Black Woman Had Her House Appraised At $100,000 More When She Got Rid Of Race Identifiers

  • Carlette Duffy filed a housing discrimination complaint after getting appraisals last year, and she was confused when her home was valued below her 2017 purchase price.
  • Duffy then asked a white male friend to sit in on her home appraisal and didn’t declare her race in the application. The appraisal came back at more than double, valuing her home at more than $100K higher.
  • “I get choked up even thinking about it now because I was so excited and so happy,” Duffy said, “and then I was so angry that I had to go through all of that just to be treated fairly.”

Travis Gettys from Rawstory writes:

“An Indianapolis woman says her home was valued substantially higher when she removed evidence that she’s Black.

Carlette Duffy filed a housing discrimination complaint after getting a series of appraisals last year as she refinanced her home, which is located in a historically Black neighborhood just outside of downtown — and she was confused when her home was twice valued below her 2017 purchase price, reported WXIN-TV.

“When I challenged it, it came back that the appraiser said they’re not changing it,” Duffy told the TV station.

Duffy learned of a recent New York Times article on racist discrimination in the appraisal process, and she decided to apply some of the lessons she read about.

Duffy learned of a recent New York Times article on racist discrimination in the appraisal process, and she decided to apply some of the lessons she read about.

Duffy asked a white male friend to sit in on her home appraisal and didn’t declare her race in the application or other communications with the appraisal company — and the appraisal came back at more than double the first two, valuing her home at more than $100,000 higher.

“I get choked up even thinking about it now because I was so excited and so happy,” Duffy said, “and then I was so angry that I had to go through all of that just to be treated fairly…”

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