The JP UP Date: Recognizing Appraisal Bias

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Number 270                      April 19, 2024                            St. Louis


April is National Fair Housing Month!!

This week, our focus is brought to Appraisal Bias

Photo courtesy of National Fair Housing Alliance

Unveiling Appraisal Bias: A Lingering Challenge in Housing Equity

In the realm of real estate, the appraisal process stands as a critical determinant of property value. However, beneath the surface of this seemingly objective procedure lies a pervasive issue: appraisal bias. This insidious form of discrimination can manifest in various ways, from conscious prejudice to subconscious biases and the enduring ramifications of historical injustices.

At its core, appraisal bias occurs when the value of a property is unfairly influenced by factors unrelated to its inherent qualities. One of the most glaring examples is the devaluation of homes based on the race of the occupants. This form of discrimination not only undermines the principles of fairness and equality but perpetuates systemic inequalities that have deep roots in history. (1)

For many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, appraisal bias is a harsh reality that directly impacts their ability to secure fair valuations for their homes. Despite advancements in civil rights and fair housing laws, the lingering effects of historical discrimination continue to cast a shadow over the appraisal process.

In response to this injustice, organizations like the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) have been at the forefront of advocacy efforts, tirelessly fighting to eradicate appraisal bias and promote housing equity. One of the strategies employed by BIPOC homeowners to circumvent appraisal bias is to obscure indicators of their racial identity during the appraisal process, a saddening testament to the lengths individuals must go to attain fair treatment.

The battle against appraisal bias is not merely a matter of correcting numerical discrepancies in property valuations but addressing deeper societal inequities. It calls for a concerted effort to dismantle systemic prejudices, challenge implicit biases, and ensure that the principles of fairness and justice are upheld in every facet of the housing market.

As we continue to strive towards a more inclusive and equitable society, it is imperative that we confront and rectify the injustices embedded within the appraisal process. Only by acknowledging and actively combating appraisal bias can we move closer to realizing the promise of fair and equal treatment for all individuals, regardless of race, creed, or background.

For further reading, head to Appraisal Bias Undervalues Homes and Robs Homeowners of Equity – Here’s How To Spot It. 

1. Grace, Molly. “Appraisal bias undervalues homes and robs homeowners of equity — here’s how to spot it” 28 Dec. 2023, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.
2. “Appraisal Bias” NFHA, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.


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