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Asian broker impacts Katy area

February 26, 2019

An award-winning RE/MAX United agent, Josie Lin wants to leverage her skills and influence to help make the American dream of owning a home a reality for Asian families and to help small businesses.

“Josie has made a remarkable impact on the landscape in the Katy area,” said Mike Summerlin, marketing director of the RE/MAX of Texas Region.

According to Vivienne Kwon of ykCreative, “Josie Lin spearheaded the development and build-out of Katy Asian Town, one of the fastest growing market centers in Katy.”

Kwon has a partnership with Lin, Ginny Kim and AsUnited Marketing Alliance Group, which was formed to help multicultural businesses network and expand. AMA is a coalition of Asian-American professionals providing consulting and education in areas such as capital funding, branding, finance and real estate. Peter Yun represents the building sector of the group.

Lin talked of being very involved in raising awareness of opportunities within the Asian community and of wanting to benefit her community.

“I believe more families are moving to the Katy area,” said Barbara Gallo, director of operations, Asian Chamber of Commerce-Houston. “I’ve heard people describe Katy as Sugar Land 2.0. A lot of Asian families live in Sugar Land. I know the area that I am in, no new homes will be built in that area. Most prices are going up in Sugar Land. It makes more families move out to the Katy area.

“Katy Asian Town is a very interesting development to have it be there,” continued Gallo. Many families have gone to Bellaire Chinatown to shop. The issue of crime — hearing about about more people being robbed — makes people hesitant a little bit, especially at night, she continued.

“I’m equidistant to Bellaire or to go north to Katy Asian Town. I’d rather make the trip to Katy Asian Town for the same grocery stores and the same food places,” added Gallo.

Lin has offices in both Bellaire and Katy. She has served the Bellaire area for more than 10 years and has an office at 9889 Bellaire Blvd., Ste 118, Houston. Last May, she opened an office in Katy at 23119 Colonial Parkway No. A.

Lin recently earned top awards from the Re/MAX of Texas Statewide Conference. For two consecutive years, she’s been recognized as the Top Commercial Producer in RE/MAX Houston. She’s ranked sixth of the Top 20 Texas Statewide producers, moving up two positions from the prior year. Summerlin placed the recognition in perspective pointing out that RE/MAX has 275 offices and 5,000 agents in Texas.

Camille Landry, senior specialist, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, recognized Lin for her support of the nonprofit through the RE/MAX Miracle Home Program. Through the program, participating agents like Lin make a donation on their clients’ behalf after each closed transaction of a “Miracle Home.”

RE/MAX United broker Gene Feigelson, who said he’s known Lin a long time and called her like a second daughter, talked of the impact of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 1981, his second son was born prematurely and placed in a neonatal unit at Texas Children’s Hospital for 6½ months, said Feigelson. Today is son is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. “Because of Texas Children’s Hospital Miracle Network, my son is a survivor,” he said.

Feigelson said Lin is well-known through the state. “Josie has done some remarkable things,” he added. Through her influence, she is able to pull people together, he said. “She’s able to make it happen.”

karen.zurawski@chron.com