Avoiding Bias: Building a Bias Defense (An Examination of Available Guidance & Requirements for WV and KY Appraisers

Date: March 9, 2023

Location: Louisville, KY

Bluegrass Chapter
Ms. Katz
Louisville, KY
Pilz, Nicholas / Gregoire, Frank



State Approval - 4 CE hrs WV
                            4 CE hrs KY

Seminar Description:  Allegations of appraiser bias have been in the news. In West Virginia and Kentucky, these allegations were and continue to be published by local media outlets and cited by local political figures and advocacy groups. However, the allegations that are cited are regarding civil litigation cases as well as government or higher education studies noted from entities like Freddie Mac and Harvard University. On a positive note, current appraiser discrimination cases are not prevalent in West Virginia and Kentucky. Yet, one of the initial and most widely reported allegations of illegal appraiser discrimination that has been repeatedly reported in local media is against a California residential appraiser. The case was filed in court by the Tate-Austin family in December of 2021. This offering will use the Tate-Austin case to review the most notable accusations in the complaint against the appraiser, appraisal report, and appraisal process. These allegations are similar to allegations of illegal discrimination made by other homeowners in other states and across the U.S.  

The Tate-Austin’s are an African American couple, who own and live in a home in Marin City, California.  The news of the allegations cited in the complaint were distributed by California and National media outlets and also the Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California. In the complaint, it was reported that the Fair Housing Advocates non-profit corporation diverted its resources to investigating the defendants’ discriminatory housing practices.   

Further, this offering will review suggestions available to all appraisers, and specifically West Virginia and Kentucky appraisers that can be implemented in one’s current work to help minimize or alleviate such allegations by reviewing the State of West Virginia and Kentucky government requirements prohibiting discrimination in the valuation profession. Warning: This is a controversial subject.

This class is via ZOOM.

Additional Information

Class Schedule:

  • Login and Roll Call:  12:45 pm – 1:00 pm  ET
  • Class Instruction:  1:00 – 5:00 pm

Please note:  This class will be held by live stream synchronous interactive classroom technology.  Students are required to have a computer, webcam and microphone.  It is the student’s responsibility to have the required equipment to participate and receive continuing education credit.  A copy of your driver’s license must be emailed to the Chapter Office as verification after you have registered and prior to the start date

Live stream/Synchronous Classroom Guidelines:

  • Students must have a computer, webcam and microphone capabilities to participate and receive continuing education credit.
  • To test your computer camera and audio with Zoom, click this link -https://zoom.us/test
  • The instructor must be able to physically see and interact with all students and students must be able to interact with the instructor.
  • Your webcam must be on at all times.
  • Attendance will be monitored throughout the day.
  • A copy of your driver’s license must be emailed to the Chapter Office (executive.director@bluegrasschapter-ai.org) as verification of your identity after you have registered (at least three days prior to the start date).
  • You will receive a separate email from the chapter office with Zoom log-in access information one day before class.  Please contact the Chapter office if you have any questions regarding the participation guidelines; (502) 727-9181

Attendance Requirements:

  • Attendance will be monitored throughout the class.
  • Students are required to hold up photo ID at roll call, if requested.
  • Students are required to be visible on the virtual platform during the entire class – 100% attendance policy applies.
  • Instructors will direct questions to each student. 

Disclaimer Information

Cancellations/Refunds: Requests for cancellations must be received in writing at the Chapter office. Confirmed students should not assume that cancellation has been granted until a confirmation has been received.  (Cancellation days are BUSINESS DAYS.)

Cancel Fees
7 - 14 days prior to program start date, $25.00 cancellation fee.
Less than 7 days prior to program start date, forfeit of payment.


The Bluegrass Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is not responsible for students' non-refundable airline reservations or other travel expenses. The Chapter reserve the right to cancel, limit, or reschedule the course and to change the faculty assignments and facility locations at any time. Prospective students should confirm their registration before making any non-refundable airline reservations.

National Disclaimer

This Educational Program was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program.

The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations.

This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.

State Credit

Please note that 100% attendance is required in order to receive any approved state credit or to be awarded AI CE points. It is imperative that you check with your state board for state approval information before completing registration.

Other Information

If you have a disability and require accommodation, please notify the sponsor at least two weeks in advance for reasonable accommodations to be arranged.

The Appraisal Institute reserves the rights to cancel, limit, or reschedule the program and to change instructor assignments and facility locations at any time.