Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, a state agency.
FTC Matter/File Number:

161 0068

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Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Part 3 Administrative Complaints

Case Summary

The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board, alleging that the group is unreasonably restraining price competition for appraisal services in Louisiana, contrary to federal antitrust law. The complaint alleged that the appraisal board’s regulations exceeded the scope of the mandate outlined in the Dodd-Frank Act that required appraisal management companies to pay “a rate that is customary and reasonable for appraisal services performed in the market area of the property being appraised.” Specifically, the board required appraisal fees to equal or exceed the median fees identified in survey reports commissioned and published by the board. The board then investigated and sanctioned companies that paid fees below the specified levels. 

Shortly before the administrative trial was set to begin, the FTC and the board reached a proposed settlement agreement.

Case Timeline

March 11, 2021