Congratulations to Jo Anna Ide, who was named REALTOR OF THE WEEK by the Houston Chronicle.  See the article, below...

Education foundation of Realtor’s career

By JUDE PATRONELLA, Homes Correspondent

"Whether leading her college football team onto victory as a cheerleader, attaining a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and a Ph.D., working as a principal in an elementary school, and now as a Realtor - Jo Anna Ide has been successful in all endeavors.

"A native Texan from Texarkana, Ide moved to the Bayou City to attend the University of Houston. She met Roger Martin, broker/owner of Roger Martin Properties, while working as principal of West University Elementary School. He would bring his clients to talk with Ide about the School. Martin also worked with the PTA and served on a number of projects with Ide.

"'I always wanted to work in real estate, and when I decided to become a Realtor, my immediate decision was to join Roger Martin Properties. He is a wonderful broker, very well respected, and runs a great company,' said Ide, who went on to earn her Texas real estate broker license and several of the industry’s designations.

"'It was an easy transition from being a school principal to selling real estate. Many of my clients have been parents I worked with at West University Elementary and even a few clients were children in the school while I was there.'

"Having lived in West University before moving to River Oaks, Ide specializes in the sale of homes inside and around Loop 610. She’s listed and sold homes in West University, River Oaks, Memorial and other close-in areas. Ide is willing to travel to outlying communities in greater Houston or elsewhere to help her clients.

"Her first sale in the beginning of her real estate practice was a home in River Oaks that sold for $700,000. Ide’s smallest sale was a little house for $125,000 and overall, she has sold homes in all price ranges up to $3 million during her 12-year career in real estate.

“'I am an extremely hands-on person and ‘what you see is what you get’ from me in attaining a smooth transaction in closing. I’m all about relationship and feel practically married to the families and individuals I work with while going through transactions with them,' said Ide, who never thought she would leave working in Education and now realizes real estate is all about educating clients.

“'It’s important that I know all about the neighborhoods and surrounding areas where I am listing and showing properties. I have to stay up to date on current developments, statistics and much more so I can pass information on to my clients. Also, I am continuing my education because there are often new laws and regulations and I want to know how they apply to my profession.'

"Ide feels if she does a good job in helping her clients and maintains good friendships with them, they will want to work with her again. She loves people and enjoys the challenge of helping buyers find their dream home and assisting people in the sale of their homes by professionally promoting listings in publications and on several sites on the Internet. Ide’s joy is seeing people happy at the end of their transactions."

Well done, Jo Anna!

Roger Martin