Roger Martin and Life in the Loop


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


  • 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.

>More Great Homes in Rice Military

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


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


  • 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.
April 25, 2015

Patrick Palmer | Studio Exhibit

Patrick Palmer - Family Bond IIPatrick Palmer Studio Tour

Such an interesting evening! A friend and I toured the art studio of Patrick Palmer. Patrick is the Dean of the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and a prominent member of the Houston art community.

Patrick's current exhibition is titled "Memory Grids" and (as is typical of his painting style) features heads...  Lots and lots and LOTS of heads.  Says Patrick, "Simply put, I love to paint;  I really love to paint the human head."  The painting pictured here is called "Memory Bond II".  To me it illustrates how all of us carry people from our past around with us in our daily lives.

Thank you, Patrick! It was fascinating to see your artwork, in the place where it was created, and to hear it discussed from your own point of view.

Ann Martin

Posted in Art in West U
April 24, 2015

5644 Auden Street | LEASED in West University Place, TX!

5644 Auden Street is a charming three bedroom, two full bathroom home located in West University Place, TX. With a location in the middle of West University Place that can't be beat, this impeccably maintained home will be available for lease on June 1st, 2015.

Property Information

  • Leased for: $4,200/mo
  • House Size: 2,028 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,050 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #12452424


  • Formal living and dining rooms with hardwoods and crown molding.
  • Kitchen with Corian counters, good storage, stainless steel Jennaire gas range, oven, and dishwasher. Refrigerator.
  • Breakfast area and den open to kitchen.
  • Additional room off of entry perfect for an office, study, or music room.
  • Master bedroom with hardwood floors, French doors, vaulted ceiling, and 'California' closets. 
  • Master Bathroom has a large tub, a separate shower, and double sinks.
  • Additional bedrooms have lovely hardwoods, share a hall bath.
  • Generously sized backyard with a deck.
  • Nice location near West University Elementary, downtown West University Place, West University Library.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

April 21, 2015

2901 Wroxton | SOLD in West University Place, TX!

2901 Wroxton Road is an exquisite traditional brick home located on a quiet, well-established street. This family home has been meticulously maintained and updated, combining the grace of vintage looks with the charm of modern amenities.

>See Photos, Maps and List Price

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,097 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,090 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4 or 5
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by Dede Aronack
  • MLS #78463844
  • SOLD FOR:  $1,351,250


  • Fully gated with a custom wrought iron double door gate.
  • Entrance foyer with original wood floors, custom iron stair railings, storage area, and half bath.
  • Large, open family room with stone accented fireplace and sitting room overlooking pool and gardens.
  • Dining room with custom built-in pull out storage, dry bar with granite counters, and spectacular view of the backyard.
  • Kitchen with built-in sub zero fridge, large six burner gas cooktop, and oversize convection oven. Bar with under-counter storage space.
  • Spacious master bedroom with a treetop view, plantation shutters, and gleaming hardwood floors. Also has a sitting area, perfect for a reading nook or office.
  • Master bathroom features a deep soaking whirlpool tub, an extra deep glass-enclosed shower, marble vanity with double sinks, and walk-in closet with built-ins. Also a laundry area, with space for a stackable washer and dryer.
  • Secondary bedroom with hardwood floors, tons of natural lighting, and a walk-in closet. En suite bathroom with an updated glass-enclosed shower, marble countertops, and lots of storage space.
  • Other treetop bedrooms have carpeting, built-in closet systems, and natural lighting. One of the bedrooms has extra space perfect for an entertainment or office area. 
  • Completely renovated quarters. Wide open spaces, hardwoods, fully floored, full bathroom. Kitchenette was removed, but can be replaced (Please direct inquiries to the listing agent).
  • Beautiful backyard pool and gardens. Updated pool area has water fall and hot tub. Patio porch and pergola are perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Cabana with half bath.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

April 21, 2015

6000 Reims #2204 | SOLD in Sharpstown, Houston TX!

6000 Reims Road, Unit 2204, is one of the best kept secrets in Houston! This is a great complex with a 24 hour manned guard gate. This spacious condo has two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a half bath, and a 2-car attached garage.

>See Photos, Maps and List Price

Property Information

  • House Size: 1,640 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full, 1 Half
  • Listed by John Marshall
  • MLS #20500255
  • SOLD FOR: $110,000


  • Great condo complex with two pools and 24 hour manned gate. Excellent, active HOA with reasonable fees. Plenty of guest parking.
  • Living/Dining area leads onto a fenced patio overlooking the pool.
  • Large 'galley'-style kitchen.
  • Extra-large master bedroom with wood-burning fireplace, huge closet. Master bathroom with double sinks, shower, and jacuzzi tub.
  • Large second bedroom has nice natural lighting,as well as its own en-suite bathroom.
  • Attached 2 car garage.
March 13, 2015

Home Improvements ROI

Cost vs Value for Various Home Improvements

Homeowners frequently wonder "Is this home upgrade project worth it?" Many thanks to the folks at Hanley Wood LLC who have answered this question for 2014.  I love how some of the simplest improvements (a new front door) can have the most impact! Of course, most of us do these upgrades for our own use and pleasure - not for the next owner! But it is good to know where we can best invest our home improvement dollars.

Roger Martin

March 3, 2015

5439 Cheena Drive | SOLD in Marilyn Estates, Houston TX!

5439 Cheena Drive is a stunning home in a great neighborhood. Recently updated (Per the owners) and Offering both formals with wood floors, warm kitchen with SS appliances, large Den with access to large outdoor screen porch,  impressive room sizes for everyone including a study/office/sitting room off the master bedroom and even more.

Property Information

  • SOLD FOR: $479,000
  • House Size: 2,332 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 9,600 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3 or 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full
  • Listed by Dede Aronack
  • MLS #55138884


  • Recently updated in 2009 (per seller).
  • Impressive room sizes with elegant features throughout the house.
  • Stainless steel kitchen with granite counters and travertine tiles. Kitchen opens to a casual dining and bar area just off of the den.
  • Large, spacious den with travertine tiles.
  • Living and dining rooms are well lit by natural light and have impressive hardwood flooring.
  • Master bedroom is quiet and bright, with a spacious walk-in closet.
  • Master bathroom has an oversized shower bay with designer tile, designer vanity with double sinks, and Venetian plaster walls.
  • Flexible room located off of the master suite. Currently used as a a study, but could easily be turned into a bedroom as it has its own walk-in closet.
  • Secondary bedrooms have large closets, natural lighting, and easy access to their shared full hall bathroom.
  • Gorgeous hall bathroom with a large vanity, slate tile, a whirlpool jet tub, and built out linen closet.
  • Gorgeous screened porch is great for entertaining, with slate flooring, bead board, fans, inset ceilings, and access to the den.
  • Large backyard.

>More Great Meyerland Homes for Sale