Amrock Mandatory Diversity Training

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Amrock Mandatory Diversity Training

An appraiser shared the following with us. Amrock is requiring all appraisers on their panel to complete a diversity, equity and inclusion training by April 19, 2021.

Amrock Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training Requirement:

You’re Cordially Required to Take Part in This Training

Hello,

As an organization, we firmly believe in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) for everyone – and we’ve taken a stance through the implementation of our DE&I Strategic Plan.
As part of that plan, all Amrock team members have completed an online Cultural Competency Training. We’re now extending that requirement to all our Amrock partners as well.

The training supports our DE&I Strategic Plan and aligns with our expectations of client engagement by all who represent us. It also supports an understanding of anti-discrimination laws in our industry, such as the Fair Housing Act.

You’re part of our extended family, which means you’re also part of our “for more than profit” philosophy and culture.

Please complete the Cultural Competency Training by Friday, April 19. The training is brief, but if you need to interrupt your session, it will automatically save and you can continue later.

An appraiser’s reaction to Amrock’s Mandatory Diversity Training:

I will not say the name of the company, and I have been working as a vendor for 10 years. They have a performance report that has a specific category for behavior which I have ranked at the top for those 10 years. There was no incident that would require this, just something they are doing company wide.

Today I logged on their site to upload an appraisal and a splash screen came up telling me that all their staff has taken this course and they want all their vendors that are representatives of their company to take it. They started out sort of sort and then said it was a requirement.

I will go on record as saying in this area of Florida I have appraised over the last 28 years property for all sorts of people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or race and never once said anything to anyone that would be deemed anything but professional. I am a Conservative, Christian, and I believe in what I believe in, however when I appraise a property, it is the property I am appraising and not the person’s sex, sexual orientation, race or religious affiliation.

I have been in this business 28 years and I have made a good living without being “woke”.

I guess I am asking everyone’s opinion and allowing myself to vent. What does this have to do with appraising?

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17 Responses

  1. Avatar Scott says:

    My first thought was “am I now an employee of Amrock”? Then I thought real estate agents (salespersons) are also independent contractors and many brokerage’s require them to take certain classes before they can work. I have no problem taking a class in diversity. I do enjoy learning new things. Forced diversity might destroy this country yet, so why not learn about it? BTW – forced diversity was a major contributor to the fall of the Roman Empire. So my question is Amrock paying for my time? I bill at $100/hr for my appraisal expertise & knowledge. Will each and every AMC require their own class? Will VA appraisers also be required to take this class for Amrock? (I am not a VA appaiser). So many questions.

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  2. Avatar Seneca says:

    In my state it is required to take a 3.5 hr Fair Housing class as part of you curriculum to get your appraisal license. Can I just submit the credentials from that class?

    What does “woke” mean?

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    • Avatar anon says:

      Woke has negative connotations at this point. Initially it meant generally that someone was aware of the perceived injustices around them and often times vocal about it, activist mentality.

      At this point because of the disingenuous nature surrounding many social justice issues you’ll either find a. people who perceive it to mean that they’re aware of social issues or b. a sarcastic label/response for people deemed to be feigning outrage, hyperbolic, offended at everything, hypocrisy. People who pretend to care but apart from posting something on social media do not do anything in any meaningful way to actually make change and or co-opt whatever they are promoting for self gain.

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    • Avatar Jeanie says:

      Today’s satire becomes tomorrow’s woke demands…

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  3. Bobby Jones on Facebook Bobby Jones on Facebook says:

    Fxk that

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  4. Blake Kernea on Facebook Blake Kernea on Facebook says:

    Are they going to pay me for my time?

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  5. Avatar Caleb says:

    I bet AMCs will find out very soon that they can charge appraisers for their DE&I training. Just another way to steal more of your hard-earned money. Unfortunately, there are plenty of suckers still working for these crooks.

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    • Avatar IMJSAYN says:

      There’s a sucker born every second!

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    • Avatar Scott says:

      Great point. They will be adding a fee and call it an “EDUCATION” fee on top of the portal, maintenance, technology, upload, etc., fee’s they already charge. And appraisers will just say “I’ll add it to the fee I charge them”…..and it will never stop until we all have Fee Fee’d our way out of being appraisers.

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  6. They are (in my opinion) pandering and inoculating themselves as much as possible to the inevitable disparate impact-based lawsuits that they anticipate down the road.

    It’s odd that they require diversity training, yet continue their own purported gender-based discrimination against certain female appraisers. Maybe they should focus on that too?

    In any case, pandering or prudent sensitivity, ever since the White House OFFICIALLY announced that the federal government has been guilty of systemic racism in its housing and infrastructure development policies it is wise for any lender or associated services to start jumping through the hoops just as if we had never heard of equal opportunity or fair housing or prohibited bias throughout our careers.

    Insulting? Certainly. Necessary? Also yes, though not for the reasons that are promoted.

    Well played Black Knight. Promote a narrative of appraisal bias to market your alternative bifurcated product, complete with YOUR pre selected ‘comps’. Just be aware that YOUR so-called ‘SCOUT” program is under very close scrutiny. So far it appears to be a massive “fail”.

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  7. Avatar Bill Johnson says:

    Does the coach have a VHS tape for sale on his website covering such a topic? If not, and if there’s a profit to be made off the appraisers backs, I’m sure his staff in the Philippines are putting in long hours to produce it (English subtitles please coach). After completion, does he mail out all star paper certificates, or are they digital. Will Amrock even take such a gold standard document?

    Seek the truth.

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  8. Avatar Unapologetically White says:

    I reserve the right to judge those on the content of their character. If you act stupid, talk stupid, dress stupid then I am going to assume you are stupid. If you need to push some false narrative then you and those in your woke narrative are the problem. Amrock pays about $350 per 1004 which is $125 less then what is reasonable and customary for the market. How about Amrock takes a course in Dodd Frank before pushing libtard logic? This is proof liberalism is an absolute mental illness!

    Sincerely, Mr Unapologetically White

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  9. Avatar David says:

    This is nothing more than political. I called my Amrock “Ambassador” to get the scoop on this training and was told that Amrock simply wanted appraisers to be sensitive to the feelings of others, to which my response was what makes Amrock think that I’m not sensitive toward other’s feelings. No response. Every licensed, certified, and general appraiser is required through USPAP to “perform assignments with impartiality, objectivity, and independence, and without accommodation of personal interests.” One bullet point in USPAP include ” must not advocate the cause or interest of any party or issue.” Amrock is doing nothing more than politicizing issues occurring in society today, attempting to make certain ethnicities feel sub-par. I strongly urge any appraiser doing business with Amrock to call them and voice your disagreement with this requirement. What we do has nothing to do with politics, feelings towards any group, etc. I’m tired of hearing all this sensitivity crap from those who have agendas.

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  10. Baggins Baggins says:

    In a moral panic, all one needs is an accusation, proof is not required.

    https://news.yahoo.com/gutfeld-mlb-harms-those-tries-035904916.html

    https://theglobalherald.com/news/gutfeld-on-cancel-culture-targeting-tv-show-hosts/

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-releases/co-voter-rolls/

    Judicial Watch offers a physical printed magazine monthly, to your mailbox, with a small member donation.

    Woke culture is a fantasy, a purely destructive force, absent of logic and reason, rooted in emotion.

    Amrock, formerly known as Title Source (TSI). I’ve identified the root cause of your concerns, and problems.

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  11. Avatar Phillyapp says:

    First and foremost, I do not work for Amrock.

    For those that do, you have a tremendous opportunity at your feet. Imagine if as a whole every appraiser/vendor refused to take this course. I understand why, it will not occur and make no judgement on your decision, but it is an opportunity to stand up for our profession and expose our oppressors.

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    • Baggins Baggins says:

      Yeah but you can just skip that entire argument Philly.

      The financial incentive of not being forced to share with an amc is enough.

      Fees continue to be moved upward voluntarily these days.

      I was telling my appraiser pal about these $950 orders for just 1004 and rental, telling him to jump in. He’s already out but did say; I knew if I hung on another 20 years, something would eventually give.

      Still not enough to keep up with the pace of realty and other employment factors though.

      Still seeking the exit myself and never did even try to train anyone. If they’ve read my reports through review or something, that’s enough. Here is your license, this is how you do it, good luck you’re going to need it. The irony of some of the most destructive big name amc’s claiming their ventures are not strictly profit driven. If culture is ripping people off left and right without restriction, they’ve certainly got a lot of that.

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