0044

 

Houston Community College System

713.718.5240

 

Leonard-Hawes Real Estate School

877.332.2630

 

Lon Morris College

903.589.4000

 

National Association of Master Appraisers / Lincoln Graduate Center (NAMA)

210.271.0781

 

Real Estate University

972.331.8977

 

Richland Community College

972.238.6216

 

Robinson Real Estate School

713.663.7363

 

Sam Houston State University

409.297.3701

 

San Jacinto College

281.458.4050

 

Texas A&M University - Commerce

888.333.3735

 

University of Houston Clear Lake

713.988.2284

 

University of Texas At San Antonio

210.458.6315

 

USA Training Company Inc.

512.346.4204

 

 

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