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Real Estate Partner/Broker
Lyn Realty logo: residential/commercial real estateIn 2012, Julie stepped out of the full-time TV spotlight to go into business with her mother, Annie Chen, who is the owner/broker of Lyn Realty, a successful real estate agency in residential and commercial sales, leasing, and property management. Julie is a top-producing broker and Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, selling millions of dollars in real estate annually for many satisfied clients who continually refer business to her. She is one of the Houston Association of REALTORS®‘ 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate 2016 award winners (Top 20 REALTOR® under 40 years old in Greater Houston area). The firm manages more than 250 rental/investment properties and continues to grow. Julie grew up in the business her mom founded in 1981 and continues the tradition of serving generations of clients worldwide with their real estate needs, mainly in the Greater Houston area. Julie is regularly interviewed on TV and featured in magazines and newspaper about real estate, including the front cover of the Houston Chronicle, in Texas REALTOR® magazine, and on KRIV-TV FOX 26 News.

Business Owner
TheApplicationMasters.com logoJulie is also the founder/president/chief editor of TheApplicationMasters.com, which edits written documents, including college application essays, school assignments, resumes, cover letters, marketing materials, and more. With perfect and near-perfect SAT/PSAT scores, Julie’s academic profile and college application essay are published in The Princeton Review‘s book College Essays That Made a Difference (2003), including more than 80 students who were accepted to elite U.S. universities. Julie and her company have been featured on such media as USA Radio Network and KDAF-TV CW 33 Dallas-Fort Worth. She has gotten stellar reviews from her clients.

Globe-Trotting Former TV Journalist
Julie Tam realtor headshotJulie Tam spent more than 10 years in front of a television camera, appearing on local and national news. In her most recent gig, she was a news reporter at the NBC TV station in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the nation’s 5th largest television market. The native Texan, who is fluent in four languages and has traveled to hundreds of cities and dozens of countries on several continents, returned to her home state after more than four years as a news anchor/reporter for WDRB-TV FOX 41 in Louisville, Kentucky. Before that, she was a news reporter and community affairs show producer/anchor at KLTV-TV ABC 7 in Tyler, Texas. Julie landed her first job in TV as a news/special projects producer at News 24 Houston, a 24-hour news channel in her hometown. While earning her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Rice University, she completed a year of internships at Houston’s KTRK-TV ABC 13 and KIAH-TV CW 39 (KHWB-TV WB 39 at the time) and was a producer/host/reporter for two seasons of a community affairs show on PBS Houston.

Awards, Appearances, and Interviews
Over the years, Julie has earned an Emmy nomination for sports news and won several Society of Professional Journalists awards for general news, sports, minority/women’s affairs, and investigative reporting that has uncovered government mistakes and led to policy changes. Julie was the lone TV reporter inside the Smith County Courthouse (Tyler, TX) in 2005 when a gunman fired dozens of shots into and around the building. Her exclusive, live, eyewitness reports helped earn her station at the time, KLTV, two Emmy awards. Julie also has delivered live reports, done interviews, and made appearances on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, The Weather ChanneltruTV (CourtTV at the time), XM satellite, and hundreds of other TV and radio stations across the country about important stories, including the Smith County Courthouse shooting to which she was an eyewitness, the abduction and murder of a young female Wal-Mart employee by a former U.S. Marine in East Texas, a Super Bowl winter storm in Dallas-Fort Worth, and a deadly tornado in Evansville, Indiana. Julie has interviewed national political leaders, celebrities, and professional sports figures — from Hillary Clinton to Troy Aikman.

Philanthropy and Volunteerism
A daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong, Julie has donated her time and financial assistance to many organizations. She gives her time and resources to help animals, the environment, and disabled children, cultural and educational institutions, and churches. Julie, her husband, and a fellow alumnus/friend gave a large joint gift to the upcoming Robert A. Klein Hall for Social Sciences, where they will be honored with the naming of the Political Science faculty/student seminar room. Julie won the 2014 Builder’s Award for her devotion to her alma mater, Rice University, as founding member of the Alumni Advisory Board for its Center for Career Development, subcommittee chair on the Association of Rice Alumni’s Nominations Committee selecting Association of Rice Alumni board members, and Owlmanac recorder for her Class of 2003. In the past, she served as member of the Association of Rice Alumni board of directors and its Laureates Committee, as well as chair of its Communications Committee; Young Alumni committee chair for the Dallas-Fort Worth Rice Alumni Advisory Board; Perks Committee co-chair for the Rice Young Alumni Ambassadors Program; judge of the Graduate Student 90-Second Thesis Competition and Sallyport Award. She has volunteered many years for the Rice University admissions office as a college fair representative and an interviewer of students applying to Rice, having served as Kentucky captain of Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission. Julie also was a member and speaker for the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) in Dallas-Fort Worth, Outreach Committee member at Crane House: The Asia Institute in Louisville, KY, and mentor for Boys & Girls Clubs and Kid Reach in East Texas. Julie volunteered almost her entire TV news career for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), as national calendar fundraiser committee chair, national convention panelist, Texas chapter webmaster and scholarship committee chair, and broadcast mentor. In 2012, she was given the AAJA Member of the Year award.

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Extras
Julie is married to her former college classmate, filmmaker, photographer & college professor Saqib Siddik. She was voted Louisville’s “Hottest Anchor” in 2009 by LEO readers, has been featured in and on the front cover of several publications, and has made numerous public appearances, including emceeing events, moderating political discussion panels, singing, dancing, reading to kids, giving guest lectures, and making commencement speeches for college, high school and middle school graduations — she continues to make such appearances today. Her TV news insights are published in textbooks. Julie is an award-winning classical soprano singer and danced at the Houston Ballet Academy for 10 years. She speaks English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Cantonese. She blogs about her travels in Around the World with Julie Tam.