Refuge Real Estate is a Real Estate Investment Company Specializing in the Acquisition, Redevelopment and Management of an Income-Producing Property Portfolio.

We strive to provide our investors with the best return on their investment while still offering our clients and tenants the absolute best product on the market.

who we are

  • Phillip Carranza

    Managing Director

    Phillip actively began real estate investing in 2006, performing several deals via partnerships and wholesale assignments before executing his first acquisition in April of 2007. Since then, he has performed many acquisitions in various real estate markets within Houston, giving him a well-rounded understanding of several of the city’s neighborhoods. While some transactions were more profitable than others, all of them contributed equally to educating him on the ins and outs of real estate investing. He is both knowledgeable and experienced with several investment strategies that he will implement in his management of the Company’s resources.

  • Ana Salazar


    Ana Salazar is our leading residential real estate expert in Houston and surrounding markets. With more than 13 years of experience as a bilingual Realtor, she has represented both buyers and sellers ranging in experience from first time home buyers to seasoned investors. She is a fully licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas, and will be a key player in the advancement of Refuge Real Estate.

  • Jonathan Williamson

    Founder & Realtor

    Jonathan is the son of a former President of the Houston Contractors Association as well as a certified Interior Designer. He began his career working for his father in the construction industry, pulling permits and assisting in the bidding process while still a teenager. Years later, he began working with his mother in the field of Interior Design and still occasionally assists her with projects. Jonathan also has years of collective experience in the fields of sales and social media marketing. Most recently, he has obtained his Texas Real Estate License. He has and will continue to utilize the skills and experience he gained in these endeavors for the advancement of our company goals.

  • Mitchell Cantu

    Realtor / Licensed Assistant to Jonathan Williamson

    If you thought your wish for real estate transactions to be mixed with random trivia and bad dad jokes would never be realized, you are standing on the precipice of a rare opportunity.
    Mitchell is here to provide you with professional assistance and guidance through one of the most important stages of life, the sale or purchase of your home. Although a self-taught guitarist and photographer, professionally most of his career has emphasized focus on the customer. It is this approach that he takes as a licensed Realtor.
  • Arthur Nunez


    Arthur Nunez, our Foreman, was born and raised in the shadow of the Maximus Coffee plant in Houston’s East End. He began his career in construction on a foundation crew at the age of 13.

    In the years that followed, he gained invaluable experience working on crews doing roofing, carpentry, paving and more. The work ethic and knowledge he acquired in the process serves him daily. Now Arthur is an indispensable member of the Refuge Team, where he manages job sites, tackles unforeseen issues, coordinates sub-contractors, and acts as a direct liaison between designers, customers and our crew.

  • Erin Taylor

    Operations Manager & Design Coordinator

    After 15 years working in customer service, Erin found her niche in the real estate industry after falling in love with Houston’s East End during her home buying process. A detail oriented individual who thrives on thoroughly learning everything to which she sets her mind, Erin tackles new projects with curiosity and a sense of urgency. Her passion for style and design as well as graceful client relations are notable assets in every aspect of our company’s endeavors.

  • Kim Ponce


    In January of 2004, Kim Ponce obtained her Texas Real Estate license and never looked back. Her big personality, determined spirit and strong work ethic enabled her to thrive in the field. A bilingual (English & Spanish) Realtor, Kim primarily specializes in the East, North East and South East side of Houston but she will, and has, worked all throughout the Greater Houston area.

    Kim is a versatile, veteran Realtor who is as familiar with the obstacles that a first time home-buyer may face as she is the ins and outs of working with savvy, seasoned investors. Additionally, she is every bit as at home in commercial real estate as she is residential.

    Simply put; Kim Ponce is a Realtor that gets things done. Let her get things done for you in your next real estate transaction.

  • DJ is a lifetime resident of the Houston area. She and her husband, Bryan, have four wonderful children. Her family life has led her to be active in area little league, softball associations and select baseball leagues all over the Greater Houston area. Her involvement in these activities has helped aid her in learning all that Houston and the surrounding areas have to offer!  Her honesty, integrity, work ethic and true love of people make her an excellent choice for your personal realtor.

  • Lucy has over twenty years experience as a licensed real estate professional.  For the benefit of her clients, she has built her business based on integrity, passion, and commitment. She enjoys educating and taking care of her buyers and sellers throughout the entire real estate process. With duty and delight, Lucy is able to build long term relationships with every client she represents. As a result of treating each buyer and seller like family, her circle of friends continues to grow as does her love of the real estate industry.  Lucy is fluent in Spanish and readily available to assist in all of your real estate needs.

  • Areli Dozal


    Areli Dozal is a true professional when it comes to getting things done. She is an organized go-getter who relishes overcoming challenging obstacles.  After years of success as one of the city’s leading leasing professionals, she decided to pursue a career in real estate. Areli is ready to help you find your new home, placing your needs as her top priority.




  • Marisol Velez


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  • Jorge Ordaz


  • Miriam Alejos


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  • Patricia Rivera


  • Terry Evans


  • Sarah Goodner

    Brokerage Operations

Our Offices

4734 Bell St.
Houston, Texas 77023

phone 281.888.3212email