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MARIN COUNTY, CA — Being Black in Marin nearly cost a couple a half a million dollars.
That’s according to Paul Austin and his wife Tenisha Tate-Austin, a Marin City couple whose allegations of racial discrimination have made national headlines in recent days. The Austins last week filed a federal lawsuit that names a San Rafael-based appraiser as the defendant.
The couple suspected they’d been discriminated against earlier this year when Janette Miller appraised their four-bedroom Marin City home — that in 2019 was valued at $1.3 million — for less than $1 million, NBC News reports.
Paul Austin in an ABC 7 interview earlier this year described the lowball offer a “slap in the face.”
“This time I’m going to guarantee that I’m going to get the appraisal that my house is supposed to get,” Tenisha Tate-Austin told NBC News.
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