Monday, November 28, 2011

Asian Real Estate Association of America- D.C.Metro Chapter to be Named Leader in Serving the AAPI Housing Needs of Virginia At AAPI Appreciation Day

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Genie Nguyen
703-593-7182


Asian Real Estate Association of America-DC Metro Chapter to be Named Leader in Serving the AAPI Housing Needs of Virginia At Asian American Appreciation Day on Dec 3 in Fairfax

Fairfax, Va. -- Asian American Appreciation Day, hosted by Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA) in coalition with many other AAPI communities, will recognize Asian Real Estate Association of America-DC Metro Chapter (AREAA-Metro Chapter) as Leader in Serving the Housing Needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community of Fairfax County and Virginia.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have historically very high demand for housing. For years, these needs were not easily addressed due to language and cultural barriers. AREAA responded to the needs by supporting professional realtors from AAPI communities with valuable knowledge, skills, and support systems. With the national organization headquarter based in California, the AREAA-Metro Chapter was established in 2008 to serve the AAPI communities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“Since the beginning of the housing crisis in 2009, AREAA-Metro Chapter has championed foreclosure prevention efforts in Fairfax and Prince William Counties, helping hundreds of families keep their homes,” said Genie Nguyen, VVA President. “AREAA-Metro Chapter also led educational sessions for AAPI realtors to provide information about properties in distress and short sales. These sessions support neighborhoods’ stabilization efforts during the worst time in the housing market. Asian Americans appreciate the compassion illustrated through actions of the AREAA-Metro Chapter Board of Directors.”

Actively involved with grassroots organizations, AREAA–Metro Chapter also works closely with other real estate professional associations in the area and has partnerships with the Northern Virginia Realtor Association (NVAR), the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), and many financial institutions such as Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, as well as with other professionals in the real estate related industry.

“We are planning to have an International and Commercial Committee to serve increased Asian Americans’ demands” said Grace Choi, AREAA-Metro President, “as well as setting up more educational sessions in default properties with real connections to all the Asset Managers, to support our member realtors.”

George Soo Hoo, Chairman of AREAA-Metro Chapter, proudly asserts: “Our members enjoy tremendous benefits, ranging for valuable connections with financial institutions, asset managers, housing policy makers to a vast networks and support system, from local, state, to national and international level,” Chairman Soo Hoo is also the attorney leading an established Title and Settlement Company.

At the same time, Song Hutchins, Founder of the Chapter, emphasizes that her main focus remains on bringing homeownerships to all Asian Americans, to realize our American dreams. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are grateful to all the accomplishments that AREAA-Metro Chapter has contributed to our community.

“We invite everyone who cares about our nation’s housing market, our Commonwealth’s issues, and our Fairfax County quickly bounced back real estate values, to join us on December 3 in expressing our appreciation to all the volunteers working to propel AREAA-Metro Chapter,” said Ms. Nguyen.

Event: Asian American Appreciation Day
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Time: 10:00 am – 03:00 pm
Venue: Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035

Event is free and open to the public. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are in the real-estate-related industry are highly encouraged to attend and be a member of AREAA-Metro Chapter – the leader in serving the AAPI’s housing needs.


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