AREAA Installs New Officers for 2015

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Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) celebrated a successful 2014 at the Annual Installation Gala on March 19th, 2015 at the Capitale in Washington D.C. John Lin, the outgoing DC-Chapter President of 2014 welcomed the guests and members to the Annual Gala. After an opening address by Vicky Silvano, Vice-Chair of AREAA National Chapter, guests and members enjoyed dinner to the live performances of Eugene Chapman (saxophone) and Archie Castro (singer).

Christine Todd, CEO of Northern Virginia Realtors Association (NVAR) updated the members on the upcoming market condition of real estate in the greater Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

At the Gala, Mr. Lin passed the Chapter Presidency to Ms. Cynthia McGee for the 2015 Fiscal Year, and she gladly accepted the position. 2015 sees new officers for all positions at the Metro-DC Chapter of AREAA. Ms. Silvano swore in the new officers and Board of Records members for 2015.

During her acceptance speech, Ms. McGee emphasized the importance of the Asian market in the local area. Asian-Americans have one of the highest percentages of college graduation at 48%. Asian-Americans spend about 23% of their disposable income on real estate, and it is one of the biggest spending areas for Asian-Americans in the DMV area. Due to their large spending power, Asian-Americans are incredibly valuable to the recovering economy, as well as for the revival of the real estate market in DMV area. She noted the advantages and importance of AREAA membership as a networking source for realtors and financial institutions, and for obtaining information and events regarding real estate conditions in DMV area. Ms. McGee stated, “2015 will be full of beneficial events, such as Builder’s Summit, Lender’s Panel, and events that may assist those customers who may be interested in the international market.” She further stated, “We are a growing organization. We doubled in membership in the past two years, and we will be doing many fun events to create synergy among the members.”

The members congratulated Mr. John Lin for his fantastic and successful work as the President of the Chapter for 2014. He accepted his award, but stated he could not have done all his work but for help of those around him, including Ms. Anne Thai (Vice Chair), Ms. Song Hutchins, and many more who worked tirelessly to organize networking events, educational seminars, and maintain the organization in the past year.

After the award ceremony, members relaxed and enjoyed the end of the evening with networking and dancing.

Wells Fargo Bank was one of the major sponsors of the 2015 AREAA Annual Installation Gala. Other important sponsors include: NVAR, BB&T Bank, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Westgate Realty, MHREIA, Strategic National Title Group, and Tetra Global Real Estates, LLC.

AREAA is an open organization, and does not limit membership based on race, sex, or profession. AREAA annual memberships are $99, but with automatic renewal, those interested may purchase a membership for $89. Any realtor, financier, or individual interested in learning more about real estate should visit for more information.

AREAA’s 2014 Annual Party Brings Vision and Holiday Cheer


On December 7, 2014, the AREAA (Asian Real Estate of America Association) DC Metro Chapter held its annual holiday party at the Grand Atrium in Vienna, Virginia.

This Holiday party was sponsored by Wells Fargo, Citi Bank, Strategic National Title Group.

Mark A. Grant (Citi Bank) explained Citi has been a national supporter of AREAA for many years, and stated that AREAA is an excellent organization that balances professionalism, networking, and friendship.

John P. Lin (President of AREAA DC, CapStar Commercial Realty) congratulated the members on their dedication to their occupation and AREAA. The real estate market has yet to fully recover from 2007, and those involved in real estate have had difficulty thriving under such harsh economic conditions, even those based in the DC-Northern Virginia-Maryland areas. In the last year and a half, the organization saw a doubling in membership, which showed its importance for those in real estate.

According to Mr. Choi (NVAR and AREAA Board of Directors) AREAA hopes to reach out and support humanitarian NGOs, provide more educational sessions for members, and plans for a productive 2015.

Anne Thai (Associate Broker, Westgate Realty Group) is  the chair for the event planning ,the treasurer for AREAA DC Metro Chapter and organized this Holiday party.

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AREAA DC Chapter Successfully Hosts the 2014 Leadership Conference in Tysons Corner



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On November 21, 2014, AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America) held an “Education Foundation and a Leadership Enhancement Program” at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner for more than 115 members of AREAA in the greater Washington DC area. Stone gate Mortgage, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and AREAA sponsored the event. Mark Grant, Vice President of Business Development of Citibank and Cynthia McGee, Vice President of Principal Relationship of Wells Fargo showed up to the event to show support. They are in charge of development in residential efforts. The event lasted the entire day, and finished with a reception.

AREAA focused on enhancing leadership qualities of realtors through the creation of “leadership brand and communicating with confidence.” Many of the attendees agreed that it would help them in all aspects of life, not just within client-realtor relationship. Tuyet Bui of Westgate Realty Group, Inc., stated that the leadership methods would effect how she handles day-to-day activities as well as her dealings with customers. Cuvator H. Armstrong of SILVA International Realty, explained that the event was opened to members of all race and culture, and that its openness was one of the best qualities of AREAA, as it welcomes anyone of all backgrounds to be a member.


As Asian-American populations continue to grow in number and prominence in the area, it is becoming more important to understand the impact of culture on purchase behavior and its application in real estate purchase.

Linda Akutagawa, the President and CEO of Leap, Inc. (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.) was the presenter. She emphasized the importance of becoming aware of other cultures, understanding different values from these cultures, and bridging any possible gap results in allowing positive impact to surface, and bring about self awareness, allowing the individual to become a better leader. She stated from the analysis of demographic data, and current addresses of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, that as of 2010, 4.7% of the US workforce were of Asian-American descent, and by 2018, this number is expected to increase to 5.6%. Asian-American buying power in the United States is expected to increase by 571.9% by 2015.

Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders only made up about 2.66% of the total 1,213 board seats of Fortune 100 Corporations between 2011 and 2012. Around 31% of them are women. Furthermore, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders made up about 4.05% of the total 1,086 Board seats in top foundations, both profit and non-profit. This number is also expected to see an increase, however. This all translates to a broader profit and stronger buying power for the Asian-American sector, but it is important to understand that Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders cannot be treated like a typical buyer group.

Because Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander group is one of the fastest growing workforce in the U.S., it is important to increase the leadership pool to contribute back to the community that created such success, whether it be time, talent, or even funds. By producing leaders, success can continuously be guaranteed.


The leadership education and enhancement programs further focused on encouraging AREAA members to become more active leaders, and focused on making a difference, helping a cause important to them, strengthening the community, practicing leadership skills, networking, and promoting personal enrichment as community leader.

In a brief interview, Moon Y. Choi of REMAX Presidential, an AREAA DC Chapter member, explained that the event was a great learning opportunity that taught better customer service as well as a vision of leadership within the community.

Anne Thai of AREAA DC Chapter promised that more events such as the Leadership Conference is in plan.


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AREAA, DC Metro chapter, A Leadership Enhancement Seminar on NOV.21, Friday at the Tysons Corner


( Center, Anne Thai, Who attended the National AREAA Convention with others)

아시안 아메리칸 부동산협회(AREAA)의 워싱턴 디시 메트로가 시카고의 트럼프 인터네셔널 호텔에서 세계 부동산협회 정상회의를 2015년 4월 19-20일 양일간에 걸쳐 개최한다고 밝혔다.

The Global AREAA Summit will be at Chicago, IL Trump International Hotel on April 19-20, 2015.

아시안 아메리칸 부동산협회는 오는 11월 21 오전 8:30분부터 오후 7시30분까지 타이슨스 코너에 있는 The Tower Club, 17층에서 세미나를 가진다.

AREAA(Asian Real Estate Association of America) will have a seminar on Nov. 21, 2014 at The Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

AREAA members will be “Free”  and non-membership to more detail to ask to Anne Thai at Email : [email protected]


“Limited seating” to register and non membership to ask more detail.

장소는 아래와 같다.

The Tower Club, 17th floor

8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Tysons, VA 22182

오는 11월 21일에 있을 세미나에서는,

1. 어떻게 리더쉽을 개발 육성할 것인가

2. 아시안 아메리칸 부동산 협회 회원들의 가치를 향상

3. 교육과 토론을 통한 리더쉽의 가치 향상

이러한 내용으로 린다 아쿠타가와(President, CEO of LEAP)가 교육을 진행한다고 한다.

오전 8:30분부터 오후 5:30분까지 교육을 진행할 것이며, 오후 5:30분부터 7:30분까지 케쉬 바에서 네트 워킹 시간을 가지게 될 것이라고 한다.

Continental Breakfast and Lunch witll be served.

This seminar sponsored by Stonegate Mortgage, NAR, Sothby’s International Realty and Kensington Vanguard.
As a part of Anne Thai commitment to better serve their clients , build quality relationships, and keep her business ahead of the curve in the real estate market, the associate broker, Anne Thai, attended the national (AREAA) convention. She was able to make connections with industry leaders across the country as well as abroad which included China , Latin America , Korea and Japan.

코리 일보

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