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NFHTA Forum | Strategies for Investigating Discriminatory Residential Appraisals


September 15, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT




"It is the hope that we will begin to narrow the wealth gap in our society and stem the tide of the persistent and systemic undervaluation or misvaluation of homes within our societies' black and brown communities."

Melody Taylor, Executive Director of PAVE, Senior Advisor for National Fair Housing Training Academy, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Compliance, FHEO, HUD

The Biden-Harris Administration is taking new steps to help narrow the racial wealth gap and reinvest in communities that have been left behind by failed policies. On June 1, 2021, President Biden charged Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge to lead "...a first-of-its-kind interagency initiative to address inequity in home appraisals." Discrimination in real property appraisals has been linked for more than 85 years to systemic devaluation of homes owned by people of color and homes in communities of color, especially for Black homeowners. Inflated discriminatory appraisals were key also in the ability of unscrupulous mortgage lenders to target homeowners with predatory loans, often resulting in foreclosure and economic decline of neighborhoods. Today, homeownership is the principal source of wealth for most American households and properly setting a home's value is integral to household wealth creation. Appraisal discrimination has undermined the ability of homeowners of color to accumulate wealth and to create accrued generational wealth.

The National Fair Housing Training Academy (NFHTA) and the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) hosted a public forum focusing on understanding the fundamentals of the appraisal process, comprehensive strategies and approaches to conducting appraisal bias investigations, and exploring discriminatory impact and treatment theory in appraisal investigations. This forum contained information on how a discriminatory appraisal may violate fair housing laws; recapped key cases alleging appraisal discrimination; and provided strategies and tools that fair housing practitioners and attorneys can utilize to thoroughly, timely and comprehensively investigate complex appraisal cases. Nearly 700 fair housing partners joined us in this critical conversation.


  1. Welcome from moderator, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.
  2. Brief description of the Property Appraisal and Evaluation (PAVE) Task Force by Melody Taylor, Executive Director of PAVE, Senior Advisor for National Fair Housing Training Academy, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Compliance, FHEO, HUD
  3. Introduction of panelists:
    • Steve Dane, Esq., Dane Law LLC
    • Lisa Rice, President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance
    • Lon Meltesen, Regional Director, Region V, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
  4. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • Legal standards to establish a claim of discrimination in appraisal
    • Types of relief in appraisal discrimination cases
    • Key ways discrimination occurs in appraisals
    • Strategies for investigating discriminatory appraisals
    • HUD Conciliation Agreement with JP Morgan Chase
  5. Question and answer session moderated by Ms. Hill.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide a comprehensive overview of the legal standards for appraisal discrimination cases.
  • Identify intentional and unintentional appraisal discrimination that occurs in the purchase, refinance, or sale of a home.
  • Build FHIP and FHAP investigators' capacity in investigating appraisal cases.
  • Review existing conciliations and settlements.


This forum is targeted to Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) organizations, Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies, legal services providers, and other interested fair housing partners.


Moderator and Panelist Bios

Cashaunda Hill

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center


Lisa Rice

Steve Dane, Esq.

Dane Law LLC


Lisa Rice

Lisa Rice

President and CEO
National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)


Lon Meltesen

Lon Meltesen

Regional Director, Region V
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD


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