Robertson services her community on the job and off Nestled along Loop 494 in Kingwood lies a 125-year-old house where history and the secrets it holds may never be known. Today it is a landmark of restoration and community growth; and fittingly, the house is home for a real estate center – Flags Real Estate, Corina Robertson, broker-owner. American flags flutter from every outside nook and cranny. The business recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. “As far as the building itself, I knew how to renovate from my career as a Realtor. We saved the wood floors and old paint on the door jams and turned a cold water sink area into a modern staff kitchen. Bedrooms were made into offices. I stuccoed the inside walls myself,” said Robertson. “I come from a family of do-it-yourselfers. I run a hands-on office and the company’s 13 agents have access to me for questions and education. I’m here for day-to-day operations with no appointment needed. I have a good staff and agents who are loyal and supportive. I’ve created something here and love coming to work.” Prior to working in real estate, Robertson had ties to the newspaper business. Her former husband worked as editor of a paper in Jasper. In the 1960s and early ‘70s, the two owned a weekly newspaper in Dallas. Robertson said it was a tough business in which to make a living and eventually her husband accepted a job with Texaco and was transferred to the Middle East. It was during that time she decided to try her hand at real estate in New York. She said real estate in the area was easy and verbal negotiations were common. She said attorneys wrote the contracts, so an agent’s job was simple. In 1981, Texaco transferred the Robertsons to Kingwood and she entered a new market. “After 10 years in the business, I got the shock of my life with the way real estate was handled in Texas,” she said. She said it was much more complicated, but she worked for a local real estate firm for 18 years before she resigned after an injury. “I thought I would be forced to work at home, but I recovered and opened Flags Real Estate. Real estate is just in me,” Robertson said. “I’ve always been a hard worker and want to work until I’m 90. My father was a land salesman in the 1920s.” She “went out on her own” in 2003 and said she believes persistence is the primary ingredient that gave her the impetus to do it. “I’m locally-based. I love my home and company, the ordinary life and Kingwood. I don’t need a lot of ‘flash and dash,’ because my interests are in the community. I shop at our ‘mom and pops,’ and keep my assets here,” Robertson said. Robertson’s outreach to the community is sizable. She is very patriotic and became a sponsor of the Blue Star Moms, a local organization that supports troops overseas and their families at home. She also helped establish and sustain the YMCA After School Program. Additionally, her company is a coordination point for the “Adopt an Angel” Christmas effort. “I can always depend on myself. This strength is sometimes misinterpreted as being ‘too straight forward.’ I wasn’t always this strong. It evolved from being from a poor family living on a farm. My strength came from raising four sons as a single mother, throughout my career, and having a handicapped child. All my children graduated from KHS,” explained Robertson. “I’ve been strengthened by my brother’s experience during and following the Vietnam War. When Bobby came home with a degenerative disease resulting from contact with Agent Orange, I vowed to honor his military service in some way. In time, I did. I named my company, Flags Real Estate, for him and fly dozens of American flags from the old house, for him,” she said. Robertson’s work is at the center of her life, but she enjoys gardening as a hobby. Photo: Corina Robertson has been serving the community’s real estate needs for years. She also supports the community through Blue Star Moms, the YMCA After School Program and during the Christmas holiday, Adopt an Angel. Photo by Kathy Parks

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