Slew of Negative Reviews for Appraiser Miller
As real estate appraisers, we understand the importance of accuracy and fairness in our work. We are expected to perform valuation services competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial and objective. We also know how important it is to uphold ethical standards in order to protect ourselves and our clients from potential legal action. The recent case of Austin v Miller serves as a reminder that even when we do our best, things can still go wrong.
The Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California sued the individual appraiser, Miller, for alleged discrimination against Austin, in Marin City. The settlement reached between Austin and Miller highlights the power that well-funded politically connected organizations have over individuals when it comes to litigation costs; no matter what happens or who’s right or wrong, insurance companies will always side with those who are better funded in an effort to avoid costly lawsuits.
Although she did not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement agreement, unfortunately for Miller, she was found guilty in a court of public opinion. Her Google & Yelp business pages have received a slew of negative reviews from people living as far away as New Zealand! It’s easy for people on social media or even those living far away from Marin City to pass judgement without knowing any facts about the situation at hand. Yelp has temporarily disabled posting capabilities until further notice while they investigate this matter more closely and determine how best to proceed going forward with regards to this issue.
It’s sad but true: sometimes justice isn’t blind enough for everyone’s satisfaction. As real estate appraisers we must remain vigilant!
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