Collateral Damage: The Consequences of Racial Bias in the Residential Appraisal Process
May 19, 2021 | 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Stories of bias in the appraisal process have raised the question about how far the United States has yet to go to ensure that everyone can access housing and lending markets free from discrimination. Respectively, the average Black and Latino family has just one-tenth and one-eighth of the wealth of the average White family, much of which is related to home equity. According to researchers and anecdotal evidence, there are stark differences in how properties owned by people of color are valued compared to those owned by Whites. If appraisal bias goes unaddressed, households of color will never be able to reach economic parity with White households.
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) partnered with the National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) to host a public forum that explored how fair housing laws can be used to challenge discriminatory appraisals and help build wealth in communities of color. Nearly 600 fair housing partners joined us in this critical conversation.
- Welcome from Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center, and introduction of panelists:
- Peter Christensen, General Counsel, LIA Administrators & Insurance Services
- Andre Perry, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute
- Lisa Rice, President and CEO, NFHA
- Jillian White, Head of Collateral, Better.com
- Appraiser-specific standards and laws regarding discrimination
- Historical effects of racism on the devaluation of real property in Black communities
- Methods used to artificially deflate or inflate appraisals and the consequences for Black families
- Implicit and explicit bias evidenced in some appraisals
A video of the forum has been posted on this page, along with a transcript of the conversation and a robust resources list for your continued reference.
- Understand the history of appraisal valuations in communities of color and its impact on those residents and communities.
- Understand the Fair Housing Act's provisions for non-discriminatory appraisals of dwellings.
- Identify how discrimination may occur in the appraisal valuation process.
- Explain the impact of discriminatory appraisals on generational wealth.
- Identify the methods by which a discriminatory appraisal may be challenged.
Forums target Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations, Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies, and are open to all other partners interested fair housing.
Moderator and Panelist Bios
Director, Office of Systemic Investigations
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
LIA Administrators & Insurance Services
Head of Collateral
About the Forums
Forums are online conversations designed to allow multi-directional interactions between HUD and its FHIP and FHAP partners around emerging fair housing issues regarding processing complaints, conducting investigations, and managing agencies. Topics will evolve based on partner needs and interests.
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