Real estate brokers Misty and James Ra-Omari said they wanted to invest in three apartments in Katy before the agent Josie Lynn denied them the properties.
“We went inside, she didn’t want to show us around, she was asking ridiculous questions,” James Ra-Omari said, according to KHOU 11. “She told us a quote, ‘My gut tells me not to sell to you because we’re not going to get along with you.”
The Ra-Amaris sued Lin and Re/Max and EXP Realty, alleging that their civil rights had been violated.
“We hope that in this situation everyone will learn that discrimination is simply unacceptable,” he said.
In their lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, the couple also claims marketing materials for the apartments violate the Fair Housing Act.
The properties are being touted as “…a new option for safe and simple Asian living,” adding that “Cathy’s Asia City is just a short walk away,” according to the outlet.
Justin Moorethe couple’s lawyer, said the marketing documents were “absolutely stunning”.
“It shows a lack of organizational control on the part of Re/Max and EXP when one of their own partners insists on putting this in one of their marketing documents,” Moore said.
In a statement to KHOU 11, Re/Max and EXP. Re/Max said Lin was not affiliated with the company at the time of the alleged incident.
“We can confirm that Josie Lynn left RE/MAX in December 2021 and had no involvement with the RE/MAX brand at the time of this alleged incident,” the statement said. “Any use by Ms. Lynn of any RE/MAX brand materials after her departure from RE/MAX is unacceptable and unauthorized. RE/MAX is committed to supporting the dreams of home ownership equally for all, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation or marital status.”
Ra-Amaris said they want to revoke the agent’s license.
“My wife and I have been brokers for 17 years, but we’ve been black all our lives, and I’ve never faced discrimination on this scale in my life,” James said.