Appraisal Bias Recommendations Provided

July 27, 2022

On July 27th, the City of Philadelphia Home Appraisal Bias Task Force released a report addressing appraisal bias in minority communities through recommendations and insight from national experts and community leaders.

ASA, joined by 21 other task force members, provided recommendations that were adopted in the report. Among the recommendations, the city will:

  • Work with the ASA Philadelphia chapter to promote the appraisal profession as a career option for women and people of color in order to increase diversity in the profession;
  • Establish relationships with ASA to develop and offer trainee classes in Philadelphia to address the travel barrier of receiving the required coursework to become an appraiser; and,
  • The Philadelphia chapter of ASA will serve as a conduit for delivering important messages to appraisers in the community through specially designed conferences and member outreach.

The City of Philadelphia will assist neighborhood groups in developing and delivering relevant information to appraisers to help improve their geographic knowledge and find ways to provide direct funding to supervisors who take on trainees from diverse backgrounds.

ASA thanks the City Council of Philadelphia, and specifically Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, for their efforts to address this issue on a local level and including ASA as part of the Task Force’s work. To read the report, click here

View coverage of these efforts spotlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.