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Racially-based appraisal bias is a well-documented and pervasive issue that has long contributed to the widening wealth gap for Black families. Much of it has been driven by “historical racialized appraisals that influence contemporary values and appraisers’ racialized assumptions about neighborhoods to drive appraisal method,” according to a study published in the journal Social Problems.
The study found that from 1980 to 2015, homes in White neighborhoods appreciated almost $200,000 more than comparable homes in similar communities of color.
A different study by the Brookings Institution in 2018 found that in the average U.S. metropolitan area, “homes in neighborhoods where the share of the population is 50 percent Black are valued at roughly half the price as homes in neighborhoods with no Black residents,” and that there is a level of “implicit bias” in an individuals’ perception of members of an oppressed class. The study also found that the “value of assets — buildings, schools, leadership, and land itself — are inextricably linked to the perceptions of Black people.”
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Kym Taylor is a native Washingtonian. She is a 1982 graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and a 1986 graduate of the George Washington University, where she earned a degree in Business Information Systems. Kym currently serves as the VP of Marketing and Strategic Solutions for a Lanham, MD-based home care agency.
She is a charter member of the National Harbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Initiated into the Mu Delta chapter at the George Washington University, Kym has been a loyal member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 36 years.
She has held numerous offices, chaired various committees (local and regional), and is dedicated to serving others.
Ckori was raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In 2015, Ckori and his business partner collectively founded BroCAR Properties, a company that acquires property for long-term holds and development.
Ckori takes pride in giving back to the community. He is a lifelong baseball coach, a mentor for young adults, and ministers as a deacon at Woodstream Church.
Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.
Maryland State Delegate
Delegate Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for almost 20 years. Many define him as the “guru” of housing and real estate.
Before his election to the General Assembly, Delegate Holmes served on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation. In addition, he served as advisor to the State Water Quality Advisory Committee for Washington Suburban Sanitary District (WSSC), Diversity Committee of the Greenbelt City Council and President, Watkins Park Homeowners’s Association.
Arden Lyles is a highly analytical, reliable, and dedicated sales professional offering several years of broad-based and progressive experience in sales, marketing, and business development.
He possesses an outstanding reputation for his contributions to record-setting sales, territory startup/ expansion and new account development.
Principal at Oak Hill Strategies
Jacqulyn Priestly is a community advocate, passionate about creating pathways to equitable access and opportunities for women, communities of color and other historically marginalized populations.
She is the principal of Oak Hill Strategies, a Maryland-based public relations and marketing communications agency that serves federal and state government agencies, national associations and non-profits and community-based initiatives.
Jacqulyn, her husband and their three boys proudly reside in Prince George's County.
Business Development & Government Affairs Leader
Greg Holmes provides next-level legislative policy, business development, strategic planning and sustained engagement with elected officials and the business community throughout the state of Maryland related to the Maryland Transit Administration's initiative to advance the state's transit system.
Meet our founders.
Black Homes Matter is a movement led by the Fair and Unbiased Appraisal Advocates, a coalition of community leaders, realtors, elected officials and other concerned citizens across Prince George’s County, MD.
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