Carlette Duffy from Indianapolis doubled the value of her house after she removed all the items that identified her race and got her white friend to pose as the house owner.
Namely, Durry filed for a housing discrimination complaint with the Fair Housing Centre of Central Indiana, and seeks the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to launch an investigation into why her home’s value increased by more than $100,000 after she removed all the African artwork and got her white friend to pose as the homeowner.
Durry suspected that something was wrong after her first two appraisals came with the same price she paid for the house in 2017.
“When I challenged it, it came back that the appraiser said they’re not changing it. I decided to do exactly what was done in the article. I took down every photo of my family from my house. I took every piece of ethnic artwork out, so any African artwork, I took it out. I displayed my degrees, I removed certain books.” – she told CBS 4.
She also noted that she didn’t reveal her race in any communications with the appraisal company, and asked for a white male friend to pose as the homeowner. The house was valued at more than double the first two appraisals soon after.
The woman is now very angry that she had to go through it all of that just to be treated fairly, and she’s now filing the complaint about her daughter and granddaughters so that when they come against obstacles, they’ll know that you can stand up and speak up when something’s not right.
This is what The Appraisal Institute stated following the filing of the complaint:
‘We believe that overwhelmingly, there are more good people in this world than bad, including in the appraisal profession – and that today, more than ever, people are committed to listening, learning and changing. That said, it is widely accepted that unconscious bias is real, and no profession is immune from that.’