Roger Martin and Life in the Loop

 

June 16, 2015

Code Red | Emergency Broadcasts for West University Place

Tropical Storm Bill threatens Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. NOAAWhen threatened by hurricanes or tropical storms like Bill, the residents of West University Place receive prompt emergency notices from our Code Red service. This free service is arguably one of the BEST benefits of living in our great neighborhood. You can choose to be notified by text, email or phone.  There is also a mobile app that will use your GPS location to give you emergency information anywhere in the USA.

The Code Red system has been used to warn the citizens of West University Place to bring their children indoors while dangerous arrests are in progress.  It has also let us know how to dispose of tree litter after a hurricane, and whether the water was drinkable, and when and where ice was available.

Be safe!  Register for CODE RED on the City of West University Place website.

June 16, 2015

Houston Flood Warning System

Sample Flood Guage - Harris County Flood Warning System

Of course, "shelter-in-place" is the best way to weather Tropical Storm Bill or other similar hurricanes and tropical storms.  But if you MUST be out on the roads, please check the state of the bayous FIRST. Harris County has stationed flood guage monitors in all our local bayous.  The Harris County Flood Warning System website shows this information live and in real time. Just find the closes monitor, and toggle between the rain guage and the flood guage. Of course, there is no way to predict exactly where the torrential rain is going to pile up.  But with this tool, you can tell if your local bayou is out of its banks and when it returns to normal.  Stay safe, people!

June 9, 2015

Welcome Megan!

We are pleased to welcomeMegan playing polo 2014 a new summer intern! Her name is Megan, and she is a senior at the Post Oak High School. She will be with us throughout August and will be helping with marketing, especially within the social media aspect. She is also a very accomplished horseback rider and polo player. We are happy to have her!

 

 

June 8, 2015

Flood Relief Available

Flood Relief for TexansThe Texas Association of REALTORS is helping people recover from the June 2015 flood. 

No, you do NOT have to be a REALTOR to apply.  But you DO need to live in a county that has been declared a disaster zone. Apply here >> for up to $2,500 in flood assistance.

And good luck!

Posted in Helping Others
June 4, 2015

Mindfulness Training | Time to De-Stress!

Mindfulness Training at Roger Martin Properties

The Workshop

This workshop is a practical introduction to the exercise of mindfulness. Mindfulness enhances daily life by resting the mind on an object, recognizing and letting go of thoughts, and cultivating a warm, open heart toward ourselves and others.

So, what is meditation?  How can meditation enhance focus, and what other benefits can it provide?  And what is the best way to get started?  

Dr. Claire Villarreal, of Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, will begin with basic definitions and instructions. She will then lead the group in two simple, guided meditations: the first to enhance focus and the second to begin cultivating lasting mindfulness and compassion.  The presentation will take about 45 minutes, after which Claire will answer questions from the group. Tea and spring rolls will follow.  Attendees are eligible for online follow-up resources.

FAQ

No, we do NOT have to sit on the floor – chairs are fine!  Beginners and experienced practitioners are all welcome.

Dr Clair Villareal, of Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism

The Speaker

Claire Villarreal, of Fort Worth, Texas, received her PhD in Religious Studies from Rice University.  She is a long-time practitioner who has studied extensively with teachers in Asia and the West.  Claire has taught mindfulness at Dawn Mountain, the Rothko Chapel, the Jung Center, and in churches around Ft. Worth.  She will join the Dawn Mountain staff as program manager following her post-doctoral travels to India and a retreat to her cabin in the Hill Country.

RSVP

Join the agents, clients and friends of Roger Martin Properties on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Please RSVP to 713-661-2300 if attending.

 

May 29, 2015

Twice the Help for Flood Victims

Buffalo Bayou in Flood by Carol Smith

If you want to help our recent flood victims, here are two of our favorite ideas.  

Gift Card Drive

Our young friend (and sometimes receptionist) Lauren is an active member of her BBYO chapter. These kids are collecting gift cards for distribution by Jewish Family Service. Gift cards may be dropped off at our offices (6115 Edloes Street, Suite A) and are needed from the following places: 

  • Grocery stores (Kroger, Randalls, H-E-B, Trader Joes, etc.)

  • Big Box stores (Target, Walmart, Lowes or Home Depot)

  • Pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS)

Matching Donation

And now you can DOUBLE your donation! Rabih Chamseddine of Sente Mortgage, has generously offered to match flood relief donations. Rabih says, "If you make a donation to any local charity in support of flood relief, let us know by leaving a comment on our Facebook page with your donation amount by Monday at noon. Sente will then make a matching donation to our local chapters of the American Red Cross up to a total of $5,000."

Houston has a huge heart, as shown by this one/two punch. Roger Martin Properties is proud to support these grass-roots flood relief efforts. 

May 27, 2015

Real Estate Without Borders | Rabih Chamseddine

Working With Cross-Border Clients

An International Move

Rabih Chamseddine, of Sente Mortgage, described his own international background, and the difficulties he faced relocating to the US with nothing but a sack of clothes and $500 in his pocket.

The Internations Group

Internations is an organization dedicated to making life easier for international expats. There are chapters in 30 chapters in the US, and a total of 390 around worldwide.

Houston Association of Realtors International Committee

The HAR International Committee invited Rabih to become a member and advisor.  Using the resources at HAR, it is possible to list and promote properties across international borders.

Houston Realtor Article

Rabih has just published an article in Houston Realtor coaching real estate agents in how to work with international buyers. The process of buying real estate is totally different here, so we must speak slowly and explain all the terminology.

Cash Transactions

Rabih warned that, every country is different, and it is important to understand the laws that govern how funds can be moved across national borders.

 

May 20, 2015

4410 Feagan #C | LEASED in Rice Military, Houston TX!

4410 Feagan Street, Unit C, is a quiet three story contemporary home located in Rice Military near the Washington Corridor. With its open second floor living and wrap around deck, this property is great for dining and entertaining!

Property Information

  • Leased For: $3,400 per Month
  • House Size: 2,238 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,440 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS # 55343816

Features

  • First floor bedroom with full bath.
  • Second floor living area. Open contemporary style with kitchen opening to dining and living room.
  • Kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counters, plenty of counter and cabinet space, walk-in pantry, and breakfast bar.
  • Living room has a gas log fireplace, high ceilings, and full view doors to offer access to the front balcony. Plenty of space to hang art.
  • Wrap around second floor deck. First floor patio.
  • Recent pine floors.
  • Third floor master bedroom, with two large closets w/built-in drawers and coved ceiling. Master bath w/double sinks, separate shower and jet tub.
  • Washer, dryer, refrigerator and grill included.
  • Located near the Washington Corridor in Rice Military, offering access to shops and dining.

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May 20, 2015

Five Star Real Estate Professional 2015 | Roger Martin

Roger Martin of Roger Martin Properties - Five Star Professional as seen in Texas Monthly June 2015Roger Martin Properties is pleased to announce that Broker/Owner Roger Martin has been awarded the Five Star Professional Award for 2015. This award is based on evaluations from recent homebuyers in areas of market knowledge, negotiation, customer service, and integrity. More information can be found in the June issue of Texas Monthly magazine. This is the third time Roger has received this award.

"I never sell my clients anything," Roger says. "I educate them. Once they are grounded in the real estate market, they make their own decisions!" Roger's past clients so appreciate his personalized and highly professional service that over 80 percent of his firm's business comes from repeat and referral clients.

Roger Martin is a native Texan and graduate of the University of Texas, Austin. He began his real estate career by buying and organizing co-op corms while he was still a student at UT. In 1982, he moved to Houston to work with a large independent real estate agency. He founded Roger Martin Properties in 1989.

As always, please feel welcome to stop by Roger Martin Properties for a cup of coffee – and the latest information about Houston real estate!

Roger Martin Properties

713-661-2300

www.rogermartinproperties.com

May 2, 2015

12029 Naughton | LEASED in Memorial West, Houston TX!

 

12029 Naughton is a beautiful townhome in the heart of Memorial. This property has a great location, with excellent school zones and a beautiful ravine view off the large deck and upstairs balcony.

Property Information

  • LEASED FOR: $3,500 per month
  • House Size: 2,240 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 2,952 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2 or 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Dede Aronack
  • MLS #99266976

Features

  • Wood floors throughout the first floor. Deck off of the first floor living space has a great view of the nearby wooded ravine.
  • High ceilings and recessed lighting throughout the townhome.
  • Updated kitchen.
  • Master bedroom features include a balcony, walk-in closets, and an updated spa retreat with a separate whirlpool tub and shower.
  • Second bedroom has a loft space that would make an excellent quiet retreat.
  • Second floor study with rolling ladder.
  • Tons of storage space throughout the home.
  • Zoned to Spring Branch ISD.