Roger Martin and Life in the Loop

 

Jan. 13, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry Impacts Houston Economy

Houston is a regional, national and international center for the oil and gas industry.  A healthy oil and gas industry is a major component of Houston's growing economy.  And that, in turn, creates a strong demand for quality housing. 

Check out this great article about Houston's oil and gas industry written by Dr. Robert Gilmer and published in Tierra Grande, the real estate magazine from Texas A&M.  Dr. Gilmer is the economist who was formerly with the Dallas Federal Reserve, and who now heads up the Institute for Regional Forecasting at the University of Houston.

Roger Martin

 

Jan. 2, 2014

Reducing Your Texas Property Taxes - Tips & Tools

For most homeowners, a Residential Homestead Exemption can significantly reduce property taxes.  If you have not already done so, January is the time to apply for this exemption.  The necessary application form #11.13 is provided by the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD).  This application covers all of the most common exemptions, including the residential exemption, the disabled exemption, the over 65 exemption and the surviving spouse exemption.

Be aware that the exemption application will need to be notarized.  In addition, the Texas Legislature now requires proof of residency (a copy of a valid Texas Drivers License or Texas ID card).  In addition, the address on the license must now exactly match the address on your exemption application.

Equitable and Fair

By law, your property tax assessment must be both equitable and fair.  In practice, this means that similar houses should be appraised with similar values.  It can therefore be helpful to compare your assessed value with those of your neighbors.  If your home is over-valued on the tax roles, a protest may be in order.

Tech Tools for Tax Protests

Some of our clients use professional tax services to protest their taxes; others do it themselves.  Roger Martin Properties offers two free real estate technology tools which can assist a homeowner in assembling the facts and figures needed for a successful tax protest. 

  • Current Listings - this website (www.rogermartinproperties.com) is designed to provide fast, accurate information about homes currently on the market.  Just set up and save a search for homes like yours, and the reports will be emailed to you regularly.

  • Sold Listings - For information on homes that have recently closed, use our mobile app.  Again, you can search, save, and send the resulting reports.  Homes sold within a year (or even better, within six months) are best to establish comparable values.  Our mobile app can be found by searching for "Roger Martin Properties" or "West University Real Estate" in your Apple or Android app store.

Just remember, we must all pay our property taxes -- but we are never required to pay more than our fair share.  Good luck!

Roger Martin

Dec. 18, 2013

2809 Wroxton Rd - SOLD in West University Place

2809 Wroxton Road is a Traditional 1940's home renovated in 1994 by architect Bill Hall. 

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,810 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 5,985 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #19595682

Features

  • Spacious formals, den and sunroom
  • Hardwood floors, crown moldings, and graceful arches
  • Cook's kitchen with gas cooktop, double ovens, buffet w/ glass-front cabinets, pot rack, and office area
  • All five bedrooms are upstairs
  • Fifth bedroom above garage has separate entrance - could be second master, gameroom or quarters.
  • Back yard has lush foliage, covered porch, ceiling fans and a deck..

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

 

Dec. 17, 2013

4223 Dartmouth Street - SOLD in West University Place

Candela Custom Homes is ready to break ground on 4223 Dartmouth Street.  This two-story, brick and stucco home has four bedrooms and three and a half baths.  The open, easy-flowing floorplan makes this home perfect for entertaining, with elegant first floor hardwoods, ten-foot ceilings, and crown moldings.  The home has an island kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, and a breakfast bar. 

Property Information

  • Sold For: $1,100,000
  • House Size:  3,569 sq ft
  • Lot Size:  5,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Listed by Cynthia Candela
  • MLS #70566651

Features

  • Hardwood floors and lots of windows
  • Island kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, butler's pantry, and breakfast bar.
  • Ground floor study and mudroom, and second floor gameroom.
  • Second floor master suite with exquisite master bathroom, including jet tub, granite counters, double sinks, stone floors and a walk-in shower with double shower heads.
  • Thrree additional bedrooms upstairs.  Coffered ceilings.

>More Great West U Homes for Sale

 

Dec. 16, 2013

Julie Webber, as seen in Houston Agent Magazine

Julie Webber, of Roger Martin PropertiesCongratulations to Julie Webber, who was quoted today in Houston Agent Magazine.  Julie spoke on the following topics:

  • Are asking prices slowing down in your area?
  • Do you see Houston entering a housing bubble in the near future?
  • Do you have any predictions for 2014?

Read Julie's answers here>>  Houston Agent Magazine VIEWPOINTS 12-16-2013

Dec. 5, 2013

Fine Jewelry Sale in the Galleria

Rosenblum Fine Jewers

Our friends at Rosenblum Fine Jewelers have lost their lease, and must sell all their upper end jewelry before Christmas.  Jo Rosenblum King is in a breakfast club with my wife Ann.  Many of you may know Jo's husband Steve - he is the pharmacist at the HEB on Buffalo Speedway.

Jo is scrambling to sell her inventory.  Her store is located in the Hilton Hotel on Post Oak Blvd in the Galleria.  There is complimentary self-parking.  Her extended sale hours run from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Monday, and from 10 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday.  If none of that works for you, call Jo at 713-888-0808 or email her at jeweltalk@aol.com and she will meet you by appointment.

Check it out - holiday gift-giving has never been easier!

Roger Martin

 

Posted in Best Kept Secrets
Nov. 18, 2013

John Marshall, as seen in Houston Agent Magazine

John Marshall, of Roger Martin Properties

Congratulations to John Marshall, who was interviewed by Houston Agent Magazine.  John discussed the following topics:

  • Are asking prices increasing in your area?
  • Is the inventory of homes on the market increasing in your area?
  • What are the characteristics of today's home buyers?

Read John's answers here>>  Houston Agent Magazine VIEWPOINTS 11-18-2013

Posted in John Marshall
Nov. 14, 2013

3932 Browning Street - SOLD in West University Place

3932 Browning is a custom contemporary home designed by the owner/architect and featured on the American Institute of Architects Home tour.  

>See Photos and Maps Of This Property

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,380 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 6,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #73851810
  • SOLD FOR: $895,000

Features

  • High ceilings, numerous windows, and full view doors place a design emphasis on natural light
  • Limestone floors with carpet inlay.
  • Rift-sawn white oak custom cabinetry and built-ins throughout.
  • Island kitchen with two walk-in pantries, gas cooktop, breakfast bar, stainless appliances, and black granite countertops.
  • Gas and/or woodburning fireplace.
  • Downstairs study could be a 4th bedroom
  • Upstairs media room. Each upstairs bedroom has its own full bath.
  • Back yard has mature trees and a spiral staircase to the roof top deck, which is plumbed for a hot tub.


>More Great West U Homes for Sale

 

 

Nov. 12, 2013

7719 Hiawatha - SOLD in Sharpstown

7719 Hiawatha Drive features 5 bedrooms including 3 or 4 downstairs. There are extensive updates and improvements. Still time to close for the Homestead Exemption.

>See Photos, Maps and List Price

Property Information

  • House Size: 3,419 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 14,000 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 5/6
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Listed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #22608273

Features

  • Wood and tile floors, crown moldings and recent paint.
  • 2013: New HVAC System, roof and decking, windows, front of house, driveway, electric gate.
  • Master bedroom down with flexible space upstairs for 2nd Master Suite.
  • Sprinkler System with 7 Zones, washer, dryer remain.
  • Minutes to HBU, Strake Jesuit, St Agnes Academy and St Francis de Sales private schools.

 

Nov. 8, 2013

5531 Pine St - SOLD near Bellaire, TX

5531 Pine Street Unit L is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhome located in a gated community one block west of the City of Bellaire, TX.  It is zoned to Bellaire High School.  The main living area is on the second floor, and the master suite is on the third.  There are two bedrooms and a full bath on the ground floor. 

 >See Photos, Maps and List Price

Property Information

  • House Size:  2,678 sq ft
  • Lot Size: 1,566 sq ft
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Closed by Roger Martin
  • MLS #24476014
  • SOLD FOR; $395,000

Features

  • Built in 2010 by ZK Homes
  • Low-E windows
  • Gated community
  • Gourmet kitchen with granite breakfast bar and stainless appliances and convection oven
  • High coffered ceilings
  • Travertine and wide-plank oak floors
  • Third-floor master suite includes a huge walk-in closet with custom cabinets, a whirlpool tub, a separate shower, and an adjacent study or baby room

>More Great Bellaire Homes for Sale