Three black real estate investors filed a discrimination lawsuit in federal court in the Houston area, alleging that realtors denied the option to buy three condominiums in a newly constructed community in August.
They say they were denied the unit because of their race.
In the lawsuit, James La Amari, wife Misty La Amari, and Misty’s sister Rosemary Aful said that when the trio expressed interest in buying, real estate agent Josie Lynn “immediately” “I was reluctant to interact,” he said. Three condos at Grand West Condos in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston.
According to the lawsuit, Lin told Ra-Amaris that he would not be able to secure a Fannie Mae mortgage for the unit due to “condo owner occupancy.”
Court documents say the plaintiffs never expressed a desire to raise funds for Fannie Mae.
“I’ve been in real estate for over 15 years and have never experienced anything like that,” Misti Lah Amari told CNN.
Lynn and Grand West Condos declined CNN’s request for comment.
Ra-Amaris and Afful filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against Lynn on Friday. Lynn’s company, UMRE. Grand West Condo. Grand West Residential Condominium Association, Inc.; United Property Management; RE/MAX and EXP Reality, two real estate brokers;
In the lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that information packets for Grand West Condos marketed the complex as “a new option for Chinese and Asian communities.”
According to the lawsuit, Lynn told the plaintiff, “The current owners were all personal friends and knew each other.”
Plaintiffs state they have $2 million in economic damages and additional compensatory, special and punitive damages for extreme emotional distress and emotional distress.
Court documents obtained by CNN include an undated flyer advertising the condominium complex’s open house, listing Lynn as a RE/MAX United agent.
RE/MAX told CNN that Lynn has had nothing to do with the company since December 2021 and “had no affiliation with the RE/MAX brand at the time this allegation arose.” I was.
CNN reached out to United Property Management and EXP Realty for comment. They are among the defendants because the plaintiffs allege that Lin was acting as their agent when the incident occurred.
Ra-Amaris says interest in buying units at Grand West Condos is undiminished.
“We’re still interested in buying in that community because there’s growth there,” James Lar Amari told CNN. I will not allow anyone to interfere with me.”